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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.

2018 Audi A8 ride Review 1 week ago

Audi A8 saloon (2018 - ) review

The Mercedes S-Class has ruled the luxury limousine roost for as long as anyone can remember, so can the latest Audi A8 topple it with its sharp style, lavishly-appointed interior and cutting-edge technology?
2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Review 1 month ago

Hyundai Santa Fe SUV (2015 - ) review

The Hyundai Santa Fe is a seven-seat off-roader that’ll appeal to families with its practicality, generous equipment list, and long five-year warranty. However, does it have the skills in other areas to compete with rivals like the Kia Sorento and Skoda Kodiaq?
2016 Kia Carens ride Review 1 month ago

Kia Carens MPV (2016 - ) review

The Kia Carens is a compact seven-seat MPV that sits at the more affordable end of the market, and plays rival to cars like the Citroen Grand C4 Picasso, Renault Scenic and Vauxhall Zafira Tourer. It’s affordable to run, too, and also does well on style, quality and equipment.
2017 Ssangyong Rexton ride Review 2 months 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 months 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 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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.
2016 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Review 4 months ago

Alfa Romeo 4C Convertible (2017 - ) review

The Alfa Romeo 4C Spider is a hardcore two-seat open-top sports car that’s all about the driving experience, and on that score it competes with cars such as the Lotus Elise. However, it’ll also find itself competing for buyers’ affections with more conventional roadsters like the Porsche Boxster and Audi TT.
Kia Sorento Best Of 4 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 4 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 6 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.