Test drive: Mercedes C300d: an unforgettable obviousness

The fifth C-Class generation was launched in 2021 and diesel engines are still available, much to the delight of high mileage drivers whom, despite some say, are still around in large numbers. It also caters for those who still resist the SUV trend. We took it to Italy in order to  get the real flavor …

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Test drive: Mercedes C220d 4Matic All-Terrain: total serenity on Belgian roads

How things change ! We surely would have laughed out loudly if someone had told us that, we would be delighted to sit behind the wheel of a Mercedes Diesel estate on high heels.  And yet... after spending so much time with portly SUVs and their incongruous hybrid systems, testing a good old style premium car …

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Test Drive: Dacia Duster 1.3 TCe 150 EDC: The right choice

A while ago, we focused on the fifth birthday upgrades the second generation Dacia Duster got. We tesed a Duster last September and more recently, a top-of-the-range version came our way. Now, we better understand why this car is such a success. Once again, it is clear Renault got it right offering affordable cars through …

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Test Drive: Subaru XV 2.0 i-S e-BOXER: against all odds

The Subaru XV was launched back in 2017 and is nothing more than an lifted up Impreza featuring outdoor overalls. However, unlike many of its competitors who are just offroad pretenders, this Japanese car is perfectly capable to get in the wild thanks to its 4-wheel drive. It was slightly refreshed two years ago and …

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Test Drive: Skoda Octavia Combi 2.0 TSI DSG7 RS: measured enthusiasm

The modern Octavia was launched 25 years ago and the  fourth generation is now available. Despite the current health crisis, it remains the Czech automotive brand’s best-seller. The RS version we tested for you is only available with powerful engines. Our test TSI-engined car makes do with 245 BHP and even the 2.0 TDI Diesel …

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Test Drive: Land Rover Defender 90 SE 200 PS Auto : it’s all in the family

The Defender is an institution, the European counterpart of the legendary Jeep. In one form or another,it has been on and off the roads since the late 1940s. The current Defender was launched at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show. Does it still live up to the reputation of the previous generation? Gerry McGovern is Land …

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Jeep Wrangler 4xe review: the green SUV

Just like many other manufacturers, Jeep is electrifying its range... the Wrangler morphed into the 4xe plug-in hybrid. It uses two electric motors and a 2-litre petrol engine, combined with an 8-speed automatic gearbox. Powerful and competent, it can climb up the trees and be green, running downtown in electric mode. This new model arrival …

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New car test: Peugeot 308: a winning combination

Contrary to popular belief, there are still quite a few hatches and estates being sold in the world. Enough for Peugeot to justify carrying on with the 308 adventure and introduce these two body styles right from the launch of its newcomer. It features a complete range of engines : petrol, diesel and, of course, …

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Opel/ Vauxhall Grandland: back in stride again!

The Opel Grandland was introduced four years ago. It now gets a mid-life restyling and lost the "X" of its early days. It gets the brand’s new “Vizor” face. We recently could test drive all available engines... The "Vizor" grille is Opel's new face. Directly inspired by the Manta of the 1970s, it gives the …

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Test Drive: Range Rover Fifty Anniversary Edition 350 Auto: the taste of the finer things in life

I never kept fond memories of my encounters with Range Rovers, whatever the version, Classic, Velar or Sport. Sure, they're great machines to travel in- and I do remember a superb drive in one under heavy rain- but they're not much fun to drive. This test drive of the Range Rover suddenly changed my perception …

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