Quick Review | Volvo V90 D5 PowerPulse AWD R-Design

Yes, it’s a huge diesel estate on EngageSportMode. It’s also one of the best cars we’ve driven this year, and we’re not ashamed to admit it. When we recently wrote about Volvo’s new electrification strategy, we mentioned how we’d been somewhat seduced by an experience with their product range. This particular V90 is the one…

Quick Review | MINI John Cooper Works Challenge

Can a MINI priced at £32,000 ever really be worthwhile? Well, yeah actually, based on our brief experience at the 2017 SMMT Test Day. On the face of it paying the same amount as a Volkswagen Golf R, or a Ford Focus RS, for any MINI may seem hopelessly decadent, or even foolish. But stick…

Short Review | 2016 BMW M240i Convertible

The M235i might be gone, but the replacement has even more performance. We took a short, topless, drive, to see if the M240i stacks up as a cut-price M2 alternative. Full disclosure. The M240i does not have a 4.0-litre engine. BMW nomenclature has paid little attention to engine capacity for years, so don’t be fooled. No, under the bonnet…

Short Review – BMW 420d Coupé

Tonight we hand you over to our good friend and technological expert The Tame Geek, who has been behind the wheel of another new car! Short Review – BMW 420d Coupé Another review of a car that’s not from the VW Group?! YES! The Tame Geek has been busy! Busy and loving it. As regular…

Short Review – Ford Focus ST Estate Mountune

EngageSportMode is a fan of quick estates so, when given the chance to get behind the wheel of Ford’s latest hot load-lugger, we jumped at the opportunity. To get it out of the way, the colour is called Tangerine Scream. Quite frankly it sums up the nature of the Focus ST Mountune perfectly. This car…

Hyundai i30 – Short Review

EngageSportMode’s BTCC Correspondent recently went on holiday to France. Whilst he was there, he found himself with a Hyundai i30 at his disposal. So what did he make of the Korean hatchback? Hyundai Holiday Hell? Quite the Opposite… I was recently lucky enough to have a mini break in the South of France. On arrival…

To Infiniti, But Probably Not Beyond

The Infiniti brand is to Nissan what Lexus is to Toyota; essentially blinged up versions of domestic Japanese models, renamed to charge Americans more money for them. Whilst Infiniti was launched in the United States back in 1989, it wasn’t until 2008 that the decision to branch out in to Europe was taken. In keeping…

Volkswagen Take up! – Short Test

ESM lives, like rather a lot of people in the UK do, in a city. As such, sensibly (and predictably) ESM drives what is best described as city-car. The end result is making this writer rather well positioned to pass judgement on Volkswagen’s new baby; the up! VW’s recent track record with the smallest of…

An update on the Auris Hybrid

My mam sent me this photo of the Auris Hybrid tested earlier in the week. Looking at it, I just can’t get the thought “Fridge-freezer” from my head. Probably explains the humming….

Stealth and Safety

What car would a Ninja drive? Maybe a Nissan Skyline GT-R for some knockout power or perhaps a Honda NSX for shuriken sharp handling? Or, what about an electric car; smooth and serene, thus allowing them to sneak up on their intended target without being heard? If so, the car ESM has driven today may…