Road Tests Category

Christmas has come early for David as he gets a go in the F-type Coupe V8-R Last year I had a very brief go in the F-type V6 and I stated that it was hard to evaluate it subjectively based on the cars looks. Now I’ve driven the coupe version and I’m faced with the same issue as the car looks even better with a fixed roof. Luckily once I got behind the wheel I didn’t have to worry about being subjective, the F-Type Coupe is just superb, end ofRead More

Posted On May 21, 2014By DavidIn FEATURED, Road Tests

Range Rover Evoque Si4 Review

We try out the king of the compact-SUV class with the latest 9-Speed ZF Auto The Evoque is a bit of an opinion divider. Some people love it’s looks and presence but some say it doesn’t deserve to wear the fabled Range Rover badge. Either way you can’t deny how important it has been for Land Rover since its launch in 2011. This became even more apparent when I was driving this Evoque around for a week, they are just everywhere! I’ll try to sideline the debate of whether theRead More
Mountune Ford Focus ST

Posted On May 6, 2014By DavidIn Road Tests

First Drive: Ford Focus ST Mountune

Want a Focus ST with some added oomph? We tried Mountune’s cure for that itch Three word review: Fast, practical and torquesteery The Ford Focus ST is no slouch with around 250bhp on tap. The thing is, we petrolheads will always crave more. These days there are a myriad of tuning companies capable of putting few more horses under the bonnet of your pride and joy but few can boast the backing of a major manufacturer such as Ford. Mountune can boast just that. Not only will they make theRead More

Posted On May 1, 2014By DavidIn FEATURED, Road Tests

Jaguar XF R-Sport Review

Does the Jaguar XF R-Sport broaden the XF’s appeal? David tries one for a week to find out. Three word review: A Classy, Refined Headturner. As I rapidly approach my 30th birthday, I realise that I am more of a Radio 2 listener than Radio 1. Luckily though, you no longer need to be a long-time listener of Radio 4 to own and drive a Jaguar. The company is currently on a roll and is churning out some of the most desirable luxury cars currently on the market. The XFRead More

Posted On April 24, 2014By Chris PickeringIn FEATURED, Road Tests

RenaultSport Megane 265 Review

The RenaultSport Megane has had some plastic surgery but is it still a great drivers car? The last 12 months or so has seen a thrilling renaissance for the hot hatch. And during that time it’s fair to say the goalposts have shifted a little. Not that long ago, anything over 250 bhp was regarded as pretty extreme. Now, should your budget allow, you can find a hot hatch with 316 bhp and rear-wheel drive. Or how about 355 bhp and four-wheel drive? Frankly, it’s all gone a bit mad.Read More

Posted On March 24, 2014By Andrew SwiftIn FEATURED, Road Tests

First Drive: Maserati Ghibli Diesel

Andy was lucky enough to grab 24 hours in the new Maserati Ghibli Diesel. Here’s what he thought It’s a Maserati and it’s got a diesel engine. One hundred years old and one of automotive history’s most noble names has turned to the dark side. This is a very different kind of car to any Maserati which has been before – the Ghibli will go toe-to-toe with the giants from Germany: Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz. That means out go words like ‘character’ and in comes ‘dependability’. Can the Italians finallyRead More

Posted On March 21, 2014By Chris PickeringIn FEATURED, Road Tests

RenaultSport Clio 200 Review

The RenaultSport Clio 200 has one hell of a legacy to live up to. Chris sees if it can come close. Everyone has to grow up sometime. Even the hot hatch, once the wild child of the performance car fraternity, seems to have settled down a bit these days. And on paper the Clio Renaultsport 200 Turbo EDC has embraced these mid-life changes with more enthusiasm than most. Not only has the high-revving naturally aspirated engine of its predecessors been replaced by a CO2-friendly turbo unit, but for the firstRead More

Posted On December 17, 2013By Chris PickeringIn FEATURED, Road Tests

Peugeot 208 GTi Review

Is the new 208 good enough to wear the hallowed GTi badge? Chris has spent some time with one to find out. It’s been a good year for hot hatches. Over the past 12 months we’ve seen new models from several of the usual suspects. But none has been met with quite as much trepidation as the Peugeot 208 GTi. Ever since the 205 GTi oversteered wildly onto the scene in the mid eighties Peugeot hot hatches have carried a huge weight of expectation. It’s fair to say some ofRead More

Posted On December 10, 2013By DavidIn FEATURED, Road Tests

First Drive: SEAT Leon ST FR

Barcelona hosted our first taste of the new SEAT Leon ST FR The beach-front in Barcelona seems like the perfect place to give bloggers and journalists a chance to sample SEAT’s latest car. A car that is aimed squarly at people who enjoy an active lifestyle. This new ST version is the first estate Leon to be released since the first version was revealed back in 1998. It aims to bring a new air of practicality without sacrificing the Leon’s hatchback character. Now we aren’t the kind of website thatRead More

Posted On November 2, 2013By DavidIn Road Tests

First Drive: Mercedes A45 AMG

First drive of Mercedes’ all-wheel drive mega hatch, the A45 AMG Not very long ago owning a Mercedes A-Class wasn’t very cool. The old car was bland, boxy and aimed squarly at those who favour practicality over style. With the introduction of the newest A-Class, Mercedes are now able to compete with BMW and Audi and subsequently appeal to a younger audience. That is all very well but what about us lot. The ones who want see a small Mercedes with an AMG badge on it that doesn’t simply relateRead More

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