Mazda MX-5 RF Review 

For rear-wheel-drive fans, there are only two affordable cars worth considering

Whether you’re a keen young driver, or someone just wishing to get a taste of what traditional sportscars felt like to drive after a diet of tiny front-wheel drive hatchbacks, there are really only two cars on the market that you should consider buying: the brilliant Toyota 86 and the car reviewed here.

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Suzuki Across PHEV Review

You’re confused aren’t you? This looks like something else. But is it a great Suzuki?

You’re thrown, aren’t you? At first glance you thought you knew what this car was. Then you looked again and you weren’t so sure after. A third glance caught the Suzuki badge, and then you found yourself really perplexed. 

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Honda CR-V Hybrid Review

Have we reached ‘peak’ CR-V, or was that back with the second gen?

We owned a second-generation Honda CR-V for over decade and there must be a very good reason we kept it that long. Although there isn’t any single cause for keeping it that I can recall, potentially it was more a case of… well there was no reason to replace it. And that’s from someone that drove the latest and newest family SUVs throughout that tenure. 

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Ford Mustang Mach-E Review [Electric Car]

It’s a big first for Ford in many ways, and a couple of firsts for this V8 Mustang-loving EV sceptic too

There’s a number of firsts here. This is the first mass-market car-maker’s first fully electric vehicle. It’s also the first dedicated electric car from Ford rather than the ‘electric version’ of a regular combustion-engined car. Plus the first electric car to bear the name ‘Mustang’ (though one suspects not the last) and the first time an electric car has adopted the alias and, to some extent, assumed the persona of a muscle car. Which, if you think about it, should essentially be its absolute antithesis, arch-nemesis even! 

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2021 Mini Electric Review

I only wanted you to charge the bloody batteries!

Are you charged up for ‘The Electric Job’? If not, move on because this Mini is not all it seems. Yes it looks a cheeky chappy, yes the drive will be familiar and yes it’s quick, but there’s no exhaust pipe, the grill is blanked out, and there are bright yellow ‘e’ badges splattered about, including on the fuel cover which now accepts not gasoline but gigawatts. Great Scott! 

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Ford Puma ST Review

The Puma ST makes more sense than it should, but does logic dictate you should get one?

The Ford Puma ST can be thought of as a more family-friendly version of the pocket-rocket Ford Fiesta ST – just about the best small hot hatch you can currently buy. That bodes well doesn’t it? Especially as it gets pretty much the same drivetrain with 1.5-litre 3-cylinder turbo Ecoboost engine putting out 200bhp and 320NM of torque

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Range Rover Velar P400e PHEV Review

The plug-in hybrid is actually the sportiest of the Velars

The Range Rover Velar is the best looking of the current range of luxury roving SUVs. The baby Evoque even adopted most of the Velar’s styling cues in its update a couple of years ago, but the Velar still looks fresh and is arguably more futuristic and sleeker than its bigger brothers, though remains as elegant as its elevated siblings. 

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Vauxhall Mokka Review

British Griffin mates with the French Lion to give us a stylish new compact family SUV

Forget the old Vauxhall Mokka, that was a rebadged Chevrolet Trax/Buick Encore which were built at the old Daewoo factory in South Korea. It was a competent enough car, but a bit mumsy. In 2019 Vauxhall, or rather its parent company, Opel (having previously divorced from America’s General Motors) was bought by PSA (the Peugeot/Citroen group). The new Mokka is the result of this new arrangement. 

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