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Honda played a key role in creating the hugely-successful SUV sector with the popular CR-V and the latest model is something of a radical revamp, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

Motoring editor Andy Russell, who has fond memories of owning an early MG Metro, says the new MG3 supermini is another boost for the modern-day brand in terms of driving appeal, value and warranty.

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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Vauxhall has revived the GSi badge for its Corsa supermini, 25 years after launching the original. Andy Russell says it looks the part but lacks the performance of rivals.

Mazda’s given its CX-3 a mild update. Tom Wiltshire finds out what’s new and whether this compact is still fun to drive.

The Sportage, now Kia’s most popular UK model, marks its 25th anniversary with a facelift and fresh appeal. Motoring editor Andy Russell finds out what makes it so popular.

Vauxhall has moved into the van-derived people-carrier market with its new Combo Life – it’s not pretty but it’s certainly spacious and practical, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

Fiat’s 500X crossover has been updated – Rebecca Chaplin finds out what difference those changes have made.

Suzuki is now launching the fourth generation of its iconic, lightweight Jimny 4x4 which packs a heavyweight punch off-road. Motoring editor Andy Russell finds out how good it is with an early drive.

Mitsubishi’s Outlander PHEV is the UK’s best-selling plug-in hybrid – Ryan Hirons drives the new, improved version of the popular, electrified SUV.

Kia has raised its game with the third-generation Ceed hatchback which closes the gap on the class big guns and is boosted by generous kit, safety features and that long warranty, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

Tom Wiltshire gets behind the wheel of Citroen’s latest Berlingo to see if the van-based multi-purpose vehicle still has a place in today’s crossover-dominated market.

Volkswagen’s GTI models always feel classy and grown-up and the latest hot Polo is spot on. It’s the most powerful, with 200PS and potent performance, but is still a delightfully easy, daily drive, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

Doctor Who has the Tardis, Peugeot the roomy, practical seven-seat 5008 SUV – both deceptively roomy and ideal for space travel, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

The Megane RS, the latest hot hatch from Renault, has the performance and boosted dynamic agility to set petrolheads’ pulses racing. Jack Evans find out why.

Volkswagen’s third-generation Touareg flagship SUV benefits from a big injection of style, technology and prestige which has done wonders for its image, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

DS Automobiles is making a fashion statement with its DS 7 Crossback to stand out from the SUV crowd and help establish its standalone brand identity, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

Honda now offers a 1.6-litre diesel powertrain in its Civic alongside the 1.0 and 1.5-litre petrol models. Tom Wiltshire takes it for a spin.

Ahead of its 20th anniversary, the Skoda Fabia hatchback and estate have a fresh face and new technology and equipment. Motoring editor Andy Russell drives the talented, no-nonsense small car.

SEAT has had a significant impact in a short time on the SUV market, following the Ateca with the compact Arona that’s big on space and talent, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

The Sportage is a solid, well-priced SUV from Kia. It’s now been updated and gains more technology. Tristan Shale-Hester drives the new mild hybrid version.

Ford celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Ford Focus with a new model that brings new affordable technology and connectivity to the class, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

The new RX L is first seven-seater Lexus has launched in Europe – Ryan Hirons finds out if this hybrid, luxury SUV makes a big impression too.

With many manufacturers launching their first pure electric vehicles, EV pioneer Nissan has launched its second-generation Leaf, now a credible alternative to petrol and diesel power, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

The iconic Ford Mustang has become a big hit since galloping into the UK sports car market and has now been honed to make it even better to drive and live with, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

Jaguar’s entry SUV, the E-Pace, oozes style and elegance and promises to be a sporty drive but does it deliver like the bigger F-Pace? Motoring editor Andy Russell finds out.

The Jeep Renegade has been given a new look for 2018, but is it enough to bring a rare machine to the forefront of its segment? Ryan Hirons finds out.

Ford has added a slightly rugged crossover variant to the Fiesta range. Tom Wiltshire takes the new Fiesta Active for a spin.

Forget rallying and hot road cars, the latest Impreza is a safe, sensible, all-wheel drive family hatchback. It may look pricey but motoring editor Andy Russell grows to appreciate its all-round talents.

The new Audi A6 features some innovative new technology but does this affect the way it drives? Ryan Hirons finds out.

Kia brings plug-in hybrids into more people’s price range with the Niro PHEV crossover. With more people set to switch on to electrified cars, there’s nothing to be scared of, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

The most potent Volkswagen up! city car, and the brand’s smallest GTI, is a little bruiser that packs a punch. Motoring editor Andy Russell drives this knockout pocket rocket.

Volkswagen’s third-generation Touareg may be the ‘budget buy’ of the upmarket Volkswagen Group SUVs but it has a premium feel, inviting interior and a host of hi-tech kit says Tom Wiltshire.

Kia has pulled off a game-changing image-builder with the launch of its stunning Stinger sports fastback, a true grand tourer loaded with driving appeal, kit and charisma. Motoring editor Andy Russell says it’s a winning combination.

