Car reviews

  • Volvo C70 T5

    Volvo C70 T5

    The new C70 isn't a back-roads stormer, but it's safe, rigid and better than the Audi A4 or Saab 9-3. Just watch that front tyre wear...

    23 January 2006
    first drive
  • Lamborghini Gallardo

    Lamborghini Gallardo

    Pure motoring drama. The Gallardo is not without its flaws, but it is a convincing rival to the Ferrari F430.

    20 January 2006
    first drive
  • Ford Fiesta 1.4 TDCi

    Ford Fiesta 1.4 TDCi

    The facelifted Fiesta is still a hoot to drive, but the diesel engine's refinement and the cabin are being left behind by the competition.

    20 January 2006
    first drive
  • VW Jetta 2.0 Sport TDI

    VW Jetta 2.0 Sport TDI

    A confusing option - for the same money you can have the bigger Passat.

    19 January 2006
    first drive
  • Jeep Cherokee 2.8 CRD Sport Auto

    Jeep Cherokee 2.8 CRD Sport Auto

    Decent off-road ability here, but Japanese rivals do a better job of bridging the gap between 4x4 and everyday use.

    17 January 2006
    first drive
  • Seat Altea 2.0 TDI FR

    Seat Altea 2.0 TDI FR

    The new 168bhp diesel engine is a real step forward. But the Altea's chassis, while agile, makes too much of the struggle to cope with the torque on offer. The result is a car which falls frustratingly shy of its 'performance' brief.

    16 January 2006
    first drive
  • Mini Cooper S Works Auto

    Mini Cooper S Works Auto

    Auto box seems at odds with performance Works pack

    14 January 2006
    first drive
  • Mercedes-Benz S350

    Mercedes-Benz S350

    Fine car, but this entry-level petrol version could do with more torque.

    12 January 2006
    first drive
  • Peugeot 20Cup

    Peugeot 20Cup

    Bonkers show car gives few clues to what we can expect from the 207 - but it's fun all the same and its engine shows promise.

    10 January 2006
    first drive
  • Toyota FJ Cruiser

    Toyota FJ Cruiser

    Toyota goes for off-road prowess at the expense of on-road fun

    6 January 2006
    first drive

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