Category Archives: Hatchback

Subaru, Levorg, estate car, SUV, DriveWrite Automotive, motoring, cars, blog, XV

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

Alfa Romeo, Mito, Italian cars, supermini, small cars, DriveWrite Automotive, motoring, cars, blog

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

Trade Centre Wales, car depreciation, used cars, buy used cars,

Motoring Money: Cars That Hold Their Value

It is often said that buying a car can be one of the most expensive lifetime purchases with the obvious exception of your house. Unlike a house, cars will suffer value depreciation quickly so new or used car buyers will want to try and lay hands on a vehicle that will still be worth as much as possible when it comes time to sell it on. Continue reading

Volkswagen Polo, supermini, VW, Polo, new cars, DriveWrite Automotive, motoring, cars

Volkswagen Polo – A Match For Any Supermini

Whenever a prospective buyer considers a choice of supermini hatchbacks, the first thought is of the evergreen Fiesta and with very good reason. In fact, this segment of the car market is awash with decent small cars but, instead of the Ford, perhaps at the top of any short list should also be the Volkswagen Polo, voted the 2016 supermini of the year.. Continue reading

Kia Sportage, crossover, SUV, new cars, Sorento, DriveWrite, Automotive, motoring, cars, driving, blog

Kia Sportage Wins Hearts And Minds

With a steady October 2016 for car sales in the UK, the Kia Sportage remains a strong seller for the brand. The tested model – fourth generation – has seen a continued rise in sales since going on sale in February this year with over 31,400 sold since launch and 3,471 sold in October. Kia is showing a near fourteen per cent rise on 2015 figures and with good reason. This is a very good car. Continue reading

Audi RSQ3, Performance, crossover, SUV, new cars, 4x4, DriveWrite, Automotive, motoring, car, blog

Audi RSQ3 – Pocket-Sized Performance

If Audi see the tiniest gap in the car market they clearly feel compelled to fill it. Buyers of the more enthusiastic style of small hatch are already catered for by the German brand’s brilliant hot pocket rocket, the RS3. Thus it seems to me that to make, effectively, a taller version of the same thing seems wilfully pointless. So why do I love the Audi RSQ3 Performance so? Continue reading

Skoda Octavia Scout, Skoda, 4x4, new cars, DriveWrite Automotive, motoring, cars, blog

Skoda Octavia Scout – Practical Power & Purpose

I like a Skoda. I may have mentioned this before. They are competitively priced, well made and always surprisingly commodious. The Skoda Octavia Scout featured here is no different and is, in my opinion, worthy of consideration, especially for country dwellers. The regular Octavia Estate if fine but if you need a little more ground clearance and the benefits of intelligent four-wheel drive then the Scout is for you. Continue reading

Volvo V40, hatchback, Volvo cars, new cars, DriveWrite Automotive, motoring, cars, blog

The Volvo V40 R-Design – Ha en säker resa.

When you’ve done a big shop and stowed the bags in the boot of your average car, isn’t it irritating to get home only to find all the groceries strewn about like the aftermath of a grenade strike. Tins rolling around, packets splitting open and a lost root vegetable that has bounced to oblivion to rot and to smell. Wouldn’t it be good if some car maker came up with a nifty idea to stop that happening? That would be fantastic, that. Enter, stage left, the Volvo V40 D3 R-Design Pro. Continue reading

Pulsar, Nissan Pulsar, new cars, hatchback, DriveWrite Automotive, car, motoring, driving, blog

Nissan – Finger On The Pulsar

There’s a whole flotilla of quality small cars on the market these days so the Nissan Pulsar has its work cut out to impress in the highly competitive family hatchback market. The good news is that, like its bigger brothers the Qashqai and the X-Trail, the Pulsar impresses. Continue reading