A new engine, facelift and driving upgrades have refreshed the dynamic appeal and styling of the flagship family Mazda6, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

An all-new Ford Focus is with us, and it’s packing plenty of tech and equipment to ensure it remains the leader of the pack as Jon Reay finds out.

Volvo’s winning formula and success story gets new momentum with the second-generation V60 estate. Motoring editor Andy Russell enjoys an early drive and says the trio of German giants has a serious new rival.

As SUVs become more and more luxurious, Toyota’s Land Cruiser is one of the few unashamedly old-fashioned off-roaders around. Tom Wiltshire finds out how it copes in the urban jungle.

Small SUVs are all the rage but why not simply add SUV design cues on to an existing hatchback? That’s the route Dacia has taken with the Sandero Stepway, says Tom Wiltshire.

SsangYong’s second-generation Musso pick-up offers loads of value for customers and loads of promise for the up-and-coming Korean brand in its drive to boost its UK image and sales, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

For all its off-road SUV heritage, Jeep has lagged in the popular compact class but now it’s out to make up ground with the all-new Compass, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

The Fiat 500’s been around more than a decade in its current form – a tough show for any small car, let alone a niche, fashion-conscious model. Tom Wiltshire drives the convertible version of the latest facelifted model.

Vauxhall’s GSi is back in the shape of the elegant new Insignia range and the Sports Tourer estate is a true grand tourer, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

Dacia has reinvented its Duster SUV with the second-generation range much improved in terms of quality, reliability and technology without sacrificing affordability, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

With the UK the biggest market for Mercedes-Benz’s A-Class, this new hi-tech, hi-spec fourth-generation hatchback’s more grown-up feel is set to make it an even bigger hit, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

In what is becoming an increasingly-competitive market, Ford has given its EcoSport compact-SUV a makeover. Can this new model win over the masses? Will Rimell gets behind the wheel to find out.

Kia has risen to the challenge of the city car crossover craze with a more rugged-looking, SUV-styling Picanto X-Line. Motoring editor Andy Russell climbs aboard.

Jaguar has finally launched the second-generation XF Sportbrake estate, a handsome lifestyle load-carrier with all the driving appeal of the Big Cat brand, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

BMW’s new X2 heralds a new chapter in its SUV success story, combining a bold new design direction and dynamic driving appeal, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

The latest incarnation of Mercedes-Benz’s CLS four-door coupe promises better quality and equipment levels. Jack Evans finds out what it’s like.

Known for its heavy-duty 4x4 hardware, Mitsubishi’s Eclipse Cross heralds a bold new era for the brand. Motoring editor Andy Russell finds out if it is as good as it looks.

Mercedes-Benz is looking to fill a niche for a premium pick-up with its X-Class. Motoring editor Andy Russell says it blurs the boundaries between prestige cars and practical commercial vehicles.

Land Rover has fitted its flagship Range Rover with a plug-in hybrid drivetrain – PHEV for short. Tom Wiltshire sees if the luxury British SUV suits an ‘eco’ makeover.

Mazda has turned up the heat on its popular supermini by revising the Mazda2 and introducing a range-topping GT Sport model. Motoring editor Andy Russell finds out if it lives up to the brand’s sporty reputation.

The Kia Niro PHEV is a plug-in hybrid for people who don’t want to shout about eco credentials. Tristan Shale-Hester finds out how electrification gives the Niro a new dimension.

Suzuki’s third-generation Swift Sport is a souped-up supermini that’s big on fun. Motoring editor Andy Russell says it’s fully-loaded and hard to fault.

Honda still sees a future for diesel power and has just launched a significantly revised engine in its Civic. Motoring editor Andy Russell says there’s still a valuable role for such engines.

Motoring editor Andy Russell is pleasantly surprised by the all-round abilities of Subaru’s new XV, now much better placed to get to grips with compact crossover rivals and rough terrain.

Vauxhall’s large Grandland X has a new Ultimate flagship. Motoring editor Andy Russell says it’s loaded with kit but comes at a hefty price.

Volvo has found another winning formula with the XC40, its first compact SUV, and it’s really found favour with customers, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

Honda’s new Jazz Sport is music to the ears of anyone looking for more fun out of this super-spacious supermini, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

Hyundai has expanded its SUV range with the compact Kona. Fun and funky, it certainly gets noticed and lives up to the promise in the way it drives, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

Mazda’s updated 3 family hatchback. Tom Wiltshire gets behind the wheel of the Mazda 3 to find out if it’s got what it takes.

Skoda’s new Yeti-replacing Karoq SUV has loads going for it when it comes to practical, spacious and affordable family transport, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

Everyone’s doing compact SUVs these days and now Mitsubishi has launched the Eclipse Cross to sit between its existing ASX and Outlander, says Tom Wiltshire.

Volkswagen’s expanding SUV range has been boosted by the Golf-sized T-Roc with eye-catching styling, personalisation and room for all the family. Motoring editor Andy Russell says it’s going to another big hit for Volkswagen.

Volvo can do no wrong, reinventing its image with desirable models such as the award-winning XC60 mid-range SUV, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

“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.

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