Car reviews and road tests
Having cracked the crossover market with the Qashqai, the Nissan Pulsar is the company’s re-entry into the highly competitive family hatchback sector; with the 1.2-litre turbo petrol engine it feels light and agile, with decent performance and economy.
The Skoda Octavia Scout offers more off-road ability than the average estate car, and better economy and handling than a large SUV – so, with a competitive price tag, is it the ideal all-round car?
The new Mazda2 offers a distinctive driving experience in the supermini class, as well as featuring refreshing design inside and out – along with 62.8mpg economy.
We’ve already driven the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron on the launch event, but a drive for just a couple of hours is very different to living with a plug-in hybrid for a week, so after a longer period with the car, has the A3 e-tron gone up or down in our estimation?
It’s the most eagerly awaited city car of the year, but can the rear-engined, rear-wheel drive smart forfour live up to expectations?
It’s rear-engined, rear-wheel drive, turbocharged and lightweight – it also has a fuel economy figure of 65.7mpg, emissions of 99g/km CO2, and costs less than £12,000 – it can only be the new Renault Twingo.
People are at last waking up to the link between air quality issues and diesel vans, taxis, buses and trucks; Nissan believes it can help with a solution, in the form of the all-electric e-NV200 Combi van.
The Lexus NX300h looks like a dramatically designed 4×4 for the Dakar rally, but after a week of driving through snow, rivers and mud, does the driving experience live up to its appearance?
The new Audi TT still looks like an Audi TT so it’s likely to be in demand, and this diesel ultra version has an impressive combined economy figure of 67.3mpg – but it’s front-wheel drive only, so it has less traction than the quattro model.
City cars generally feel as though they’re targeted at the youth market, but the new Hyundai i10 instead has all the qualities of a large Hyundai in a compact package, making it feel like the most mature car in its class.