Tag Archives: SUV

Volvo XC90, DriveWrite Automotive, car blog, motoring blog

Volvo XC90 And The Kitchen Sink

The all-new Volvo XC90 is a mighty, yet manageable, motor. In entry-level Momentum trim – and when I say ‘entry-level’ I mean the Volvo definition of ‘entry-level’ at £50,000 including options – it is a car for all reasons and all seasons. As luck would have it, the car’s arrival coincided with a DriveWrite break, so a few days away with the family unit ensued. 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

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

Suzuki Vitara S, DriveWrite Automotive, car blog, motoring blog

Suzuki Vitara S – On Trial

Ladies & Gentlemen Of The Jury: The latest model Suzuki Vitara, when it was launched last year, was seen as a real step up in quality from the popular Japanese brand. I liked it very much. What I personally wasn’t so keen on was the available engines which I felt, although fine at what they did, were lacking in vitality. That’s all changed now thanks to the new Suzuki Vitara S with it’s fun and feisty 1.4L Boosterjet turbo motor. Now it is the car it always wanted to be. 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

Range Rover Sport: Out And About

I usually hate snow. As lovely and white and virginal as it might appear on the surface, it has an underlying dark side which makes driving unpleasant and arduous. I don’t want it on my patch, it’s as simple as that; except of course when my ride is the magnificent Range Rover Sport you see in the images. When I heard that the Sport was booked it was like the sound of music to my ears. The cold white stuff would be a welcome distraction. Continue reading

Honda, DriveWrite Automotive

The Honda HR-V – Crossover Style

Amazingly, it has been ten years since the Japanese company’s  last offering that carried the Honda HR-V name. It was a boxy, slightly disappointing SUV-style car that didn’t really capture the public’s attention. This time around though the company seem to have cracked it with their latest offering; although with reservations on my part. Continue reading

Subaru Outback, DriveWrite Automotive

Subaru Outback – The Outsider Impresses

At the risk of repeating myself, I like a Subaru. With the possible exception of the XV, there isn’t a car in the range I wouldn’t be pleased to own. It’s not easy to pinpoint why. They are not noted for their cutting edge design and the like, it’s just that they feel solid and dependable, as if they could motor on forever. Continue reading