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Ivan Aistrop
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Ivan has been testing cars and writing reviews since 2000. There aren't many motors out there that he hasn't driven.

2017 Suzuki Swift Review 2 days ago

Suzuki Swift Hatchback (2017 - ) review

The Suzuki Swift is an affordable supermini that majors on fun and style, and on that score, it competes with cars like the Seat Ibiza, Hyundai i20 and Mazda 2.
2016 Infiniti QX30 Review 2 weeks ago

Infiniti QX30 SUV (2016 - ) review

The QX30 is Infiniti’s answer to small premium SUVs like the Audi Q3, BMW X1 and Mercedes GLA. It’s fashionable, then, but is it any good?
2016 Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet Review 2 weeks ago

Volkswagen Beetle Convertible (2016 - ) review

The Volkswagen Beetle has one of the most recognisable silhouettes in motoring, so it barely needs any introduction. While once upon a time it was the car that mobilised the masses, it’s now about retro styling and a funky image.
2016 Renault Megan Sport Tourer Review 3 weeks ago

Renault Megane Estate (2016 - ) review

The Renault Megane Sport Tourer is a small estate car that aims to provide lots of space and practicality for an affordable price. In that way, it’s a rival for cars like the Seat Leon ST and the Peugeot 308 SW.
2016 Mitsubishi ASX Review 3 weeks ago

Mitsubishi ASX SUV (2016 - ) review

The Mitsubishi ASX is a compact SUV to rival super-popular cars like the Nissan Qashqai and Seat Ateca. Sadly, it doesn’t have the style, the quality or the dynamic polish of its rivals.
2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Review 1 month ago

Alfa Romeo Giulia Saloon (2017 - ) review

The Alfa Romeo Giulia is a stylish saloon that mixes dainty rear-drive handling and a fine ride with attractive design. Can it rival the BMW 3 Series and Audi A4?
2017 Land Rover Discovery Review 1 month ago

Land Rover Discovery SUV (2017 - ) review

The Land Rover Discovery is a practical and versatile seven-seat off-roader that competes with other premium SUVs like the Audi Q7. It can play the role of luxurious cruiser or hardcore mud-plugger, and both roles are performed with identical brilliance. A fabulous car.
2017 Mazda MX-5 RF Review 1 month ago

Mazda MX-5 RF Convertible (2017 - ) review

The Mazda MX-5 RF is just like any other MX-5, only completely different. Instead of a foldaway fabric roof, it has a solid Targa-style one, and looks all the better for it.
2016 Renault Grand Scenic Review 1 month ago

Renault Grand Scenic MPV (2016 - ) review

With its SUV-inspired styling, standard 20-inch alloys, and airy interior, the latest Grand Scenic is a refreshing alternative to the rather bland ‘boxes on wheels’ that currently dominate the mid-sized MPV sector.
2016 Mini Countryman Review 1 month ago

MINI Countryman Hatchback (2016 - ) review

The Mini Countryman is a midsize SUV that competes with super-popular cars like the Nissan Qashqai. It has a strong image that’s the envy of the class, but with a patchy ride and limited practicality, it’s far from perfect.
2017 Mini Countryman First Drive 2 months ago

2017 Mini Countryman Cooper S first drive review

The compact SUV class has more contenders than ever before, and the standard of those contenders has never been higher. That means the Countryman’s job has never been tougher, so does it have both the style and substance to compete?
2017 Renault Zoe Review 2 months ago

Renault Zoe Hatchback (2017 - ) review

For our money, the Renault Zoe is one of the best mainstream electric cars yet. It combines a grown-up and relaxing driving experience with decent quality and practicality, and it's affordable to buy and own. Just make sure you can live with the limited range.
2017 Renault Zoe ZE40 R90 First Drive 3 months ago

2017 Renault Zoe first drive review

The Renault Zoe was already one of the better electric cars on sale, and the vastly increased range only makes it more appealing.
First Drive 3 months ago

2017 Land Rover Discovery Prototype first drive review

The Land Rover Discovery’s looks may have been softened off, but fear not, the latest Disco is just as rugged as ever. However, we’ll need to try a production-ready version on a proper road before we can say how good it’ll be as an everyday companion.
2016 Toyota CH-R Review 3 months ago

Toyota C-HR SUV (2016 - ) review

The Toyota C-HR doesn’t just dazzle you with its futuristic looks. You’ll also be dazzled by its funky interior, generous equipment and a very polished driving experience.
2017 Mercedes E-Class All-Terrain First Drive 3 months ago

2017 Mercedes E-Class All-Terrain first drive review

The Mercedes E-Class All-Terrain is a very good all-rounder. It looks smart, has a beautifully appointed interior and is exceptionally practical. It’s also very good to drive, with a cosseting ride, capable handling and decent refinement.
2016 Aston Martin DB11 Review 3 months ago

Aston Martin DB11 Coupe (2016 - ) review

Few cars get as much admiration from passers-by as the good old Aston Martin. That certainly won’t change with the handsome DB11, but can it dazzle in other areas, too?
2016 Peugeot 3008 Review 3 months ago

Peugeot 3008 SUV (2016 - ) review

In terms of its practicality, its equipment and the way it drives, the Peugeot 3008 certainly has what it takes to be a real contender in the fiercely competitive compact SUV market.
The Great British Grand Tour Feature 4 months ago

The Great British Grand Tour

British car companies make some of the finest grand tourers in existence, but which is the best? To find out, we took on a James Bond-inspired pilgrimage to the western highlands of Scotland.
First Drive 4 months ago

2016 Toyota C-HR first drive review

The Toyota C-HR may be very late to the small SUV party, but its arrival was definitely worth the wait. Style-conscious SUV buyers will absolutely lap it up.
Tesla Model S Review 4 months ago

Tesla Model S Saloon (2016 - ) review

On the one hand, the Tesla is a very capable family car that can also provide plenty of thrills. On the other hand, it’s a ground-breaking electric car that’s kind to the environment. On both counts, though, it’s absolutely brilliant.