Car reviews

  • Subaru Impreza 1.5R

    Subaru Impreza 1.5R

    Don't think of the 1.5R as a cut-price Impreza WRX - it's nothing of the sort. Instead, it is practical, well-equipped and unpretentious. And just a little bit slow.

    19 September 2006
    first drive
  • Skoda Octavia TDI vRS

    A genuinely quick and entertaining addition to the Octavia line-up. But more worthy as a rapid estate car than a hot hatch rival.

    19 September 2006
    first drive
  • Mercedes-Benz CL600

    The uber-coupe from Merc has some wonderful touches and is massively swift and refined, but it is in no way worth the premium over the CL500

    19 September 2006
    first drive
  • Peugeot 207 150 GT

    Peugeot 207 150 GT

    On first impressions this seems to be a proper old-school Peugeot hot hatch, though thankfully without the treacherous lift-off oversteer.

    19 September 2006
    first drive
  • Peugeot 607 2.2 HDi

    Peugeot 607 2.2 HDi

    Nice engine, but the 607 is not exactly at the cutting edge of executive saloons. That siad, it is well-priced and stacked to the gunwhales with kit.

    14 September 2006
    first drive
  • Mazda MX-5 RC 2.0i

    Mazda MX-5 RC 2.0i

    All the fun of the MX-5 with added security and useability. If you think the premium’s worth it, go for it.

    14 September 2006
    first drive
  • Honda S2000

    Honda S2000

    Throttle response is smoother, but the S2000 is the same car otherwise: thrilling at the top end of its VTEC rev range, off-form below that.

    12 September 2006
    first drive
  • Lotus Europa 2.0 S

    Lotus Europa 2.0 S

    The Europa is meant to be a bigger, more comfortable version of the Exige and Elise, but it's not really any easier to live with and the dynamics aren't as good as they should be, for a Lotus.

    8 September 2006
    first drive
  • Kia Sorento 2.5 CRDi XS

    Kia Sorento 2.5 CRDi XS

    The Sorento has been improved by its refresh, but not by enough to beat Hyundai's Santa Fe

    6 September 2006
    first drive
  • BMW X3 3.0sd

    BMW X3 3.0sd

    Good to drive and very quick, but at this price we'd go for the better-looking and slightly bigger X5.

    6 September 2006
    first drive

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