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…

EngageSportMode Awards 2015 – Part One

You know the drill. At the end of each year EngageSportMode likes to dish out hypothetical trophies made from macaroni and glitter. This year is no exception, other than 2015 featured a lot more new metal to be driven.  Does it matter that we’re already into 2016? No, of course not. Sticking with our tried and tested formula, part…

Product Review – Garmin nüviCam LMT-D

Dash cams have made the news this year following the incident with an Aston Martin being keyed on camera. But what about one that’s integrated into a satellite navigation unit, avoiding the need to have multiple devices and wires running everywhere? Garmin is one step ahead of you with the nüviCam LMT-D. Here’s the deal. Garmin contacted us…

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…

Tame Geek Review | Jaguar XE 180 TDI R-Sport

Proof that our good friend, and regular ESM contributor, the Tame Geek will test stuff that isn’t made in Germany! Tonight he gives his thoughts on the new ‘baby Jag’ offering. Now usually, most car reviews come with a plethora of clichés and when it comes to a review of the first actually baby Jaguar, it’s…

Friday Photo – All-New 2015 Hyundai Tucson UK Launch

Yes, this week ESM was back behind the wheel of another new compact SUV crossover, reviewing the Hyundai Tucson for the guys at Motoring Research. Helpfully, Hyundai decided to make the North East its base for the UK launch of the Tucson, meaning only a short trip to Newcastle airport to get acquainted with the handsome…

Tame Geek Review | Volkswagen Golf GTE

He’s back. Regular contributor, and good friend of EngageSportMode, The Tame Geek is here again with a new review. This time he’s given us the exclusive on his test drive of Volkswagen’s new electric hybrid Golf GTE. Read his detailed thoughts below, to find out whether it hit the mark with our tech guru.  After driving the…

All-new Mazda CX-3 Review on Motoring Research

Last week EngageSportMode was tasked with reviewing the brand-new Mazda CX-3 crossover for Motoring Research. Helpfully, the UK launch was taking place pretty much in our own back yard! So, did we fall for the sporty supermini-sized crossover? Did the sun actually shine in the North East? Well, you’ll have to head on over to…

SMMT Test Day 2015 – One day, Twelve cars [Part 3/3]

We’ve made it to the final part of our epic journey through the dozen cars we experienced at the SMMT Test Day. Don’t forget to read part one and part two first! Eight cars down, we were now into the home stretch of the 2015 SMMT Test Day. Two of the final quartet were rather…

SMMT Test Day 2015 – One day, Twelve cars [Part 2/3]

Round two of our SMMT 2015 mega-test continues, with a further batch of four cars. By mid-morning had we picked any more winners from the 170 on offer? Part one can be found here, if you need to read that first. As a way to build up an appetite for lunch, two performance Renaults and…