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Creating a seven-seater Tiguan Allspace involved more than just stretching it to fit an extra row of seats, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

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.

It’s hard not to like, or be impressed by, the talents of Skoda’s Octavia and this new facelifted model also gets a technology upgrade, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

Looking for an elegant estate with loads of class and space? How about Vauxhall’s new Insignia Sports Tourer. Motoring editor Andy Russell was surprised too.

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’s new MX-5 RF with its clever, folding hard-top is stylish but is it better than the standard roadster? Motoring editor Andy Russell finds out.

Gallery Road test: Volvo V90 D4 Momentum

Friday, May 5, 2017

The stylish V90 changes the perception of big Volvo estates, even if not quite the load-lugger it was, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

If looks are as important as carrying loads then Renault’s new Megane Sport Tourer estate won’t disappoint and it drives well too, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

Gallery First drive: Skoda Octavia

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Skoda has updated its popular Octavia range. Jack Evans finds out what’s different about it.

Gallery Test drive: Mitsubishi ASX

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Mitsubishi has facelifted its mid-size crossover, but is it enough to bring it up to date? James Fossdyke finds out.

Gallery Road test: Audi A5 Coupe

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Audi’s A5 took the premium coupe market by storm nine years ago – now the all-new model is even more spacious, practical and desirable, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

SsangYong has revived its Musso – Korean for rhino – and created a new identity for its big-value, highly-capable pick-up, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

Gallery Road test: Volkswagen High up!

Friday, March 31, 2017

The old adage that all the best things come in little packages sums up the new turbo Volkswagen up! Motoring editor Andy Russell finds it huge fun.

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.

Gallery First drive: Skoda Kodiaq

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Skoda’s new Kodiaq has made a huge impression in the large SUV market before it even arrives in showrooms. Motoring editor Andy Russell finds out why.

Gallery Road test: Toyota Hilux

Monday, March 20, 2017

Over nearly 50 years the Toyota Hilux has earned a reputation for being virtually indestructible. The latest version is pretty plush too, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe is a large, luxurious cruiser with a strong image and good driving manners, says Jack Evans.

Gallery First drive: Nissan Micra

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Nissan will be hoping its new Micra takes the supermini segment by storm. Rebecca Chaplin checks out if it’s got what it takes.

Gallery First drive: Honda Civic

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The new 10th-generation Civic, Honda’s biggest single model development ever and the first designed for a world market, shows that life begins at 40, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

The E-Class All-Terrain is Mercedes-Benz’s answer to the likes of the Audi A6 Allroad and Volvo V90 Cross Country. Laura Thomson finds out how it fares.

Gallery Road test: Hyundai Ioniq

Friday, March 10, 2017

Hyundai is charging ahead with its futuristic Ioniq, the first car to feature three electrified powertrains. Motoring editor Andy Russell drives the hybrid.

Gallery Test drive: Citroen C3

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Citroen’s new C3 is as in your face as its predecessors have been anonymous. Like it or not, you can’t help but notice this sharp-suited supermini, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

Gallery Test drive: Audi A5

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Audi’s previous-generation A5 experienced huge popularity which bodes well for the all-new version, say Jack Evans.

Gallery First drive: Mazda MX-5 RF

Friday, March 3, 2017

The Mazda MX-5 RF features a retractable hard-top roof, with the aim of improving refinement. Has it worked? Andrew Evans puts it to the test.

Gallery Chancing on ice!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

An airfield on the frozen surface of a Swedish lake isn’t the most conventional of proving grounds, but if any car can cope, it’s the new Volvo V90 Cross Country. James Fossdyke takes it for a spin.

Gallery First drive: Kia Rio

Friday, February 24, 2017

The new fourth-generation Kia Rio enters an incredibly tough market segment. Simon Davis gets behind the wheel to find out if it’s got what it takes.

