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Jeep Grand Cherokee review: A comfortable, commanding cruiser
4.0 stars Jeep Grand Cherokee review: A comfortable, commanding cruiser By Max Langridge

Looking for a large SUV that's comfortable on-road and exceptional when the terrain veers away from the Tarmac? The Jeep Grand Cherokee could well be the one. Best SUVs: From crossover to Range Rover - which are kings of the road? The American brand has... Read more

Mini Cooper S Hatch review: Small in stature, big in personality
4.5 stars Mini Cooper S Hatch review: Small in stature, big in personality By Chris Hall

Mini has refreshed the Hatch, the 3-door model that most closely resembles the British classic, loading the 2018 model with more tech, more premium features and a dab more iconic design compared to the the 2014 version.Bonkers British designFrom the exterior,... Read more

Tesla Model X review: The ultimate electric SUV?
4.0 stars Tesla Model X review: The ultimate electric SUV? By Alistair Charlton

With all eyes on the difficult birth of the Tesla Model 3 - a mass-market electric car mentioned by some in the same breath as the Ford Model T and Mini - we shouldn't lose sight of Elon Musk's more premium offerings. There's already the Model S - which... Read more

Range Rover P400e review: Is this plug-in hybrid the best 4x4 by far?
4.0 stars Range Rover P400e review: Is this plug-in hybrid the best 4x4 by far? By Chris Pickering

Large SUVs have been the default choice for luxury car buyers ever since the original Range Rover came along and redefined our concept of off-roaders nearly half a century ago. They have a classless appeal that's every bit at home at Glastonbury as it... Read more

Kia Soul EV review: Good, green SUV fun
4.0 stars Kia Soul EV review: Good, green SUV fun By Chris Hall

The Kia Soul EV was launched in 2014 as one of the first pure electric cars on the road. It's unique in a number of ways, not least because it made an electric vehicle (EV) out of an existing model of car. It's also a crossover or SUV (in the loosest... Read more

Range Rover Sport SVR review: Land Rover lets its hair down
5.0 stars Range Rover Sport SVR review: Land Rover lets its hair down By Chris Pickering

Does anyone really need a Range Rover that can hurl itself from 0-60mph quicker than a Ferrari F355 while making a sound like a thunderstorm trapped in a bass drum? Probably not. But boy-oh-boy is it fun.Frankly, we could probably conclude the review... Read more

Volkswagen Passat GTE review: The best plug-in hybrid estate to buy?
4.0 stars Volkswagen Passat GTE review: The best plug-in hybrid estate to buy? By Joe Simpson

Are you ready to plug-in yet? In an environment where many are shunning diesel, yet where many petrol models still don't deliver stellar fuel economy (and have a tax bill to go with them), plug-in hybrids look like the ideal option for the discerning... Read more

Audi A7 review: A tech-packed grand tourer
4.0 stars Audi A7 review: A tech-packed grand tourer By Chris Hall

The launch of the Audi A8 was the start of something new. While Audi seems to release lots of new cars all the time, the Audi A7 is one of new generation: its modern exterior meets a vastly updated interior compared to the older model, complete with new... Read more

Volkswagen Golf review: Staying on top of the game
4.5 stars Volkswagen Golf review: Staying on top of the game By Joe Simpson

The Volkswagen Golf is Europe's best-selling car. When we reviewed the MK 7 back in 2013 it gained a coveted full-marks score. But five years is a long time in the car world, and with the forthcoming Golf MK 8 (as it will be called) still a couple of... Read more

Audi RS4 review: Return of the fast estate king
4.5 stars Audi RS4 review: Return of the fast estate king By Joe Simpson

Audi owns the fast estate car genre. Mercedes might make some enticing AMG-models which allow you to bring the dog and kids along, but no car defines that genre better than the Audi RS4.From March 2018 the RS4 arrives in its fourth-generation guise, available... Read more

Jaguar E-Pace review: The savviest SUV on the road?
4.0 stars Jaguar E-Pace review: The savviest SUV on the road? By Joe Simpson

"E-Pace? Is that the electric one then?," asks a man inspecting our Jaguar SUV as we're taking photos of it for this very review.Despite Jaguar launching its all-new electric i-Pace SUV at the Geneva Motor Show – because, you know, in the car world... Read more

Audi R8 RWS review: The rear-wheel supercar that purists will pine for
Audi R8 RWS review: The rear-wheel supercar that purists will pine for By Leon Poultney

