Category Archives: Review

Electrogenic Mini (2022) review: goodbye A-series, hello electrification

2022 Electrogenic Mini profile

► Fully electric with five-speed manual ► Up to 120bhp on tap ► Urban range of around 80 miles The original Mini has certainly seen its fair share of engine swaps over the years, with all manner of different motors crammed under its stubby nose. But it’s not just high-powered four-pots donated by Honda, Vauxhall or a superbike, […]

Mercedes S-Class S580e L hybrid (2022) review: playing the loooooooong game

s-class phev front tracking

► PHEV S-Class claims 62-mile e-range ► We get pretty close to that… ► …once we’ve finished the massage Mercedes is clearly targeting bragging rights with its latest plug-in hybrid S-Class executive car. The most advanced car on sale? That’s what the Sonderklasse has always strived to be, but this new S580e’s targets must have […]

Kia EV6 GT (2022) passenger ride: first impressions of sporty EV

ev6 gt front cornering

► First taste of hot Kia EV6 ► Riding shotgun with Albert Biermann ► The signs are good… We already know the Kia EV6 is a very good car. We rate it incredibly highly as it offers loads of cutting-edge tech, solid range figures and fast charging capabilities in a striking package. So we’re a […]

Vauxhall VXR8 Maloo LSA (2017) review

Vauxhall VXR8 Maloo rear tracking

► Vauxhall VXR8 Maloo LSA road test ► ‘Ute’ version of the VXR8 saloon ► Packs a 536bhp supercharged V8 Is there a less rational vehicle on sale than this Aussie-import muscle car/pick-up? Rebranded a Vauxhall and limited to 100 cars (sorry, ‘utes’) a year here, the HSV-built Maloo enjoys the likeably purposeless title of […]

New 2017 MG ZS crossover prototype early review

Deeply dished grille on MG ZS

► We drive new MG ZS ► Baby SUV from China ► Confirmed for UK sale Every new Chinese-built MG so far has come with the promise that this will be the breakthrough car. The one that finally lifts sales out of the doldrums and has buyers confidently adding the tottering brand to their shopping list alongside the […]

VW Golf GTI Performance Pack Mk7 facelift (2017) review

VW Golf GTI Performance 2017 rear cornering

► Mk7.5 Golf GTI Performance ► More power and limited-slip diff ► 242bhp, 0-62mph in 6.2sec  Visually, the shift to the Mk7.5 Golf has been subtle one to say the least. In fact, you’d be forgiven for not noticing the difference, at least from the outside. Sharper front and rear bumper designs and LED lamps […]

Skoda Octavia Scout 2.0 TDI 150 4×4 facelift (2017) review

Skoda Octavia Scout - the 2017 facelift

► Rugged Octavia Scout tested ► Suite of subtle 2017 upgrades ► Still a diesel-only line-up in UK What to do if you need some genuine off-road ability from a car but you’re one of about 10 people who is actively avoiding buying a crossover or SUV? There’s a limited choice of proper off-roaders that aren’t covered in […]