Car Reviews

Audi Q7 e-tron (2016) plug-in hybrid review

And then there were two. The Q7 e-tron is Audi’s second plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) – and in terms of environmental impact it’s not difficult to imagine the Q7 needing more of this kind of assistance than the existingA3 e-tron. Audi’s premier SUV is not a small vehicle. In fact, it’s one of the UK market’s largest 4x4s. Which ... Read More »

Exclusive Review: 3rd Generation Skoda Superb

It was easily one of the most significant cars to drive into the Indian market when the 2nd generation arrived in 2009. Even the 1st gen before it had established what I call E-Class comfort at C-Class prices, but the 2nd generation truly cemented that reputation, and was a big hit for the Czech carmaker. The Skoda Superb established itself ... Read More »

Mazda 6 review: Japan’s Passat rival

Few family cars are as stylish or efficient as the Mazda 6 These days the most popular family saloons tend to be premium-badged models from the likes of Audi, BMW and Mercedes, but the Mazda 6 shows there’s still a place for a stylish and well equipped mainstream alternative. It’s available with a range of engines that are both powerful and efficient for their size, and ... 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 »

Alfa Romeo Giulia

The Giulia has sensuous and shapely sheetmetal, and—like a good Italian—the curves and creases are in all the right places. First in showrooms will be the top-spec Quadrifoglio model, with a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V-6 making 505 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque. Rear-wheel drive and a six-speed manual are standard. After the Quadrifoglio goes on sale next summer, a 276-hp ... Read More »

Review: 2016 Lexus GS F shows the underdog can put up a fight

Everyone likes a good underdog story. And the story of the Lexus GS F certainly qualifies. The “F” brand is only four cars old, if you count the LFA supercar, which you probably shouldn’t. Understandably then, Lexus’s young performance division doesn’t yet have the clout of M or AMG, nor the motorsport pedigree – but it’s working on it. Earlier ... Read More »

Tata Zica Detailed Expert Review – Dec 05, 2015

The hatchback segment in India is a hotly contested one. Competition is high and every new entry has to face well-established entries from the country’s top-two car manufacturers. That said, hatchback sales are all about numbers. This is where the volumes are and Tata Motors has made their intentions clear that they want a share of this pie. Leading the ... Read More »

World exclusive: Aston’s £696k Lagonda super-limo driven

Good question. A quick rummage on the interweb tells us that ‘Taraf’ is Turkish for ‘side’. It’s also the name of a left-leaning newspaper in that country. Or, if you happen to be in Romania or Moldova, a Taraf is a folk music ensemble consisting of up to eight musicians. This reminds me of 1980s BBC panel show Call My Bluff. ... Read More »

Mercedes-Benz GLE 350d 4Matic AMG Line Coupe (2015) review

It’s important to keep an open mind when road testing the new Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe. For many enthusiasts, such cars are the devil’s spawn: a high-riding, heaving SUV on stilts pretending to be a sports car. But others are attracted to the look-at-me styling and like the alternative vibe. Certainly, BMW has ploughed a commercially successful furrow with its groundbreaking ... Read More »

2015 Ford Everest, Toyota Fortuner and Toyota LandCruiser Prado review

Ford is invading Toyota’s turf with a go-anywhere SUV but the king off the road is fighting back. When your popularity is waning, it’s not a great idea to pick a fight with the biggest, most popular kid in the playground. But that’s exactly what Ford has done. It’s called out Toyota with a series of “challenger” advertisements that highlight ... Read More »