Month: March 2015

Vauxhall Corsa 1.4t Excite road test report review

THE new Vauxhall Corsa was the top seller in Scotland in January. Now in its fourth generation, the popular supermini was first launched back in 1993. Since then a staggering 12 million have been sold with over 1.8 million of them finding homes in the UK. The new model arrived in the autumn of last year and replaced a model which was getting tired as it had been in production for eight years.

Electric BMW i8 named Car of the Year

ELECTRIC supercar the BMW i8 has been crowned UK Car of the Year for 2015. The stylish four-seater beat off serious opposition from the likes of Porsche and Jaguar to take the Performance Car category before landing the overall vote too.

MINI Cooper 1.5 Auto 5-door road test report review

THE Mini has always been a car big on style and desirability but, well, mini on practicality, even the bigger BMW produced, latter day versions of the model. That has now changed, slightly, with the hatchback, particularly the five-door version. It is bigger, longer by 72mm and has more boot space, up by 67 litres and, together with the three door version, is the model’s first foray into the hatchback market.

Lexus NX 300h Premier Auto road test report review

AS regular readers will know, this is the second of our recent test cars to arrive sporting a Big Red Nose – and it’s all to mark Toyota’s sponsorship of this year’s Red Nose Day.
The Comic Relief charity smashed through the £1-billion landmark on Friday night – surely a fitting way to mark its 30th anniversary of raising money to help good causes across the world. Lexus NX buyers however, won’t be in need of charitable support, with prices for this most striking of cars starting from just under £30,000.

Toyota Yaris 1.33 VVT-i Icon 5-door road test report and review Red Nose Day

IT’S not every day that your test car turns up sporting a big red nose, but that was precisely what happened with this week’s Toyota Yaris test car.
A bit of a surprise, maybe, but it did make me smile – and there’s a good reason for it. Toyota is an official partner to this year’s Red Nose Day and is aiming to raise £1-million for Comic Relief and part of their campaign is to sell as many of the official red noses for cars, trucks, vans and even mobility scooters as they possibly can.

Nissan Qashqai n-tec+ 1.2 DIG-T 115PS road test report and review

THE Nissan Qashqai has been around since 2007 in its various guises and while always having been a worthy presence in the mid-sized SUV market, I’ve always thought it to be a bit ordinary – it’s never really stood out.
But those comments can’t be levelled at this new model – it looks superb, really eye-catching – at least, it certainly caught my eye when I spotted the first few examples on the roads.