Opinion – Does the world need the Maserati Levante?

Is nothing sacred from the unstoppable rise of the SUV? Now after a century of producing grand tourers and saloons, not even Maserati is immune from the lure of the Sports Utility Vehicle. Although not due to make an official debut until the Geneva Motor Show next week, Maserati released a limited number of photos showing…

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…

New – BMW X5 M and X6 M

Got the best part of £100k sitting in your back-pocket and wondering what’s the least tasteful way to blow it on something? Ponder no more, as BMW has the answer for you with brand new X5 and X6 M models. We don’t want to delve too deeply into discussions about what has happened to the…

New – Range Rover Sport SVR

The Range Rover Sport often gets a hard time from the automotive press, and general public, due to its image. Does this quickest iteration – and most powerful Land Rover ever –  do anything to change the situation? We say yes. Place your prejudices aside for a moment, and take in the engineering detail Jaguar Land…

New – 2014 Nissan Qashqai

Admittedly crossover vehicles like the Qashqai would not be usual EngageSportMode content. But, we feel somewhat of an attachment to it, being based just a few miles down the road from Nissan Motor Manufacturing UK in Sunderland. It’s also impossible to ignore the impact the first-generation model has had, with more than 2 million examples…

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…

Hidden Desires #2 – BMW X5 4.8iS

With this week’s announcement of the new third-generation BMW X5, I felt it was time I owned up to the irrational inclination I have towards wanting to own the original iteration. #2 – BMW X5 Way back in 1999 when the millennium was just around the corner, Bill Clinton was President of the United States…

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…