Reviews and Articles

We take a look at the next generation of fuel saving cars as the manufacturers battle it out for the top spots. All cars including petrol, diesel, hybrid, PHEV and all electric fuelled vehicles are reviewed against their cost and to see how they measure up with their fuel economy figures and other comparisons.

  • Bentley names Audi E-tron stylist as new design director
    on January 12, 2021 at 4:11 pm

    Andreas Mindt Andreas Mindt will move to Crewe to play a lead role in shaping British firm's first electric cars Bentley has named its new design director as Andreas Mindt, who played a key role in styling the electric E-tron SUV as the head of exterior design at Audi. In his current role, Mindt has been key in developing the styling of the current Audi range. He shaped the look […]

  • Ford Fiesta ST and Puma ST prices rise “due to Brexitâ€�
    on January 12, 2021 at 3:18 pm

    Ford claims hike is result of increased tariffs on non-EU and UK components under ‘rules of origin’ Ford has substantially increased the prices of two of its most popular models for 2021, claiming that the rise is due to additional tariffs on components built outside the UK and EU.  According to UK price lists from December and January, the price of a Fiesta ST in ST-2 trim rose […]

  • Ford ends production in Brazil after 101 years
    on January 12, 2021 at 3:16 pm

    Pandemic and wider cost-cutting measures prompt closure of three Brazilian factories, with 5000 job losses Ford will close its three remaining Brazilian production facilities this year as part of an ongoing global cost-cutting programme.  The US brand has maintained a presence in the South American country since 1919, when it began assembling the Model T for the local market, but a radical […]

  • Ten ways to improve your electric car’s range
    on January 12, 2021 at 2:01 pm

    From route planning to regenerative breaking, these are our tips for getting the most out of your EV For many potential EV customers one of the biggest potential stumbling blocks before purchasing is ‘range anxiety’. Yet with battery technology improving all the time, electric cars can travel further on a single charge than ever before. Even so, there are ways you can eek out your […]

  • Volkswagen Group brands reveal pandemic impact on 2020 sales
    on January 12, 2021 at 12:38 pm

    Pandemic-related shutdowns had profound impact on sales for nearly all Wolfsburg-owned brands The Volkswagen Group brands have released their 2020 financial results, detailing the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on global sales.  Most recorded a sharp decline, in line with global trends, although the impact was less profound for more premium-oriented marques.  Audi Audi sold more than […]

  • BMW M achieves record sales in 2020
    on January 12, 2021 at 11:51 am

    BMW Group sales fall 8.4% but success of performance, premium and electrified cars mitigates impact The BMW Group’s worldwide sales fell by 8.4% in 2020, with strong performance from its M division, premium BMW models and electrified cars helping reduce the impact of pandemic disruption. The German manufacturer sold 2,324,809 vehicles across its BMW, Mini and Rolls-Royce brands […]

  • Volkswagen Polo 2022 facelift to get Golf styling inspiration
    on January 12, 2021 at 11:41 am

    Prototypes of supermini show key front-end alteration with only minimal disguise; should be unveiled this year Volkswagen is set to update its venerable Polo with a series of mid-life revisions for the 2022 model year - and a thinly disguised prototype has been spotted testing.  The Ford Fiesta rival has been on sale since 2017 and is due a life-extending revamp. It will follow the […]

  • New Hyundai Kona N: 2021 hot crossover officially confirmed
    on January 12, 2021 at 10:30 am

    Hyundai set to launch performance version of its small SUV this year, joining latest i20 N and recently facelifted i30 N Hyundai has gone official with the third addition to its N performance line-up: the Kona N crossover. Set to be revealed in the coming weeks and go on sale before the middle of 2021, the Ford Puma ST rival joins the recently revealed i20 N and well-established i30 N as the […]

  • New BMW M3 and M4 Competition on sale from £74,755
    on January 12, 2021 at 10:01 am

    "As well as the saloon and coupé, BMW is developing an estate, a cabriolet and a four-door coup" Overhauled driveline and design for BMW's performance saloon and coupé The radically redesigned BMW M3 and M4 have gone on sale in top-rung Competition form in the UK, with prices starting from £74,755 and £76,055 respectively. Set to begin arriving with customers in March, the new […]

  • Groupe Renault sales fall 21.3% in 2020 but EVs grow
    on January 12, 2021 at 9:49 am

    Firm says renewed focus on profitable models and EVs will let it bounce back from pandemic-influenced drop Groupe Renault sales fell by 21.3% last year, due to the impact of the pandemic, but boss Luca de Meo believes a renewed focus on more profitable models and EVs will help it to bounce back in 2021. The French manufacturer, whose brands include Renault, Dacia and Lada, sold 2,949,849 […]

  • Formula 1 2021: Imola returns as Australia, China postponed
    on January 12, 2021 at 9:40 am

    Ongoing pandemic forces changes to race calendar, with Portugal set to replace Vietnam The Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne, which had been due to host the 2021 Formula 1 season-opener in March, has been delayed until later in the year, due to the pandemic - while the Chinese GP has been replaced by a race in Imola, Italy. Australia currently has very low rates of the coronavirus, but with […]

  • BTCC confirms full grid for 2021 season
    on January 12, 2021 at 8:06 am

    All 29 available spots are now spoken for as UK's premier racing series gears up for April start The British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) has confirmed a full grid for the 2021 season that's due to start on 3 April.  All available TOCA BTCC Licences (TBLs) have now been issued to teams, and the 29-spot grid is now full. TOCA, the championship's organising body, has retained three […]

  • Skoda Octavia vRS TDI 2021 UK review
    on January 12, 2021 at 7:01 am

    Following a four-star rating for the petrol estate, we consider the diesel hatchback At face value, you would have to be stoutly committed to diesel to choose this TDI take on the new Octavia vRS instead of the petrol version.Both cars are striking to behold and equally well equipped but, for a premium of just £25, the higher-revving TSI gives you 45bhp more. The fact we’re talking […]

  • James Ruppert: Oil burners still have a place in the used market
    on January 12, 2021 at 6:01 am

    A 2010 A8 4.2 TDI with 76,000 miles is just under £14,000 They may be out of fashion, but a diesel barge is still your best bet for chomping up miles - and second-hand bargains abound Someone has to do it, so let’s celebrate the great big diesel engine and the vehicle it is attached to. Huge oil-burners deliver effortless torque, the ability to tow a small hamlet with ease and […]

  • Autocar confidential: Future of hot Peugeots, Aston's car focus and more
    on January 12, 2021 at 12:01 am

    Our reporters empty their notebooks to round up a week in gossip from across the automotive industry In this week's round-up of automotive gossip, we hear how Mini plans to keep car production in Oxford (as long as it can), why the success of the 508 PSE is pivotal for the future of hot Peugeots and more. Mini's Brexit buffer Mini plans to keep car production in Oxford “for todayâ€� […]

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