Car reviews and road tests
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.
The Citroen C4 Cactus offers the potential of good economy in diesel form, but the character of the first-generation Cactus has been watered down in this latest model.
The SEAT Arona FR 1.0 TSI 115PS 6-speed manual offers fun, efficiency and practicality – all at an affordable price.
The Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace offers more space and an extra two seats compared to the standard Tiguan; with a petrol powertrain, is it the ideal choice for the school run?
The Volkswagen Polo sits on a refined platform, and the 65PS model as tested promises low running costs.
Car buyers seem to like the styling of the Kia Sportage, along with its SUV practicality, and it’s also reasonable value for the space that it offers.
The new Nissan LEAF has more mainstream styling and a longer driving range compared to the previous model, together with all of the usual benefits of electric vehicles such as zero emissions and an extremely refined driving experience.
The Volvo XC40 offers stylish and individual design, an upmarket interior environment, and high levels of refinement and comfort – all in a practical, compact SUV package.
The new BMW i3s aims to provide more of a sporty driving experience compared to the regular i3; the rear-wheel drive chassis and innovative design remain.
The Hyundai Kona feels light, agile and fun to drive – around town or in the countryside – and it’s also practical and affordable.