Category: Automotive

First Drive: Can Citroen’s updated C5 Aircross improve on its predecessor’s weaknesses?
The C5 Aircross has proven popular since its introduction in 2018. (Citroen)

Citroen’s known for doing things a little bit differently from others, and its C5 Aircross was a fine example of this. Arriving in 2018 as the French firm’s largest SUV, it’s proven successful, with more than 260,000 sold, if not quite having popularity on the same level as rivals like the Nissan Qashqai.

After a relatively short spell, Citroen is now back with a mid-life refresh to ensure it can remain competitive next to newer models like the Qashqai and Ford Kuga. But is the C5 Aircross able

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UK Drive: The Skoda Fabia Monte Carlo adds extra style to this appealing supermini
Skoda has had plenty of success in the Monte Carlo rally, which inspires this model’s name. (Skoda)

Monte Carlo. The home of the mega rich, yachts bigger than detached houses and more supercars per square mile than almost anywhere on the planet. So, without sounding snobby, it seems a slightly strange nameplate to use on a Skoda supermini.

But there’s more to Monte Carlo than just the chintz, as it’s steeped in motorsport history, with the Monaco Grand Prix and also the legendary Monte Carlo Rally. It’s the latter where Skoda has had much success over the years, with the

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First Drive: BMW’s revised X7 brings more tech and bold new look
BMW X7
BMW X7
A long wheelbase means loads of interior space

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This is BMW’s largest off-roader, the seven-seat X7, now with a fresh new face and mild hybrid powerplants.

The luxury SUV, which joined the firm’s range in 2019, has been treated to a mid-life facelift that brings its looks in line with the forthcoming new 7 Series and i7 and its interior tech bang up-to-date with its siblings.

BMW X7
For a large car the X7 steers keenly

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Externally, BMW has implemented its latest look which mostly means a big, bold kidney grille that’s now illuminated. There are also striking

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Long-term report: It’s time to adventure in the Mazda CX-5
Mazda CX-5

I’ve been feeling a bit guilty about the monotonous life we’ve forced our poor CX-5 to live – so much so that, this month, I decided to give it a bit of a treat. Now that it’s been well and truly ‘run in’ with several thousand motorway miles, I thought it was high time to take it somewhere a bit more fun.

After some perusing of Google Maps, off to the Peak District we went – hoping for, along with some decent weather, enough twisty roads to test the Mazda’s sports-car-slash-SUV pretensions.

Luckily we weren’t disappointed – and

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Long-term report: Getting to grips with the clever tech in our BMW 2 Series Active Tourer
BMW 2 Series Active Tourer

The whole reason why we test cars over an extended period of time is to discover exactly what that particular car is like in the real world.

Sounds a bit pompous, I know, but I’ve been reminded exactly why we put our long-term test cars through gruelling real-life chores with our BMW 2 Series Active Tourer.

You see, on the face of it, the 2 Series Active Tourer is just another car in BMW’s seemingly endless range of cars. It’s also one of the German brand’s newest cars so it’s packed with the latest tech,

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UK Drive: The Citroen C5 X is about as comfortable as cars can get
C5 X
The C5 X aims to blend together SUV, estate and saloon cues. (Citroen)

It’s been quite a long time since we’ve seen a new, large Citroen saloon, but this firm has plenty of history here. There have been iconic models like the original DS, and more recently the C5 and C6, but it’s been almost 10 years since there’s been a ‘big Citroen’.

But that’s changing now with the introduction of the C5 X – a new halo model for the French firm, and a slightly oddball one at that, as it aims to combine, in Citroen’s words,

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