Car reviews and road tests
The MINI Hatch has had a mid-life refresh; there’s not a huge amount of change, but perhaps that doesn’t matter, as this was a fun and efficient car anyway.
The BMW X2 is a lower and sportier version of the X1, and even in all-wheel drive xDrive form, the 2-litre diesel model is reasonably efficient in life-world driving.
The Volvo S90 T8 Twin Engine offers an amazingly refined and comfortable motorway driving experience, with the potential of decent economy, and also excellent performance.
The Lexus RC 300h F Sport aims to combine a rear-wheel drive coupe with an efficient hybrid powertrain; two of the results that it delivers are an official economy figure of 56.5mpg and CO2 emissions of just 116g/km.
The Skoda Karoq is a compact SUV – the type of car that everyone wants – and it’s good to drive, efficient, practical, and affordable.
The Audi Q5 has lots going for it: it’s an SUV, it has the usual Audi traits of refinement and an upmarket interior environment, and it provides another reminder that diesel engines are efficient for long motorway journeys.
The Hyundai i30 Fastback looks good, drives well, it’s reasonably economical, and relatively affordable – in fact we really can’t find anything to complain about…
The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, in front wheel-drive manual form, offers a lower cost SUV ownership option than the all-wheel drive CVT version – so should you consider it?
The Honda Civic Diesel offers highly impressive official combined economy of 81 mpg, so despite the blanket demonisation of diesel in many areas of the media, should you consider this car if you want to save money on fuel?
The government and mass media don’t want you to buy diesels, and plug-in petrol hybrid SUVs offer poor economy in real-world driving, so, with no choice of affordable all-electric SUVs, this is what you’re left with: petrol – in this case, in the form of the Alfa Romeo Stelvio.