Car Reviews

Land Rover Defender 110 Station Wagon XS (2016) review

This road test is tinged with sadness; regret that the venerable Land Rover Defender, stalwart of many people’s lives from farmers and vets to rural gents and military types, dies today. Emissions rules and crash regs and just the sheer economics of it have conspired to end the Landie’s life, although a new Defender will follow, most likely from 2018. ... Read More »

BMW 3-series 330e (2016) plug-in hybrid review

The BMW 3-series has traditionally been the Bavarian firm’s best-selling model; it’s certainly one of its best known and it’s one of our favourites too. This stalwart saloon represents all that is good and proper in the company car park. And that’s the obvious market for the car we’re driving here – a production plug-in hybrid (we drove a prototype ... Read More »

Porsche 911 Targa 4 (2016) review

Porsche’s 911 Carrera 2 coupes switched to turbo power last year, and now the all-wheel-drive models get the same treatment. You can read CAR’s review of the new, turbocharged 911 Carrera 2 coupe here. But isn’t all-wheel-drive a bit pointless when an ordinary rear-wheel drive has better traction than a Landie on caterpillar tracks? That’s one viewpoint. But one in ... Read More »

BMW 5-series GT FCEV (2016) review

Compact battery-electric cars (BEV) for the city; mid-sized plug-in hybrids (PHEV) to cover all bases; fuel-cell hydrogen technology (FCEV) for larger cars and long-range cruising… that’s how BMW pitches its alternative fuel strategy. Munich’s BEVs and PHEVs are already among us, but hydrogen fuel cells like the 5-series GT we’re driving haven’t yet progressed beyond the prototype stage; that’s despite ... Read More »

Nissan GT-R Track Edition engineered by Nismo (2016) review

It’s all too easy to think of the Nissan GT-R as a blunderbuss – point, and destroy. With that blocky styling and its sheer physical mass, it’s not a car that speaks of finesse, while the staggering magnitude of its performance is old news by now. Faced with the inevitable, one imagines most Ferrari and Porsche owners simply shrug and ... Read More »

BMW 2-series Active Tourer 225xe (2016) review

The new BMW 2-series Active Tourer 225xe is the smallest of Munich’s now five-strong plug-in hybrid range. This MPV – which is available to order now for £35,155 – arrives with the 330e and 740e, and joins the existing X5 xDrive40e and i8 variants. All combine a petrol combustion engine with an electric motor and a battery pack that can be plugged in to a ... Read More »

Infiniti Q30 1.5d Premium (2016) review

Sitting somewhere in the high-riding hinterland between a hatchback and a crossover, the Infiniti Q30 looks like a marketing manager’s dream – especially when you add a sprinkling of ‘premium lifestyle’ image to the mix. Is it enough to extract habitual German car buyers from their Audi, Mercedes-Benz or BMW, though? Isn’t it just a tall A-Class? The Q30 shares ... Read More »

Ice to meet you: first off-road drive in the new 2016 VW Tiguan

The old VW Tiguan has gone out with a bang. Despite having been around since 2008 (usually seen ahead of a caravan or horsebox), 2015 year was its strongest-selling year ever – despite a brand-new version in the pipeline: this one. No pressure, then. We’ve been driving a pre-production car in the extreme cold of Sweden’s Arvidsjaur testing facility to ... Read More »

Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4 Spyder (2016) review

If there’s one thing that sets the Lamborghini Huracan aside from its obvious Maranello and Woking rivals, it’s the engine. Where the Ferrari 488 has followed the McLaren 650S down the self-righteous path towards downsized, turbocharged enlightenment, Lamborghini has stuck to its naturally aspirated 5.2-litre V10. The beauty of this is that you get instant throttle response and sweet, sweet ... Read More »

Ford Ranger Wildtrack (2016) review

The third-generation Ford Ranger set a new standard when it was launched back in 2011, with car-like comfort and handling, low running costs and a 3.5t towing capacity. But with the bar raised even further by newer competition, will this modest facelift be enough to keep the pickup punters keen? Meaner and bolder; inside and out On the outside, chief designer ... Read More »