“Comfort is the new cool”, according to Citroen, as it moves its latest C4 Cactus upmarket and away from SUV-like soft-roaders to compete with mainstream family motors. Motoring editor Andy Russell says it’s just so Citroen.

Gallery: Putting the MG into NMG… and Isuzu too

Saturday, March 17, 2018

NMG has taken on two iconic, heritage automotive marques in MG and Isuzu and is looking forward to building the brands in Norfolk. Managing director Grant Long tells motoring editor Andy Russell why they are a good fit with the NMG business.

DS Automobiles breaks out from Citroen’s shadow with its eye-catching DS 7 Crossback designed to stand out in the premium SUV sector. Motoring editor Andy Russell samples its quirky Gallic charm.

The Skoda Karoq enters the fray of a crowded and talented compact crossover market – Tom Wiltshire puts it to the test.

SsangYong’s biggest challenge is not its vehicles but getting its name know – the all-new Rexton SUV winning 4x4 of the year is a huge boost, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

Subaru claims its new XV compact crossover’s all-wheel-drive system makes it as good on the road as it performs off-road. Will Rimell puts it to the test.

Want a load-lugging, lifestyle 4x4, but an SUV is not your style? Vauxhall’s rugged Insignia Country Tourer could be the answer, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

SEAT has grown its SUV family with the Arona compact crossover, smaller sibling to the Ateca, but also set to be a big player as motoring editor Andy Russell finds out at its launch.

Gallery: Volvo XC40 compact SUV makes big impression

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Volvo’s new XC40 compact is here but can it stand out in a crowded SUV market? Tom Wiltshire finds out.

Gallery: Velar driving Range Rover’s future

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Velar, the fourth member of the Range Rover family, reveals an exciting new era and direction for the luxury brand, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

The mid-range Ateca has capably heralded SEAT’s next two-pronged assault on the fast-growing SUV sector, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

Vauxhall has completed its sport utility vehicle range with the third, and largest, Grandland X. Motoring editor Andy Russell finds out how it measures up in this competitive sector.

Hyundai has added a new SUV to the ever-popular crossover market. Aidan Rennie-Jones finds out how the Kona stacks up.

Nissan’s large X-Trail SUV is never going to be as popular as the smaller Qashqai but this flagship soft-roader’s seven-seat option now gives it a clear identity, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

Skoda has now shaken up the large sport utility vehicle market with its Kodiaq. It’s a big, roomy family wagon with loads of style, space and value. Motoring editor Andy Russell climbs aboard.

The SEAT Arona is one of many compact SUVs about to enter the market. Jack Evans finds out if it has what it takes to stand out from the pack.

Nissan pioneered the crossover market with its best-selling Qashqai – motoring editor Andy Russell checks out the changes aimed at keeping it top of its game.

As its first sport utility vehicle, the Stelvio is a hugely important car for Alfa Romeo. Simon Davis finds out if it has what it takes.

Citroen’s new C3 Aircross is a colourful character joining the compact SUV market. Motoring editor Andy Russell finds out if this ‘supermini on stilts’ lives up to its looks.

MG has raised its game with the ZS compact SUV – style, value, good to drive and a seven-year warranty. No wonder it aims to double sales, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

Peugeot is set to become a key player in the seven-seat SUV sector after reinventing its 5008. It’s stylish, roomy and pleasing to drive, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

Jack Evans drives Range Rover’s latest hi-tech, cutting edge luxury sport utility vehicle – the Velar.

Nissan’s facelifted X-Trail has landed in the UK. Ryan Hirons heads to Snowdonia to find out what it’s like.

The SQ5 is the hottest version of Audi’s Q5 currently on sale. Jack Evans finds out how hot it really is.

Vauxhall’s growing SUV family has welcomed a new arrival with the compact Crossland X crossover replacing the Meriva multi-purpose vehicle. Motoring editor Andy Russell finds out if it’s family friendly.

Land Rover’s fifth-generation Discovery is hugely imposing and equally impressive to drive and live with motoring editor Andy Russell’s only (minor) niggle that offset rear numberplate!

Desira is launching the new Alfa Romeo Stelvio, its debut sport utility vehicle, with an exclusive test-drive event on Saturday.

The new Nissan Qashqai has landed in the UK. Simon Davis drives the latest version of the original, pioneering crossover to see how it fares.

Renault is the latest car-maker to expand its SUV line-up to three models with the launch of the large Koleos. Motoring editor Andy Russell checks it out at the UK launch.

Upwardly-mobile Volvo has started the next phase of its regeneration with the all-new XC60, Europe’s most popular compact SUV. Motoring editor Andy Russell gets a launch drive.

Mazda is looking to build on the success of its best-selling CX-5 sport utility vehicle with the new model now also targeting more premium models. Motoring editor Andy Russell finds out if it delivers on the promise.

Gallery: First drive: Alfa Romeo Stelvio

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Stelvio, which shares many components with the Giulia, is Alfa Romeo’s first venture into the sport utility vehicle market. Jon Reay finds out what it’s like.

Gallery: First drive: MINI Countryman

Thursday, May 4, 2017

It may not look new, but MINI has made some big changes to the Countryman which is now the largest ever and more family friendly, says Andrew Evans.

Gallery: Test drive: Dacia Duster

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Motoring editor Andy Russell finds the simple charms of the cheap and cheerful Dacia Duster SUV curiously endearing.

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