Category Archives: Crossover

Suzuki Vitara S, DriveWrite Automotive, car blog, motoring blog

Suzuki Vitara S – On Trial

Ladies & Gentlemen Of The Jury: The latest model Suzuki Vitara, when it was launched last year, was seen as a real step up in quality from the popular Japanese brand. I liked it very much. What I personally wasn’t so keen on was the available engines which I felt, although fine at what they did, were lacking in vitality. That’s all changed now thanks to the new Suzuki Vitara S with it’s fun and feisty 1.4L Boosterjet turbo motor. Now it is the car it always wanted to be. Continue reading

Volvo, Polestar, DriveWrite Automotive, motoring blog, car blog

Volvo Polestar Performance Parts

As I am, this very morning, in receipt of a very smart Volvo S60 for a week of Swedish comfort cruising, I feel honour bound to mention that Polestar, Volvo’s sporting cousin, has introduced a whole new line of high-performance products called Polestar Performance Parts, which offer, they say, even more driving pleasure to Volvo drivers. Continue reading

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