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Your personal expert guide to buying your next car.I'll be offering buying tips/advice & thoughts on all aspects of the automotive world.

2013 Mazda6 2.2d 175PS Sport Nav diesel manual saloon full road test review by Oliver Hammond

2013 Mazda6 2-2 diesel Sport Nav 175PS manual saloon road test review by Oliver Hammond Simons Car Spots - photo front 34 Village

On The Road Price: £26,955 - An all-new Mazda6 saloon isn’t the kind of news that gets everyone excited, but being a saloon lover I for one was really eager to spend a week with one after the very positive reaction it received around its very recent launch. The ‘large family’ and ‘compact executive’ car sectors are rammed full of quite viable choices, so it would be very interesting to see what impression the new ‘6’ made on me. Soon after Read The Rest...

2013 Range Rover “The King of the (Off) Road” test review by Nick Johnson

Range Rover road test review by Nick Johnson, My Car Coach

  New Range Rovers come along very seldom. The last one was launched all the way back in 2002, so when a new one is launched there’s a little celebration to be had.   2013 Range Rover 4.4 SDV8 Price: £94,695 Available: Now But first a little history. Let’s imagine for a moment the date is 1970 and your career of choice is Country Gent. Naturally you need a four wheel drive vehicle in which to thrash around your vast expanse of land, but you also Read The Rest...

2012 Ford Ranger Wildtrak 3.2 diesel automatic road test review by Oliver Hammond

2012 Ford Ranger Wildtrak 3-2 diesel automatic road test review by Oliver Hammond photo - front Ridge Hill 6

Don’t get me wrong – I absolutely love haute cuisine, umpteen-course taster menus and the like. But I’m equally at home with a good old, honest, supersized burger and chunky fries. In fact, I’m often a teeny bit envious of the guy who presents the TV show ‘Man vs Food’. In my case, ‘All things big or beautiful’ are the order of the day. Cue the 2012 model Ford Ranger. It’s certainly big. But is it any good? Exterior The new, 2012 Read The Rest...

Alfa Romeo MiTo MultiAir Distinctive 1.4 Petrol 135BHP TCT road test review by Oliver Hammond

Alfa Romeo MiTo MultiAir Distinctive 1-4 Petrol 135BHP TCT road test review by Oliver Hammond - photo front 34

There’s something about Italian stuff. Most people seem to have the perception that anything from Italy is somehow better – everything from food, wine, fashion and women to history, culture, fancy coffee machines and of course, cars. So what did I personally make of the Alfa MiTo in aptly named ‘Alfa Red’, with its flappy-paddle automatic gearbox and its stop-start 135bhp petrol engine? Exterior To me, the MiTo looks like the lovechild of an Alfa Romeo 147 and the Italian firm’s drool-inducing Read The Rest...

2012 Ford Focus 1.0 EcoBoost review by Nick Johnson – “Smiles per Mile”

My Car Coach review Ford Focus 1.0 EcoBoost by Nick Johnson

Hands up then, who has heard of the term ‘downsizing?’ Any takers? No? Well 'downsizing' is a term used to describe the trend for installing a very small engine in a car which translates to low running costs but improves the power output by adding a turbo or supercharger. The theory is you get an environmentally friendly car that does not operate at a snail’s pace but does it work in practice?   Ford Focus 1.0 EcoBoost Price: From £16,445 Available: Now The only practice Read The Rest...