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.
Honda is quite rightly proud of the fact their CR-V, first launched all the way back in 1995, has gone on to become the world’s best-selling SUV. Back then, the Honda found itself largely in a market of one. Today, SUVs are everywhere, and that means Honda can't afford to rest on its laurels.
After a week spent with the new Ford Focus ST-Line Estate, I find myself wondering if I’ve accidentally stumbled upon the sweet spot of the Focus range. That's because there doesn't appear to be any downside to opting for the wagon, and in ST-Line spec that means you have both spirited performance, excellent handling, and genuine load-lugging capability all in one package.
We’ve always had something of a soft-spot for the Mazda CX-3, as one of the more handsome compact SUVs on the market. But Mazda as a company isn’t prone to resting on its laurels, so for 2019 they’ve given the CX-3 a bit of a tweak to help strengthen its appeal.
There's a lot to like about the Volvo XC40, but by the time you've chosen a chunky engine and plumped for a few modest options, it's not hard to find yourself staring at a price tag of forty grand. Thing is, reign it all and you can park an XC40 T3 on your drive and still have change from £30,000.
For 2019, the Suzuki Vitara has had a deliberately modest facelift, with a new front bumper, a redesigned front grille, and some funky LEDs for the rear light clusters. More substantial changes take place under the bonnet, where you’ll find a pair of new Boosterjet engines instead of the old 1.6-litre units.
“When I first saw this course, I thought to myself ‘Suzuki have been very brave here. Maybe too brave.'” These were the words of our pro-instructor as we peered up a steep, muddy and rocky hill, littered with axle-twisters. But then, as our minder’s words faded from our ears, the little Jimny cast them aside and just crawled up it. Brave isn’t the word. It’s damn near heroic.