Audi is a company that preaches all-wheel-drive technology. Its famous Quattro system has won numerous rally titles, ushered various Le Mans racers to victory and enabled ham-fisted drivers to enjoy cars with 500+bhp crammed underneath the bonnet without... Read more

Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain review: Top of the class
4.5 stars Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain review: Top of the class By Joe Simpson

How much do you want an SUV? It might have escaped your notice, but every other car we now review seems to be an SUV or crossover. And every time someone tells us they've bought a new car, it's called something like Qashqai, Kodiaq or Kumquat (ok, yes,... Read more

Volvo XC40 review: The most sophisticated small SUV
4.5 stars Volvo XC40 review: The most sophisticated small SUV By Joe Simpson

The XC40 is Volvo's third SUV, and its smallest to date. It slots in below the larger XC60 and biggest-of-the-bunch XC90, being the first time the company has offered a vehicle in the booming market that Americans refer to as a "company utility vehicle".... Read more

Subaru XV review: A crossover with real substance
4.0 stars Subaru XV review: A crossover with real substance By Chris Pickering

Carmakers struck gold when they came up with the idea of the crossover. Combining the convenience of a hatchback with the rugged off-road image of an SUV has proved to be like catnip for family car buyers.On paper, the Subaru XV is a classic example of... Read more

DS 7 Crossback review: Tech meets luxury flair, but it's not all savoir faire
4.0 stars DS 7 Crossback review: Tech meets luxury flair, but it's not all savoir faire By Chris Hall

The DS 7 Crossback is an important car for DS Automobiles. It represents the start of something new. Announced as a new brand in 2014, this is the first car for the marque that's all DS and no Citroën. That means there's no chevron-badged version,... Read more

Peugeot 5008 review: Reinventing the family MPV
3.5 stars Peugeot 5008 review: Reinventing the family MPV By Joe Simpson

The last Peugeot 5008 was a traditional MPV (Multi-Purpose Vehicle). And nobody wants one of those anymore. So for 2018, the 5008 has been reinvented as – you guessed it – an SUV (Sports-Utility Vehicle).It seems like barely a day goes by without... Read more

Honda Civic (2017) review: Classic hatch gets a millennial makeover
4.5 stars Honda Civic (2017) review: Classic hatch gets a millennial makeover By Joe Simpson

The Honda Civic is a funny old car. It's a real challenge to pinpoint who, exactly, it's aimed at, yet equally difficult to fault – despite historically boasting a number of irksome quirks. It's billed as a family car. A competitor to the evergreen... Read more

Lexus RC 300h review: The coupé conundrum
3.5 stars Lexus RC 300h review: The coupé conundrum By Mike Lowe

There's something to be said for rarity. When sighting an unusual car it turns heads because it bucks the familiar trend. Which is exactly what the Lexus RC 300h does.Drive through town in this sporty-looking coupe and its mammoth front grille will get... Read more

Alfa Romeo Stelvio review: A stellar SUV not to be overlooked
4.0 stars Alfa Romeo Stelvio review: A stellar SUV not to be overlooked By Mike Lowe

Say hello to Alfa Romeo's very first SUV. Yep, the heritage Italian brand has finally stepped up to the big-boy plate with the Stelvio. Which is, in essence, an Alfa Guilia on stilts. The Stelvio is part of its push into the SUV-car category that, in... Read more

Jaguar I-Pace first drive: Ice driving with the all-electric Jag
Jaguar I-Pace first drive: Ice driving with the all-electric Jag By Stuart Miles

The Jaguar I-Pace is the company's new all-electric SUV. In many people's minds it represents the future of the British brand. It's Jaguar Land Rover's first real foray into the world of electric as it looks to go up against a bevy of electric cars either... Read more

Seat Arona review: A smooth ride with a surprising amount of space inside
4.0 stars Seat Arona review: A smooth ride with a surprising amount of space inside By Leon Poultney

Seat has traditionally been the slightly confused brand in the Volkswagen Group - not quite having the selection of cars to live up to its funky, youthful marketing campaign, nor being cheap enough to tempt buyers away from the historically affordable... Read more

Nissan Leaf (2018) review: Electric for the people
4.5 stars Nissan Leaf (2018) review: Electric for the people By Chris Hall

While many manufacturers are posturing and pontificating about plans for the electrification of their cars, Nissan is releasing a proper second-gen electric vehicle, the new Nissan Leaf.The world has changed a lot since the 2010 launch of the original... Read more

Hyundai Kona review: The quirky, colourful crossover
4.0 stars Hyundai Kona review: The quirky, colourful crossover By Mike Lowe

