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Kia has risen to the challenge of the city car crossover craze with a more rugged-looking, SUV-styling Picanto X-Line. Motoring editor Andy Russell climbs aboard.

Mon, 14:15

Jaguar has finally launched the second-generation XF Sportbrake estate, a handsome lifestyle load-carrier with all the driving appeal of the Big Cat brand, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

Friday, June 15, 2018

BMW’s new X2 heralds a new chapter in its SUV success story, combining a bold new design direction and dynamic driving appeal, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

Friday, June 15, 2018

The best car for hauling caravans and trailers have been honoured at the Tow Car Awards 2018 with titles going to some surprise newcomers as well as old favourites.

Monday, June 11, 2018

With vehicle theft on the increase, and hi-tech ways of duping keyless entry fobs, motoring editor Andy Russell tries out both new and traditional security devices designed to deter car criminals.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

The latest incarnation of Mercedes-Benz’s CLS four-door coupe promises better quality and equipment levels. Jack Evans finds out what it’s like.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Lindacre Automotive has found SsangYong’s range of SUVs and 4x4s complementing its Land Rover business and providing an alternative to customers looking for a serious off-road workhorse or tow car, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Known for its heavy-duty 4x4 hardware, Mitsubishi’s Eclipse Cross heralds a bold new era for the brand. Motoring editor Andy Russell finds out if it is as good as it looks.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Mercedes-Benz is looking to fill a niche for a premium pick-up with its X-Class. Motoring editor Andy Russell says it blurs the boundaries between prestige cars and practical commercial vehicles.

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Kia has risen to the challenge of the city car crossover craze with a more rugged-looking, SUV-styling Picanto X-Line. Motoring editor Andy Russell climbs aboard.

Jaguar has finally launched the second-generation XF Sportbrake estate, a handsome lifestyle load-carrier with all the driving appeal of the Big Cat brand, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

BMW’s new X2 heralds a new chapter in its SUV success story, combining a bold new design direction and dynamic driving appeal, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

The latest incarnation of Mercedes-Benz’s CLS four-door coupe promises better quality and equipment levels. Jack Evans finds out what it’s like.

Known for its heavy-duty 4x4 hardware, Mitsubishi’s Eclipse Cross heralds a bold new era for the brand. Motoring editor Andy Russell finds out if it is as good as it looks.

Mercedes-Benz is looking to fill a niche for a premium pick-up with its X-Class. Motoring editor Andy Russell says it blurs the boundaries between prestige cars and practical commercial vehicles.

Land Rover has fitted its flagship Range Rover with a plug-in hybrid drivetrain – PHEV for short. Tom Wiltshire sees if the luxury British SUV suits an ‘eco’ makeover.

Mazda has turned up the heat on its popular supermini by revising the Mazda2 and introducing a range-topping GT Sport model. Motoring editor Andy Russell finds out if it lives up to the brand’s sporty reputation.

The Kia Niro PHEV is a plug-in hybrid for people who don’t want to shout about eco credentials. Tristan Shale-Hester finds out how electrification gives the Niro a new dimension.

My first car

Trevor Lightening kept his 1958 Vauxhall Cresta PA running smoothly, albeit rather smokily, with the help of shots of Redex.

Patricia Abbott explains why her Fiat 127 hatchback, a temperamental starter on cool mornings, had so many dents on the roof over the driver’s door.

Peter Elphick’s first car, a 1934 Austin 7 Ruby, was 25 years old when he bought it but his first new car was a Morris Traveller.

The end of the road for Charles Drake’s 1947 Standard 10 Tourer was something of a moving experience on a foggy, frosty morning.

Tony Hewlett had some explaining to do when his 1962 Ford Popular was used by criminals and he did not know it was missing. But it didn’t fare so well as a tow car.

More than 60 cars later, David Woodhouse’s favourite is still his first – a 1949 Triumph Dolomite Roadster.

Peter Lane bought a year-old Ford 100E van in 1961 and he and a school friend enjoyed some memorable, and eventful, camping trips in Scoland with it.

Richard Batson tells how the Triumph Herald’s looks belied its dodgy driveability but an engine compartment you could almost walk into made it easy to maintain.

A 1960 Ford ‘Anglebox’ Anglia 105E put Eamonn Harvey on the road to enjoying owning classic cars and he still has an Austin A35.

Perry Parsons had a lot of fun in his 1954 two-seater Morgan Plus 4 sports car which, unfortunately came to an untimely end when hit by a bus.

Michael Redgrave shared many exciting and hairy moments with Paula – his 1929 Morris Cowley.

Alan Payne’s 19-year-old Morris 8 would not go up steep hills forwards so he had to go up them backwards.

Repainting Romany Poppitt-Price’s first car, a Hillman Hunter, went with military precision and the help of a tin of Dulux!

Martin Cooper’s first car really was a family car – he bought it from his grandfather and later sold it to his cousin... for a profit.

Russell Whipps worked for a Ford dealer when he bought his Anglia which made it handy when it needed repairs.

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