IT’S not often a Norse god gets involved in the design of a new car but that’s what has happened at Volvo with the new XC90 SUV. Seldom has a car had such a commanding presence on the road and its striking looks are set off with daytime running lights in the shape of the hammer of Thor.
WITH sales here currently rising at treble the industry average, three new models launched by the end of this year, upgrades for others and an £11m revamp under way of their 137 dealerships, Mazda’s light is shining brightly.
THINK Vauxhall Corsa and most of us will think of a small town runabout, but I covered hundreds of miles in this Flame Red Vauxhall Corsa, and was highly impressed with it – not least because it’s the most economical car I have ever driven! This Vauxhall Corsa actually returned an amazing 71 miles per gallon and I was so pleased that I had to pull over and take a picture.
AFTER a five year wait, the arrival of the world’s most keenly anticipated hot hatch is only weeks away. Honda’s fourth generation Civic Type R will be the fastest and most powerful front-wheel-drive hot hatch ever.
I travelled to Scotland for the launch of Mazda’s first CX-5, so I was keen to drive this recently facelifted model to see how much things have changed. With the latest Kodo design, the Mazda CX-5 is definitely on a drive upmarket in terms of quality and image. This latest model feels quite special inside, but then, as the range-topping example, so it should.
TO give it its full name, as Alfa Romeo do even in the UK, this is the Giulietta Quadrifoglio Verde – celebrating 60 years of the Giulietta name and bearing on its flanks the green four-leaf clover which has adorned high-performance versions of the Italian maker’s road-going models since the 1960’s.
THE Citroen DS3 is an excellent little hatchback that looks good and is fun to drive, but the car itself is not the main focus of this roadtest, it’s what’s under the bonnet that is the main talking point. Some say that having only three cylinders can be a disadvantage due to the lack of bottom-end torque, but in this case, thanks to Citroen’s use of a slightly larger capacity engine, I would disagree.
THE radically styled Audi TT Roadster was almost the perfect sports car when it first appeared back in 1999 – great looking, fast and affordable to more people than you might think. But there was just one ingredient missing from the ultimate recipe. Somehow it lacked that seat-of-your pants responsiveness and athleticism that differentiate a ‘sporting’ car from a true ‘sports car’.