Gallery Road test: Fiat 124 Spider

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Fiat’s new 124 Spider, marking the 50th anniversary of the original, is based on Mazda’s MX-5 but has its own character, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

Gallery First drive: Audi Q5

Monday, February 20, 2017

Audi’s Q5 has been a best seller for the German car maker. This new version looks to build on that success. Can it achieve it? James Baggott finds out.

Gallery First drive: Nissan X-Trail 2.0 dCi 177

Thursday, February 16, 2017

The Nissan X-Trail’s new diesel engine should give it even more off-road credibility. Andrew Evans finds out if that is the case.

Gallery Test drive: Renault Scenic

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Renault has rewritten the compact MPV rulebook again with its new Scenic – hi-tech, family-friendly and vastly versatile. Motoring editor Andy Russell is also hugely impressed.

Gallery Test drive: Suzuki Ignis

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Suzuki’s small car know-how and four-wheel drive expertise make the revived Ignis as much fun to drive and live with as it looks, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

Gallery First Drive: BMW 5 Series

Sunday, February 12, 2017

The new BMW 5 Series has a lot of expectation riding on it. The outgoing car was immensely popular, so has the new one done enough to eclipse this? Darren Cassey finds out.

Gallery Test drive: Peugeot 3008

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Peugeot’s stylish new 3008 SUV has got off to a winning start – and it’s not difficult to see why, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

Gallery Test drive: Fiat Tipo

Friday, February 3, 2017

Fiat has brought back the Tipo, in hatchback and estate guise, with class-leading space, lots of kit and good pricing making it an attractive value package, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

Gallery Test drive: Isuzu D-Max AT35

Friday, February 3, 2017

Arctic Trucks has taken Isuzu’s D-Max pick-up to extremes, re-engineering it to tackle the most remote places in the world. Motoring editor Andy Russell climbs aboard.

Gallery First drive: Skoda Kodiaq

Thursday, February 2, 2017

The Skoda Kodiaq is the first large SUV to be produced by the Czech manufacturer. Jack Evans gets behind the wheel to see how it measures up.

Gallery Road test: Audi A4 allroad quattro

Saturday, January 28, 2017

If you want to venture off road but don’t want an SUV, then Audi’s soft-roader allroad estate fits the bill, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

Gallery First Drive: Infiniti Q60

Thursday, January 26, 2017

The Q60 coupe is a completely new model from Infiniti but can it help push the brand in the right direction? Andrew Evans finds out.

Gallery Test drive: Vauxhall Mokka X

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Vauxhall’s Mokka X may be a facelifted model but it launches a new range of SUVs and crossovers. says motoring editor Andy Russell.

Gallery First Drive: SsangYong Musso

Friday, January 20, 2017

The SsangYong Musso pick-up is looking to build on the reputation set by the Korando Sports. Has it succeeded? Andrew Evans finds out.

Gallery Test drive: SsangYong Tivoli XLV

Saturday, January 14, 2017

SsangYong’s stretched Tivoli boosts boot space so this XLV version really has loads going for it, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

Gallery Test drive: Mazda 6 Tourer

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Mazda has given its popular 6 saloon and Tourer estate range a facelift. Laura Thomson finds out what’s new.

Gallery First drive: Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe

Monday, January 9, 2017

Mercedes-Benz has now launched a sleeker Coupe version of its GLC sport utility vehicle – stylish, sure-footed and sportier to drive. Motoring editor Andy Russell checks it out.

Gallery First Drive: Suzuki Ignis

Friday, December 30, 2016

Suzuki’s new Ignis looks to offer buyers a funky, small car that’s good to drive. Has it managed to do that? Jon Reay finds out.

Gallery Test drive: Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet

Monday, December 19, 2016

The first ever Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet is a soft-top for all seasons and one you’ll warm to whatever the weather. Motoring editor Andy Russell braves the elements and is cocooned in comfort.

