Car reviews and road tests
The new 2 Series Active Tourer is a lifestyle car aimed at the competitive MPV market and breaks BMW’s rule by being offered in front-wheel drive.
The BMW i8 is the world’s first plug-in hybrid supercar with a three-cylinder petrol engine, and it combines a top speed of 155mph with an official economy figure of 135mpg and emissions of 49g/km CO2.
It wasn’t too long ago when people carriers had a thirst for fuel that rivalled that of 4x4s, but the Citroen Grand C4 Picasso aims to change all that, with 74.3mpg possible from the e-HDi 90 model.
We’ve driven the Nissan LEAF extensively already, but this is the new UK-built LEAF complete with various revisions; however there’s also more EV competition, so does the LEAF still make sense?
The Volvo V60, with its new D4 engine, combines 181hp and 65.7mpg, equating to 112g/km CO2 (or 74.3mpg/99g/km with manual transmission and without R-Design styling); it’s also practical and very easy to live with.
The Audi A3 Cabriolet is stylish and refined, and with the 1.4 TFSI petrol engine with ‘Cylinder on Demand’ technology, it delivers performance and economy.
The new Peugeot 108 looks classier than the previous 107, it’s fun to drive, economical, relatively affordable, and in ‘TOP!’ form it even offers open air motoring.
Our aim is to find cars that are great to drive but also efficient, and there are few cars that can claim to combine these two qualities as well as the Ford Fiesta ST.
The Mercedes-Benz GLA is a crossover version of the A-Class – it’s the sort of car that buyers seem to want, and with 55.4mpg, it’s economical, so should you buy one?
The Mercedes-Benz A 180 CDI ECO is a Mercedes that has an official combined fuel economy figure of 78.5mpg, which looks impressive on paper, but what’s it like to drive?