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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 Ssangyong Rexton ride Review 5 days ago

SsangYong Rexton SUV (2017 - ) review

The Ssangyong Rexton is a huge SUV that’s offered with seven seats, and in that regard, it’s a rival for cars like the Kia Sorento and Hyundai Santa Fe. But in reality, while those cars are mainstream family SUVs, the Rexton plies its trade as a specialist towing vehicle. It’s also affordable to buy and very well equipped.
Best fun cars - Porsche 718 Boxster Best Of 2 weeks ago

Top 5 best fun cars

Fun comes in all shapes and sizes, not to mention prices. We shortlist cars of various types that'll have you grinning from ear to ear.
2015 Range Rover Evoque Convertible Review 2 weeks ago

Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Convertible (2015 - ) review

The Evoque Convertible is an open-top version of Range Rover’s stunning SUV, and on that score it competes with – well – pretty much nothing else. However, potential buyers will probably also consider the Audi A5 Cabriolet and the Mercedes C- and E-Class Cabriolets.
2017 Skoda Citigo Review 1 month ago

Skoda Citigo Hatchback (2017 - ) review

Skoda’s city car shares its oily bits with the Volkswagen Up and Seat Mii. As well as its in-house siblings, the Citigo also faces competition from cars such as the Fiat 500, Hyundai i10 and Peugeot 108.
Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet 2017 Review 1 month ago

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Convertible (2017 - ) review

The E-Class Cabriolet is a prestige four-seat convertible, and that makes it a rival for cars like the Audi A5 and BMW 4 Series convertibles, along with the Range Rover Evoque Convertible. That said, the Mercedes is a considerably larger model than all of those cars.
Kia Sorento Best Of 2 months ago

Top 5 best tow cars

From luxury, to really affordable, there's a tow car here to suit your needs and budget.
2016 Infiniti Q60 Review 2 months ago

Infiniti Q60 coupe (2016 - ) review

The Infiniti Q60 is a premium four-seat coupe that takes on popular cars like the Audi A4, BMW 4 Series and Mercedes C-Class Coupe. But, does it have the attributes to take on its established German rivals?
Suzuki Jimny Review 3 months ago

Suzuki Jimny SUV (2013 - ) review

The Suzuki Jimny is a miniature 4x4 that’s rugged and reliable, but disappointing in just about every other area. Other small SUVs – like the Dacia Duster 4x4 – give you much more ability for even less cash.
2016 Smart ForFour Review 3 months ago

Smart ForFour Hatchback (2015 - ) review

The Smart ForFour is a city car that competes with rivals such as the Volkswagen Up and Hyundai i10, but that brings Smart’s usual attributes – namely style, quality and image – to the party. Question is, is that enough?
2016 Mazda 3 Fastback saloon Review 3 months ago

Mazda 3 Fastback saloon (2016 - ) review

The Mazda 3 Fastback is a light, nimble and fun-to-drive small saloon car that’s based on Mazda’s impressive family hatchback. It looks fantastic, and is economical, too, but not the most practical or refined small car.
2017 Renault Zoe Best Of 3 months ago

Top 5 best city runarounds

If you live – or do most of your driving – within the city limits, you’ll be best off with a very particular type of car.
2017 McLaren 720S Review 3 months ago

McLaren 720S Coupe (2017 - ) review

The McLaren 720S is a V8-powered, mid-engined, rear-drive supercar that competes for buyers’ affections with exotic machinery such as the Ferrari 488 Coupe and Lamborghini Huracan. It’s even more astonishing to drive than it is to look at.
2017 Mercedes GLA Review 4 months ago

Mercedes-Benz GLA 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 4 months ago

Bentley Continental GT coupe (2015 - ) 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.
BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe Review 4 months ago

BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe (2015 - ) review

The BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe is a large slinky four-door that provides competition to the likes of the Audi A7, Mercedes CLS and the Porsche Panamera. Don’t be fooled by those swish looks, though, it’s much more of a long-distance cruiser than a sportscar.
2017 Seat Ibiza handling Review 4 months ago

SEAT Ibiza Hatchback (2017 - ) MK5 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 months 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 4 months 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 5 months 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 Alfa Romeo Mito Review 5 months ago

Alfa Romeo Mito Hatchback (2016 - ) review

The Alfa Romeo Mito is a stylish supermini that sits at the more prestige end of the small hatchback market. On that score, it provides competition to cars like the Mini Hatch, the Audi A1 and the DS 3, but does it have what it takes to tempt buyers away from those popular choices?
2016 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Review 5 months ago

Alfa Romeo Giulietta Hatchback (2016 - ) review

The Alfa Romeo Giulietta is a family hatchback that sits at the posher, more desirable end of the spectrum, and on that score, it competes with the likes of the all-conquering Volkswagen Golf.
2016 Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet Review 5 months ago

Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet 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.