Tag: First Drives


Mazda MX-5 30th Anniversary First Drive: Tangerine Dream

There’s not many marques that survive 30 years in the original mold any more. Even some of the most venerable badges have either had breaks in production, or have switched… Read More »

Ford Focus Active First Drive Review: Cross Off the Crossover

Which is better: a good family estate car with normal car manners and space in length; or a crossover SUV with high driving position, oodles of headroom and at least… Read More »

Suzuki Jimny First Drive Review: The Kei Car Monster Truck

Car Reviews 12 Nov 30, 2018 by Andrew Evans

The Suzuki Jimny has always been one of those cars. It’s the kind of car that those in the know love, despite many glaring flaws that put off regular folk… Read More »

2019 Hyundai Veloster N First Drive Review: This Ain't No One Trick Pony

Car Reviews 8 Nov 8, 2018 by Kyle Patrick

There’s a distinct lack of something during this press briefing. It’s not turbo power — ubiquitous in this day and age, especially in the hot hatch segment — nor is it… Read More »

Porsche 911 Carrera T First Drive Review: Heart Over Head

Car Reviews 4 Jul 24, 2018 by Kyle Patrick

Twenty three. The car you see above, the 2018 911 Carrera T, bumped the model count for Porsche’s quintessential sports car to just shy of two dozen — the ‘Ring-blazing… Read More »

Mitsubishi Shogun Sport First Drive Review: A Challenger Appears

Car Reviews 5 Jun 21, 2018 by Andrew Evans

When we reviewed the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross a few weeks back, we felt it was a nice step forward for a brand that has been in the doldrums. Well, Mitsubishi… Read More »

Hyundai Veloster Turbo First Drive Review: The Funk Goes On

Car Reviews 6 May 21, 2018 by Kyle Patrick

I learned to drive in a Hyundai. It was a ’96 base model Accent, and I was 14 when I first got behind the wheel. It lacked a great many… Read More »

McLaren 570S First Drive Review: The Entry-Level Supercar

Car Reviews 7 Oct 24, 2017 by Andrew Evans

It might be one of Britain’s most famous marques, despite having a rather short history — at least when it comes to making cars. McLaren was probably best-known for its… Read More »

SsangYong Rexton First Drive Review: Korea's Land Rover

Car Reviews 5 Oct 16, 2017 by Andrew Evans

There’s so many vehicles and brands that have emerged from the need for military transport. Just look at our road test last week, of the Mercedes G-Class. Or Land Rover,… Read More »

First Drive Review: Mercedes-Benz G350d 4MATIC

Car Reviews Oct 9, 2017 by Andrew Evans

There’s no school like the old school, and you can’t get much more old school than this. Aside from the occasional Morgan or Caterham, there’s nothing on the roads today… Read More »

First Drive Review: MINI Countryman Cooper S

Car Reviews 7 Oct 2, 2017 by Andrew Evans

It’s hard to imagine a brand that has enjoyed such a renaissance and undergone such a change, while seemingly remaining the same, as MINI. The original Mini was a precision-engineered… Read More »

First Drive Review: Renault Sport Clio 220 Trophy

Car Reviews 5 Sep 25, 2017 by Andrew Evans

Ask the man in the street who the king of hot hatches is and chances are you’ll get a whole different bunch of answers. One name that will come up… Read More »

First Drive Review: Kia pro_cee'd GT

Car Reviews 13 Sep 18, 2017 by Andrew Evans

Upon reviewing the VW Scirocco last week, we said that it’s one of the most forgotten cars of its type. While still true, this week’s car is Korea’s version of… Read More »

First Drive Review: Volkswagen Scirocco GTS

Car Reviews 9 Sep 11, 2017 by Andrew Evans

When it comes to small coupes, there’s few as popular but forgotten as the Scirocco. Volkswagen first introduced it over 40 years ago, and though there was a 16-year gap… Read More »

First Drive Review: Honda Civic

Car Reviews 5 Sep 4, 2017 by Andrew Evans

There’s few model nameplates quite as enduring as the Honda Civic. In fact the first car ever made was a Honda Civic. Okay, we made that up, but it has… Read More »

First Drive Review: Dacia Sandero

Car Reviews 23 Aug 28, 2017 by Andrew Evans

The global financial crisis in 2008 focused many people’s minds on value for money and no-frills products. But can no-frills motoring be a thing? We’ve been out and about in… Read More »

First Drive: Infiniti Q60 V6

Car Reviews 6 Aug 21, 2017 by Andrew Evans

After a tricky start to life in Europe, Infiniti has been coming on leaps and bounds lately. The Q30 hatch and QX30 crossover have given it some mass market appeal,… Read More »

First Drive Review: Tesla Model X 100D

Car Reviews 9 Aug 14, 2017 by Andrew Evans

While other manufacturers are turning to electrification in droves, the brand that started it all off in earnest was Tesla. It’s still the only name most people think of when… Read More »

First Drive Review: Audi R8 V10 Plus

Car Reviews 2 Aug 7, 2017 by Andrew Evans

Scroll back to 20 years ago and the concept of a supercar coming from anywhere other than a niche manufacturer from Italy or maybe the UK was ridiculous. Audi clearly… Read More »

First Drive Review: Kia Sorento KX-4

Car Reviews 1 Jul 31, 2017 by Andrew Evans

As the Kia brand has been changing direction for a more European ethos, one car stands apart. The Sorento SUV has a distinctly more American flavor, and we’ve been driving… Read More »