Category Archives: Hatchback

Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer With Added Bite

After many years of being one of the also-rans in the hatchback stakes the latest version of the Vauxhall Astra has impressed everyone with good ride and trim quality and a very smart new suit of clothes. I often prefer estate car versions of hatchbacks and the Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer (tested here in SRi Nav, 1.6i 200PS Turbo S/S trim) is no exception. Continue reading

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Mazda CX-3 – Winning At The Crossover Party

I count myself fortunate to be allowed to drive all manner of cars. This week I had the experience of stepping out of a £72k luxury car and into a mainstream crossover costing just £20,000. Fortunately, this was less of a hardship than it first appears because the crossover was the really rather good Mazda CX-3 here presented in two-wheel drive guise. Continue reading

Audi, Q2, DriveWrite Automotive, motoring blog, car blog

Audi & The Breath Of Fresh Air

And it came to pass that we entered the grass pollen season even as tree pollen is still doing its nasal thing. The good news is, from next month, compact Audi models will bring a breath of fresher air to their occupants thanks to a new air conditioning filter that not only removes fine particulates and harmful gases from the air, but also neutralises virtually all allergens. This will come as a blessing to those poor souls who suffer from the effects of tree pollen, grass pollen and nature’s sundry pollutants. Continue reading

Kia cee'd Sportswagon, DriveWrite Automotive, car blog, motoring blog

Kia cee’d Sportswagon ‘3’ – Lively And Responsive

The trouble with a lively and responsive engine, as fitted to the featured Kia cee’d Sportswagon for example, is that a lively and responsive driver will likely use it in a lively and responsive fashion. This has the downside of adversely affecting fuel consumption. The answer of course is to calm the heck down and drive abstemiously; or simply buy the diesel. Continue reading

Volkswagen Touran, DriveWrite Automotive, car blog, motoring blog, automotive blog

Volkswagen Touran MPV – Sensible Shoes

The thing to remember about a Multi-Purpose Vehicle is that the clue is in the MPV designation. In the case of the Volkswagen Touran it means we have a mid-size seven-seat vehicle which has many practical uses, none of which include driving thrills, I’m afraid. This is the car you want when there is child wrangling to be done, family road trips to be organised or awkward items to be collected from the garden centre. Continue reading

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DriveWrite Favourite – New Volvo V60 Polestar Available Soon.

Volvo have announced the launch of the quickest car it has ever made – the new 367hp Polestar V60 estate. Sprinting from to 62 mph in a scant 4.8 seconds, it is limited to a top speed of 155 mph, powered by a specially enhanced version of Volvo’s award-winning four-cylinder Drive-E powertrain. Continue reading

Honda Civic Type R, DriveWrite Automotive, motoring blog, car blog

Honda Civic Type R – Men 2 Boyz

One of the things that gladdens my heart is the knowledge that car makers are still prepared to build cars like the Honda Civic Type R featured here. Cars that fly in the face of the current mood of eco-consciousness like a hot dog stand at a vegan conference. People who ask, ‘what is the point of vents and gills that don’t appear to do anything’, are, by saying that, missing the very point of them. Continue reading

Peugeot 508 RXH, DriveWrite Automotive, automotive blog, car blog, motoring blog

Peugeot 508 RXH – It’s Good But What Is It For?

I always applaud efforts by car makers to try something that moves at least part of their range out of the ‘mainstream’ even if it doesn’t always work out. The RCZ-R from the French manufacturer is a fine little sports car for example but is, alas being, deleted from the catalogue. That’s a shame and a sign of the times. The Peugeot 508 RXH is another example; it is the company’s effort to add a premium ‘all-roader’ model to the range but sadly it doesn’t quite come off. Continue reading

Jeep, Cherokee, DriveWrite Automotive

Jeep Cherokee Limited – Out And About

In the ever-expanding world of the SUV the (to give it the full title) Jeep Cherokee 2.2L Multijet 4WD Auto Limited has much to recommend it. Although it says ‘Since 1941’ on the steering wheel this big car has little in common with the original of legend. Sharing an Alfa Romeo platform, the Cherokee is more Sergio Leone than Clint Eastwood in that it has lost the butch, rugged American looks in favour of something more sleek and European. Continue reading