First Drive

Skoda Enyaq iV 60 Suite 2021 UK review

Posted in CAR NEWS on June 10, 2021

There’s a pretty big glass area, too, which makes the interior airy. Most notably, the windscreen, which pushes so far forwards that it’s more MPV than SUV. The number of territories this crossover crosses over are perhaps unsurpassed. Finish is strong, materials feel solid even if they’re not soft, and there’s a simple digital dashboard and, perhaps obviously, a group-sourced central touchscreen. At least the temperature is permanently displayed and big enough for a simple Read More »

Everrati Porsche 964 Signature 2021 UK review

Posted in CAR NEWS on June 9, 2021

Porsche won’t sell an electric 911 for some time, if ever, but a British firm is offering you the chance to own one right now – if you have a 964-generation (1989-1993) classic and a desire to swap its flat six for a battery and motors. Everrati has broader plans involving other classics, and this wide-body 964 is intended to show what’s possible and the quality and driving experience it aims to offer. The result might Read More »

Genesis GV80 2021 UK review

Posted in CAR NEWS on June 9, 2021

The SUV feels even more softly sprung and comfort-biased than the lower, leaner saloon. At a just-so pace on just the right surface, there’s a certain land-yacht glide to the way that it addresses the road, which can be quite pleasing to sample. The steering is medium-paced but light and slightly woolly in feel, the brake pedal likewise big on power assistance. These are matching attempts to take the physical strain out of the act Read More »

Genesis G80 2021 UK review

Posted in CAR NEWS on June 8, 2021

The G80 is a modern luxury saloon, like a Lexus ES, Volvo S90 or Mercedes E-Class, then; not a sporting executive option like a BMW 5-Series, Audi A6 or Jaguar XF. It’s spacious and feels lavish, particularly so if you’re travelling in the back seats of a high-end version with nappa leather and rear seat entertainment screens. It has really substantial tactile quality and material richness, and all of the very latest digital infotainment and Read More »

Lotus Exige 390 Sport Final Edition 2021 UK review

Posted in CAR NEWS on June 7, 2021

We don’t always mourn the passing of truly unique cars. When the Audi A2 slipped away, nobody really noticed (wrongly), and journalists weren’t exactly queuing up to pen an obituary for the drop-top Range Rover Evoque in 2018 (more understandable, that). But the Lotus Exige? This one hurts. After 21 years and three iterations, production is ending, along with that of the ultra-lightweight Elise and the GT-flavoured Evora. Come winter 2021, the final Exige will Read More »

Mazda MX-5 1.5 Sport Venture 2021 UK review

Posted in CAR NEWS on June 2, 2021

Peak power arrives at 7000rpm and is delivered linearly across the rev range, being responsive enough for town and city driving at low revs but coming alive when you rev it out. Modern hot hatchbacks have it licked for straight-line pace, but it’s still no slouch, and it's more rewarding through the corners at any rate. With no mechanical changes, the MX-5 remains an absolute delight to drive, thanks to its light weight and balanced handling. There’s Read More »

DS 9 2021 UK review

Posted in CAR NEWS on June 1, 2021

Before you can mount any kind of serious attack in life or business, you need a leader, which is why the UK team seeking to establish a foothold for Stellantis’s luxury DS marque in this country are keen (and somewhat relieved) to launch their DS 9 flagship model, due in showrooms in September. It’s an E-segment four-seat saloon, sized and pitched against BMW’s 5 Series and Audi’s A6. Although DS’s UK boss, Jules Tilstone, isn’t Read More »

Audi Q4 Sportback 50 E-tron quattro 2021 review

Posted in CAR NEWS on May 31, 2021

The Q4 E-tron couldn’t have arrived at a better time for Audi. Backed by government incentives the world over, electric car sales – and efforts to establish suitable charging network infrastructure – are at an all-time high. First revealed in concept car form at the 2019 Geneva motor show, the Q4 E-tron is a compact crossover-style SUV  based on the Volkswagen Group’s MEB (Modularen Elektrik Baukasten, or Modular Electric Toolkit) platform, created specifically for EVs. The car's development has Read More »

Land Rover Defender 110 SE D300 2021 UK review

Posted in CAR NEWS on May 27, 2021

To compare this new Ingenium engine’s performance to the aforementioned Ford-derived powerplant would be to do it quite an injustice. To accelerate so quickly and so effortlessly in a car of this size will always feel novel (the 0-62mph sprint, Land Rover says, can be cracked in 7.0sec - quicker than its four- and six-cylinder petrol equivalents), and for such vast quantities of torque to be accessible throughout the rev range - and at all legal Read More »

Aston Martin Victor 2021 UK review

Posted in CAR NEWS on May 25, 2021

We’re ready to go. Carefully. The driver before me spun it twice, doubtless due to the failure of its Michelin Cup 2 tyres to interact with the wet surface, and I will share with you that I did exit turn one at something of an unorthodox angle. But thereafter, it was sublime. With all the rubber removed from the suspension, the immediacy of its response reminded me more of a race car than something that Read More »

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