Category Archives: Crossover

Motoring, driveWrite Automotive

Too Much Motoring Choice Is Bad For You

Once, long ago in the mists of the 20th Century, people were satisfied with what they had when it came to material things. Austerity had taught them to be careful with money (unlike now). They expected things to last. For their motoring needs they purchased a family car and kept it pretty much until it had reverted to a brown organic state for want of galvanising. Continue reading

Honda, DriveWrite Automotive

The Honda HR-V – Crossover Style

Amazingly, it has been ten years since the Japanese company’s  last offering that carried the Honda HR-V name. It was a boxy, slightly disappointing SUV-style car that didn’t really capture the public’s attention. This time around though the company seem to have cracked it with their latest offering; although with reservations on my part. Continue reading

Subaru Outback, DriveWrite Automotive

Subaru Outback – The Outsider Impresses

At the risk of repeating myself, I like a Subaru. With the possible exception of the XV, there isn’t a car in the range I wouldn’t be pleased to own. It’s not easy to pinpoint why. They are not noted for their cutting edge design and the like, it’s just that they feel solid and dependable, as if they could motor on forever. Continue reading

Skoda Yeti, DriveWrite Automotive

Your Czech Mate: Skoda Yeti Remains A Firm Family Friend

The Skoda Yeti has been around for a few years now without changing that much and that’s no bad thing. There’s a new and larger one on the way in the next year or so but that doesn’t mean the current car is getting stale. It still has plenty to offer, especially when you can get this stylish feature packed Monte Carlo edition for less than £28k. Continue reading

The Kia Sportage: Now And Later

Kia Sportage, DriveWrite AutomotiveThe Kia Sportage sits in the Korean manufacturer’s range just below the mighty Sorento (here). It’s pretty big so it is either a large crossover or a smallish SUV. Take your choice. Either way, Kia have struck a chord with the British car buying public as there are plenty about and with good reason; this is a very likeable car. Continue reading

The New Suzuki Vitara – A Big Step Up

Suzuki Vitara, new cars, crossoversNot for the first time I have to admit to a touch of bias. I just like Suzuki cars. I can’t really explain it except to say that I always look forward to driving them because they seem such cheerful, affable cars. I realise that giving mechanical objects human characteristics isn’t exactly cutting edge, impartial automotive journalism and also hints at a fine madness but there you are. They are always fun to drive and the new Vitara is no exception. Continue reading

The New & Improved Subaru XV

Subaru XVI have always been a great fan of Subaru vehicles. When I first tried the XV it was fine but I was a bit underwhelmed, sad to say, because I liked the look of it. Now fortunately Subaru UK has announced a raft of modifications and upgrades to the interior and chassis of the XV compact crossover. The changes will hopefully result in improvements to cabin refinement and ambience plus an improved drive. There’s a new infotainment system too, first seen on the new Outback earlier this year. Continue reading

The Mitsubishi ASX 4 – No Nonsense Value.

Mitsubishi, ASXWhat is a crossover? At what point does a vehicle cease to be a crossover and become an SUV? The lines are becoming blurred. Originally, in my view, the crossover was a funky, chunky, higher-riding motor based on the underpinnings of a regular car from the maker’s range. These days though, whilst retaining that mid-size crossover profile, some seem to be more than capable of taking on the tougher jobs. Continue reading

Peugeot At The Goodwood Festival Of Speed

Circumstances beyond my control prevented me from attending the Goodwood Festival Of Speed this year, alas, despite a very kind invitation to enjoy the hospitality of Peugeot. So, just to rub it in, Peugeot have sent through this video, below, to show how enjoyable the whole thing was. Not that I’m bitter or anything… Continue reading

Which Fuel Is The Right Fuel?

Audi Q3 petrolA version of this article first appeared in Audi Driver magazine: Whenever the global price of oil fluctuates so the debate about choice of fuel rises to the surface like a hardy perennial. It’s a question that vexes all who are in the market for a new or used car and the answer will always depend on the perceived use of the vehicle. Continue reading