Car Reviews

Jaguar F-Pace 3.0D S (2016) off-road review

Two-and-a-half years since we saw the Jaguar F-Pace concept, we’re here with the very similar-looking production car, door open, engine running, driver’s seat empty. The name seems a little less weird now, the idea of climbing up into a Jaguar somewhat less alien, but still, we’re about to drive a Jaguar SUV; it feels like – and is – an incredibly ... Read More »

Ford Focus RS (2016) review

It’s back! But look closely, for the third-generation Ford Focus RS is not quite like anything we’ve ever seen before. Okay, okay, so it is fundamentally quite a lot like all those other Mk3 Focuses you see on the road, everyday – the Focus is after all consistently one of the top three best-selling cars in the UK, and the ... Read More »

Ford Focus RS (2016) review

It’s back! But look closely, for the third-generation Ford Focus RS is not quite like anything we’ve ever seen before. Okay, okay, so it is fundamentally quite a lot like all those other Mk3 Focuses you see on the road, everyday – the Focus is after all consistently one of the top three best-selling cars in the UK, and the ... Read More »

Ford F-150 Platinum 4×4 SuperCrew (2016) review

This might well be one of the least consequential product reviews in history. Ford doesn’t sell the F-150 in the UK, and in territories in which the truck is on sale the opinion of some know-nothing limey matters not a jot. Ford knows the F-150 is good because of the numbers. Those numbers include a 39-year run as America’s best-selling ... Read More »

Nissan Leaf 30kWh Tekna (2016) review

The electric Nissan Leaf now has a greater range thanks to a boosted 30kWh battery pack. But is a bigger charge enough to tempt you away from cheaper, conventional petrol and diesel hatchbacks that don’t suffer from range anxiety in the first place? Read our first drive review to find out whether – five years after becoming the first credibly ... Read More »

Porsche 911 Turbo S (2016) review

A facelifted turbocharged 911? Already? Only seems like five minutes since the last one… Ahh, you’re thinking of the Carrera and Carrera S, whichswitched to turbo power last year. This is Turbo with capital T. Except on the rear badge, confusingly, where Porsche typography convention means a lower-case one. Well if the common 911s are now turbocharged too, how does ... Read More »

Lexus GS300h Executive Edition (2016) review

Lexus has long pursued a stronger visual identity within the premium echelons of the car market. It’s what resulted in the now familiar – and unquestionably distinctive – ‘spindle’ grille, which made its first appearance on the fourth-generation Lexus GS back in 2012. Four years is a long time in the automotive world, however, so the Japanese marque has ushered in ... Read More »

BMW Alpina D3 Bi-Turbo Touring (2016) review

Alpina might be better known for its high-revving, high-dramapetrol sports saloons and coupes, but the D3 is the ultimate expression of a different kind of athleticism: one with the tracksuit bottoms of estatedom and the marathon-runners’ fuel of choice, diesel. Yes, it’s a derv-slurping 3-series Touringtweaked by Buchloe’s famous Beemer fettlers Alpina. The D3 first appeared in 2005, when it ... Read More »

New Porsche 718 Boxster first-ride preview: 7 things we learned from winter testing

This is anything but a routine mid-life makeover for the Porsche Boxster and its Cayman cousin. Not only are the mid-engined twins being given a new name for 2016 – they’ll now be known as the Porsche 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman – it’s all change in the engine bay too. It’s out with the naturally aspirated flat-sixes we know ... Read More »

Review: Mercedes-Benz A-Class Facelift

Yes I have driven the ‘new’ A-Class. A facelift is essentially carried out to add a little spark or bring back the charm to an existing model offering. The updated Mercedes-Benz A-Class does that for sure, because it makes the car look instantly sporty – and yet remains instantly recognizable. And that is in keeping with the facelifts we see ... Read More »