Category Archives: Hatchback

Peugeot 208, new cars, DriveWrite Automotive, car blog, motoring blog

Peugeot 208 – A Good Run For Your Money

Well, it has been a long fortnight hasn’t it? The Olympics. It’s a tense period when one member of the household (She) is an avid sports fan glued to the widescreen: “Quick! Quick! There’s cockroaches racing up the side of a Rio restaurant in the heat! We must get out there for the final”. The other member (He) is like a dead owl when it comes to most sports. He couldn’t give a hoot. Continue reading

DS4 Crossback, DS, DriveWrite Automotive, car blog, motoring blog

DS4 Crossback – It’s Good But Not Quite…

When the Citroen DS3 first appeared it was, justifiably, a great success. Since then DS (Different Spirit apparently) has fledged fully and flown the nest to boldly go and find its place in the world. A better place it would seem: more upmarket and on trend with not a parental chevron in sight. Not for DS the run of the mill, no: the brand wants to move on up and take on the posh motors. There is still a way to go, as is the case for the DS4 Crossback. Continue reading

Skoda Superb, Estate, 4x4, DriveWrite Automotive, car, motoring, blog, website

Skoda Superb Estate 4×4 – The Flagship’s Flagship

The first Skoda car was launched onto an unsuspecting world around 1905. It was still for sale in 1987! No, no; only kidding. We can’t do that sort of thing any more. It’s not politically correct and it’s not factually correct. The days when Skoda cars were the butt of bad jokes are long gone. The fact is, the Czech company make great cars these days and they should be on everyone’s buying short list of mainstream motors. The Superb (at least until the launch of the upcoming Kodiaq SUV) is the flagship of the range and the flagship’s flagship has got to be the Skoda Superb SE L Executive Estate 4×4 featured today. Continue reading

Jeep Renegade, DriveWrite Automotive, car blog, motoring blog

Jeep Renegade – American Style & Italian Breeding

The Jeep Renegade is chunky. In the manner of SUVs from the past it is square-cut and lantern-jawed but with 21st Century manners. The model as tested in Longitude trim (around £20k depending) is no friend of mud. That sort of business it leaves to its more off-road capable 4WD brethren which are much more up for a bit of track and trail ranging. Continue reading

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

Mazda CX-3, drivewrite Automotive, car, motoring, automotive, blog

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

Volvo V60 Polestar, Volvo, DriveWrite Automotive, car blog, motoring blog

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