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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 Mercedes SL 400 action Review 2 years ago

Mercedes-Benz SL convertible (2016 - ) review

The Mercedes SL has been a motoring icon for several decades, and the latest version is one of the best luxury convertible money can buy. Comfortable, luxurious and glamorous.
2016 Mercedes SL road trip Feature 2 years ago

Road Trip: Mercedes-Benz SL

We meet the latest version of the iconic Mercedes SL, and during our time with the luxury roadster, we indulge in a little California dreaming...
2015 Volkswagen Touran ride Review 2 years ago

Volkswagen Touran MPV (2015 - ) review

The Touran is one of the best mid-sized MPVs, thanks to a cabin that’s roomy, versatile and high in quality. It’s also good fun to drive and, despite being expensive, makes plenty of financial sense
2016 Kia Sportage ride Review 2 years ago

Kia Sportage SUV (2016 - ) review

The Kia Sportage has no shortage of very talented competitors, cars like the Nissan Qashqai, Seat Ateca and Skoda Karoq to name just a few. The Sportage has what it takes to stand with the best of them.
2016 Kia Sportage First Drive 2 years ago

2016 Kia Sportage first drive review

The outgoing Kia Sportage is still one of the most popular SUVs there is, so replacing it was never going to be easy. Question is, has Kia nailed it?
2016 Jaguar F-Pace First Drive 2 years ago

2016 Jaguar F-Pace first drive review

The F-Pace is Jaguar's first ever SUV and one of the most eagerly anticipated cars of 2016. Our first experience of it comes as Road Test Editor Ivan Aistrop gets to grips with it in a disused, and soaking wet, Welsh quarry
Best Of 2 years ago

The best cars for dogs

As our TV advert shows, it's not an easy job to find a car that can carry a dog. Happily, though, help is at hand, as our experts pick five models that are just the job
Land Rover Discovery Review 2 years ago

Land Rover Discovery SUV (2011 - 2016) review

The Land Rover Discovery is a big luxurious 4x4 that can go pretty much anywhere or do pretty much anything. Posh, practical and incredibly comfortable, it’s one of the best big off-roaders money can buy.
Ford Focus Estate ride Review 2 years ago

Ford Focus Estate (2014 - ) review

Like its hatchback sibling, the Ford Focus Estate is one of the best cars of its type to drive. However, it trails its best rivals in a number of other areas, most notably practicality.
2015 Fiat 500C ride Review 2 years ago

Fiat 500C Convertible (2015 - ) MK2 review

The Fiat 500’s funky looks have made it one of the most popular city cars in Britain, and the 500C – with its opening fabric roof – is arguably even more desirable.
2015 Fiat 500 ride Review 2 years ago

Fiat 500 Hatchback (2015 - ) review

The Fiat 500’s funky looks have made it one of the most popular city cars in Britain, and buyers also love its cool, retro interior and cheeky character
2015 Subaru Levorg ride Review 2 years ago

Subaru Levorg Estate (2015 - ) review

The Subaru Levorg is a four-wheel drive estate car, offered exclusively with a petrol engine and an automatic transmission. That gives it very few direct rivals, but will also limit its appeal
2016 Kia Optima refinement Review 2 years ago

Kia Optima Saloon (2015 - ) review

The Kia Optima is a four-door family saloon that competes with popular rivals like the Ford Mondeo, Vauxhall Insignia and Volkswagen Passat. Finally, after some lacklustre previous versions, this Optima is a credible alternative.
2015 Kia Optima First Drive 2 years ago

2015 Kia Optima 1.7 CRDi 2 first drive review

The Kia Optima is a four-door family saloon that competes with popular rivals like the Ford Mondeo, Vauxhall Insignia and Volkswagen Passat. And finally, the Optima is a credible alternative.
2016 Audi Q7 e-tron First Drive 2 years ago

2016 Audi Q7 e-tron first drive review

The Q7 e-tron is the second of Audi’s plug-in hybrid offerings. It provides a variety of tax advantages due to its super-low CO2, along with a large, family-friendly cabin
2016 Infiniti Q30 First Drive 2 years ago

Infiniti Q30 1.5d Prestige first drive review

The Infiniti Q30 wades into the popular premium hatchback market, where there are some seriously impressive competitors. So, can it compete with the likes of Audi and BMW?