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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 Mercedes GLA Review 2 weeks ago

Mercedes-Benz GLA Class SUV (2017 - ) review

As a compact SUV with a prestige badge, the Mercedes GLA is a head-on rival for cars like the Audi Q3 and BMW X1. It’ll appeal to buyers thanks to its generous equipment and classy interior, but it’ll be those off-roader looks that really tickle the fancy of most buyers.
Review 2 weeks ago

Bentley Continental Coupe (2015 - ) GT review

Despite its curvy looks, the Bentley Continental GT is not a sportscar. It’s a Grand Tourer, and that means it’s designed to do massive mileages in one hit, and deliver its occupants to their destination in comfort and luxury.
Review 3 weeks ago

SEAT Ibiza Hatchback (2017-) review

The Seat Ibiza is a five-door supermini to rival the likes of the Ford Fiesta, Vauxhall Corsa and Volkswagen Polo, and it looks to attract buyers with its smart styling and lots of in-car technology. It’s not half bad to drive, either.
2017 Bentley Mulsanne Review 4 weeks ago

Bentley Mulsanne Saloon (2017 - ) review

The Bentley Mulsanne is a luxury limousine that is so aspirational, only a Rolls Royce Phantom can match it for exclusivity. It majors on comfort and quality – just like it should – and it makes its occupant feel special in a way that very few other cars can.
2017 Suzuki Swift Review 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 months 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 months 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 3 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 3 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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?