Category: Automotive

First Drive: The new Ford Ranger Raptor takes this pick-up to another level
The Ranger Raptor accounts for one in 20 pick-ups sold in Europe. (Ford)

Ford holds a pretty enviable position in the pick-up market. Its F-150 is the best-selling truck in the States, while here in the UK the Ranger dominates proceedings – accounting for more than half of sales in this segment.

And sitting at the top of the Ranger line-up as the halo version is the Raptor. While only taking up a small fraction of Ranger sales, this toughened-up, sports-tuned truck still makes up for one in 20 pick-ups sold in Europe. Now Ford is back with a next-generation

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First Drive: Is the new GWM Ora Funky Cat an alternative to established EV rivals?
GWM Ora Funky Cat
GWM Ora Funky Cat
The Funky Cat feels at home in urban environments

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Good question as it’s one we’d reckon most people will have on their lips, too. The Funky Cat comes from one of China’s leading carmakers, Great Wall Motor, while Ora is its EV-only brand. The firm hopes to finally establish itself in Europe and the UK as an alternative to more traditional brands, and the family hatchback-sized Funky Cat is its first move.

It’s on sale now from three dealers, but GWM Ora UK plans to add more showrooms and models, including a Porsche Panamera-esque electric

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Long-term report: Understanding the Ford Puma ST
Ford Puma

Take a look at the monthly new car best-sellers and you’ll see that the Ford Puma is a pretty consistent sight. Now I’ve never been the greatest fan of crossovers – I’d always trump for a conventional hatch – but having spent a fair few weeks and a decent number of miles with our long-term Puma ST, I’m starting to see why people are snapping them up in their droves.

Of course, the Puma is based on the regular Fiesta, which is a car as well-known here in the UK as they come. So why are so many

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First Drive: Is the Cupra Born a sporty EV worth considering?
The Born sits on the Volkswagen Group’s MEB electric car platform. (Cupra)

Cupra is a company really finding its feet in the UK market. It may have only established itself as a separate entity from parent company Seat a few years ago, but it has already expanded its range to become a real presence here. Now, it is turning its attention to the flourishing EV segment with its first electric car – the Born.

Sitting atop the same platform as cars like the Volkswagen ID.3 and Audi Q4 e-tron, the Born aims to bring a slightly sportier character compared with

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First Drive: The Alfa Romeo Tonale arrives with big ambitions
Alfa Romeo Tonale
Alfa Romeo Tonale
The Tonale is the smallest SUV in the Alfa range

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Does the Alfa Romeo Tonale look a little familiar to you? Well, there’s a good reason for that, as it was first revealed at the Geneva Motor Show way back in 2019 where it arrived as a new addition to Alfa’s SUV range, slotting underneath the Stelvio. However, it has taken up until now for it to reach the public road.

With hybrid powertrains and a variety of new technologies and features, Alfa is really throwing a lot of weight behind the Tonale. But with so

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First Drive: The new Peugeot 308 adds glamour to the family hatchback segment
Peugeot 308
Peugeot 308
The dynamic style continues to the rear

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Peugeot is a brand that is truly on a roll at the moment. Its range of cars is arguably the most stylish of any mainstream manufacturer, and models such as the 208, 2008 and 3008 are all proving especially popular.

Now it’s the turn of the next-generation 308 hatchback to try to continue down the same path. Given the outgoing model first arrived in 2013, this was a car that was really starting to show its grey hairs, especially as the pace of development is fast in this class. So

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