As a species, we have become totally obsessed with the concept of a rugged lifestyle. This is something Mercedes knows all about, having spent the last 40 years successfully evolving their utilitarian G-Wagon into a luxury bauble. Now the company is hoping to have a similar effect on the pick-up market with the arrival of 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.
We were fans of the previous Citroen C4 Cactus, and we're not afraid to admit it. Not enough to buy one, though, and perhaps therein lies the problem. As a result, the company has responded with this, a new C4 Cactus, which seeks to tone down a little of the old car's overt Citroen-ness.
You might not think it to look at it, but this is actually an all-new car. The Subaru XV is the second outing for the company's new snappily-titled Subaru Global Platform, set to form the basis of all new future models. That all sounds great, of course, and although it looks like Subaru went to all that effort and then plonked the same car on top of it all, there are actually quite a few changes.
"What is that?" calls out a voice behind me as I shovel shopping into the Stinger's yawning boot. "It's a Kia Stinger," I counter to the man making his way across the car park towards me. "A Kia? You're havin' me on!" The fact this 365hp five-metre bruiser of a GT car comes from a company like Kia is what makes it so utterly delicious.
For many people, a large SUV is overkill for their needs, but that doesn't stop them from feeling like they want one. Arriving just in time to capitalise on a predicted doubling of the mid-size SUV market over the next couple of years is the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, and it might just be the last real Mitsubishi we'll ever see...
For 2018, the Kia Sorento - the company's flagship SUV - has been given a modest update. Kicking off the changes is a new GT-Line trim that adds a sportier edge, but perhaps the biggest change is the arrival of a new eight-speed automatic transmission that the company claims is as smooth as silk.
There’s just no getting away from it, this is a very expensive car. With a price tag well north of the £40,000 price barrier, the Ford Edge Vignale certainly has its work cut out if it's to compete with the more established premium brands. We spent a week with it to see how it fared.
"He's staring at us. He's definitely staring. Look, now he's pointing!" My passenger is narrating the events unfolding before us. It might sound like we're celebrities attending a gala event, but we're really just a couple of average Joes driving through the middle of town. The thing is, we're doing it in an Isuzu D-Max Arctic Trucks AT35.
With the world and their dog now apparently making small SUVs, standing out from the crowd requires something a little different. Luckily for Citroen, 'different' is what they do better than anyone else. And so it is that the new C3 Aircross brings the company's inimitable sense of design to a market segment that can be a little... well, dull.
Already the dishiest of the small SUVs and, we think, one of the more perfectly proportioned cars on the market today, Mazda have given the CX-3 a little extra visual verve with the addition of a new GT Sport model.
Yeah, yeah, these things aren't real 4x4s. We know. But that hasn't stopped them from notching up more than a million sales, and that's set to double in Europe by the time 2020 rolls around. That makes it perfect timing for Kia to launch their own entrant, arriving this month in the guise of the new Kia Stonic.