Category Archives: SUV

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The FIAT 500X – è stato bello

There’s something about Latin cars that brings on a little Italian flair to the writing even when, as in this case, under the skin they are a Jeep Renegade. The original FIAT 500 is now an object of automotive desire and the designers have done a great job with bringing the diminutive model into the 21st Century. What we didn’t know is that it would grow and grow. It grew into the 500L and then into the FIAT 500X Cross you see here. Continue reading

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Driving Courteously Not Selfishly

Returning from the South Coast on the day after August Bank Holiday is always going to test the patience of a saint and I am not saintly. When a driver, in part at least, brings travel trouble upon himself, it is even worse; at least that’s my recent experience. I also found that the idea of driving courteously seems to be a thing of the past. Continue reading

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Peugeot 3008: Car Of The Year?

A while back I complained that many new crossovers and SUV’s all had the same look as if there was a template being passed from manufacturer to manufacturer. Whilst I hold to that to a certain extent I have to admit to being guilty of the sin of over-generalisation because some of the new crop of such cars are uniquely styled: The new Peugeot 3008 featured here is a case in point. Continue reading

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Peugeot 2008 Update: The PureTech GT-Line

I reviewed the latest Peugeot 2008 last year, HERE. Then, it was a diesel-engine version in Allure trim. It was a fine modestly-sized SUV which I described as being an ideal small, economical family car. The 2008 is based on the 208 supermini but, although heavier, offers more versatility and space. This time I wanted to try the three-cylinder 1.2 PureTech petrol engine with a lively 130bhp and 230Nm of torque. Continue reading

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Drive Your Own Set Of Wheels Around Next Vacation

Now is around the time people start thinking about planning their summer vacations for either this year or perhaps the next. One of the key parts of planning the vacation is arranging the transport when you get there. You need to decide whether you’re going to hire a car or use public transport all the way. However, there might be a better option, and that’s to drive your own car. There are many advantages to driving your own set of wheels on your next vacation. Continue reading

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A Valediction For The Skoda Yeti

A while back I was watching The Grand Tour in which our merry trio were driving some expensive supercars and it occurred to me that I had, albeit briefly, myself driven two of the cars they were testing. Throughout the series other, maybe lesser cars, also made an appearance and it is with great pleasure that I found I had driven some of them too, often extensively and with a big cheesy grin on my face. Continue reading

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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

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Estate Car vs SUV: And The Winner Is…

Over the last however many years we have seen the inexorable rise and rise of the SUV. These big beasts are now ubiquitous on our roads and I have a problem with them. In the early days they were promoted as being somehow rugged and outdoorsy when they patently were not. Nobody is fooled by that any more. Continue reading

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Audi SQ5 – The Perfect Family And Driver Compromise

With so many Audi variants you could picture herds of them sweeping majestically across the plain. Yet they are all different. Just like the part-performance car, part-family-ready SUV that is the Audi SQ5. It’s already a firm UK favourite on the strength of its impressively well-rounded appeal. From this week though, its all-new successor retakes its rightful place at the head of the Q5 range offering an even more concentrated dose of that successful formula. Continue reading