Car reviews and road tests
The BMW 330d xDrive Touring is, in our view, the world’s best all-round car – it’s great to drive, it has massive performance, it’s efficient, it’s practical, and, with all-wheel drive, it’s also now an all-weather car.
The Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) is a 4×4 SUV with the capability for 32.5 miles of all-electric driving, an official fuel economy figure of 148mpg, and emissions of 44g/km CO2.
The Tesla Model S is probably the biggest revolution in motoring in the last 100 years, as Tesla has appeared from nowhere and produced an amazing all-electric sports saloon with a range of 300 miles – and it can even seat up to 7 people.
The Subaru Outback may be relatively overlooked in the UK, but it’s basically a good car – it’s capable on and off-road, and dependable – and the diesel is now available with a Lineartronic (CVT) transmission.
The new MINI might look similar to the last one, but it’s actually all-new, including exterior, interior, chassis and powertrains, and the new 3-cylinder diesel version can manage 80.7mpg.
The new Mazda3 is a brilliant all-round proposition, with great looks, an interior that works well, and it’s excellent to drive; the diesel may be more economical, but the petrol engine is likely to make sense for lower mileage drivers.
The new BMW 2 Series Coupe focuses on driver appeal, but you’ll have to decide whether you want the ultimate driver’s car, the M235i, or the economy choice, the 220d, which is capable of 64.2mpg.
The new Peugeot 308 aims to move Peugeot more upmarket, and the car is certainly very refined; if you like a minimalistic and technology-laden interior then this may be the car for you.
The Peugeot 2008 is a small ‘urban crossover’ that has an official economy figure of 70.6mpg and it can even cope in slippery conditions despite being just front-wheel drive.
The Volkswagen e-up! is a fully electric version of the up!, meaning that it needs no petrol and has no tailpipe emissions, and despite its extra weight, it’s also better to drive than the petrol up!