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Meet the Auto Trader team

Ivan Aistrop
Road test editor

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

2017 Mazda MX-5 RF Review 6 days 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 2 weeks 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 3 weeks 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 3 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 3 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.
2016 Citroen C3 Review 3 months ago

Citroen C3 Hatchback (2016 - ) review

The Citroen C3 looks like no other car in the supermini class, with bold, modern design and some truly quirky touches. It also offers some tempting gadgets and decent practicality, but to be honest, it’s not all that much cop to drive.
Feature 3 months ago

Driving the Audi Q5 in Mexico

Less than a week after the covers came off the new Audi Q5, we were given the chance to drive it on the sun-beaten roads of Mexico.
2017 Peugeot 3008 First Drive 3 months ago

2017 Peugeot 3008 first drive 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.
2016 Citroen C3 front side driving First Drive 4 months ago

2016 Citroen C3 first drive review

A very charming and likeable little car, with bags of style and some fairly tempting equipment, but it's not a class leader among the impressive array of superminis.
2017 Audi Q5 Review 4 months ago

Audi Q5 SUV (2017 - ) review

The Audi Q5 is a prestige compact SUV that competes with cars like the BMW X3, Jaguar F-Pace, Porsche Macan and Mercedes GLC. Like most other Audi models, it competes mainly on its interior quality and its technology.
2016 Fiat 124 Spyder Review 4 months ago

Fiat 124 Spider Convertible (2016 - ) review

The Fiat 124 Spider is a glamorous-looking roadster that competes with the most popular convertible of all time, the Mazda MX-5. And considering the quality of the competition, it’s handy that the 124 shares most of its mechanicals with its rival.
2016 Fiat Tipo Station Wagon Review 4 months ago

Fiat Tipo Estate (2016 - ) review

The Tipo Station Wagon is Fiat’s answer to family estates like the Ford Focus and Vauxhall Astra. It concentrates on providing impressive space for a rock-bottom price.