Car reviews and road tests
The Range Rover Sport Hybrid has the ability to transport you in supreme comfort whether you’re driving on tarmac or over a mountain, it can seat seven, and it even lets you make progress in all-electric mode – albeit for very short distances.
The smart fortwo returns for the third time, are the changes big enough to tempt you?
We’ve loved the MINI hatch for years, but poor access and tight space in the rear seats limited its appeal; now the MINI 5-door Hatch, in Cooper SD guise, combines a fun driving experience, sufficient practicality, impressive performance and good efficiency to warrant a rare 10 out of 10 rating.
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.