Mitsubishi L200 Double Cab Barbarian X 2.3 DI-D Automatic

Final Report   I’ll say from the outset that I don’t think I’ve done the Mitsubishi L200 justice. Aside from the Subaru Outback, I can’t think of another Diesel Car long-termer better suited to our life in Devon. It’s why I jumped at the chance to run the L200 for the magazine, as I felt […]

Citroën C3 Flair Plus BlueHDi 100

First Test   Motoring journalists are often guilty of getting caught up with the sexier elements of testing a car. Handling prowess and 0-62mph sprints are far more entertaining than talking about what armrest a manufacturer has opted for. However, enthusiasts aside, who really stretches the legs of their Ford Fiesta? In reality, the true […]

Volvo XC90 Recharge T8 AWD Inscription

First Test   Like a lot of high-mileage drivers, this year has unexpectedly made me a prime candidate for a plug-in hybrid. Most of my long journeys have been replaced by Zoom calls, so a range of 20 to 30 miles covers the majority of my daily use, which in turn balances out the dent […]

Bright Spark

In November last year, BMW announced it was moving production of its mighty eight and twelve cylinder engines from Germany to its plant at Hams Hall near Birmingham. On the face of it, that looks like a big vote of confidence in the British motor industry against the background of the uncertainty generated by Brexit […]

Clarke JSM400 Multi-Purpose Lithium Polymer Jumpstarter

Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin If you have vehicles that struggle to start, or you just need a handy source of electricity while away from home, the Clarke JSM400 could be money well spent. Weighing 1.37kg and small enough to fit in a coat pocket or glovebox, it’s able to start […]


Fourth Report   The L200 came to our rescue this month when ‘Elaine Beige’ threatened to leave us in the lurch. ‘Elaine Beige’ is the name of our retro motorhome: an FFB Classic from the early 90s with a 2.5-litre turbodiesel engine. Like many of us, Ms Beige has been in lockdown for most of […]

Skoda Octavia Estate SE-L FIRST EDITION 2.0 TDI

Report 3 While movement has been limited for mere mortals, the Diesel Car Skoda Octavia has been on a little holiday. Like a homesick university student, it was rescued from the wilds of Somerset and returned to the Skoda headquarters in Milton Keynes for a healthy dose of tender loving care. It was all perfectly […]

Paint protection and sealant

If you find yourself looking at a product that seems to have hundreds of competing suppliers, all advertising heavily, then you can be sure that the profit margins are high, as they are with car paint protection products. As a buyer, it’s easy to become confused, and therefore quite vulnerable. Like when buying a new […]

Pioneer VREC-DZ600 dash camera

Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin The VREC-DZ600 is the latest dash cam from Pioneer, with a small form factor, helping it fit discreetly and easily inside your vehicle. It has a 1.5-inch screen and rotating camera, so it can record either the road ahead or provide coverage of the cabin. It […]

Alcosense Pro Fuel Cell Breathalyser

Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin According to Alcosense, its Pro model breathalyser brings “near police accuracy into the reach of the consumer”, thanks to its 121mm2 fuel cell sensor, that’s an identical design to its 200mm2 big brother used in several UK, US and European police breathalysers. It also uses a […]