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.
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.
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!
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!
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
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.
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.
Get past the grille and you’ll feel right at home if you’re a former Beemer owner
Let’s tackle that controversial grille first – you either hate it or you… reckon it’s not so bad. I’m in the latter camp, especially after spending a few days with the car, and noting that the UK number plate bisecting it, makes it far less overt and in-yer-face. Some may still complain that it’s elongated upright stance is unpalatable and at odds with traditional BMW styling cues, but there is a precedent for such grilles in BMW’s historical back catalogue. Anyway of all of BMW’s questionable styling choices, this is nowhere near as bad as the now legendary ‘Bangle Butt’ introduced on the 2000s BMW 7 Series – that some now hail as a pivotal moment in the marque’s design evolution – and I still really don’t like that!
This may look familiar, in fact you may be questioning how it’s any different to when the Jaguar E-Pace was first introduced as the British luxury car maker’s baby SUV just four years ago. There’s a new grille and revised bumpers and inside the latest generation infotainment and a new gear lever. Underneath however, it is all-new. Well that is to say it adopts the Range Rover Evoque’s platform, that’s been designed to accommodated a hybrid drivetrain.