Car Reviews

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 »

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 »