Alastair Crooks

A keen petrol-head, Alastair Crooks has a degree in journalism and worked as a car salesman for a variety of manufacturers before joining Auto Express in Spring 2019 as a Content Editor. While his daily duties involve maintaining the website, days off are also car-related for Alastair, regularly attending car shows and track days.

Email: alastair_crooks@autovia.co.uk

This week's issue of Auto Express: new Mercedes E-Class and Ford Mondeo
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This week's issue of Auto Express: new Mercedes E-Class and Ford Mondeo

Grab your copy of this week's Auto Express magazine for the latest on the new Mercedes E-Class, plus two SUV twin tests
26 Jan 2022
New Porsche 911 ‘Safari’ spied wearing updated 992 body
Porsche 911 Safari - front
Porsche 911 Coupe

New Porsche 911 ‘Safari’ spied wearing updated 992 body

An off-road safari-spec Porsche 911 will arrive with the revised 992, and our spies have caught it cold-weather testing
25 Jan 2022
Best classic car shows to visit in 2022
Ferrari 250 SWB Austin Healey 3000 goodwood revival
Best cars & vans

Best classic car shows to visit in 2022

Need a reason to get your classic back on the road? Here are the best classic car events to visit for the coming year
21 Jan 2022
Production starts on Ford F-150-based Hennessey VelociRaptor 600
Ford F-150 VelociRaptor 600
Ford F-150 Pick-up

Production starts on Ford F-150-based Hennessey VelociRaptor 600

The new Hennessey VelociRaptor comes with a turbocharged V6 pumping out 672ft lb of torque and 558bhp
19 Jan 2022
Mitsubishi Vision Ralliart Concept unveiled ahead of Tokyo Auto Salon
Mitsubishi Vision Ralliart Concept
Mitsubishi

Mitsubishi Vision Ralliart Concept unveiled ahead of Tokyo Auto Salon

Plan to bring Mitsubishi’s sporty Ralliart name back gathers momentum with one concept and two ‘custom’ cars
11 Jan 2022
Best-selling cars of 2021
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Best-selling cars of 2021

We reveal Britain’s best-selling cars for 2021...
6 Jan 2022
Best plug-in hybrids 2022
Best PHEVs 2021 to 2022
Electric cars

Best plug-in hybrids 2022

The plug-in hybrid market has grown exponentially in recent years. Here are our top 10 electrified favourites
1 Jan 2022

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Volkswagen Multivan

New Volkswagen Multivan eHybrid 2022 review

We find out if the new Volkswagen Multivan eHybrid can breathe life into the sparse plug-in hybrid MPV segment
3 Nov 2021
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Citroen Relay Van

Citroen Relay van updated for 2022 with new equipment

Revised trim structure with new kit and updated engines come the way of Citroen’s largest panel van
19 Oct 2021
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SAIC unveils video-game inspired MG MAZE concept
MG

SAIC Design unveils video-game inspired MG MAZE concept

The urban two-seater is aimed squarely at the next generation of car users and features smartphone-controlled steering
24 Sep 2021
Top 10 most reliable 4x4s and SUVs
Top 10 most reliable 4x4s and SUVs
Driver Power

Top 10 most reliable 4x4s and SUVs

We reveal the most reliable 4x4s and SUVs you can buy according to the 2021 Driver Power survey
18 Sep 2021
Top 10 most reliable small cars to buy
Most reliable small cars to buy 2021
Driver Power

Top 10 most reliable small cars to buy

Looking for a reliable small car? Our 2021 Driver Power survey can help…
15 Sep 2021
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Police cars: the world's best and worst

We delve into the magical world of the police car, taking in the fastest, most exotic and most inappropriate police cars on Earth
8 Sep 2021
Land Rover Defender V8 Bond Edition marks new 007 film ‘No Time To Die’ launch
Land Rover Defender V8 Bond Edition - front
Land Rover Defender

Land Rover Defender V8 Bond Edition marks new 007 film ‘No Time To Die’ launch

The latest James Bond film has inspired a special edition Land Rover Defender V8
2 Sep 2021
New 2022 Mobilize Limo unveiled with focus on car-sharing
Mobilize Limo
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New 2022 Mobilize Limo unveiled with focus on car-sharing

