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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.

2016 Fiat 124 Spyder Review 1 year ago

Fiat 124 Spider convertible (2016 - ) review

The Fiat 124 Spider is a glamorous-looking roadster that competes with the most popular convertible of all time, the Mazda MX-5. And considering the quality of the competition, it’s handy that the 124 shares most of its mechanicals with its rival.
2017 Audi Q5 First Drive 1 year ago

2017 Audi Q5 first drive review

Audi's new SUV was only unveiled to the world at last week's Paris Motor Show, but an early drive in Mexico - where it will be built - shows that it's among the best in its class
2016 Ford KA+ Review 1 year ago

Ford Ka+ hatchback (2016 - ) review

The Ford Ka+ is a budget supermini that concentrates on practicality, affordability and value-for-money. It compares with a Vauxhall Corsa on size, but a Vauxhall Viva on price.
Review 1 year ago

Fiat Tipo hatchback (2016 - ) review

The Tipo is Fiat’s answer to family hatchbacks like the Ford Focus and Vauxhall Astra, but it concentrates on providing impressive space for a rock-bottom price.
First Drive 1 year ago

2016 Fiat Tipo first drive review

It’s not the most pleasurable car, either to drive or to sit in, but if you’re just after competitively priced transport, there’s plenty going for it.
First Drive 1 year ago

2016 Ford Ka+ first drive review

Ford has done a cracking job in turning this Indian-built runaround into a very credible budget supermini for the UK.
Review 1 year ago

BMW X1 SUV (2016 - ) review

The BMW X1 is a small prestige SUV that competes with cars such as the Audi Q3 and Mercedes GLA. It looks great inside and outside, and does a good job in each and every area.
Review 1 year ago

Volkswagen Golf SV hatchback (2014 - ) review

The Golf SV isn’t quite a hatchback, and it isn’t quite an MPV: it feels like it doesn’t really know what it is. Overall, it’s okay, but there are better alternatives for less cash.
Range Rover nose Review 1 year ago

Land Rover Range Rover SUV (2012 – ) review

The Range Rover competes with other huge luxury 4x4s like the Audi Q7 and Mercedes GLS. It has a rugged appeal all of its own, though, and it can play the limousine card better than any of its rivals.
2012 Volkswagen Golf Review 1 year ago

Volkswagen Golf hatchback (2012 - 2017) review

If you don’t already know that the Volkswagen Golf is a high-class family hatchback, you’ve probably been living under a rock for the past few decades. It also happens to be one of the best cars of its type.
Dacia Duster ride Review 1 year ago

Dacia Duster SUV (2012 - ) review

The Dacia Duster isn’t the only affordable way into SUV ownership – the MG GS and Ssangyong Tivoli do likewise – but it is one of the best, not least because it has a sizeable price advantage
2016 Kia Optima Sportswagon Review 1 year ago

Kia Optima Estate (2016 - ) review

The Kia Optima Sportswagon is a family estate car that competes with popular rival wagons like the Ford Mondeo, Vauxhall Insignia and Volkswagen Passat. It’s not the strongest in the class for driving manners, but it’s spacious, stylish and sensational value for money.
Top 5 Best MPVs Best Of 1 year ago

Best MPV cars

The best MPVs are super versatile, but don't skimp on style or excitement...
Review 1 year ago

Porsche 911 Convertible (2012 - ) review

The iconic Porsche 911 has been given a new lease of life with more power, more efficiency, and a range of turbocharged engines. The Cabriolet version also throws in open-air thrills on top.
Review 1 year ago

Seat Alhambra MPV (2015 - ) review

The Seat Alhambra is all the MPV that any family will ever need. With huge space, ingenious seating and plenty of quality and luxury equipment, not to mention affordable prices, this is a car that should be on any MPV buyer’s shopping list.
2016 Kia Optima Sportswagon First Drive 1 year ago

2016 Kia Optima Sportswagon first drive review

The Kia Optima Sportswagon is a family estate car that competes with popular rival wagons like the Ford Mondeo, Vauxhall Insignia and Volkswagen Passat. It’s not the strongest in the class for driving manners, but it’s spacious, stylish and sensational value for money.
2016 Kia Optima PHEV First Drive 1 year ago

2016 Kia Optima PHEV first drive review

Kia’s family saloon gets a new plug-in hybrid version with super-impressive efficiency figures, but a sensible pricetag. Question is, is it any good?
Top 5 best  hot hatches Best Of 1 year ago

Best hot hatch cars

With the sheer amount of excellent models on offer, hot hatch buyers have never had it so good. But, which models are most worthy of your consideration? Find out here...
2016 Audi A3 Saloon front action Review 1 year ago

Audi A3 Saloon (2016 - ) review

The Audi A3 Saloon is hugely impressive. It's stylish, refined, practical and good to drive. It's less spacious than full blown executive saloon, but more affordable to buy and run too.
2016 Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer handling Review 1 year ago

Vauxhall Astra Estate (2015 - ) review

The Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer is one of the mainstays of the family car class. It competes with the estate car versions of the Ford Focus, Hyundai i30 and Peugeot 308.
2016 Renault Clio ride Review 1 year ago

Renault Clio Hatchback (2016 - ) review

The Renault Clio is a flamboyantly styled supermini that will doubtlessly appeal to style-conscious buyers. Then again, so will rivals like the Ford Fiesta and Volkswagen Polo.
2016 Renault Clio cornering First Drive 1 year ago

New 2016 Renault Clio first drive review

The Renault Clio has always been a solid choice for anyone looking at a supermini, but it now has revised looks, an upgraded interior and a new engine/gearbox combination.