Blogs

  • Kia Soul: can you see it?

    You know those ‘magic eye’ pictures, where you’re supposed to stand twenty foot away from the image and then walk towards it slowly, humming Rule Britannia backwards with your eyes crossed and eventually (apparently) you’ll see a picture of a hunting tiger among the meaningless swirls? There’s always that moment, where you think you’ve made sense of it, then your mind wanders a fraction and you’re left with a headache and a page that looks like it’s been subjected to a toddler with OCD and a Spirograph kit.

    5 March 2009
    Tester’s notes
  • Cayman should go back to basics

    The Cayman is my Porsche. I don’t care much for drop-tops, so while I acknowledge the Boxster’s strengths, I’m comfortable enough with passing one by. I’m not Steve Sutcliffe, so I never feel entirely certain that a 911 isn’t on the verge of biting me on the backside on a wet roundabout. And the Cayenne, er, well… Truth is, my Porsche soft spot has always been with the boggo Cayman, the 2.7-litre model with a five-speed gearbox.

    5 March 2009
    Tester’s notes
  • Nissan Qazana: My Geneva star

    There's a pretty clear-cut star of the Geneva show for me and that's the Nissan Qazana concept. The Qazana is innovative, funky and, hopefully, not too far away from the mini-SUV that will be rolling off the production lines in Sunderland in around a year's time.

    4 March 2009
    Motor shows
  • Return of Gordini

    3 March 2009
    Anything goes
  • Masters of the universe

    3 March 2009
    Anything goes
  • Geneva - live from the show floor

    3 March 2009
    Motor shows
  • Lola calls for credit where it's due

    Here is an official statement that has just appeared in my inbox. It's from Lola and is entitled “Lola sets the record straight with Aston Martin”. “Following  a  number of inaccurate and misleading quotes given by the Aston Martin Chairman David Richards, regarding the supply of the Lola LMP1 chassis to Aston Martin Racing for this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours and Le Mans Series programme, Lola has decided to set the record straight.

    3 March 2009
    Motorsport
  • The return of AMG

    3 March 2009
    Motor shows
  • A very special trip to Nardo

    Went to the world-famous Nardo test track in southern Italy last week and drove a whole bunch of top-secret prototypes, none of which I can talk about but some of which will be on sale in an exotic supercar showroom near you soon (ish). It was an incredible experience and a genuine privilege, being asked to be involved at such an early stage in the development of such exciting cars, and by such a highly regarded manufacturer.

    2 March 2009
    Tester’s notes
  • Safe and easy? Maybe not

    Every morning I travel past a sign on the M25 that tells passing motorists the following: “Variable speed limit: To make your journey safer and easier OBSERVE the speed limit and STAY in lane.”

    2 March 2009
    Anything goes

Driven this week

  • Jeep Cherokee

    Jeep Cherokee

    Car review
    30 September 2014 2:37pm

    Can Italian tech put this once-rugged off-roader ahead of the pack?

  • BMW i8

    BMW i8

    Car review
    30 September 2014 10:47am

    Can BMW's baby hypercar blow the lid off performance convention?

  • Cadillac ATS coupe first drive review

    Cadillac ATS coupe first drive review

    First drive
    26 September 2014

    Cadillac aims to take on the best of Germany with its new ATS coupé, but despite being a satisfying car to drive it's likely to be a rare sight on UK roads

  • Volvo V40 T5 R-Design Lux Nav first drive review

    Volvo V40 T5 R-Design Lux Nav first drive review

    First drive
    26 September 2014

    Volvo's fastest V40 hatch is comfortable and fast, but it's left lacking thanks to a bland equipment list, questionable refinement and a high price

  • Mini Cooper D five-door UK first drive review

    Mini Cooper D five-door UK first drive review

    First drive
    25 September 2014

    Fun, practical and economical – and the addition of two extra doors means families can now enjoy the Mini hatchback too