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?
To me, the MiTo looks like the lovechild of an Alfa Romeo 147 and the Italian firm’s drool-inducing Read The Rest...
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
The only practice Read The Rest...
What happens when a Fiat 500 gets into a fight with a Fiat Panda?
You get the Fiat 500L of course!
Price: From £14,990
Available: March 2013
When MyCarCoach founder Nick Johnson approached me to write a blog post at the launch of Fiat's new 500L, I was a little hesitant at first but, as he rightly pointed out, being an existing Fiat 500 owner ('Betty' to me) it marked me out to be the best person for the job!
So, if you Read The Rest...
Have a guess how long the Suzuki Grand Vitara has been around? If I told you the answer is twenty four years, you couldn’t help but be impressed, right? Okay, it’s not quite as long as one of the other 4x4 stalwarts, the Mitsubishi Pajero/Shogun, but the survival of the Grand Vitara tells you Suzuki must have got something right. But in a world where SUVs have fast become fashion accessories for all kinds of different people and have become Read The Rest...
Believe it or not, the funky little Kia Soul is now four years old, so Kia decided to give it a bit of a fettle and tweak for 2012. Living with a Kia Soul in ‘Hunter’ spec from their ‘Originals’ range for a week, was Oliver able to see why the Soul has become such a common sight on Britain’s roads?
Looking somewhat like a cross between an alien, a robot and an insect from the front, with a boxy and utilitarian but Read The Rest...