Car Reviews

Maruti Suzuki may launch another A-segment model

Maruti Suzuki may launch another model in the A-segment. Reports suggest that the company is believed to be looking in this direction to strengthen and more importantly retain its position as segment leader. It currently has 35 per cent of its sales from the A-segment models. Kenichi Ayukawa, VP Maruti Suzuki India, has hinted that the company is already developing ... Read More »

Mercedes GLS 350d 4matic (2016) review

Déjà vu? If the new Mercedes GLS looks curiously familiar, that’s because it’s not quite a brand-new car, more a comprehensive facelift of the GL-class, Merc’s enormous seven-seater SUV. The fresh three-letter name is part of Mercedes’ new-era filing system, the ‘S’ denoting that it’s the largest SUV the company makes, out-bulking the GLE, GLC, GLA and old-school G-class. So ... Read More »

DS4 Crossback BlueHDi 120 (2015) review

You’ve met the hatchback already – but the other piece of the revised DS4 puzzle is the new DS4 Crossback. Think of it like a Rover Streetwise for desperate Francophiles. Crossback? Hunchback more like… It is a touch funny-looking, isn’t it? Something about the combination of raised ride height, that plastic wheelarch cladding and the curving rear roofline. This was ... Read More »

Bentley Bentayga W12 (2016) review

Here at last is the Bentley Bentayga, the first in a new category of super-lux SUVs that will counter-punch Range Rover’s established credentials and off-road prowess with even greater levels of passenger pomp. Forthcoming Bentayga rivals include the Lamborghini Urus and the Rolls-Royce SUV, rumoured to be called Cullinan, but for the moment Bentley has this edge of the motoring ... Read More »

Renault Megane GT (2016) review – Renaultsport junior?

The third generation Renault Megane is being shuffled off to the retirement home many thought it had been ensconced in for years, to be replaced in 2016 by an all-new model, the launch ambitiously heralded with a Renaultsport-developed 202bhp GT five door hatch to prove the range’s dynamic, sexier credentials. So what’s new about the Renault Megane GT? Well, there ... Read More »

Seat Leon Cross Sport concept (2015) review

Chatting with newly installed president Luca de Meo at Seat’s Martorell factory near Barcelona, one word kept cropping up: ‘flair’. It’s clear that standing out from the crowd is a crucial part of the Spanish brand’s message, but how to do that when you’ve got to justify not only your standing within the VW Group, but also a recently announced ... Read More »

BMW 220d M Sport Coupe (2016) review

Of course everybody buying a 2-series really wants an M235i, and who could blame them? With its epic, very subtly turbocharged straight 322bhp allied to deeply satisfying, unrepentantly rear-drive dynamics the M235i is deeply desirable: just practical, comfortable and refined enough to be everyday useful, but with the compact size and feisty performance of which Munich legends – 2002, E30 ... Read More »

Lotus Exige Sport 350 (2016) review

If the Lotus Exige Sport 350 looks familiar, that’s because it builds on the Exige S, which debuted in 2012. Hence both cars are based around the Elise’s extruded aluminium tub, but with a new rear subframe and bodywork to house the Toyota-sourced 3.5-litre supercharged V6. But there are some big changes too. Lotus has been through the Exige S, ... Read More »

Peugeot 308 GTI (2016) review

In recent years, it’s seemed almost compulsory for a review of a new Peugeot hot hatch to conclude with a ‘not as good as they used to be’ comparison with Pug’s back catalogue. In fact, so long are the shadows (and clichés) cast by 205 GTI, 306 GTi-6, 106 Rallye et al that the last time Peugeot made a 308 ... Read More »

Lego Ferrari F40 (2016) hands-on review

If you’re a petrolhead of a certain age then both Lego and the Ferrari F40 are going to have been a big part of your childhood. Speaking personally, I had the latter on the wall and the former all over the floor for a good portion of my formative years. Which probably explains rather a lot, come to think of ... Read More »