Car Reviews

Mercedes-AMG C63 S Coupe (2015) review

Despite an ever-expanding product portfolio in all sorts of market segments, the Mercedes-AMG C63 Coupe is one of the two pillars of AMG, standing alongside the AMG GT, reckons boss Tobias Moers. The bonkers version of the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe stands for everything the company holds dear – very dear: big V8, incredible sound, rear-wheel drive. And being blooming ... Read More »

Nissan NP300 Navara (2016) review

We’re expecting no fewer than eight new pickup launches over the next two years and, following on from the Series 5 Mitsubishi L200’s debut over the summer, Nissan is second to show its hand. We’ve put the first brand-new Navara for a decade to the test on the dirt tracks of Mallorca. Starting over… The latest Navara incarnation has been ... Read More »

Toyota Prius (2016) review

The Toyota Prius is the world’s favourite hybrid, having found 3.5m homes since Toyota produced the first almost 20 years ago. But now everyone else is doing hybrids too, what has the original done to stay ahead? What’s new about Prius v4.0? This is the first car to use Toyota’s TNGA (Toyota Next Generation Architecture) that can be configured to ... Read More »

HSV Coupes used car reviews

On the basis that the latter-day Holden Monaro has emerged as one of the more collectible Holdens, does it follow that the HSV versions of the same cars will follow suit? After all, the growing pangs of regret now that our home-grown car industry is about to vaporise have seen the values of some Aussie cars increase, while others seem ... Read More »

Porsche 911 Carrera S (2016) review

The 911 is no stranger to change. It’s been fettled and tuned, restyled and evolved over more than half a century – ongoing improvements are a key part of this iconic sports car. They’re what’s kept it relevant, kept it alive. So it’s no surprise that Zuffenhausen has unleashed a mid-life facelift on the 991-generation of nine-eleven, ahead of the ... Read More »

Suzuki Baleno 1.0 Boosterjet (2016) review

With an impressive line-up of Swifts to take on the Fiesta, and the Celerio on Up-baiting city car duties, we’d understand if Suzuki’s small car range left you baffled. So where does the new Baleno fit? Above both, actually, but only just. It’s fractionally longer nose-to-tail and wider than the Swift; but more squat in its stance, better-equipped, and while ... Read More »

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 »