Mazda CX-5 AWD GT Sport Automatic

REPORT THREE Here’s a confession. I’m one of the few motorists who actually enjoys a good read… of their car’s manual. Normally I’m the driver, as I like compiling mental notes about the car from behind the wheel; useful ammo for the next write-up. I’m particularly enjoying the CX-5, but even so, my wife takes […]

Kia Niro Hybrid 4 1.6 GDi

As a journalist specialising in transport and travel, I receive scores of press releases daily, most with little news value. And if I can’t sell a story on to a news or features editor, it’s worthless. Dead ducks today include a list of the UK’s most instagrammed road trips, Santander plugging their new ‘online marketplace’ […]

Kia Niro Hybrid 4 1.6 GDi Automatic

First Report You just know within seconds of settling behind the wheel of Kia’s Niro that the designers had endless meetings discussing ‘how can we make customers feel really cosseted in this car?’ And it has paid off handsomely. When you get in and out, the electric driver’s seat – standard on the equipment-laden 4-specification […]


Final Test You tend to get a very different perspective on a car when it clocks up most of its mileage crawling in city traffic, and so it has proved with the Evoque, which has spent much of its time confined to London. It quickly became evident that out on the motorway the D180 is […]

Range Rover Evoque R-Dynamic HSE D180 AWD Automatic

Fourth Test Did you know that of just 16 highly prized official Dark Sky Reserves worldwide, five are here in the UK? And that the latest – Cranborne Chase – was added only last year? That puts this wild and remote Area of Natural Beauty (AONB) – straddling Wiltshire, Somerset, Devon and Dorset – right […]