Category Archives: Transport

Audi SQ7, DriveWrite Automotive, car blog, motoring blog

The New Audi SQ7 – Real Diesel Power

The first units of the new Audi SQ7 TDI – the world’s most powerful diesel SUV they say, will appear on the market from this Summer. With 435hp and 663.8 lb-ft of torque at its disposal, it accelerates from 0 to 62mph in just 4.8 seconds, with fuel consumption around the 32mpg mark. This equates to 18g/km of CO². European customers can order the Audi SQ7 TDI from mid-May. Continue reading

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Kia Carens – Family Fun

As the former prime minister Tony Blair probably never said, I’m not really a MPV kinda guy. Essentially, I’ve been there and done that. I have ferried ankle-biters to parties and teenagers to what I believe are called ‘gigs’ (a form of boat or carriage I always thought). So although I was aware of the Kia Carens and the rising popularity of the brand, the MPV-style of vehicle did not fit into my lifestyle. Or so I thought… Continue reading

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Cruising For Burgers – Driving For Pleasure

The annual Riviera Run coming up at the end of April, is a two-day weekend festival held at the Newquay View Resort nestling in the folds of Porth Valley on the outskirts of the popular Cornish resort town and dedicated to the Mini of legend. There’s all manner of larks – this is in Newquay after all; there’s a show and shine and, of course, the chance to cruise the streets in and around the town in a display of automotive passion. Continue reading

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Car vs Bike: The Saga Continues

As an experienced driver and also a long-time cyclist I am often asked which is best, motor car or bicycle, and I always answer clearly, precisely and definitively: ‘It depends’. Each form of transport has its merits and its drawbacks. I resolved to give it some proper thought because it is well overdue for the constant war of words, abuse and fists to stop and for motorists and bikeists to finally get along. Continue reading

Volvo S60, DriveWrite Automotive, Motoring blog, car blog

Volvo S60 – In At The Business End

With the proliferation of hatchbacks available these days it is hard to see the appeal of saloon cars, like the Volvo S60 D3 SE Lux Nav featured here, in the family car market. Certainly, it is family-sized with a roomy interior and a deep boot that will swallow 380L of luggage but without the wide-open aspect of, say, the V60 hatch models and I would hazard a guess that sales will be limited. The appeal of this car lies in my view firmly in the executive business car bracket. Continue reading

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Driverless Cars – “You Won’t Get Me Into One Of Those Things”

A postprandial sojourn on the sofa is part of any man’s life. The other day, after just such a nap, I awoke to find I had a bit of a sore throat. Well, you can imagine the rest. By the end of the day I had a full-blown man-cold and, as a result, I have fallen behind on the work. Therefore I can’t now report the latest news on driverless cars so much as just comment upon it. Continue reading

Subaru Levorg, GT, DriveWrite Automotive

The Subaru Levorg GT – Out And About

Regular readers will know that I am partial to a Subaru. To me they have a feeling of solidity and robustness that feels planted on the road. Generally, reaction to the Subaru Levorg Grand Tourer has been mixed; everyone agrees that it has a capable and well engineered permanent 4×4 system but it doesn’t float many boats overall. So I may be sailing against the tide here but I really rate it. Continue reading

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Road Safety – Reading Between The Lines

When driving in Europe amongst foreign persons it pays to learn the rules of the road as they can change from country to country. Standards of driving can vary enormously. Parisian motorists for example see it as their duty to try and kill a tourist a day; it’s a matter of honour to them. Continue reading

Driving, advanced driving, DriveWrite Automotive, car blog, motoring blog

Enhance Your Driving Pleasure

2015 saw the 80th anniversary of the introduction of the UK driving test. Quite a lot happened in 1935: Cat’s-eyes were first used on roads (invented in 1933, before anyone says anything), Penguin books published their first volume, Sir Malcolm Campbell set a new land speed record and a certain Mr J Beene passed his driving test, the first person to do so. It cost him the equivalent of 37.5p. Things have moved on a lot since then, especially the cost of taking your driving test which works out at about a million pounds per attempt these days. Continue reading

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All Aboard The Audi A4 Express Train

It’s finally come to this. I have no complaints; no real criticisms. My mind is clear and not clouded by irritating grumbles. Sure, I can nitpick about the Audi A4 3.0L S-Line TDI quattro saloon I recently enjoyed for a week but when all is said and done, for me this car is near perfect. Some may not agree but our criteria for these things often varies. All I can say is that it was very hard to give it back. Very hard. Continue reading