Road Tests

2019 Kia Sportage


The latest incarnation of the Kia Sportage SUV offers 48V technology to lower emissions and improve economy. Richard Gooding sees if the beliefs eclipse the benefits

First Drive: Volkswagen e-Crafter

The Volkswagen e-Crafter spearheads the company’s all-electric light commercial revolution. Richard Gooding finds that it offers an accomplished sign of things to come

First drive: Honda CR-V Hybrid EX AWD

Richard Gooding discovers Honda’s first European-bound SUV with a hybrid powertrain impresses with its technology, space and efficiency

First drive: Volvo V60 D3 Inscription Plus

The new V60 reinvents the mid-size Volvo estate for a new generation. Richard Gooding finds that a range of efficient engines, premium features and luxurious finishes enhances its appeal

Toyota Corolla Excel 1.8 Hybrid CVT

After an absence of 13 years and with petrol-electric powertrains to the fore, the Toyota Corolla is back in the UK. Richard Gooding drives the hybrid-focused model range

Road test: Hyundai Kona Electric Premium SE 64KWH

The Hyundai Kona Electric is the first EV to bring a near-300 miles of range to the affordable end of the electric car market. Richard Gooding finds very few flaws

Road test: Ford Transit Custom

Efficient engines, revised looks and an improved car-like cabin will maintain the popularity of the Ford Transit Custom, reports Richard Gooding

Renault Pro+ Master Z.E

Adding a welcome zero-emission powertrain to Renault’s largest LCV gives the company the biggest range of all-electric commercials on the market, says Richard Gooding

Volvo XC40 D4 AWD First Edition

The smallest modern Volvo and the company’s most successful model launch in the UK ever, the XC40 has a lot resting on its duo-tone shoulders, as Richard Gooding finds out

Kia Optima Sportswagon 2.0 GDI PHEV Auto

The Optima Sportswagon PHEV is Kia’s fourth alternatively-fuelled car in the UK and its second plug-in. Richard Gooding sees how it balances economy, value and practicality

Ford Fiesta Zetec 1.1 S/S Manual

Richard Gooding discovers that with the arrival of the eighth-generation Ford Fiesta comes a raft of driving technologies, as well as an improved interior and enhanced efficiency

First drive: Iveco Daily Blue Power range

Although the alternatively-fuelled commercial vehicle market is in its infancy, Richard Gooding drives Iveco’s range of LCVs which offer a variety of cleaner powertrains

Road test: Jaguar F-Pace R-Sport 2.0D AWD

A sporting crossover, the F-Pace was the first Jaguar SUV to marry lightweight materials to a dynamic driving experience. And, as Richard Gooding discovers, the dieting ethos also helps with efficiency

Road test: Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport Tech Line Nav 1.6 110 Turbo D ecoTEC

The Vauxhall Insignia is just one member of the British company’s Griffin-badged fleet-friendly family. As Richard Gooding discovers, the latest Insignia Grand Sport promises low emissions with added upmarket style

First drive: Volkswagen Passat SE Business 1.4 TSI ACT 150

Long served by diesel engines, Volkswagen’s Passat has looked to its past with a new range of turbocharged petrol units now available to tempt fleet drivers