Car reviews

  • Rolls-Royce Phantom EWB

    Rolls-Royce Phantom EWB

    Fabulously opulent. Best in the back, but the chauffeur will be happy too.

    5 October 2006
    first drive
  • Volvo C70 D5 SE Lux

    Volvo C70 D5 SE Lux

    The C70 perhaps makes most sense with the D5 diesel, which admirably suits its cruising prowess - except when you need to nip into a gap in traffic.

    4 October 2006
    first drive
  • Mercedes-Benz S63L AMG

    Very fast, and very expensive. Raw performance countered by luxury.

    3 October 2006
    first drive
  • Subaru B9 Tribeca 3.0 SE5

    Subaru B9 Tribeca 3.0 SE5

    Good to drive, for an SUV, and good value, but it's crying out for a diesel engine.

    2 October 2006
    first drive
  • Volvo C30 T5

    Volvo C30 T5

    A stylish, good to drive and well-equipped alternative to the mainstream.

    27 September 2006
    first drive
  • Hyundai Accent 1.4i Atlantic

    The Accent Atlantic is a stop-gap until Hyundai's Astra-rival arrives next year. It's very cheap, but not that good either

    26 September 2006
    first drive
  • BMW M6 convertible

    BMW M6 convertible

    The soft-top M6 delivers a delicious soundtrack and a huge sense of occasion. But its 220kg weight gain blunts its responses.

    25 September 2006
    first drive
  • TVR Sagaris 4.0

    TVR Sagaris 4.0

    It still smells of resin, but this Sagaris is a significant improvement, and feels built to last a bit longer. And it goes sideways for Britain

    25 September 2006
    first drive
  • Subaru Legacy 3.0R spec.B

    Subaru Legacy 3.0R spec.B

    Mild visual update keeps Legacy fresh. New SI Drive system and paddleshifts for optional auto box give greater breadth of appeal. A good-looking, good-to-drive alternative to the mainstream.

    21 September 2006
    first drive
  • Ford Focus 2.0 TDCi CC

    Ford Focus 2.0 TDCi CC

    The best in its class, though that still means it's a compromised drive

    20 September 2006
    first drive

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