It's the era of the SUV crossover, with the Hyundai Kona looking to take a bite out of Nissan Juke territory, while taking on its Kia Stonic cousin (that car is built on the same platform, so is essentially much the same car, albeit not so good looking)... Read more

Kia Stonic review: Batten down the hatches, the crossovers are coming
4.0 stars Kia Stonic review: Batten down the hatches, the crossovers are coming By Chris Hall

If you're a car manufacturer and not looking at how you can add a crossover to your model line-up, you're probably aiming your efforts in the wrong direction.The linear range of hatchback, saloon and estate has found SUVs thrust into the mix, with many... Read more

Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe review: Does it blend?
3.5 stars Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe review: Does it blend? By Joe Simpson

Mid-sized SUVs have become hugely popular over the past few years – particularly at the premium end of the market, if they're wearing the right German badge. The Mercedes GLC Coupe is most certainly wearing a badge of desire. But yes, you read that... Read more

Byton SUV Concept: Can it take on Tesla and succeed?
Byton SUV Concept: Can it take on Tesla and succeed? By Joe Simpson

Byton. It's not a name you're likely to have heard. But you might want to remember it, because the auto company has big plans, and by unveiling its concept SUV at CES 2018 it impressed many.Funded by Chinese money (aren't all new car companies these days?)... Read more

Tesla Model S 100D review: London to Scotland and back in the reigning EV king
4.5 stars Tesla Model S 100D review: London to Scotland and back in the reigning EV king By Alistair Charlton

Having been with us for almost six years, the electric Tesla Model S has quickly shifted from rare, exotic spaceship of the future to a common sight on British roads - especially in and around London where chargers are plentiful and the £64,700-to-£133,500... Read more

Toyota Prius review: Celebrating 20 years of the hybrid car
3.5 stars Toyota Prius review: Celebrating 20 years of the hybrid car By Joe Simpson

It might seem scarcely believable, but in 2017 the Toyota Prius celebrates its 20th Birthday. To mark this momentous occasion, we took the opportunity to crack out the candles and review this, the fourth generation of Toyota's most famous hybrid car.Twenty... Read more

Land Rover Discovery Sport review: Still the best 4x4 by far?
4.0 stars Land Rover Discovery Sport review: Still the best 4x4 by far? By Joe Simpson

Land Rover used to have a slogan: "The best 4x4x far". This was when a Land Rover was the domain of your local farmer, or rich landed gentry. But at what point did a Land Rover become the default vehicle of the upwardly mobile?Take a look out on the street.... Read more

Mazda CX-5 review: An SUV you'll actually enjoy driving
4.0 stars Mazda CX-5 review: An SUV you'll actually enjoy driving By Joe Simpson

The first Mazda CX-5 kicked off a revolution at Mazda. It was Mazda's first mainstream SUV and the first car to feature the company's new "Kodo – soul of motion" design language. Mazda ran that style through the subsequent 2, 3, 6, CX-3 and MX-5 and... Read more

Alpine A110 review: Renault resurrects classic sports car with aplomb
5.0 stars Alpine A110 review: Renault resurrects classic sports car with aplomb By Leon Poultney

To properly understand the modern Alpine A110 it helps to rewind to clock to 1955, when racing enthusiast and talented engineer Jean Rédélé decided to transform his passion for tuning old Renault 4 CVs into a legitimate business.Rédélé chose the... Read more

Fiat 500L review: Return of the MPV?
3.5 stars Fiat 500L review: Return of the MPV? By Chris Pickering

The Fiat 500 can justifiably claim to be an icon. Its unique blend of style, functionality and affordability has won it legions of admirers over the years.But there's a catch. The original 500 was designed to navigate the back streets of 1950s Italy and... Read more

McLaren 720S review: Shaking up the supercar world order
5.0 stars McLaren 720S review: Shaking up the supercar world order By Joe Simpson

In a world of iPhones, Snapchat, Pokemon and a whole host of digital distractions, do little boys and girls still put posters of supercars on their walls? It's a question we're musing as we drive the new McLaren 720S around the Cirencester bypass. Growing... Read more

Volkswagen T-Roc review: Solid as a rock?
4.0 stars Volkswagen T-Roc review: Solid as a rock? By Alistair Charlton

As the growth of the sharing and on-demand economies lure us away from ownership and into a future where someone else's car arrives with the prod of a smartphone app, it may seem counterintuitive for car makers to place a growing focus on personalisation... Read more