We're fans of the Kia Sportage, thanks to its spacious cabin and strong sense of practicality. For this year, and as part of a mid-life update, Kia have introduced a new 48V mild hybrid set-up teamed up with a 2.0-litre diesel. We spent a week wondering who it was for.
There’s an incredible amount of clever technology in the new Ford Focus, from the adaptive cruise control with traffic sign recognition, to the LED headlights that pre-emptively adjust their pattern before entering a corner. Clearly, this new Ford Focus is a very different beast to the one that went before it. In fact, we'd say it's more grown up. Mature, even.
I’ve always been full of admiration for the Mazda MX-5. However, there have been those who’ve felt the MX-5’s remarkable chassis has been held back by a lack of power. To answer that, the company has given the 2.0-litre engine a comprehensive going-over aimed at making it spin harder and faster.
I guess you could say the Volvo V60 is the company's spiritual heartland; the premium family wagon. The thing is, there's a reason we all used to buy estate cars, one we hope people remember before too long - they offer all the practicalities of an SUV, but with none of the downsides.
Another year, another round of worthwhile changes to the rightly well-regarded Mazda6. Some are more subtle than others - there's a new grille, for instance, and a new interior with some seriously premium materials - while the big news is the arrival of a new 2.5-litre petrol engine with cylinder deactivation.
It's tempting to kick things off by describing how this new apostrophe-free Kia Ceed differs from the outgoing model - it's lower, wider, and generally more sporty for a start - but that feels like missing the point. Because to all intents and purposes this is an entirely new car, one set to be Kia's third best-selling model.
Ford has made many changes to the Mustang for this year, but there’s one that’s particularly successful. So successful, in fact, that I’d almost irretrievably fallen in love with it the second I pressed the start button. It’s the noise. Because now the Mustang sounds exactly like a Mustang should.
I'm old enough to remember the Ford Fiesta XR2, having spent most of my late teenage years tearing around the countryside in one. My God was it chuckable, filled with a cheeky sense of fun that made you feel you hadn't so much bought a car as found a new best mate. That's how I feel about the new Fiesta ST.
The new Suzuki Swift Sport marks the welcome return of a formula many had left behind - modest power, fun handling, and light weight - mixed in with a few updates to make it a better fit for the modern, overly-congested world.
I'm a fan of the Volvo XC60, the new XC40's bigger brother. Trouble is, it's a little pricey. Not surprising, then, that my interest was well and truly piqued when the XC40 slotted in well below it. So, I ordered one. And then so did about 80,000 other people. Here's why.
Mercedes knows a thing or two about premium utility vehicles, having spent the last 40 years fettling their utilitarian G-Wagon. Now the company is hoping to have a similar effect on the pick-up market with the new Mercedes-Benz X-Class. They're even calling it the first 'premium' pick-up.
With apologies to The Wizard of Oz: ding, dong, diesel is dead. Or so we're being endlessly told, anyway, with diesel's market share now at a 17-year low. So what are we supposed to do? Thankfully, there is an answer, and it comes in the form of our old friend, petrol. We spent a week with a Volvo XC60 T5 to see how it fared.