Long-Term Review

Lexus UX 300e 2022 long-term review

Posted in CAR NEWS on January 23, 2022

The UX 300e courts a starting price of £41,745, for which you get 17in wheels, climate control, a reversing camera with guidelines, front and rear parking sensors, automatic bi-LED headlights and electrically adjustable seats. Meanwhile, behind the steering wheel sits a partially customisable digital instrument display. Our car is a mid-range model equipped with the Premium Plus options pack, which bumps the price up to a slightly eye-watering £45,245. Extra kit includes a wireless smartphone charger, Read More »

Polestar 2 2022 long-term review

Posted in CAR NEWS on January 15, 2022

I think the 2 is a rather handsome thing, too. Polestar’s gaffer is Thomas Ingenlath, a designer, so he probably gets to choose who wins all of the ‘engineer versus designer’ arguments we’re told happen in car companies. The 2 has a high beltline with a narrow window area, thick pillars and a small back window. I think it looks great from the outside. But, yes, that makes it harder to see out of. It’s Read More »

Renault Arkana 2022 long-term review

Posted in CAR NEWS on January 9, 2022

However, the much-stretched wheelbase makes a huge difference to cabin space, with bags of leg room in the rear and decent head room, thanks to the diving rear roofline only really dropping steeply aft of the rear seats. As well as the space, the kids are kept pretty happy by the number of powerpoints and the separate air- con controls back there – although it feels a bit cheap that the funky interior lighting, whose colour can Read More »

Fiat 500 electric 2022 long-term review

Posted in CAR NEWS on January 8, 2022

First impressions have been overwhelmingly positive. The 500’s rapid 0-30mph acceleration lets you nip away from traffic lights almost immediately, and it doesn’t feel out of its depth once you reach the motorway – although I’ve yet to see what impact a 70mph cruise will have on range. The seats are comfortable, with just enough leg room for a six-footer, and while overall ride quality seems pretty firm, it’s proving to be an excellent commuter. We Read More »

Nissan Qashqai 2022 long-term review

Posted in CAR NEWS on January 7, 2022

That’s not to say the interior isn’t very pleasant, comfortable, spacious and well laid out: it’s all of those things. It’s just a little… plain. It’s conventional and a bit drab, with a finish that’s perfectly fine but not exceptional. But that plays to the Qashqai’s appeal: it has everything you would need from a family car. It feels plush enough to have a little premium sheen but isn’t so posh that you would be Read More »

Jaguar XF 2022 long-term review

Posted in CAR NEWS on January 6, 2022

Is this a sign of a shift in priority for the XF? After all, the fiery XFR never came back for this generation and even the range-topper packs less than 300bhp. I wasn’t holding out much hope that our competent motorway-muncher would out itself as a beast of the back road: it would surely be asking too much for a luxurious, relatively economical and none-too-light saloon to double up as my tool of choice for Read More »

Audi Q4 E-tron 2022 long-term review

Posted in CAR NEWS on January 5, 2022

In its first full year on sale in 2022, the new Audi Q4 E-tron is expected to be the German car maker’s top seller behind only the A3. That means ahead of the A1, A4, Q2, Q3 and Q5 – all models that you might expect to be higher up the sales charts. The Q4 follows the larger E-tron/E-tron Sportback and E-tron GT as Audi’s third dedicated electric car and, with those sales predictions, marks Read More »

Dacia Sandero Stepway 2022 long-term review

Posted in CAR NEWS on January 5, 2022

That’s still excellent for a car I’ve used for absolutely everything, even towing my motorbike trailer with an (admittedly light) old Douglas on the back. It still amuses me that this ultraaffordable car, for which you can get only two options (metallic paint and a full-size spare wheel), has automatic lights and wipers, climate control, auto walk-away locking and an autorelease electric handbrake – plus a knurled gear knob, just like a Bentley. Given that Read More »

Peugeot 508 Peugeot Sport Engineered 2021 long-term review

Posted in CAR NEWS on January 4, 2022

It will need to be good, mind you, considering that it costs £53,995. The Audi S4 starts at about £5000 less and does 0-62mph in 4.6sec. Still, one appealing aspect of the 508 PSE is how almost everything is included as standard. The only options that Peugeot’s website shows are a panoramic sunroof (£870), a 7.4kW monophase on-board charger (£300) and black or pearlescent white paint (our Selenium Grey is no extra cost). There are Read More »

Volkswagen ID 3 2021 long-term review

Posted in CAR NEWS on December 27, 2021

From behind the wheel, the ID 3 has a slightly MPV-like feel, in that the windscreen pillars are pushed a long way forward, with sizeable quarterlights between them and the doors to aid visibility at junctions, and the base of the screen feels like the front of the car. This might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but there’s no denying that you get an excellent view forwards and to the sides and that the Read More »

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