Reviews

Cupra Leon ST 310 4Drive 2021 review – the next Spanish inquisition
Cupra Leon ST 310 4Drive – nose
SEAT Leon Cupra

Cupra Leon ST 310 4Drive 2021 review – the next Spanish inquisition

It’s capable and handsome, but the new Leon ST lacks the performance and engagement of its predecessors
24 Jul 2021
Mercedes S-class 2021 review – the ‘best car in the world’ just got better
Mercedes S-class – front tracking
Mercedes

Mercedes S-class 2021 review – the ‘best car in the world’ just got better

It may be slipping out of fashion, but the institution that is Mercedes’ S-class is only getting stronger
22 Jul 2021
Honda Civic Type R review
Honda Civic Type R GT MY21 – front
Honda Civic Type-R

Honda Civic Type R review

The Civic Type R is one of the most alluring performance cars on sale regardless of price
20 Jul 2021
Honda Civic Type R Sport Line 2021 review – to wing or not to wing
Honda Civic Type R Sport Line – rear
Honda Civic Type-R

Honda Civic Type R Sport Line 2021 review – to wing or not to wing

Another cracking Honda Civic Type R, and its extra civility doesn’t come at the expense of capability
17 Jul 2021
Porsche 911 GT3 Touring 2021 review – pairing the magnificent 992 GT3 experience to a more subtle audience
Porsche 911 GT3 Touring 992 review
Porsche 911 GT3

Porsche 911 GT3 Touring 2021 review – pairing the magnificent 992 GT3 experience to a more subtle audience

There are few, if any, more rewarding, engaging or intense experiences for those in pursuit of the thrill of driving
14 Jul 2021

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Litchfield McLaren 570GT review – UK tuner lifts output to 720bhp
Litchfield McLaren 570GT
McLaren 570GT coupe

Litchfield McLaren 570GT review – UK tuner lifts output to 720bhp

Limited-slip diff, chassis tweaks and a power hike to 720bhp take the 570’s abilities to a new level
12 Jul 2021
Lamborghini Essenza SCV12 2021 review – a no holds barred expression of pure Lamborghini
Lamborghini Essenza SCV12 – front cornering
Lamborghini

Lamborghini Essenza SCV12 2021 review – a no holds barred expression of pure Lamborghini

Lamborghini’s answer to Ferrari’s XX programme is, on this evidence, every bit as desirable and dramatic. More so, if anything.
3 Jul 2021
AC Cobra 378 Superblower MkIV 2021 review – another V8 Cobra, but with a GM heart this time
AC Cobra 378 Superblower MkIV - front tracking
AC Cobra

AC Cobra 378 Superblower MkIV 2021 review – another V8 Cobra, but with a GM heart this time

With nearly 600bhp from its supercharged V8, this is the most powerful production Cobra ever. Hold on to your hat!
3 Jul 2021
992 Porsche 911 GT3 manual 2021 review – motoring’s promised land, but only for the select few
992 Porsche 911 GT3 manual – front cornering
Porsche 911 GT3

992 Porsche 911 GT3 manual 2021 review – motoring’s promised land, but only for the select few

Just as brilliant as the PDK, except it’s even more engaging to drive. And a lot more civilised on the road than we first thought
1 Jul 2021
Aston Martin Vantage F1 Edition 2021 review – Gaydon's answer to the Porsche 911 GT3?
Aston Martin Vantage F1 Edition review
Aston Martin Vantage

Aston Martin Vantage F1 Edition 2021 review – Gaydon's answer to the Porsche 911 GT3?

