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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.

Best sports cars Best Of 2 days ago

Best sports cars

Choosing a sports car may be an indulgence, and you want something that's great to drive, but you don't have to completely give up on comfort or even reasonable running costs.
Best Of 4 days ago

Best family cars

Families come in all shapes and sizes, and family cars should too. There are so many options, so which are best?
2016 Honda Civic Long-term Review 5 days ago

Living with a… Honda Civic: third report

Can a traditional 'small family car' really cope with the needs of a small family? Well, Auto Trader's Road Test Editor Ivan Aistrop is about to find out...
2018 Alpine A110 Review 5 days ago

Alpine A110 coupe (2018 - ) review

The Alpine A110 is a modern-day reimagination of an iconic sports car from the 1960s, but it’s properly cutting-edge to drive. Aluminium construction makes it super-light, and that helps make it a dynamic match for its closest rival, the Porsche Cayman.
Guide 6 days ago

Car finance explained

If you’re trying to get your head around car finance, and you don’t know your balloon payments from your monthly instalments, and your PCPs from your PCHs, let us help you understand them.
Review 1 week ago

Volkswagen Golf SV hatchback (2018 - ) review

Part-family hatchback and part-MPV, the VW Golf SV is like a regular Golf, but with a little more practicality. It competes with cars like the Citroen C4 Picasso the Renault Scenic, and most other midsize SUVs.
2018 Jaguar E-Pace Review 2 weeks ago

Jaguar E-Pace SUV (2017 - ) review

The Jaguar E-Pace is a small premium SUV that competes with cars like the Audi Q3, BMW X1 and Mercedes GLA. It promises style and driving fun, but delivers with mixed levels of success.
2015 Rolls-Royce Dawn Review 1 month ago

Rolls-Royce Dawn convertible (2015 - ) review

There are plenty of luxury convertibles on offer these days, but none quite like the Rolls Royce Dawn. Hand-built from the finest materials, and with the on-road character of a luxury limousine, the Dawn is a car with virtually no direct rivals.
Long-term Review 1 month ago

Living with a… Honda Civic: second report

Can a traditional 'small family car' really cope with the needs of a small family? Well, Auto Trader's Road Test Editor Ivan Aistrop is about to find out...
2017 BMW X3 Review 1 month ago

BMW X3 SUV (2017 - ) review

There was a time when the BMW X3 was your only choice of premium-badged mid-size SUV, but those days are long gone. You must now choose between the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, Audi Q5, Jaguar F-Pace, Mercedes GLC, Porsche Macan and Volvo XC60, and more and more rivals are emerging all the time. Question is, is the Beemer still the pick?
2017 Mercedes X-Class Review 1 month ago

Mercedes-Benz X-Class pickup (2017 - ) review

The Mercedes X-Class is a one-tonne pickup truck, meaning that rivals include the Toyota Hilux, Mitsubishi L200, Nissan Navara and Ford Ranger. However, it sits at the premium – and more expensive – end of the spectrum, so its closest rival has to be the Volkswagen Amarok.
Review 1 month ago

Audi RS5 coupe (2017 - ) review

The Audi RS5 is the high-performance flagship of the A5 Coupe range, meaning it competes with other prestige powerhouses like the BMW M4 Coupe and the Mercedes-AMG C63 Coupe.
Review 1 month ago

Dacia Logan MCV Stepway estate (2017 - ) review

Like the regular Logan MCV it’s based on, the Stepway provides loads of interior space for a very affordable pricetag, but it does so with a little more style than its sister car, thanks to an SUV-style makeover.
2016 Seat Leon ST Estate Review 1 month ago

SEAT Leon ST estate (2016 - ) review

There are some cracking choices in the compact estate class these days, but the Leon ST happens to be one of the best. Practical, civilised, comfortable and good to drive, it’s a great all-rounder.
Jaguar XF Sportbrake 2017 Review 1 month ago

Jaguar XF Sportbrake (2017 - ) review

The XF Sportbrake has a tough task taking on estates from Audi, BMW and Mercedes, not to mention Volvo, but its looks, efficient engines and sharp handling give it some real appeal.
Review 1 month ago

Volkswagen T-Roc SUV (2017 - ) review

The T-Roc hopes to appeal to style-conscious younger buyers who want looks, practicality and the latest tech in an urban 4x4. Will it tempt buyers away from the Mini Countryman and Audi Q2?