2021 Festival of the Unexceptional
Some things like wine and old cars seem to get better with age. You can say the same for some classic events, with this August’s Hagerty Festival of the Unexceptional a prime example.   Now in its seventh year, this must have been the most polished... Read more
Citroën C5 Aircross
Citroën is a marque on the move and the C5 Aircross, the latest entrée from the fabled French manufacturer, is an SUV that’s out to say something different. Competing against the likes of the Peugeot 3008, VW Tiguan and many others, the C5 Aircross is a... Read more
Kia ProCeed

Kia ProCeed

Blog February 18, 2019

Life in the car business used to be simple. Once, we had saloons and wagons. Then coupes, hatchbacks and SUVs came on the scene. Now we have infinite variations of everything to spice up the show. And that’s not all bad. One such contender is this... Read more
JLR Drive Day

JLR Drive Day

Blog December 20, 2018

To the Stoke Park Country Club, near Windsor, for Jaguar Land Rover’s annual Christmas Showcase, on a blustery, winter Wednesday. This is a day for driving, and lots of it. Stoke Park, as every James Bond fan knows, is where Goldfinger was filmed back in the... Read more
AutoBest 2018 – the countdown begins…
It’s November and AutoBest, the independent European journalists’ group, has begun the countdown to its annual awards and the “Best Buy Car of Europe in 2019” prize. Six cars are up for contention for AutoBest this year. In one corner, we have the Citroën Berlingo/Peugeot Rifter/Opel-Vauxhall Combo... Read more
Go West: Fiat’s facelifted 500X
It’s one of those gloriously sunny days in October and I’m in Bristol to drive Fiat’s newly refreshed 500X. As of winter 2018, Fiat’s compact crossover SUV gains some neat design updates, an improved interior and set of new generation engines to spice up the action. So... Read more
Citroën’s new C4 Cactus
Citroën has had a good thing going with the C4 Cactus, its distinctively designed compact hatch which first appeared on the market some four years ago. Good to drive, comfy and quirky, the C4 Cactus has sold some 270,000 units to date with 30,000 units finding... Read more
Alfa Romeo Giulia Veloce
Good news. I’ve finally caught up with the Alfa Romeo Giulia Veloce, the model that’s quietly building quite a name for itself within the Alfa fan community. Faster than the standard petrol/diesel Giulias (150/200 ps) yet not as extreme as the masterful 510 ps Giulia Quadrifoglio, the... Read more
Mr. Mazda

Mr. Mazda

Blog February 1, 2018

When you look across the Japanese car industry, it’s remarkable how well the cars and companies are known, yet the executives and engineers less so, behind the scenes. Take Mazda as a case in point. Everyone knows and loves the MX-5 and Mazda’s rotary engine is... Read more
Citroën’s C3 Aircross wins AUTOBEST 2018
That sound you hear is champagne corks popping across the way in Paris. Citroën’s new C3 Aircross has just driven off with the AutoBest ‘Best Buy Car of Europe’ award’ for 2018. In the centre circle for AutoBest, the European journalists’ awards organisation, stood six cars for this... Read more