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.
There are so many SUVs on the market these days that choosing between them can be something of a challenge. As usual, though, Citroen is on hand to offer a typically Gallic left-field option in the guise of the new C5 Aircross.
We were fans of the previous Kia Ceed GT's focus on delivering a more mature, well rounded experience - a sort of hot-hatch for grown-ups. It had performance, yes, but also a welcome degree of compliance, and that it made a far more usable prospect than some of its harder-edges rivals. Thankfully for the new 2019 Ceed GT, that recipe hasn’t been altered.
I quite like it when cars are a surprise. At first glance, the new Kia ProCeed looks like it might be some style-over-substance coupe-esque niche wagon. An estate car in disguise, only less practical and a bit wobbly. But then you drive it.