Gallery Road test: Ford Edge

Friday, December 16, 2016

Ford has moved back into the large SUV market with the Edge. It’s a quality product but does it have the image to compete with premium brand rivals? Motoring editor Andy Russell finds out.

Gallery Test drive: Smart Fortwo Brabus

Thursday, December 15, 2016

It’s a pocket rocket with a grown-up price tag but the ultra small Smart Fortwo Brabus Xclusive cabrio gave motoring editor Andy Russell a great big grin.

Gallery Road test: MG GS

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

MG’s debut in the growing sport utility vehicle market is a game-changer for the famous marque with a lot of car for the money, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

Gallery First drive: Ford Ka+

Thursday, December 1, 2016

It’s 20 years since Ford shook up the small car market with the Ka. Now it’s done it again with the grown-up Ka+, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

Gallery First drive; Mercedes-Benz E-Class estate

Monday, November 28, 2016

The new Mercedes-Benz E-Class estate is a stylish and hugely practical way to carry passenger and loads comfortably over long distances, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

Gallery First drive: Toyota C-HR crossover

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Love it or loathe it, you can’t miss Toyota’s new C-HR crossover and the drive lives up to the promise of those dynamic looks, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

Gallery Renault Scenic real looker

Friday, November 25, 2016

Renault sees its new Scenic as an alternative to the sport utility vehicles that have taken the market by storm. Does it live up to the promise?

Suzuki SX4 S-Cross updated

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Suzuki’s SX4 S-Cross crossover has grown up with a more muscular look and new engines so how does the new model drive?

Audi’s new Q2, launched this weekend, also launches a new market segment – this little premium crossover has huge potential, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

Hyundai’s three-in-one green Ioniq

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Hyundai’s new Ioniq hatchback is the first car to offer three electric-based powertrain aimed at offering something for everyone.

Kia’s hybrid debut in UK

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Kia makes a strong debut in the blossoming hybrid market with the Niro crossover which is attractive, affordable alternative to the traditional family wagon, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

SsangYong Tivoli XLV – more to boot

Thursday, November 3, 2016

It’s big, it’s cheap and it’s got four-wheel-drive. PA explains why SsangYong’s Tivoli XLV is such a bargain.

Fiat’s new family hatchback gets an old name and old-school simplicity, but there’s something likeable about that, as James Fossdyke found out.

Volkwagen’s second-generation Tiguan sport utility vehicle has moved upmarket with a classier look and feel, making it a benchmark all-rounder, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

Peugeot’s 2008 compact SUV is now even more stylish after a family facelift and the addition of a sporty-looking GT Line model, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

Citroen has given its popular Grand C4 Picasso people-carrier a new lease of life. Simon Davis gets behind the wheel to see what its like.

What’s new?

You may not immediately spot the difference with the new Mazda3 but little changes add up to freshen its appeal and make it even better to drive, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

BMW’s 7 Series is a technology-laden tour de force that works by thought control – the car’s as much as the driver’s. Motoring editor Andy Russell is in seventh heaven.

The Hilux is a byword for reliability and dependability. We find out how Toyota’s all-new version of its famous pick-up stacks up.

Volkswagen’s Amarkok pick-up is about to get a new 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine, making it better on road and more capable off it.

SEAT shows Ateca’s the way to do it!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

SEAT is aiming to make a big impression in the compact SUV sector with its agile and attractive Ateca, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

Kia is looking to break into the fleet market with its first D-segment estate in the stylish shape of the Optima Sportwagon.

When it comes to travelling in space, Ford’s Galaxy is out of this world and is now in a new orbit, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

Volvo’s image gets two more big boosts with the arrival of the executive S90 saloon and V90 estate. They’re all about relaxed confidence, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

Audi’s new Q2 will win over those looking for an affordable, premium compact sport utility vehicle.

Alfa Romeo Giulietta sharpens up in style

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Alfa Romeo’s Giulietta has always been stylish and dynamic but a family facelift makes it even sharper, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

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