The crossover SUV segment is the car sales equivalent of the Somme, where marques battle it out to take their place on the lucrative, family SUV hierarchy, which currently sees the Hyundai Tucson and Nissan Qashqai head and shoulders above the rest. With this in mind, Mazda has upgraded the specs on its best-selling car in this market, the CX5.
The cockpit in the MX-5 is small, the glovebox is in a silly place and you will knock your coffee over if you’re careless when you’re pulling the gearstick in to second or fourth gear. But like a beautifully bad relationship, when it’s good, it’s red hot and that’s all that matters.
The Mégane RS is an iconic ‘hot’ hatchback from Renault, which has been in production since its first incarnation as the Renault Sport 225 in 2004 and it has won best hot-hatch in both Top Gear and What Car? magazines.
On first sight this car is big and handsome; it has a presence and some very attractive sporty lines. Once you get inside you know you’re in a member of the Volkswagen-Audi family as the unmissable quality feel is splayed throughout the car.
The Arona is SEAT’s new compact crossover that sits firmly in the popular B-SUV segment and sports all the cute trimmings of a city-born, never-off-roader, like a striking paint job accented by a contrasting roof colour and some eye-catching exterior trim
You could easily convince yourself that you were in a Ferrero Rocher advertisement, if it wasn’t for the uncouth looking nerds, like myself, scuttling around with weapons grade cameras and open mouths.
Two months on from the reveal of Skoda’s new face lifted Octavia, the Czech mark has followed it up with the one-two combination of the blistering RS and all terrain Scout. A rag tag group of motoring journalists were shipped out to Austria’s beautiful capital city of Vienna to get better acquainted with the off road and on track variants of Skoda’s Octavia.
Some cars are over built, some cars are poorly built, but the Subaru Forester, like Goldilocks’ porridge, is just right. Subaru has a legacy for building cars that are indestructible and this Forester definitely maintains its family’s bulletproof bloodline.
On the back of Renault’s striking success with their Captur and Kadjar crossover models, the French marque has ventured further down the SUV route, with their premium level Koleos. Renault clearly have their sights firmly set on a more upmarket buyer as this car is festooned with premium quality perks, especially in the higher spec Signature Nav variant.
The cabin was hugely spacious, the seats were comfortable and everything felt terrifically well built. Perhaps too well built, if that’s possible, as my mum and girlfriend both struggled with the weight of the passenger doors.