Smart Forfour 1.3 Passion

This is positively staid by Smart standards – a four-seater supermini with transverse four-cylinder engines, a manual gearbox and front-wheel drive. It’s all a far cry from the two-seater Rubik’s…

Jaguar X-type 2.0d Estate

In all the acres of information Jaguar provides on this, its new and broadly impressive X-type estate, one little fact comes shining through which explains why, far from an estate…

Mazda 3 1.6 CD TS2

Is the British motorists’ clear preference for small hatchbacks over similarly sized saloons down to lacklustre four-door offerings, or just an ingrained bias for practicality? Mazda, of all people, is…

Seat Ibiza FR

Life can be pretty tough for the youngest brother; Chinese burns, dead arms and hand-me-down clothes are just some of the indignities heaped upon those unfortunate enough to be last…

Chrysler PT Cruiser Convertible GT

It's cold outside, but spring is on the way. And, hopefully, so is the new ragtop version of Chrysler’s PT Cruiser. We say ‘hopefully’ because Chrysler’s US brass still haven’t…

Audi A8 L W12

So far as I can see, and I accept some subtle point may have escaped me, people who go around in flagship limousines like this new Audi A8 L 6.0…

Volvo XC90 D5 Executive

At a stroke, the new Volvo XC90 Executive redresses the biggest mistake the firm made when it launched its class-leading seven-seat SUV. They’ve made it more expensive. A lot more…

TTE Toyota MR2 Turbo

This car marks the start of Toyota’s efforts to cash in on its big-budget F1 involvement. In a spot of uncharacteristic enthusiasm for the road-car side of its business, the…

Renault Clio Renaultsport 182

If you’ve blinked in the last few weeks, then you could be forgiven for missing the arrival of the new 2004 Clio. But it’s good news for drivers who like…

Volkswagen Golf 1.9 TDI SE

Successive versions of VW’s 30-year-old Golf have not always been the fastest, best-handling and best-equipped, and certainly not the cheapest C-segment hatches, but when the inevitable ‘distant relative is looking…