Road Tests

An amenable ally

The Peugeot Partner van has been refreshed. GreenFleet unpacks the latest version of Peugeot’s best-selling light commercial vehicle and uncovers a highly practical and efficient business companion.

PHEV Diary: Month two – Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Electric vehicle charging public networks have been the only flies in our Outlander PHEV’s ointment this month. Getting to grips with them has been a learning curve, unlike the car which is getting more economical as well as more energy efficient.

La lean, mean, green machine

The Peugeot 208 is now better than ever with a gently refreshed look and a new range of low-emission Euro 6-standard engines. GreenFleet explores a particularly eye-catching BlueHDi.

Stylishly sensible

The latest Hyundai i20 has stepped up quality, refinement and value, and as GreenFleet finds, with the 1.1-litre CRDi
diesel engine also offers commendable economy.

DS 3 Prestige BlueHDi 120

The Citroën C3-based DS 3 was launched in January 2010 as the first model in a new wave of vehicles which referenced the style and glamour of the classic 1955 Citroën DS. It aimed to feather Citroën’s nest and bring a whole range of premium‑quality and stylish models to the French manufacturer’s portfolio.

PHEV Diary: Month one – Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is the most popular plug-in electric hybrid in the UK. Our first of six months with the big SUV has been a period of reacquaintance…

First Drive: BMW X5 xDrive40e

While the i3 and i8 are undoubtedly avantgarde and bold electric vehicles, BMW’s first plug-in hybrid production car is based on its more conventional and popular SUV – the right marriage of technology and practicality?

First Drive: BMW X5 xDrive40e

While the i3 and i8 are undoubtedly avantgarde and bold electric vehicles, BMW’s first plug-in hybrid production car is based on its more conventional and popular SUV to create a marriage of technology and practicality.

First Drive: Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine

Volvo’s second plug-in hybrid is based on its new XC90 large SUV. Spearheading a new design direction and technological make-up, the T8 Twin Engine heralds a new era for the Swedish company.

First Drive: 2016 Nissan Leaf 30kWh

What is it?
As with the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, the Nissan Leaf will need no introduction to GreenFleet readers. Launched in 2011, it has become the market-leading all-electric vehicle not only in the UK, but also in Europe and around the world. 

Outlandishly complete

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is the most successful plug-in hybrid vehicle in the UK, but not resting on its laurels, the Japanese manufacturer has launched a new and improved version. Richard Gooding finds out if the changes are more than skin deep.

Optimised for value

A new model might be just around the corner, but GreenFleet finds that the current Kia Optima 2 1.7 CRDi offers style, value and lots of kit.

A hydrogen snapshot

Hyundai’s ix35 was the first production hydrogen fuel‑cell car to hit the UK. Richard Gooding tried the technology as part of the Korean company’s ‘A Streetcar Named Hyundai’ project in an environment to which it should be well suited: the road-based arteries of central London.

Superiorly small

Bringing premium quality to the small car market, the Audi A1 now promises lower EU6-compliant emissions and greater fuel economy but with all the luxurious trappings it is known for. Richard Gooding investigates the revisions.

Super model

The current darling of the electric vehicle world, the Tesla Model S will soon be joined by crossover and sports saloon siblings. But just what is it that makes Tesla’s first volume seller both so popular and so highly thought of? Richard Gooding spends seven days with the Model S 85.