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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.

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?
Used Car Heroes 3k-6k Feature 2 years ago

Used Car Heroes: £3,000 - £6,000

The third episode of our Used Car Heroes video series brings together an iconic hot hatch, a family estate that delivers sports car thrills, and a highly desirable luxury limo. Watch the videos, and vote for your favourite.
2015 McLaren 570S Coupe Review 2 years ago

McLaren 570S Coupe (2015 - ) review

Despite its supercar looks, the McLaren 570S is a sports car to rival the Audi R8 and high-end versions of the Porsche 911. Does it compete with these talented rivals? You bet it does.
2015 DS 4 Review 2 years ago

DS 4 Hatchback (2015 - ) review

The DS 4 is the middle-sized offering from Citroen’s standalone luxury brand, and competes with premium hatchbacks like the Audi A3 Sportback and BMW 1 Series. Can it compete? Well, sadly not.
Kia Sorento ride Review 2 years ago

Kia Sorento SUV ( 2015 - 2016) review

The Kia Sorento is a big seven-seat family 4x4 to rival the like of the Hyundai Santa Fe, Mitsubishi Outlander and Land Rover Discovery Sport. It's not cheap, but it doesn’t feel it, and with stacks of luxury kit, it’s cracking value
Used Car Heroes: £1000 - £3000 Feature 2 years ago

Used Car Heroes: £1,000 - £3,000

In the second installment of our Used Car Heroes video series, we bring together a futuristic German supermini, a criminally underrated mid-engined roadster, and a bullet-proof luxury saloon. Watch the videos, and vote for your favourite.
2015 McLaren 570S Coupe First Drive 2 years ago

McLaren 570S first drive review

The 570S sees McLaren taking on the best of the sports car market, most notably, the Porsche 911. Can it compete?
2015 Mini Clubman Review 2 years ago

Mini Clubman estate (2015 - ) review

The Clubman is the biggest, most family-focused Mini yet. It competes with premium hatchback rivals like the Audi A3 Sportback and Mercedes A-Class.
2015 Vauxhall Astra ride Review 2 years ago

Vauxhall Astra review

The Vauxhall Astra is one of the mainstays of the small family hatchback class, and sells in huge numbers as a result. And, this latest Astra might just have what it takes to compete with the Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf.
2015 Peugeot 308 GTI By Peugeot Sport 270 First Drive 2 years ago

Peugeot 308 GTI 270 first drive review

Any new hot hatch from Peugeot is inevitably compared to greats from the company's past, but what really matters is how this new flagship 308 compares to its current rivals
2014 BMW i8 ride Review 2 years ago

BMW i8 Coupe (2014 - ) review

The BMW is a car of the future that you can buy today. Supercar performance combined with city car running costs
Nissan Qashqai on-road front Review 2 years ago

Nissan Qashqai Hatchback (2013 - ) review

Read the Nissan Qashqai (2013 - ) car review by Auto Trader's motoring experts, covering price, specification, running costs, practicality, safety and how it drives.
2015 Ford Grand C-Max ride Review 3 years ago

Ford Grand C-Max MPV (2015 - ) review

The Ford Grand C-Max is a seven-seat MPV, but because it’s a small one, it can’t offer the space that rivals such as the Citroen Grand C4 Picasso and Seat Alhambra can. That said, it is one of the best MPVs to drive.
2015 Ford C-Max ride Review 3 years ago

Ford C-Max MPV (2015 - ) review

The Ford C-Max is a five-seat compact MPV that rivals the likes of the Citroen C4 Picasso. It’s not the most practical car of its type, but it is one of the best to drive.