Gone are the days when a pick-up could be constructed from little more than a few bits of pig iron perched atop some cart springs. Perhaps mindful of that, the new Ford Ranger is now laden with more safety gizmos and connected features than ever before.
It would be easy to brand the new Kia XCeed as little more than a regular Ceed hatchback with a suspension lift. That would rather miss the point, however, and as a measure of how seriously Kia takes this latest edition to its range, consider this: with the exception of the front doors, every single body panel is new.
Honouring its commitment to offering an electrified version of every model in its range, the Volvo XC90 has been updated for 2020 with a new B5 mild-hybrid powertrain that sees the familiar 2.0-litre twin-turbodiesel joined by a 10kW electric motor powered by a 48V battery. Read our review to see if the XC90 B5 makes for a worthy update.
At first glance, the Lexus UX seems to have an awful lot going on. That's deliberate, Lexus reasons, having identified a group of customers they're calling 'urban explorers' (hence UX) who want something a little different from their compact SUV.
Make no mistake, this is one imposing truck. The L200 has always been a hard-working truck for hard-working people, and Mitsubishi knows their customers well. It should be no surprise, then, that for this sixth generation they’ve focused on making it tougher and even more capable.
At first glance, the Honda HR-V shouldn’t really work. Crossovers and SUVs are all about family practicality, aren’t they? Sportiness and performance considerations come second. Well, Honda thinks you can have both, and having spent time squirting a Honda HR-V Sport through the Hampshire countryside, we discovered that it makes for a strangely likeable mix.
Almost since the Ford Ranger was launched, enterprising retailers have been merrily bolting on a range of rufty-tufty accessories to attract the growing number of people who feel a chunky 2.5-ton pick-up truck just isn’t bad-ass enough for them. Now the new Ranger Raptor is about to put them all to shame.
When the age of the internal combustion engine comes to an end, what do you think history will look back on as the pinnacle of its development? An extravagant supercar with a thousand horsepower, perhaps? I’d like to suggest that future scholars should set their sights on something more humble, and they need only look as far as the new Mazda3 for a couple of worthy candidates.
The new Volvo S60 ushers in not just a new take on the premium executive saloon, but also a couple of brand firsts: it's the first Volvo to be produced in a new facility in South Carolina, but is also the first new Volvo to be launched without the option of a diesel engine, part of the company's drive towards electrification.
There’s no getting away from the fact the Jeep Wrangler is about as niche as they come. As it happens, it’s a niche I understand well. I’ve owned several Wranglers over the years; I was an off-road instructor; I’ve driven them across America and rock-crawled through Moab. As a result, I like to think I have a fairly strong handle on what makes a Wrangler.
The Toyota C-HR has always intrigued me. As a piece of design, it seems to have an awful lot going on, with an overwhelming mix of creases, slashes and swage lines, almost as if Toyota couldn’t pick a favourite from a series of competing designs. We spent a week with one to see who Toyota had in mind for their crossover.
I have a dream. A fairly modest dream, admittedly. It's that one day, we'll all stop buying SUVs. I modestly suggest that we might turn to the humble estate car instead, and if you're one of those who genuinely need all-wheel-drive, Volvo's new V60 Cross Country could be all the car you'll ever need.