Having owned three Ford Focus’ over the years the prospect of trying out the new mark three was pretty exciting. Then I learned the Ford Focus 1.0T Titanium I would be testing would have Ford’s brand new 1.0T EcoBoost engine nestled under the bonnet.
Ok let me cut to the chase. Even if you think you know nothing about Ford’s baby-B-MAX I bet you have seen on the telly that guy dive through it from a great height into the swimming pool below? Yes, thought so.
The Chevrolet Cruze has been around for quite a few years now but has had limited appeal in the UK due to its saloon-only bodystyle. In 2011 Chevrolet finally launched a variant which appeals most to us Brits – a five-door hatchback. Furthermore earlier this year the Cruze received a mild facelift to keep it looking fresh so I decided to give the one a try to see what it has to offer.
So you want a car that gets your pulse racing and a hot hatch just doesn’t cut the mustard? You need a front engine, rear-wheel-drive coupe and Subaru have just the ticket.
Mitsubishi have enjoyed considerable success in the UK with the launch of their Outlander crossover but their ASX, or “Active Sports Crossover” is tasked with repeating its big brothers success.
Refinement is first rate thanks to the rides superb bump absorption that seems to have been perfectly tuned for Britain’s decaying carriageways. Wind and road noise are barely noticeable on the move thanks to the modestly sized wheels and sleek shape; the diesel engine also goes about its business with minimal clatter. It all adds up to a relaxed environment for undertaking long cross country jaunts.
Historically Alfa Romeos have been cars built with genuine love and passion but flawed in one way or another. Reliability has never been a strong point but these Italian beauties have always been styled from the heart. Alfa’s recent offering the Giulietta has been tasked with taking on the mighty Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf. Read on to find out how good it really is.
There is no doubt that the little Fiat Panda is a sublime little city car. It looks fantastic, is very well thought out inside with plenty of room for four adults and a fair amount of luggage. It is also lively to drive, doesn’t drink much petrol and qualifies for free road tax.
Chevrolet tends to conjure up images of American muscle cars such as the Corvette or Camaro but in Europe it’s a different story. In 2005 the brand relaunched with a host of rebadged Daewoos as it was decided by parent company GM that the Chevy badge had a better image and would appeal to European tastes.
For years MPVs have built up a healthy reputation with families thanks to their peerless practicality and reasonable running costs. Rob McSorley takes the Peugeot 5008 (Sport HDi 112 & Allure HDi 150) for a spin…
Volkswagen’s CC is a good example of how you can turn an ordinary saloon in to a much more exciting and appealing product. It may not serve up the driving thrills of a traditional coupe or the cabin space and practicality of a saloon but it sits in a rather alluring middle ground between the two.
The new car has a completely new dashboard made of sturdier materials that are much nicer to the touch. There are also snazzy touches such as a small strip of LED lights above the glovebox and flashes of white trim lifting the mood. The dials are also a joy to look at and suitably sporty, as do the bucketed seats that keep the driver and passenger nicely pinned in place during more enthusiastic driving.