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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 McLaren 720S Review 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year ago

Bentley Mulsanne Saloon (2016 - ) 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 year 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 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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.
BMW 6 Series convertible Review 1 year ago

BMW 6 Series Convertible (2015 - ) review

The BMW 6 Series is a large prestige four-seat convertible that provides competition to everything from the Mercedes E-Class Cabriolet to the Bentley Continental Convertible. Don’t be fooled by those slinky looks, though, it’s much more of a long-distance cruiser than a sportscar.
2016 Renault Megan Sport Tourer Review 1 year ago

Renault Megane Sport Tourer 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 year ago

Mitsubishi ASX hatchback (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 1 year 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 1 year 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.
BMW 6 Series Coupe Review 1 year ago

BMW 6 Series Coupe (2015 - ) review

The BMW 6 Series is a large prestige coupe that provides competition to the likes of the Audi A7 and Mercedes E-Class Coupe. Don’t be fooled by those slinky looks, though, it’s much more of a long-distance cruiser than a sportscar.
2016 Renault Grand Scenic Review 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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.