Monthly Archives: July 2017

Suzuki Swift, supermini, Suzuki, new cars, hatchback, DriveWrite Automotive, motoring blog, car blog

Suzuki Swift: Great Value Supermini

All versions of the good-looking Suzuki Swift tip the scales at well under 1000kg thus delivering a lively and fun driving experience from the available economic engines. I liked the previous model a lot and this new one improves on that across the board. The test car, in top-of-the-range SZ5 trim, came loaded with extras (see the full spec below) and still cost under £16k, making this supermini tremendous value. Continue reading

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Are Young Drivers Ready For The Road After Their Test?

A recent survey asked 1,800 young and learner drivers, about the process of learning to drive. It highlighted some concerns. These worries are being addressed this very week which is designated Learner Driver Week to encourage positive change and make driving as accessible, valuable and affordable as possible. Continue reading

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Audi A4: Pound For Pound Is This The Best Car Around?

That’s a fair question and I know what my answer would be. There are of course many Audi A4 variants. Audi do not miss a trick when it comes to offering something for everyone on every model. In this case the car on test is an A4 saloon with a 2.0L TFSI 248bhp (252PS) quattro S-tronic in S-Line trim. It has got the lot. If you check out the options list below I cannot frankly see anything I would like to add, except maybe Audi’s Virtual Cockpit which is the best thing since sliced bread. I would also like to specify a lower price. Continue reading

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Holiday Abroad While You Still Can?

Across the short stretch of water that will soon be officially called La Manche lies a mysterious continent called Europe. I mention this because a new study reveals that Brexit could bring a boost to the tourism industries of a number of European nations over the next two years as more Brits holiday on the continent before we exit the EU, with Italy and Spain profiting the most presumably because they have the best weather. Continue reading

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An Ongoing Struggle With The Pothole

A problem that just won’t seem to go away for drivers across the whole of the UK are potholes – especially if the results of a new report by the RAC is anything to go on. According to their figures, between January and March 2017, the RAC dealt with over 6,500 breakdowns, which were likely attributable to poor road surfaces. The last time that so many pothole-related breakdowns were recorded in a three-month period was in the first quarter of 2015 (almost 6,900 breakdowns were recorded then). However, in the early months of 2015, the country was subjected to more days of frost and rainfall when compared to the first three months of 2017, when the nation experienced mild and moderately dry conditions. Continue reading

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Advice For Those Who Have Just Passed Their Driving Test

Congratulations, you’ve passed your driving test, now you want to get out on the roads, building up your driving experience. Here are a few tips to help you get started:

Your Insurance

First of all, now you’ve qualified, you’ll need to ensure you have appropriate car insurance in place. Remember, you can’t drive without it, so take it out today. The law prohibits driving without suitable insurance, if you do, you run the risk of being fined, having six penalty points put on your licence and even a driving ban. Continue reading

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Subaru BRZ – Revised & Improved But No Faster, Alas

The Japanese manufacturer stubbornly refuses to acknowledge the customer desire for more speed from the Subaru BRZ, at least in the UK, although this great little sports car has been revised for 2017. The original was great, this latest version is even better but the downside is there is no more power. This car requires the driver to exercise proper driving skills so if you want cheap thrills go back to the loud n’ brash hot hatch market. That would be a mistake however because this stylish car rewards the effort with a fine madness of its own. Continue reading

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The Coolest Fast And Furious Cars

This new infographic courtesy of OSV looks at the coolest cars from the Fast and Furious franchise. There are numerous things needed to make a Fast and Furious film: high-octane stunts, several of your favourite F&F characters, a villain or two and of course a copious supply of action. Continue reading