The fast estate car has always been popular with us Brits. It seems we've always been in a hurry to transport Labradors, shopping and kids at high speed through the twistiest parts of our green and pleasant land
No-one can have missed the trend in recent years for big, butch off-roaders. Our streets are groaning under the weight of Land Rovers and Land Cruisers, each one unnecessarily capable of scaling a mountain. It's absurd. Thankfully, Subaru have made sure there's a more intelligent option
I'm standing on the petrol station forecourt, puzzling over why I can't get the pump's nozzle to fit in the Cherokee's fuel filler. I've tried inserting it at various angles. I've tried gentle coercion. But it seems that the Jeep's filler neck is just too narrow. I check I'm using the right pump - yup, diesel
Volvo has been having something of a renaissance in recent years. Gone are the boxy gymkhana specials, replaced by a range full of Swedish design influence and excellent ergonomics. But is the transformation complete? Can Volvo win any best-in-class rosettes in the company car park challenge, or will they be left pining for the fjords?