Road tests

BMW 1-Series

4 Aug, 2004

It was always going to be '1' to watch - and now BMW's 1-Series has finally arrived on British shores, it looks set to put the frighteners up the Volkswagen Golf and Audi A3.

Long-term tests

Mazda RX-8

29 Jul, 2004

What's the most dangerous act you can commit as a motoring journalist? No, not trying to perform dramatic cornering shots for the camera or over-running on a deadline, but recommending a car to a family member.

Road tests

BMW 5-Series

27 Jul, 2004

There's something incredibly upmarket about posh estate cars. While executive saloon drivers give the impression that they work in insurance or manage banks, if you have a la-di-dah load-lugger you appear much more interesting.

Road tests

BMW 3-Series

27 Jul, 2004

It has always been a hit with fleet buyers, and now the BMW 3-Series is set to become even more of a star in the company car park.

Road tests

Saab 9-3

27 Jul, 2004

No car maker can succeed today without a top-quality diesel engine in its line-up. Saab has long lagged behind in the oil-burning race, with the 9-3 using the old and rattly 2.2-litre powerplant from parent company GM.

Road tests

Alfa Romeo GT

27 Jul, 2004

There can be no denying that the Alfa Romeo GT is a beautiful-looking machine. With its sleek coupe body and wide, purposeful stance, it is arguably one of the most stylish motors on the road.

Road tests

Caterham Seven Sprint

27 Jul, 2004

Insurance is one of the biggest single costs faced by any motorist, meaning many makers have gone down the route of offering free cover to tempt customers into showrooms.

Used car tests

Ford Galaxy

27 Jul, 2004

Of all the Nineties' big MPVs, the Ford Galaxy has consistently been a top-seller. Launched in June 1995, it offered impressive new levels of driveability, feeling more like a practical saloon than a conventional people carrier.

Road tests

Audi A3

27 Jul, 2004

You don't have to travel far on UK roads to realise that since its launch last year, Audi's A3 has established itself as one of Britain's favourite compact executive cars.

Road tests

Ferrari 575M Handling GTC

21 Jul, 2004

Looking for proof that a certain Mr Schumacher isn't going to be knocked off the top of the F1 tree this season? Simply take a look at his latest company vehicle!