AROnline has been driving cars and reviewing them since 2001 – here are the important verdicts of some very interesting cars along the way. AROnline covers classics, moderns and new cars, from a uniquely British perspective, even if the cars we cover have been built overseas at times.
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The NEC Motorshow in 1998 was a vitally important event for Rover and Jaguar. Both companies launched brand new cars – and, in both cases, they were designed the way they were to re-establish traditional marque values. Both cars were styled to evoke memories of 1950s and ’60s products, but the question remains: which did it better […]
Sporting pretenders? Introduction They might be unfashionable now, but diesel cars have been on a huge adventure in recent years. The time when cars fuelled by the black pump were slow, noisy and smelly have long since passed – even the most affordable secondhand examples can give you a great deal of pleasure if you buy well. […]
The Jaguar F-Pace seems to be selling well within weeks of going on sale. You see them everywhere, a clear indicator that Jaguar is building cars that buyers want. Question is, as it’s an all-new proposition, is it good enough to tear buyers away from their Audi Q5s and BMW X3s? For our first test, we’ve spent […]
Once upon a time, Citroën launched the DS3, and found it had a huge hit on its hands. But then its parent company, PSA, decided the DS name was so good that a new range of cars should be spun around it – and the DS3 became the DS 3. It’s still appealing, but is it worthy […]
The Jaguar XE has already established itself as a front-running challenger in the company car market, taking sales from the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class in a way that the old X-Type never had a hope of doing. We’ve already driven the 2.0-litre XE and came away impressed with its all-round excellence. But does […]
Five years on from launch, the Range Rover Evoque has been tweaked and fitted with JLR’s impressive Ingenium turbodiesel. Is it still the must-have crossover in the premium sector? We love the Range Rover Evoque at AROnline. It’s the car that brought super-profitability to Jaguar Land Rover, opened new markets for the company and delivered […]
The 6 is dead – long live the GS. MG has announced the slow-selling 6 is to be dropped from the UK model range, but it’s not all bad news. At the launch event in Oxfordshire we got to sample the much-awaited new crossover from MG Motor UK, the MG GS. Here’s what we discovered… Mike Humble Well, it’s finally […]
The estate car is dead… Long live the Sports Tourer. Vauxhall has recently extended its CoTY 2016 award-winning Astra range with the addition of some all-new load-luggers, but are they worthy of the Sports Tourer name? The Astra is most definitely Vauxhall’s answer to perpetual motion, isn’t it? Rather like post boxes and corner shops, they have been street […]
The GT86’s a brilliant sports coupe, which costs the same as a mid-range Ford Focus. It has reasonable performance, that makes you work for it, fun handling and interesting looks. In short, it’s the 2010s equivalent of the MGB GT…
Jaguar’s range is expanding agreeably – and although the F-Pace and XE have both stolen the limelight recently, the 2015 XF is a vitally-important kingpin to the company’s future success. The all-new aluminium platform that underpins the range is fundamental to the XF, and helps explain why it hit the market less than a year after the XE did. Such things would never have been possible in the Jaguar of old.
Anyone who knows Keith Adams might be a little surprised at this choice of Unsung Hero, especially considering the chequered history he has with A-Series Maestros. However, despite the dramas, there’s no doubting that Spen King’s post-Allegro Volkswagen Golf remix was far more worthy than the sum of its parts. The unfulfilled symphony If we […]
The Land Rover Discovery Sport‘s arrival in 2014 saw the end of the Freelander name – and, with it, a subtle re-positioning of its entry-level challenger in the SUV market. As an all-new challenger, the name change has been justified. But is it good enough to take market leadership? We try the Ingenium-engined HSE Luxury on […]
If anyone out there thinks that car design is stagnating, and we’re living deep in the era of me-too styling, may I present you with the Lexus RX450h. Here’s a car that’s suffused with slashes, folds and creases, and although it’s a high-riding SUV, many of its design themes scream sports car at you. But here’s the thing – before I’d spent my week with this car, I could barely bring myself to look at it, but by the end of my tenure with a car I so wanted to hate, the beast had wormed its way into my affections.
Keith Adams takes a sideways look at one of those bangers, which once littered the streets of the UK. This one was loved and admired as a repmobile for a while, then fell into the hands of minicabbers, and bangerdom surely followed. But we’ve always loved the Citroën BX – perhaps unhealthily so at AROnline […]
It’s a tough market out there, so the XE needs to be good. We’re trying the entry-level 106g/km 160bhp version in S-Sport form. Being a press car, it’s loaded up with some tasty options (such as heated steering wheel, electrically deployable towbar and panoramic roof), which bumps the competitively-equipped R-Sport’s price from £34,075 to £44,341. You’ll just have to decide how many of those nice options you’re going to tick…
Keith Adams Until last week, I was rather like the film buff who’d never seen Star Wars. My main claim to fame is that, as a British car journalist with a special interest in our own car industry, I’d never driven a Jaguar F-Type. Was I the only one? I think so. Oh, don’t get me […]
Vauxhall’s new Astra scooped the 2016 European Car of the Year title earlier this month but does the just-launched Sports Tourer version really justify its name? Mike Humble shares his views on this important new British-built Vauxhall… With a range of engines from a 103bhp 1.0-litre to a 197bhp 1.6-litre, the all-new Astra Sports Tourer […]
It seems ages since the latest generation L405 Range Rover was launched – and yet, it’s only now that I’ve finally driven one. Four years on from its triumphant launch, and with them being a relatively common sight on UK roads, it’s great to be able to put some perspective on what for many of us could well be the best all-rounder in the world.
Keith Adams It cannot have escaped any of this wonderful site’s readership that the bulk and heft of modern cars has been getting out of hand since the late 1990s. Safety legislation accounts for a lot of this, as does the need to pass the brutal EuroNCAP test, but additional equipment and the fact that people are […]
Mike Humble ponders the passing of a victim of its own pointlessness… After years of ruling the roost globally in so far as aspirational, mass-produced cars are concerned; the Germans are having a rough time of it. On one hand, we have ‘Emissiongate,’ where the quoted figures for exhaust outputs have seemingly lied like a cheap watch and, on the other, Volkswagen has finally admitted defeat and yanked the plug from the skirting board on one of the loveliest cars I’ve ever driven – and, dare I say it, the most spectacularly pointless – the Volkswagen Phaeton.