Road Tests

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

Road test: Toyota Proace Comfort Medium 1.6M D 115

With three lengths, two wheelbases and car-derived technology, the second-generation Toyota Proace offers commodious carrying capacity, and good on-road manners. Richard Gooding also finds the latest range of Euro 6 engines add economy skills to the Japanese van’s CV

First drive: 2018 Nissan LEAF Tekna 40kWh

The original Nissan LEAF was a trailblazer, the first big-selling pure electric car. Eight years and 300,000 cars later, there’s a second-generation version. Richard Gooding finds that a longer driving range, a more powerful electric motor and easier-on-the-eye styling are just a few of the advances

Road test: Hyundai Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid Premium SE

The Plug-in Hybrid is the last of Hyundai’s Ioniq family to arrive, but does it offer the best benefits of all-electric and hybrid running? Richard Gooding tops up his knowledge on the South Korean newcomer

Road test: SEAT Ibiza SE 1.0 TSI 95

A small car staple for almost 35 years, Richard Gooding finds that the fifth-generation SEAT Ibiza brings sharp-suited dynacism and petrol-powered economy to a fiercely competitive sector