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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 Skoda Citigo Review 1 year 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.
2017 Mercedes E-Class Cabriolet Review 1 year ago

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet 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 1 year 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 1 year ago

Best tow cars

From luxury, to really affordable, there's a tow car here to suit your needs and budget.
2016 Infiniti Q60 Review 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 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.