Fire and ice

Peering down into murky blackness in sub-zero temperatures, it was hard to believe that anything could be living there, deep beneath my thickly-booted feet. I was gazing into a hole cut in the unforgiving ice of a frozen lake in Swedish Lapland, watching for any sign of a twitch on the fishing line I had […]

Warts and all

Very early in my career, as a junior reporter on a local newspaper, I was lectured by my then news editor about precisely who I served. My responsibility, he said sternly, was to honestly inform my readers, while writing skillfully enough to please my newspaper bosses – principally him! – and not to concern myself […]


Ride comfort was a key feature of early Citroëns, and now it is once again the definitive goal for future models. Sue Baker reports.   Citroën is on a mission. Ride comfort is what once defined its cars, with the legendary cushioned glide of the DS 19’s hydropneumatic suspension fondly remembered by anyone who experienced it. […]

Driving the driverless debate

Motoring is on the brink of a brave new world of driverless cars. Autonomous vehicles are no longer the stuff of science fiction, they are almost here. So who is driving the debate about what happens next? Cue a conference in London hosted by the Association of British Insurers, insurance industry research centre Thatcham, and […]

High Mile Club – 228,000 mile 2006 Citroën C5 Estate 2.0 HDi 136 Automatic

Nine years ago, IT programme manager Hugues Lecoeuche bought an ex-demonstrator Citroën C5 Estate from a local dealer near his home in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire. He paid £18,000 for the four-months-old 2.0-litre HDi 136 Exclusive Automatic edition, with 4,000 miles on the clock. What a good buy that has turned out to be. The C5’s […]

High Mile – 1998 Volkswagen Beetle 1.9 TDI

353084 Miles Back in the summer of 1998, British ex-pat Sebastian Montagu, resident in the USA, decided he fancied a new Volkswagen Beetle. It had then recently arrived on the market, reviving the name and silhouette of the iconic original. He bought it from the VW dealer in Amesbury, Massachusetts. The price was around $20,000 […]

Meals on Wheels – Tebay Services

Motorway Services tend to be something of a ‘needs-must’. On a long motorway drive, we use them because they are there, rather than because we relish the experience. There is an exception, though. Ask any regular long distance motorist to name their favourite stop, and one name keeps cropping up – Tebay. This untypical service […]

High Mile Club – 2007 Saab 9-5 Linear Sport Anniversary 1.9 TiD Estate

2007 Saab 9-5 Linear Sport Anniversary 1.9 TiD Estate 193,311 Miles Some people might jib at buying a two-year-old car with 115,000 miles already on the clock, especially via eBay, and at the other end of the country. But Robin Kerry is bolder than most. His Saab 9-5 is a rare Anniversary model, brought out […]

High Mile Club

2000 Volkswagen Passat Estate S 1.9 TDI PD 115 346,994 Miles Rallycross reporter Hal Ridge leads a busy working life that takes him from his Shropshire home, on the Welsh borders, to all over Britain and often to France, Belgium and Holland. Where he goes, his trusty 14-year-old Volkswagen Passat Estate goes too, so it […]

Eco Intelligence

Sue Baker investigates ways of cutting your running costs with the help of some extra tuition.