Twin Test Review | VW Polo GTI vs SEAT Ibiza Cupra Black

On paper these two VAG family cousins share many similarities but, peel back the surface, and you’ll discover that things aren’t quite so homogenous. Which Spanish-built supermini wins out though? If you’ve read our review of the SEAT Ibiza Cupra you’ll know there is a lot to like about this condensed hot hatch. However, sharing a powertrain and platform with the…

2016 SEAT Ibiza Cupra 1.8 TSI | Review

With the current SEAT Ibiza nearing the end of a lengthy lifecycle, the Cupra has been hotted-up for one final fling. Is this Ibiza still up for all-night rave, or is it now more last tango in Benidorm?You remember 2008, right? A time when George W. Bush was still President of the United States, ‘Rockstar’…

In-depth Launch Review – Updated 2016 Audi A3

As one of the key models in the Audi range, getting the refreshed A3 right is an important job. We drove all four body types, and various engines, to see if the A3 still has what it takes in a competitive market. Backstory In the same year England crashed out of Euro ’96, Audi launched an upmarket compact hatchback to the…

2016 Mercedes-AMG A45 4MATIC | Review

According to William H. Land, the most important thing about power is making sure you don’t have to use it. But when there is so much of it on offer, can you really resist? We spent a week with the Mercedes-AMG A45 to test our resolve. Question. What’s bright red, has 376hp and does 0-62mph…

A week with the… Hyundai i30 Turbo | Review

Turbos are all the rage these days, so what effect does adding one to the Hyundai i30 have? Before the rush to downsize and increase efficiency, adding the word ‘turbo’ to the back of a car symbolised that it was the fastest model in the brochure. Although even the regular Porsche 911 Carrera features forced aspiration now, until…

A week with the… Hyundai Tucson SE Nav 1.7 CRDi | Review

Can a crossover SUV be something that can integrate into the realm of EngageSportMode? Actually, in the case of the Hyundai Tucson, yes it can. Read on to find out just how. After reviewing the all-new Tucson on the UK launch event back in August for Motoring Research, Hyundai were keen that we also try the…

2015 Vauxhall Adam Grand Slam – The Review

As part of the Vauxhall Media Driving Day, we got the chance to try out the hottest addition to the Adam lineup. Does adding more power to the style-concious city car produce a true driver’s car? You’ll have to head on over to Motoring Research to find out the answer. Yes, that’s right. The full…

Audi S1 Sportback quattro – Full Review

We’ve been itching to get behind the wheel of the S1 since it was first announced earlier in the year. Luckily, the good people at Newcastle Audi were prepared to help; letting us find out if the S1 quattro lives up to that illustrious badge. So, what did our editor think? As predecessors go, sharing a badge with the…

Audi A1 Sportback 1.4TFSI S line – The Big Review

If you’ve been reading the long running saga about me attempting to buy a new car, you’ll know that I’d swung towards the Audi A1 but was finding it tough to get a dealership to sell me one. The end result was Tyneside Audi providing me with a A1 1.4TSFI Sportback for the weekend, to…