With more power, more grip and more control, this new special edition is the best current-generation Vantage yet
29 Jun 2021
Ferrari Portofino 2021 review – finds a sweet spot amongst GT companions
Ferrari Portofino M – front tracking
Ferrari Portofino

Ferrari Portofino 2021 review – finds a sweet spot amongst GT companions

Ferrari's entry-level open-top GT has finally found its sweet spot; more engaging than a Bentley, more refined than a 911 Turbo, there's little not to…
26 Jun 2021
Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport 45 2021 review – stickers and stripes, but little else
Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport 45 – front blur
Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport hatchback

Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport 45 2021 review – stickers and stripes, but little else

Hot Golf 8s are getting there, but the GTI Clubsport 45 suffers the same niggles and lapses of judgement as its siblings
25 Jun 2021
BMW M3 Competition 2021 review – still the benchmark performance saloon?
BMW M3 Competition
BMW M3 saloon

BMW M3 Competition 2021 review – still the benchmark performance saloon?

It’s bigger and heavier than before, and is now auto-only. So can it copy the new M4’s trick of still being fun to drive? You bet it can
19 Jun 2021
VW Up GTI review
VW Up GTI - Front
Volkswagen Up GTI hatchback

VW Up GTI review

It might be the entry-level car in Volkswagen’s GTI range, but the Up GTI has masses of charm
16 Jun 2021
BMW M5 CS 2021 review – a class act that reaffirms the M division’s brilliance
BMW M5 CS – front cornering
BMW M5 saloon

BMW M5 CS 2021 review – a class act that reaffirms the M division’s brilliance

Nonsensical on paper, but sublime in practice. Never has a modern supersaloon been more tactile or more engaging
14 Jun 2021
Ford Mustang Steve McQueen Bullitt Edition 2021 review – a 720bhp tribute act
Ford Mustang Steve McQueen Bullitt Edition – slide
Ford Mustang

Ford Mustang Steve McQueen Bullitt Edition 2021 review – a 720bhp tribute act

Immense performance from about the coolest modern muscle car out there. It’s expensive, but there’s nothing else quite like it
12 Jun 2021
MAT Stratos 2021 review – Lancia’s iconic Stratos reborn
MAT Stratos – front tracking
Lancia

MAT Stratos 2021 review – Lancia’s iconic Stratos reborn

It’s been a long time coming, but this Ferrari F430-based reimagining of the Lancia Stratos is finally here
11 Jun 2021
​SEAT Leon Cupra (2014-2021) review - more excitement than a Golf GTI?
SEAT Leon Cupra hatchback

​SEAT Leon Cupra (2014-2021) review - more excitement than a Golf GTI?

The SEAT Leon Cupra is at the end of its lifespan, but has only become better with age
10 Jun 2021
Lamborghini Aventador SVJ 2021 review – old-school in the best possible way
Lamborghini Aventador SVJevo – front tracking
Lamborghini Aventador SV

Lamborghini Aventador SVJ 2021 review – old-school in the best possible way

New aero and drivetrain tech make the SVJ the most exploitable experience yet
9 Jun 2021
2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost review
2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost
Rolls-Royce Ghost

2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost review

Latest Ghost gets a new platform, four-wheel steering and fresh looks, and continues to set the luxury saloon bar
5 Jun 2021
Kia Stinger GT S review
Kia Stinger GT-S MY21 – front cornering closer
Kia Stinger GT

Kia Stinger GT S review

There are few more distinctive cars on the road, and the GT S continues to entertain and engage, despite its flaws
3 Jun 2021
Audi SQ8 TFSI 2021 review – a teutonic Cayenne Coupe alternative?
Audi SQ8 TFSI 2021 – header
Audi Q8

Audi SQ8 TFSI 2021 review – a teutonic Cayenne Coupe alternative?

