Car Reviews

Mercedes CLA 220 CDI Sport Shooting Brake (2016) review

Nice, and nearly as pretty as the CLS Shooting Brake. Nearly… Agreed. The A-class wears its CLS-inspired bolt-on bottom well, despite the car’s more modest proportions, and manages a fair impression of the bigger Merc’s arcing elegance. We’ve sampled the range-topping 45 AMG before, but it’s the 200 and 220 diesels that account for the bulk of sales. This is the ... Read More »

2017 Buick Lacrosse – Review

The LaCrosse is Buick’s largest sedan. Sized between mid-size and full-size and positioned between mainstream and luxury, it competes against such cars as the Lexus ES, Toyota Avalon, Acura TLX, Nissan Maxima, Hyundai Azera, and Kia Cadenza. For 2017, the LaCrosse is completely redesigned, now residing on an all-new platform for large, front-wheel drive cars. Previously, the LaCrosse had shared ... Read More »

Car review: The £165,000 Range Rover SVAutobiography

If Land Rover’s flagship vehicle, the Range Rover, isn’t exclusive enough for you, the SVAutobiography is the flagship Range Rover. Created by JLR’s Special Vehicle Operations department, this is available in with a choice of diesels and an uprated supercharged V8. The latter now puts out 543bhp and 502lb ft – the same as in the high-performance Range Rover Sport ... Read More »

Exclusive: Secret bid to save Holden factory and Aussie Commodore

A Belgian automotive entrepreneur with ties to General Motors is behind a secret plan to acquire GM Holden’s Elizabeth assembly plant and continue to build the current generation Commodore beyond the scheduled closure date in late 2017. The plan has been brewing quietly behind the scenes for two years since GM announced it was closing the South Australian factory and ... Read More »

BMW 340i (2015) review

It has changed. Honestly, it has. A second, or maybe third glance, reveals this as the revamped BMW 3-series, fresh from one of the lighter mid-life facelifts you’ll see. New LED lamps and slightly different bumpers front and rear are the main visible updates, while altered suspension, rejigged power steering and a fresh family of engines lie beneath the surface. ... Read More »

Most Read Car Reviews of the Week: October 11 – 18

Our most popular car review this past week focused on the 2016 Lexus GS F.  Thanks to a 467-hp 5.0-liter V8, Lexus is looking to take on the best sport sedans from Germany. But can the GS F really compete? Read the review to find out. Second this week is the new Chevy Colorado Diesel review. GM’s midsize pickups now have a ... Read More »

2015 MERCEDES-BENZ C250D REVIEW

The C250d is equipped with a 2.1-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder engine, a time-proven unit that has powered a long list of Mercedes models including the E, the outgoing GLK, the new GLE and even the Sprinter van. In this application, it sends 201 horsepower and a generous 369 pound-feet of torque to the rear wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission that can ... Read More »

Pick up a Mitsubishi L200 Barbarian – it’s a workhorse and family car rolled into one

  Mitsubishi’s truck impressed on MPG The tools of my trade are a laptop, pen and a notebook. And a brain jammed full of statistics, like the time the last Triumph Spitfire rolled off the line (August 1980) and whether a limited-slip differential is an option on a Porsche Cayman or not (it is). A roofing contractor, on the other ... Read More »

Most Read Car Reviews of the Week: October 4 – 11

The truck has added a new 2.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder diesel to its lineup, making it more formidable than ever before. But is it enough to take the top sales spot from the Toyota Tacoma? Read the review for our thoughts. Our take on the 2017 Audi A4 is up second. With new skin and loads of new technology, the Audi ... Read More »

2016 Chevrolet Camaro SS Manual

The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro’s story is one of proximity. With a platform shared with the Cadillac ATS, there’s an implied closeness to that BMW 4-series competitor. Prod the gas pedal of the Camaro SS, and the Corvette Stingray’s syncopated exhaust note tickles the eardrums, drawing parallels with America’s sports car. And being smaller than its predecessor, the interior envelops the ... Read More »