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Graham Godbold had a few dramas in his hand-painted purple Ford Zodiac but the scariest was when his wife nearly fell out on a roundabout.

Vauxhall certainly offers buyers SUV and crossovers plenty to choose and has now launched a more rugged Rocks version of its Viva city car. Motoring editor Andy Russell says you pay the price for those chunkier looks.

Volkswagen’s third-generation Touareg may be the ‘budget buy’ of the upmarket Volkswagen Group SUVs but it has a premium feel, inviting interior and a host of hi-tech kit says Tom Wiltshire.

Kia has pulled off a game-changing image-builder with the launch of its stunning Stinger sports fastback, a true grand tourer loaded with driving appeal, kit and charisma. Motoring editor Andy Russell says it’s a winning combination.

The clutch went the day after Nigel Garbett paid £160 for his 1960 Ford Anglia 105E but it went on to give good service until rust got hold.

Cathie Edmunds grew up with cars and learned to drive in her 1935 Morris 8, called Taffy. More than half a century later, she still wonders what became of it.

A new engine, facelift and driving upgrades have refreshed the dynamic appeal and styling of the flagship family Mazda6, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

An all-new Ford Focus is with us, and it’s packing plenty of tech and equipment to ensure it remains the leader of the pack as Jon Reay finds out.

Volvo’s winning formula and success story gets new momentum with the second-generation V60 estate. Motoring editor Andy Russell enjoys an early drive and says the trio of German giants has a serious new rival.

As SUVs become more and more luxurious, Toyota’s Land Cruiser is one of the few unashamedly old-fashioned off-roaders around. Tom Wiltshire finds out how it copes in the urban jungle.

Ronald Wood’s first set of four wheels was a Ford Squire van, followed by a Mini Traveller. They put him on the road to a car-buying bug which sees him buying a different model almost every year.

Small SUVs are all the rage but why not simply add SUV design cues on to an existing hatchback? That’s the route Dacia has taken with the Sandero Stepway, says Tom Wiltshire.

Ray Rose’s Standard 8 van was the business for transporting logs for sale but ended up on its roof on a nasty S bend.

New sign technology, being trialled in Norfolk, to shame drivers using hand-held phones cheered up motoring editor Andy Russell after he diced with a mobile phone menance on a busy dual-carriageway.

For all its off-road SUV heritage, Jeep has lagged in the popular compact class but now it’s out to make up ground with the all-new Compass, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

The Fiat 500’s been around more than a decade in its current form – a tough show for any small car, let alone a niche, fashion-conscious model. Tom Wiltshire drives the convertible version of the latest facelifted model.

Philip Fowles was given a beautiful 1950 Triumph Renown saloon when his father had to give up driving... on condition he ‘chauffeured’ him around. What a great deal!

Vauxhall’s GSi is back in the shape of the elegant new Insignia range and the Sports Tourer estate is a true grand tourer, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

Dacia has reinvented its Duster SUV with the second-generation range much improved in terms of quality, reliability and technology without sacrificing affordability, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

John Pollak tells of his motoring pleasure, and scrapes, in Samantha, a 1948 Vauxhall Wyvern, and how she helped King Harold on a college rag week stunt.

With the UK the biggest market for Mercedes-Benz’s A-Class, this new hi-tech, hi-spec fourth-generation hatchback’s more grown-up feel is set to make it an even bigger hit, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

After seven years of motorcycling and the excesses of fresh air, Keith Shaw thought a 1939 Standard Flying Nine open tourer would provide some compensation.

Gallery: Facelifted compact SUV now looks part

Saturday, June 23, 2018

In what is becoming an increasingly-competitive market, Ford has given its EcoSport compact-SUV a makeover. Can this new model win over the masses? Will Rimell gets behind the wheel to find out.

Kia has risen to the challenge of the city car crossover craze with a more rugged-looking, SUV-styling Picanto X-Line. Motoring editor Andy Russell climbs aboard.

Alan Eggleton tells of his 1935 BSA three-wheeler – great fun to drive, with some real character, and a slap-happy tail in crosswinds.

Trevor Lightening kept his 1958 Vauxhall Cresta PA running smoothly, albeit rather smokily, with the help of shots of Redex.

Jaguar has finally launched the second-generation XF Sportbrake estate, a handsome lifestyle load-carrier with all the driving appeal of the Big Cat brand, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

BMW’s new X2 heralds a new chapter in its SUV success story, combining a bold new design direction and dynamic driving appeal, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

The best car for hauling caravans and trailers have been honoured at the Tow Car Awards 2018 with titles going to some surprise newcomers as well as old favourites.

With vehicle theft on the increase, and hi-tech ways of duping keyless entry fobs, motoring editor Andy Russell tries out both new and traditional security devices designed to deter car criminals.

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