Audi has replaced the SQ8’s V8 diesel with the familiar V8 petrol in 500bhp form. It’s arguably a better car for it, but one that now operates without…
31 May 2021
Everrati Porsche 964 2021 review – a restomod 911 with a difference
Everrati Porsche 964 – front tracking
Electric cars

Everrati Porsche 964 2021 review – a restomod 911 with a difference

It’s a ’90s 911, but not as we know it. Powered by a 440bhp electric motor, can this converted classic get close to the driving experience of the orig…
28 May 2021
Volkswagen Tiguan R 2021 review – performance with a big price
Volkswagen Tiguan R – header
Volkswagen Tiguan SUV

Volkswagen Tiguan R 2021 review – performance with a big price

Not without compromise, but more able and polished than most rivals, with plenty of desirability thrown in for good measure
20 May 2021
Cupra Leon 300 2021 review – VW’s GTI Clubsport usurped from within?
Cupra Leon 300 header
SEAT Leon Cupra

Cupra Leon 300 2021 review – VW’s GTI Clubsport usurped from within?

One of the sharpest hot hatchbacks money can buy right now, despite weird branding and a very long name (which we’ve simplified for you).
14 May 2021
Audi Q5 review
Audi Q5 2021 – header
Audi Q5

Audi Q5 review

The updated Q5 does what it says on the tin. Well built, dependable, solid to drive, but for an edgier SUV look elsewhere
13 May 2021
Mercedes-AMG C63 S Estate (2014-2021) review – is AMG's Audi RS4 rival the perfect daily?
Mercedes-AMG C63 S Estate 2021 – header
Mercedes AMG C 63 saloon

Mercedes-AMG C63 S Estate (2014-2021) review – is AMG's Audi RS4 rival the perfect daily?

A midlife update brings a new nine-speed transmission and a plethora of driver modes
13 May 2021
Audi RS e-tron GT 2021 review – how does Audi’s take on a Porsche Taycan stack up?
etron GT header
Audi e-tron GT

Audi RS e-tron GT 2021 review – how does Audi’s take on a Porsche Taycan stack up?

Range-topping Audi RS e-tron GT benefits from Porsche Taycan DNA to be a superb grand tourer
12 May 2021
Audi e-tron GT quattro 2021 review – Porsche Taycan 4S gets a family rival
Audi e-tron GT quattro – header
Audi e-tron GT

Audi e-tron GT quattro 2021 review – Porsche Taycan 4S gets a family rival

The entry level e-tron GT is another great grand tourer but question marks remain over touring range ability.
12 May 2021
Alfa Romeo Giulia GTAm 2021 review – if Porsche built a four-door 911 GT3 RS
Alfa Giulia GTAm header
Alfa Romeo Giulia

Alfa Romeo Giulia GTAm 2021 review – if Porsche built a four-door 911 GT3 RS

Alfa Romeo Giulia GTAm is the most extreme modern Alfa to date. It’s also one of its very best.
12 May 2021
Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet 2021 review – a drop-top supercar alternative?
Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet – header
Porsche 911 Turbo

Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet 2021 review – a drop-top supercar alternative?

The Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet is hugely capable, but remains a compromise over the hardtop
9 May 2021
BMW X5 M Competition 2021 review – how does the M division’s biggest SUV stack up?
Crop X5 M Competition
BMW X5 M

BMW X5 M Competition 2021 review – how does the M division’s biggest SUV stack up?

In many ways critically flawed, but there is something oddly captivating about its unerring focus
7 May 2021
2021 Bentley Continental GT Speed review - Ultimate GT set to take on DB11 AMR V12
Bentley Continental GT Speed UK – cornering
Bentley Continental GT

2021 Bentley Continental GT Speed review - Ultimate GT set to take on DB11 AMR V12

Bentley claims the new GT Speed is its most performance-focused car ever. After lapping Silverstone’s GP circuit it’s hard not to agree
4 May 2021
Mercedes-AMG E53 2021 review – brimming with tech, but missing the charisma of an M550i
2021 Mercedes-AMG E53 4Matic+ Estate - nose tracking
Mercedes E-Class

Mercedes-AMG E53 2021 review – brimming with tech, but missing the charisma of an M550i

A superbly built premium estate with just enough performance pep to get the blood flowing – this is no E63-lite, but also does without its compromises
2 May 2021