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range rover velar

James_Brodie@dennis.co.uk @Jimmybrods THE latest addition to Land Rover’s extensive line-up is one of the SUV market’s hottest properties. The Range Rover Velar introduces a fourth car to the firm’s luxury off-roader wing, offering potential customers something a little bit different. We’ve already driven the 3.0-litre diesel car, pitting it against two key rivals in Issue 1,487. It fared well, but couldn’t knock the Porsche Macan off the top spot in a hotly contested class. Now we’ve got the more modest four-cylinder diesel in the UK to see if a smaller engine makes more sense. The new-generation 2.0-litre Ingenium unit under the bonnet is available with two power outputs. Basic D180 cars get 178bhp, although the more versatile option is the D240 driven here – boasting 237bhp. Land Rover has worked its magic on this powertrain…

2 minutos
“how i became a motor show reporter for a day”

Motoring journalist for the day CARS have always been a huge part of my life and from an early age I would read as many car magazines as I could. The idea of being a motoring journalist has always fascinated me, but unfortunately I’ve never had the chance. It’s always been a fantasy. So you can imagine my delight when I was selected to do my dream job for the day. After being recruited through the Auto Express Driver Power satisfaction survey, I would have the chance to visit the Frankfurt Motor Show and live the dream of being an Auto Express journalist. Better than that, I would be one of the first people in the world to see, touch and explore the new SEAT Arona – a major star of the…

5 minutos
audi r8 spyder v10 plus

Sean_Carson@dennis.co.uk @Sean_Carson_ UNTIL recently, the Audi R8 Spyder played second fiddle to the Coupé in the performance stakes – as the roofless R8 was only available with a 533bhp version of the firm’s 5.2-litre V10. However, with the new R8 Spyder V10 plus, Audi has added this 602bhp option to the line-up. And what better place to start a review of this car than with the engine? It defines the car. It’s glorious. In an age where many supercars are turning to turbos, the R8 is one of the last bastions of the wonderful, high-revving, naturally aspirated engine. The 5.2-litre V10 ramps up noticeably towards its power peak at an addictive 8,250rpm, and while you have to work harder to extract the performance than in a McLaren 570S Spider, with 560Nm of torque, it’s…

1 minutos
rivals

Suzuki Vitara 1.6 SZ5 PRICE: £19,499 ENGINE: 1.6-litre 4cyl, 118bhp THE crossover class is packed with good-value alternatives, such as the Suzuki Vitara. A high-spec SZ5 with a naturally aspired 1.6-litre petrol engine is within budget, is practical and good to drive, and has plenty of kit. Vauxhall Mokka X 1.4i Turbo Active PRICE: £20,930 ENGINE: 1.4-litre 4cyl, 138bhp THE Crossland X isn’t the only Vauxhall crossover in this class; there’s also the more expensive Mokka X. For this budget, you’re limited to the entry-level Active car, but its 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine is more powerful than its sibling’s three-cylinder unit.…

3 minutos
mazda mx-5 rf

Sam_Naylor@dennis.co.uk @SamNaylor_AE WE’VE said in the past that the Mazda MX-5 has pretty much the perfect amount of power for the road. I’ve certainly had that thought a lot while driving our MX-5 RF over the summer. But is there a way to really test that theory? Well, thanks to British tuner BBR GTi, we can. The brand is famous for creating tuning packs for the top-selling roadster, and its latest creation is the BBR Stage 1 Turbo. Thanks to a custom engine set-up, the BBR car beats our car’s 158bhp figure handily – it has a mighty 248bhp, which is absolutely astounding in a model that weighs just over 1,000kg. BBR reckons its 0-60mph time is around five seconds, which means it’s nearly as quick as the ballistic four-wheel-drive Ford Focus RS. It’s an…

2 minutos
back chat

BRITAIN has a massive and massively unreported problem. At the centre of it are millions of young adults who struggle to afford to take lessons and buy cars, only to be charged huge sums to insure them. “No matter,” our political leaders smugly say. They expect youngsters to use bikes – the most dangerous mode of road transport in terms of deaths and injuries per mile travelled. Alternatively, there’s a patchy bus ‘service’ that depletes or dies at the very times (nights/weekends) kids want to enjoy a social life. Or there are trains which are becoming prohibitively expensive for people to use – especially those in relatively low-paid first jobs, with student debts around their necks and high rents to pay. Politicians talk of social mobility, but rob young people of it…