Blogs

  • The mood in Cowley

    Living in east Oxford, the BMW factory at Cowley is a constant presence in my life - indeed, the trains that carry freshly constructed Minis away for export rumble past about 100 yards from my front door.</p> <a href="http://www.autocar.co.uk/csfiles/blogs/anythinggoes/Mini_58566061.jpg"><img title="Mini" style="border-right: 0px; border-top: 0px; display: inline; margin: 0px 5px 0px 0px; border-left: 0px; border-bottom: 0px" height="163" alt="Mini" src="http://www.autocar.co.uk/csfiles/blogs/anythinggoes/Mini_thumb_62A784C1.jpg" width="244" align="left" border="0" /></a> And there’s no doubt that this week’s laying off of 850 ‘contract’ workers is a blow that’s going to be felt by the wider community.

    19 February 2009
    Anything goes
  • Two plus two doesn’t always make four

    The 308 CC is a good car. </p> <a href="http://www.autocar.co.uk/csfiles/blogs/stillatthewheel/WEBPug308CCftrakw_2FCE4DD3.jpg"><img title="WEBPug308CC-ftrak-w" style="border-right: 0px; border-top: 0px; display: inline; margin: 0px 5px 0px 0px; border-left: 0px; border-bottom: 0px" height="163" alt="WEBPug308CC-ftrak-w" src="http://www.autocar.co.uk/csfiles/blogs/stillatthewheel/WEBPug308CCftrakw_thumb_70AA8CC6.jpg" width="244" align="left" border="0" /></a>When I say ‘good’, I mean it’s quiet, has a classy interior and the PSA/BMW engine is as refined and sweet revving as ever.

    19 February 2009
    Tester’s notes
  • Seat's turnaround

    Remember the rumours about VW selling Seat to the Chinese? According to senior company sources it was never quite that bad. But bad enough, mainly through appalling product planning.

    19 February 2009
    Confidential
  • How to own your own Alfa 8C (for a weekend)

    The Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione may be a bit of a curate’s egg in the supercar world. It comes with the same badge as a 147, it’s not quite the perfect driving machine, and buying one would cost you nearly £180,000, or as much as a Lamborghini LP560-4 and a new Lotus Evora combined. Still, how great would those gentle curves look outside your house, eh?

    18 February 2009
    Half-price heroes
  • Is the XFR the best sports saloon out there?

    Does £60,000 buy you the best sports saloon in the world? The new Jaguar XF-R costs £100 shy of this, and provides one of the most astonishingly complete sporting saloon performances that you could hope to experience. It’s not merely that it is fast of course, though with a 0-62mph time of 4.7sec, a 50-70mph time of just 1.9sec, it is certainly that.

    18 February 2009
    Tester’s notes
  • More power to the Tesla Roadster

    The media likes a catchphrase and the motor industry makes for easy pickings. I’m thinking ‘road rage’, ‘Chelsea tractor’, ‘bailout’, that sort of thing.<br />&nbsp;<br />Be prepared for another, because if electric cars take off, ‘range anxiety’ will be on all our lips.

    18 February 2009
    Tester’s notes
  • Ferrari's lightweight lab

    17 February 2009
    Anything goes
  • The US returns to F1 – as a team

    The revamped Honda F1 team could be setting a trend with its 'austerity' budget of around 60m euros for the 2009 F1 season. </p> <a href="http://www.autocar.co.uk/csfiles/blogs/racinglines/WEBScarab2w_6D0979A0.jpg"><img title="1960 Belgian Grand Prix.&#10;Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium. 19 June 1960.&#10;Lance Reventlow, Scarab, retired, in the pits, action.&#10;World Copyright: LAT Photographic&#10;Ref: Autosport b&amp;w print" style="border-right: 0px; border-top: 0px; display: inline; margin: 0px 5px 0px 0px; border-left: 0px; border-bottom: 0px" height="163" alt="1960 Belgian Grand Prix.&#10;Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium. 19 June 1960.&#10;Lance Reventlow, Scarab, retired, in the pits, action.&#10;World Copyright: LAT Photographic&#10;Ref: Autosport b&amp;w print" src="http://www.autocar.co.uk/csfiles/blogs/racinglines/WEBScarab2w_thumb_3836DCF4.jpg" width="244" align="left" border="0" /></a> Don't get me wrong here; I'm not quite expecting ration books to appear in the Paddock Club, but we can expect rival operations to be watching with interest to see just how this low-budget operation fares in the current financially strapped F1 environment.

    17 February 2009
    Motorsport
  • Why Bentley needs an engine from a Q7

    Been driving the ridiculous Audi Q7 V12 TDI. </p> <a href="http://www.autocar.co.uk/csfiles/blogs/stillatthewheel/WEBQ7fpanw_164C019F.jpg"><img title="WEBQ7-fpan-w" style="border-right: 0px; border-top: 0px; display: inline; margin: 0px 5px 0px 0px; border-left: 0px; border-bottom: 0px" height="163" alt="WEBQ7-fpan-w" src="http://www.autocar.co.uk/csfiles/blogs/stillatthewheel/WEBQ7fpanw_thumb_7F268BB6.jpg" width="244" align="left" border="0" /></a> What a complete monster. Although I know I shouldn’t, I have to say I found it quite enjoyable.

    17 February 2009
    Tester’s notes
  • The calm before the storm

    16 February 2009
    Anything goes

Driven this week

  • Volkswagen Golf GTE first drive review

    Volkswagen Golf GTE first drive review

    First drive
    2 September 2014 2:53pm

    New GTE offers the best blend of economy and performance in the Golf range, but could do with more boot space and a lower price

  • BMW X4

    BMW X4

    Car review
    2 September 2014 2:45pm

    The X6 is a showroom hit. Does its smaller brother deserve to be?

  • Porsche Boxster GTS UK first drive review

    Porsche Boxster GTS UK first drive review

    First drive
    1 September 2014

    Go-faster Boxster renders the Boxster S entirely redundant, but not the slower but still sweet basic model

  • BMW M4 convertible first drive review

    BMW M4 convertible first drive review

    First drive
    30 August 2014

    More visceral than the M4 coupé thanks to more audible exhaust and well-controlled swirl of air in the cabin, but dynamics suffer slightly

  • Radical RXC

    Radical RXC

    Car review
    29 August 2014

    The Radical RXC offers one of the most extreme driving experiences available on public roads