Category: Automotive

Long-term report: Introducing our new Nissan Qashqai

As regular readers of these car reviews might be aware, we’re fairly familiar with most of the models in the current Nissan line-up, having been granted access to a number of the manufacturer’s vehicles in recent years.

The latest one we have is an example of one of its best-known offerings – a Qashqai. And although it might be a bit early to come to any firm conclusions about how it is adapting to life as the newest member of our long-term fleet, it’s fair to say that initial impressions are positive.

OV71ULB is certainly packed with lots of gadgets

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UK Drive: The Porsche 911 Turbo S is the all-occasions performance car
Porsche 911 Turbo S
Porsche 911 Turbo S
Four-wheel-drive gives the Turbo S loads of traction

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That famous Porsche ‘Turbo’ badge is cemented in legend in motoring circles. Those five letters inspire images of the Turbo of the 1980s, with its giant arches and huge spoiler encapsulating everything about the time period. These days, the Turbo might not be as out-there in terms of styling, but everything else has been dialled up considerably.

We’re looking at the range-topping Turbo S here, which brings larger-than-life performance incorporated into the latest 992-generation body. Let’s see what it has to offer.

Porsche 911 Turbo S
The Turbo S is one
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First Drive: BMW’s M4 Competition Convertible delivers performance come rain or shine
BMW M4 Convertible
BMW M4 Convertible
Those huge front grilles are hard to miss

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BMW’s latest M4 has established a positive reputation for itself, despite having only been on sale in the UK for just under two years. And, fitting in with previous generations of this performance car, BMW has seen fit to broaden the range with the addition of a drop-top version.

Not only does it ditch the folding metal roof of its predecessor, but this new M4 Convertible brings BMW’s clever xDrive all-wheel-drive system too. But do all of these changes dilute the experience? We’ve been finding out.

BMW M4 Convertible
Even with
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First Drive: Is the MG4 EV the car to tempt buyers away from well-established brands?
The MG4 aims to extend the brand’s EV success. (MG)

The modern-day MG is a far cry from the one that produced classic British sports cars, but it’s proving no less successful. Owned by Chinese automotive giant SAIC Motor, MG is the fastest-growing car brand in the UK and sales have grown by 70 per cent in 2022 alone (up to the end of October).

It now sells more cars here than the likes of Land Rover, Mini and Skoda, and much of its success has come from its electric models – the ZS EV crossover and MG5 estate. The

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First Drive: Is the BMW i7 a worthy flagship electric car?
BMW is investing heavily in EVs. (BMW)

BMW’s CEO Oliver Zipse doesn’t think the UK is particularly well set up for electric cars yet – but that hasn’t stopped his firm betting big on a zero-emissions future.

The chairman of the BMW board of management has taken a swipe at the UK government for its poor charging infrastructure and for moving too fast with a ban on combustion engined models by 2030, but despite the grumbles his firm is charging ahead with its introduction of electric cars.

This is the latest – the tech laden, gadget toting i7, an electric

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UK Drive: Can the Skoda Kamiq Monte Carlo deal with a competitive segment?
Skoda Kamiq Monte Carlo
Skoda Kamiq Monte Carlo
The Monte Carlo brings a range of extras

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Skoda’s Kamiq forms a crucial part of the firm’s line-up. In fact, it’s been in that position since late 2019, and in the fast-moving compact crossover game, even a few years is quite a long time. Furnished with a range-topping Monte Carlo trim – which we’ve seen used on the smaller Fabia with great success – this version of Kamiq brings a little extra premium feel.

But does it need extra equipment and what difference does it make? We’ve been behind the wheel to find out.

Skoda Kamiq Monte Carlo
The
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