Car reviews

  • Audi S8

    Audi S8

    Installing the Gallardo's V10 in the A8 limousine sounds like a recipe for luxurious mayhem. But the detuned V10 is rather muted in this application and, although the S8 has great charm, it somewhat falls between two stools

    14 August 2006
    first drive
  • Vauxhall Antara  2.0 TD

    Vauxhall Antara 2.0 TD

    Impresive Antara does enough to back up its good looks; a world away from the old Frontera

    10 August 2006
    first drive
  • Volvo S80 D5 SE Lux

    Volvo's big diesel saloon has its flaws, but its excellent interior and fine cruising ability mean it does stack up as an admittedly quirky alternative to its German rivals.

    5 August 2006
    first drive
  • Seat Leon 2.0 TFSI FR

    Seat Leon 2.0 TFSI FR

    The Leon FR is compellingly cheap, but you can tell where the corners were cut.

    2 August 2006
    first drive
  • Mercedes-Benz GL500

    Mercedes-Benz GL500

    If you really need to take seven people off-road, we can’t think of a better way: the GL has Range Rover-like class and ability. Only thing is it feels too big for UK roads.

    31 July 2006
    first drive
  • Holden Commodore 3.5 V6

    Holden Commodore 3.5 V6

    Worth migrating to Oz if this is the mainstream family sedan. It is a bargain. And if you hold on Vauxhall is brining the V8 versions to Blighty in 2007.

    31 July 2006
    first drive
  • Subaru B9 Tribeca 3.0 S5

    The Tribeca is a well-thought out car, but hampered by its inherited drivetrain. If it had a good diesel engine it would be a serious contender.

    28 July 2006
    first drive
  • Mini One

    Mini One

    On first impressions the new Mini is every bit as good as the last one and then some. It’s much newer than it looks, better built, more comfortable, more refined, and slicker in everyway. The only downside is a slight loss of character.

    26 July 2006
    first drive
  • VW Polo 1.4 TDi Blue Motion

    The Blue Motion is a much more cautious step from the company that brought us the Lupo 3L car, but it's a well-judged one. Shame it's not coming to the UK...

    26 July 2006
    first drive
  • Audi RS4 Cabriolet

    Audi RS4 Cabriolet

    The RS4 Cabriolet does not have the structural rigidity of the saloon, but you can listen more easily to that V8. So whilst it lacks the hard-edged competence of the saloon, the Cabriolet is still extremely desirable

    26 July 2006
    first drive

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