New car road tests

“Comfort is the new cool”, according to Citroen, as it moves its latest C4 Cactus upmarket and away from SUV-like soft-roaders to compete with mainstream family motors. Motoring editor Andy Russell says it’s just so Citroen.

Gallery: Kia Stinger fastback lives up to its name

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Kia’s new coupe-like Stinger fastback is a halo model designed the show the Korean car-maker in an exciting new light.Simon Davis puts it through its paces.

DS Automobiles breaks out from Citroen’s shadow with its eye-catching DS 7 Crossback designed to stand out in the premium SUV sector. Motoring editor Andy Russell samples its quirky Gallic charm.

Lexus offers a hybrid LC500 coupe but motoring editor Andy Russell is swept away by the V8 version, dubbing it the non-PC500!

Kia has entered the small SUV market with its supermini-sized Stonic with smart styling and a sense of fun, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

The Skoda Karoq enters the fray of a crowded and talented compact crossover market – Tom Wiltshire puts it to the test.

SsangYong’s biggest challenge is not its vehicles but getting its name know – the all-new Rexton SUV winning 4x4 of the year is a huge boost, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

Subaru claims its new XV compact crossover’s all-wheel-drive system makes it as good on the road as it performs off-road. Will Rimell puts it to the test.

Creating a seven-seater Tiguan Allspace involved more than just stretching it to fit an extra row of seats, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

My first car

Martin Cooper’s first car really was a family car – he bought it from his grandfather and later sold it to his cousin... for a profit.

Russell Whipps worked for a Ford dealer when he bought his Anglia which made it handy when it needed repairs.

Victor Bennett tells how Betsy the Morris Minor’s engine was flooded, along with the interior, by the high tide which also left it with a slight smell of salty fish.

This 1966 Mini pick-up was love at first sight for Josephine Stecak but it was a relationship that didn’t always run smoothly. Pictures: Josephine Stecak

Motor trade apprentice John Smith faced a serious challenge to bring his first car, a Ford Taunus 12M, up to his standards. But, unfortunately, his labour of love did not last long.

Geoffrey Green is reliving his early ‘scooter boy’ days having bought another Lambretta and lovingly restored it in retirement.

Ken Crane tells about his 500 A Topolino – a ‘little mouse-shaped’ Fiat which he bought after passing his driving test.

Not one but two first cars – a 1959 Hillman Minx Series III and a 1953-54 Standard 8 – owned by Clive Dyball and his wife, Margaret.

Richard Clarke bought an ex-Army wartime Austin 8 AP tourer staff car as his first car but it certainly didn’t run with military motoring precision.

Steve Williams was in the dark about the condition of his Triumph Herald, after buying it at night in the rain, but daylight revealed it was a wreck.

Jane Rich’s Morris 8 tourer, nicknamed Wee 2, is still a big part of the family after more than half a century of ownership.

Roger Coleman rebuilt and restored his brother’s cast-off Austin 7 Ruby which went on to be a winner – after a few mechanical issues.

Martin Cooper’s litte red sports car had some minors scrapes and lucky escapes before the next owner took it apart and it ended up on the scrapheap.

Martin Smith christened his first four-wheeled car ‘Coleoptera’ because the Morris 8 Series E looked like a beetle.

David Webb got on the road with his first car – an MG K2 – but, as a non-runner, he had to get it on the road first.

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