Category Archives: Car reviews

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Subaru Times Two

I may have mentioned before that I am partial to a Subaru. (A passing lady of my long-term acquaintance has just looked over my shoulder and said, “Only about a million times”, before moving on. A bit over-exaggerated I thought). The Subaru brand has traditionally been popular among a dedicated core of buyers. Marketing is targeted towards specific niches centered on those who want the company’s signature drive-train, in particular the outdoors enthusiast and affordable sports car markets. Continue reading

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Estate Car vs SUV: And The Winner Is…

Over the last however many years we have seen the inexorable rise and rise of the SUV. These big beasts are now ubiquitous on our roads and I have a problem with them. In the early days they were promoted as being somehow rugged and outdoorsy when they patently were not. Nobody is fooled by that any more. Continue reading

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The EV Revolution Is On Its Way

About Electric Vehicle Progress in America. Jerry Mooney writes: When it comes to electric vehicles (EVs), Tesla often gets the headlines, but there is an increasing fleet of electric cars that are pushing the envelope on price, range and quality. Don’t get me wrong, I spend most of my automotive fantasies focused on a Tesla Model X, but even though the EV revolution is just beginning, there is an increasing variety of available and soon to be available electric cars with a similar variety of specs, costs and features. Continue reading

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Audi SQ5 – The Perfect Family And Driver Compromise

With so many Audi variants you could picture herds of them sweeping majestically across the plain. Yet they are all different. Just like the part-performance car, part-family-ready SUV that is the Audi SQ5. It’s already a firm UK favourite on the strength of its impressively well-rounded appeal. From this week though, its all-new successor retakes its rightful place at the head of the Q5 range offering an even more concentrated dose of that successful formula. Continue reading

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One Weekend – Two British Legends

The world would be wonderful without cars; all that fresh, clean, pollution-free air and the like. However, since the world is not wonderful, people need their cars and if we need cars we might as well have the best. The Range Rover. Continue reading

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In The Heart Of England With A Porsche 718 Cayman

In England rain is a tradition. We look to the skies and wonder what that bright orb is above our heads. Eventually we recall dim memories of something called the sun. Well, a couple of weeks ago a little sun entered my life in the form of the latest version of the legendary Porsche Cayman (launch reviewed here), now designated with the number 718 in memory of a long-ago racing car. Inevitably, the weather failed to play ball and was typically appalling. I therefore am obliged to apologise for the dirty state of the car in some of my images. Continue reading

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Alfa Romeo Mito & The Curate’s Egg

I must apologise for the state of the test car in my images, which is why I have also used AR media snaps. In my defence, the weather that week was appalling. You simply cannot keep a car clean in winter. That’s my excuse. Now, call me peculiar but I have a soft spot for Alfa Romeo cars of all ages. When, in due time, Gabriel and his air-horns call me to that great parking garage in the sky I know I will be given free entry to the petrolhead’s bar and the executive ‘restroom’ because, you see, I have personally owned two brilliant but flawed cars from the Italian manufacturer. Continue reading

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Nissan X-Trail – A Worthy SUV Contender

Nissan X-Trail is not a silly or meaningless name for a car – unlike some I could mention. It conjures up an image of the great outdoors and of rugged exploration. The thing is, like almost every other car in these lifestyle days, or so it seems to me, the Nissan is now softer in its approach to the SUV market. Continue reading

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20 Years Of All-Wheel Drive With Volvo

Volvo Cars, the Swedish manufacturer, is celebrating twenty years of mechanical All-Wheel Drive (AWD). Volvo cars are well known for what’s apparently called ‘framkomlighet’ in Swedish – the ability to get you wherever you want to go – regardless of the weather conditions. Continue reading