The verdict: Flashy to the point of gaudiness, expensive but flimsy-feeling, big outside but not inside, Lexus’ flagship SUV drives well but is disappointing overall. Versus the competition: Competitors from BMW, Land Rover and Mercedes-Benz are more luxurious and higher-tech, while Cadillac, Jeep and Lincoln offer SUVs that are more reserved in their styling and more comfortable in their spacious cabins. Let’s face it: Big, full-size sedans meant to showcase the best the brand offers are no longer the flagships of any of the world’s top luxury marques. That distinction has been passed to the full-size SUV, a more popular — and usually more expensive — choice than a traditional sedan. It’s understandable; big SUVs are generally roomier, with the…
Which three-row Tesla SUV is right for you? Here’s what the data says. For most of Tesla's history, it had only the Model S sedan to sell. That changed with the introduction of the Tesla Model X SUV. Suddenly, you had choices, but it was either a large sedan or large SUV. But in recent years the choices have become more nuanced. If you want a Tesla car, you can choose from either a small sedan in the form of the Model 3 or the Model S. On the Tesla SUV front, you also now have a choice between the smaller Tesla Model Y or the larger Model X. Here, we take a look at the similarities and differences between…
Verdict The new Kia Niro works best as an EV, but the plug-in hybrid version offers a taste of electric car ownership in a comfortable, tech-laden package. It’s a shame that the car’s battery eats into boot space, but the Niro PHEV’s civilised dynamics and spacious cabin make it a front-running family crossover. The new, second-generation Kia Niro has arrived, and it has quite a task on its hands. For 2022, the Peugeot 2008 rival has been thoroughly overhauled to build upon the success of the original, which thanks to a top notch infotainment set-up, practical interior and compelling price, stood as Kia’s second best-selling model until the end of its life. Riding on the brand’s new K3 platform and…
PROS Impressive EV range and performance Roomy and family-friendly interior Access to Tesla's excellent Superchargers CONS Very firm ride Predictable looks Question marks over quality The Tesla Model Y is the fourth mass-production model from the electric car maker, and is a roomy family-sized SUV that’s closely related to the Model 3 – a car we rate highly enough to have awarded it our Car of The Year crown in 2020. The major difference between the Model Y and the Model 3 is that the newer car’s SUV body delivers more interior and boot space than in the Model 3. It’s sure to be appealing to EV buyers in need of that extra space, but are a little daunted by…
Many things in Europe are inferior to what's in the United States. Showers are generally weak and ineffectual, hotel room air conditioning a cruel hoax, and the size of both restaurant portions and parking spaces often measly. But there are areas where Europeans enjoy clear advantages, including the ability to choose cars such the Volkswagen Golf R wagon. While Europe has many SUVs, it hasn't given up on station wagons. So, although the Volkswagen T-Roc R offers the same powertrain in a slightly taller package, buyers are also able to select the Golf R in this intriguing longroof form. And isn't this a more elegant and practical solution than yet another crossover? VIEW PHOTOS After driving one in the U.K.,…
There’s something very British about the sound of a new Range Rover Sport going full pelt down the main straight at the Goodwood Motor Circuit. The noise of the 4.4-litre V8’s exhaust note bouncing around the pit garages is almost like a Spitfire flying overhead with its distinctive Merlin V12 growling away. Behind the wheel of the all-new SUV is Matt Becker, Jaguar Land Rover’s new vehicle engineering director and the man responsible for leading the team fine-tuning the Range Rover Sport. We say fine tuning because Becker has only been in his role for five months, following a seven-year stint at Aston Martin where he was responsible for, among many other things, the firm’s first SUV, the DBX –…
Overview Honda has given its 2023 HR-V a complete makeover, the better to combat the onslaught of desirable and stylish small SUVs that have flooded the market. The outgoing generation was practical and offered good value but it lagged the segment's best—the Hyundai Kona, the Kia Seltos, and the Mazda CX-30—in almost every way. No surprise then that the new HR-V looks totally different from the outgoing model. The new HR-V shares its platform with the Civic and uses a 2.0-liter naturally aspirated inline-four from Honda’s compact sedan. Gone, sadly, is the outgoing model’s trick second-row Magic Seat, which flipped down to make the HR-V one of the most flexible cargo-friendly small SUVs. But the new generation is wider and…
The verdict: The 2022 Bronco Raptor delivers on just about every promise Ford made when the off-road SUV debuted, with incredible off-the-lot capabilities that seem up to tackling almost anything owners can throw at it. Versus the competition: The Bronco Raptor has the specs and abilities to match or beat the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 off-road, and it can more than hold its own on-road, too. Ford used to have the high-performance, factory off-road market cornered with the F-150 Raptor, but in the last few years, Stellantis — parent company of Jeep and Ram — has one-upped the Blue Oval with vehicles like the Wrangler Rubicon 392 and Ram 1500 TRX. Both vehicles subscribe to the “put a powerful V-8…
The verdict: Flashy to the point of gaudiness, expensive but flimsy-feeling, big outside but not inside, Lexus’ flagship SUV drives well but is disappointing overall. Versus the competition: Competitors from BMW, Land Rover and Mercedes-Benz are more luxurious and higher-tech, while Cadillac, Jeep and Lincoln offer SUVs that are more reserved in their styling and more comfortable in their spacious cabins. Let’s face it: Big, full-size sedans meant to showcase the best the brand offers are no longer the flagships of any of the world’s top luxury marques. That distinction has been passed to the full-size SUV, a more popular — and usually more expensive — choice than a traditional sedan. It’s understandable; big SUVs are generally roomier, with the…
The new BMW M4 Convertible sticks with the tried and test performance cabriolet formula Verdict The BMW M4 Convertible is one of few options at this price point in the performance cabriolet market, so the fact buyers have this choice when many German rivals have deserted this sector should be celebrated. It’s not the sharpest driver’s tool, and removing the roof doesn’t provide much more access to the noise. But it does give a different dimension to the driving experience. If you want an exclusive, larger convertible with lots of performance, this is your best bet. Performance cabriolets are a dying breed. Book-ended by cars such as the Mazda MX-5 at the lower end and many carbon fibre-chassis roadsters beyond…