Reviews

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
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
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
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
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
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
Maserati Levante Trofeo 2021 review – fettled super SUV returns with bite
Maserati Levante Trofeo – header
Maserati Levante SUV

Maserati Levante Trofeo 2021 review – fettled super SUV returns with bite

Technically flawed in many ways, but if you’re going to go big with a fast SUV why not do it with a crackle-finish Italian V8 under the bonnet?
1 May 2021
Alpina B3 Touring 2021 review – the other BMW M3 touring
Alpina B3 Touring – header
Alpina B3

Alpina B3 Touring 2021 review – the other BMW M3 touring

With pukka M-power and a finely-honed chassis, the B3 Touring just about has you questioning why you’d bother waiting for an M3 Touring
29 Apr 2021
Jaguar I Pace 2021 review – Jag’s Tesla rival refreshed
Jaguar I Pace – front quarter
Jaguar I-Pace SUV

Jaguar I Pace 2021 review – Jag’s Tesla rival refreshed

Still clever and still well executed, but on the cusp of being outclassed by more rounded rivals
20 Apr 2021
Peugeot 508 PSE 2021 review – high performance hybrid takes on S4 and M340i
Peugeot 508 PSE – front
Peugeot 508

Peugeot 508 PSE 2021 review – high performance hybrid takes on S4 and M340i

New 355bhp petrol-hybrid 508 from Peugeot Sport Engineered has Audi’s S4 licked
14 Apr 2021
Bentley Bacalar 2021 review – Crewe’s answer to Ferrari’s FXX programme
Bentley Bacalar dev - sideways
Bentley

Bentley Bacalar 2021 review – Crewe’s answer to Ferrari’s FXX programme

The Mulliner designed Bacalar showcases Bentley’s bespoke engineering talents in super-exclusive but unexpectedly capable form.
9 Apr 2021
Land Rover Defender review
Land Rover Defender PHEV – front tracking
Land Rover Defender

Land Rover Defender review

The new Defender isn’t a typical evo car, but it's something we’d gladly have sat in the garage next to one
8 Apr 2021
Cupra Formentor 310 TSI 2021 review – an impressive example of the breed
Cupra Formentor 300TSI VZ2 - header
Cupra

Cupra Formentor 310 TSI 2021 review – an impressive example of the breed

The best take on the performance crossover at its size and price point so far, and with genuine charisma and style to boot
3 Apr 2021
Porsche 911 Carrera vs Lotus Evora GT410 – sports car showdown
Porsche 911 Carrera vs Lotus Evora GT410 – header
Lotus Evora

Porsche 911 Carrera vs Lotus Evora GT410 – sports car showdown

These two 2+2 sports cars tread the line of thrills and everyday usability, but has the 992 compromised too much to beat the king of suppleness?
27 Mar 2021
Mercedes-AMG C63 S Coupe 2021 review – AMG's V8 bruiser on borrowed time
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Mercedes C63 AMG Coupe

Mercedes-AMG C63 S Coupe 2021 review – AMG's V8 bruiser on borrowed time

The C63 S Coupé is as exuberant as you’d expect but backs up the charm with a steely control and fine balance. Huge fun.
26 Mar 2021
Cupra Ateca 2021 review – fresh looks for fast SUV
Cupra Ateca VZ1 2021 - header
SEAT Ateca SUV

Cupra Ateca 2021 review – fresh looks for fast SUV

Cupra’s performance SUV has been spruced up, but it’s not enough to keep it competitive in a very crowded segment
25 Mar 2021