Renault’s new Mobilize sub-brand has revealed the first of its four car-sharing models - the Limo
27 Aug 2021
Top 10 most reliable family cars 2021
Most reliable family cars
Driver Power

Top 10 most reliable family cars 2021

What are the most reliable family cars you can buy today? Our Driver Power survey reveals all...
25 Aug 2021
Top 10 most reliable cars to buy
Most reliable cars
Driver Power

Top 10 most reliable cars to buy

Every car buyer wants a reliable car but how do you judge a car’s reliability before you’ve bought it? The Driver Power survey has the answer...
10 Aug 2021
New special edition Kia Niro Connect goes on sale from £25,995
Kia Niro Connect
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New special edition Kia Niro Connect goes on sale from £25,995

Self-charging and plug-in hybrid versions of the new Kia Niro Connect are now available
2 Jul 2021
Volvo announces new infotainment and safety plans
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Volvo

Volvo announces new infotainment and safety plans

Volvo will adopt a new infotainment system and store data from drivers to promote safety
30 Jun 2021
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Touring Superleggera Arese RH95 celebrates 95th anniversary of Italian design house

Mid-engined Arese RH95 supercar unveiled ahead of Salon Prive premiere
2 Jun 2021
New Fiat 500 2021 review
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Fiat 500 Hatchback

New Fiat 500 2021 review

The electric supermini segment is getting increasingly competitive, so where does the new Fiat 500 fit in?
20 May 2021
SEAT Leon hatchback and estate get new engine options for 2021
SEAT Leon - front
SEAT Leon

SEAT Leon hatchback and estate get new engine options for 2021

The SEAT Leon range has been bolstered for 2021 with the addition of new petrol and diesel engine choices
6 Apr 2021
New Brabus 92R is a sporty Smart EQ fortwo cabrio with 91bhp
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Smart ForTwo

New Brabus 92R is a sporty Smart EQ fortwo cabrio with 91bhp

Mercedes tuning specialist Brabus has unveiled a sportier version of the Smart EQ fortwo with more power
25 Mar 2021
Facelifted SsangYong Rexton goes on sale from £37,995
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Facelifted SsangYong Rexton goes on sale from £37,995

More power and a new gearbox appear in the SsangYong Rexton’s mid-life refresh
9 Mar 2021
Best-selling cars in the UK 2020
Ford Fiesta
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Best-selling cars in the UK 2020

Find out which car took the title of Britain's best-selling car of 2020
1 Feb 2021
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Best cars for dog owners
Best cars & vans

Best cars for dog owners to buy 2021

Our dogs deserve the best so here are the top 10 cars for dogs that’ll keep their tails wagging.
15 Jan 2021
Most underrated cars 2021
Most underrated cars
Best cars & vans

Most underrated cars 2021

They may not be class leaders but we think these underrated cars deserve a higher profile
8 Jan 2021
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How to scrap your car, and get the best price

How to scrap or recycle your car, and what prices to expect from the scrap yard
16 Dec 2020
How to check if a car is taxed, MoT’d and insured
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How to check if a car is taxed, MoT’d and insured

The government offers a free tax and insurance checker to make sure a vehicle is legally allowed on UK roads. Here’s how to use it...
22 Oct 2020
What is the fastest production car in the world?
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What is the fastest production car in the world?

We take a blast through the past, rediscovering the amazing cars that have held the title of world’s fastest production car...
20 Oct 2020
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Vans

Off-the-shelf Renault Master Dropside conversion launched

Buyers can now order a Renault Master Dropside pick-up directly, rather than ordering a chassis cab and converting it privately
6 Oct 2020
Bentley Flying Spur gets carbon fibre exterior tweaks
Luxury cars

Bentley Flying Spur gets carbon fibre exterior tweaks

Flagship Bentley Flying Spur receives ‘Styling Specification’ sporty makeover
26 Aug 2020
Lando Norris and esports - how Formula One star helped boost virtual racing popularity
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Lando Norris and esports - how Formula One star helped boost virtual racing popularity

Esports flourished in the absence of Formula One - to find out how, we chat to F1 star Lando Norris
19 Aug 2020