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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 BMW 1 Series Review 1 day ago

BMW 1 Series hatchback (2017 - ) review

The 1 Series is a premium small hatchback, with the emphasis on a sporty drive and good connectivity. It’s a good company car, and plays rival to the Audi A3 and Mercedes A-Class.
2018 Audi A6 Review 4 days ago

Audi A6 saloon (2018 - ) review

The Audi A6 is an executive saloon that competes with very talented – not to mention, bitter – rivals such as the BMW 5 Series and the Mercedes E-Class. It sets out its stall with sharp design, a well-rounded driving experience and cutting-edge technology.
2018 Ford Fiesta ST Review 1 week ago

Ford Fiesta ST hatchback (2018 - ) review

The Ford Fiesta ST is a small hot hatch, but don’t go thinking it’s some cheap alternative to a ‘proper’ hot hatch. This car has the tools to shame much more expensive machinery, not to mention the Renaults and Peugeots with which it competes directly.
2018 Mercedes G-Class Review 2 weeks ago

Mercedes-Benz G-Class SUV (2018 - ) review

The Mercedes G-Class has been around for 40-odd years now, and while it was once a rugged working vehicle, it’s now marketed as an ultra-fashionable luxury off-roader. On that score, it competes with the likes of the Porsche Cayenne and the Range Rover.
Cheapest cars to insure for young drivers Best Of 1 month ago

Cheapest cars to insure for young drivers

If you’re a young driver, there aren’t many ways you can reduce your astronomical insurance bills. However, your choice of car is one weapon you do have at your disposal. Here are the new cars that will suit you best on that score.
Most expensive cars Best Of 1 month ago

Most expensive cars

You can buy all sorts of cars on Auto Trader, but if you're one of those lucky few who have bottomless pockets, just how crazy could you go? Well, wonder no more...
2018 Ford Mustang Convertible Review 1 month ago

Ford Mustang Convertible (2017 - ) review

The Ford Mustang is an icon across the world, and has been for decades, but the car is still a relatively unknown quantity on UK shores. Does the latest version now have what it takes to impress in Europe?
Living with a Honda Civic Long-term Review 1 month ago

Living with a… Honda Civic: final report

Road Test Editor Ivan Aistrop has spent the last six months with Honda’s small family car, to see if it could deal with the needs of his small family. Here’s how it got on…
2018 Ford Mustang Fastback Review 1 month ago

Ford Mustang Coupe (2017 - ) review

The Ford Mustang is an icon across the world, and has been for decades, but the car is still a relatively unknown quantity on UK shores. Does the latest version now have what it takes to impress in Europe?
Best estate cars Best Of 1 month ago

Best estate cars

If you need a plush and practical family car, it might be worth considering an estate...
BMW X2 Review 2 months ago

BMW X2 SUV (2017 - ) review

The BMW X2 is a small SUV that has a sleek, coupe-like design to mark it out from its boxier X1 stablemate, and give it a sportier character. With that in mind, its most direct rival is the Jaguar E-Pace, but it’ll also compete with cars like the Audi Q3 and the Mercedes GLA.
2017 MG ZS Review 3 months ago

MG ZS SUV (2017 - ) review

The MG ZS is a small SUV that dusts it with popular cars like the Nissan Juke, Renault Captur and Mazda CX-3. It competes mainly on the strength of its plentiful interior space and bargain price.
I Bought One 3 months ago

My car is a… Porsche 968

As an artist blacksmith, Melissa Cole has some very particular needs when it comes to the car she drives. It turns out that one car suits her perfectly, but it’s not what many will be expecting…
Long-term Review 3 months ago

Living with a… Honda Civic: fifth report

Can a traditional 'small family car' really cope with the needs of a small family? Auto Trader's Road Test Editor Ivan Aistrop is currently finding out...
2015 Honda Jazz Review 3 months ago

Honda Jazz hatchback (2015 - ) review

The Honda Jazz is part supermini and part MPV, so is a rival for both types of car. It’s not the last word in dynamic excellence, but it’s incredibly practical and could just be the most reliable car it’s possible to own. For many buyers, that’s enough to seal the deal.
BMW Feature 3 months ago

The range explained… BMW

Bamboozled by the broadness of BMW's product range? Well, let our handy guide shed a little light on what's what.
Best small cars Best Of 4 months ago

Best small cars

Small cars are some of the most popular on offer, and it's easy to see why. Here are the best of them.
2016 Volkswagen Up Review 4 months ago

Volkswagen Up hatchback (2016 - ) review

The Volkswagen Up is everything that city car buyers love. It’s stylish, high in quality, fun yet comfortable to drive and even reasonably practical, but it’s not the cheapest city car around.
2018 Volkswagen Up GTI Review 4 months ago

Volkswagen Up GTI hatchback (2018 - ) review

Being small, light and reasonably powerful, the Volkswagen Up GTI aims to recapture the spirit of the original 1970s Golf GTI. But, can a tarted-up city car really encapsulate the true essence of a hot hatch icon? You bet it can…
2016 Honda Civic Long-term Review 4 months ago

Living with a… Honda Civic: fourth report

Can a traditional 'small family car' really cope with the needs of a small family? Auto Trader's Road Test Editor Ivan Aistrop is currently finding out...