Jaguar C-X17 Sports Crossover Concept

You wait for ages for one performance crossover concept car, and then two come along at once. Whether it may be a necessary evil is a matter of personal opinion, but a Jaguar SUV seems likely – if it happens, expect it to look like this. In a world where Jaguar and Land Rover are…

New – Audi nanuk quattro concept

Another day, another Audi concept car – although this one was slightly more unexpected compared to the Sport quattro concept revealed last week. To mark the start of the Frankfurt Motor Show, which we’ve seemingly been talking about for weeks, Ingolstadt dropped this unexpected new V10 diesel coupe on us. Twin turbo 5.0 litre V10 TDI…

BMW i3 – Munich gives us the future – now.

Electric cars are nothing new, in fact they’ve been around as an idea since the middle of the 19th century. We’ve also had cars like the Nissan Leaf, Chevrolet/Vauxhall Volt/Ampera and Tesla Roadster available for some time. So why does today’s unveiling of the BMW i3 knock all of them into the gutter?  No, it…

Top Gear Review – Series 20, Episode 4

We are now two-thirds of the way into this season of Top Gear. So, how did episode four shape up? Like an old copy of Max Power magazine, this post contains spoilers. Top Gear Series 20, Episode 4 – UK Air Date 21st July 2013  This episode turned out to be somewhat of a mixed-bag…

Tame Geek Review – SEAT Leon FR 2.0 TDI

Some say he manages to get behind the wheel of more new cars than The Stig. All we know is he’s called The Tame Geek, and tonight he’s feeling all Catalonian. 2013 SEAT Leon FR 2.0 TDI  What! The Tame Geek is going to review another car from the Volkswagen Group? Yes, but hold on!…

Why the Volkswagen XL1 is better than a Le Mans racer

Volkswagen is currently making a lot of noise about this: If you didn’t already know, that’s the Volkswagen XL1, currently the world’s most fuel-efficient hybrid car in regular production. EngageSportMode isn’t usually a fan of eco-cars, but the design details of the XL1 mean that it feels less hair shirt and more Nomex overalls than…

EngageSportMode is NOT at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2013

Unlike last year, EngageSportMode decided not to make the pilgrimage to the Goodwood Festival of Speed. It’s a very long way from Newcastle Upon Tyne, ESM’s Mate Dave has just bought a house, and if you go every year it might lose the novelty. So, instead, ESM is at home watching the Festival of Speed…

Uncle Steve Writes – Part 3 of 4 – MINI Cooper SD

In the penultimate part of the 4 part series, ESM’s Uncle Steve covers his most recent car purchase. So, as previously mentioned, the Leon FR TDI has gone, arriving in its place is a MINI Cooper SD hatchback. Again purchased from our tame motor trader, Cooper MINI Durham. So let’s get right down to the…

Uncle Steve Writes – Part 1 of 4 – The Leon FR TDI

In part 1 of a 4 part special, ESM’s Uncle Steve returns. Since he knows you’d be disappointed if none of the four contained a rant or complaint, he’s getting in there straight away with an article on possibly the least reliable car ever produced by SEAT, a Leon FR TDI owned initially by Steve’s…