James Brodie

James has been with Auto Express since 2016, beginning as an assistant to the news and reviews teams. In his present role of senior staff writer he is responsible for crafting plenty of the words you read weekly in the magazine and on autoexpress.co.uk. James provides first drive reviews, in-depth official news and scoops gleaned from grilling car bosses at motor shows, while also travelling far and wide to deliver the latest stories.

New 2022 Renault Megane E-Tech Electric SUV interior teased
Renault Megane E-Tech Electric - cabin teaser
Renault Megane

New 2022 Renault Megane E-Tech Electric SUV interior teased

First look inside the cabin of the reborn Renault Megane, which will arrive with all-electric power and an SUV design
6 May 2021
KiaCharge service gets IONITY bolt-on for discounted charging
Kia e-Niro - charging
Kia

KiaCharge service gets IONITY bolt-on for discounted charging

For an £11.25 monthly fee, KiaCharge subscribers get 70 per cent off charging at IONITY stations across UK
4 May 2021
Volkswagen aims to be carbon neutral by 2050 ‘at the latest’
Volkswagen Way to Zero
Volkswagen

Volkswagen aims to be carbon neutral by 2050 ‘at the latest’

New initiatives include the construction of VW solar and wind farms and the usage of green energy at global factories - but not at Chinese plants
29 Apr 2021
New 2021 BMW 2 Series Coupe spotted in less camouflage
BMW 2 Series 2021 spy - front
BMW 2 Series

New 2021 BMW 2 Series Coupe spotted in less camouflage

BMW’s next-generation 2 Series Coupe is undergoing final development, with these new spy shots offering our best look yet at its styling
28 Apr 2021
New Mercedes EQT electric van concept set for 10 May reveal
Mercedes EQT
Mercedes

New Mercedes EQT electric van concept set for 10 May reveal

New Mercedes EQT concept confirms that T-Class line-up will feature fully electric power
22 Apr 2021
New 2021 Volkswagen Polo facelift arrives with Golf 8 styling
Volkswagen Polo - front
Volkswagen Polo Hatchback

New 2021 Volkswagen Polo facelift arrives with Golf 8 styling

Revamped Mk6 Volkswagen Polo unveiled with new GTI version coming next year
21 Apr 2021
New 2021 electric BMW i4 revealed in M Sport guise
BMW i4 M Sport
BMW i4

New 2021 electric BMW i4 revealed in M Sport guise

BMW i4 electric saloon show in popular M Sport trim at 2021 Shanghai Motor Show
20 Apr 2021

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Cheapest cars to run
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Cheapest cars to run 2021

When it comes to total cost of ownership, cut-price entry models aren’t always the best. So what are the cheapest cars to run?
19 Apr 2021
New four-wheel drive BMW M3 and M4 Competition xDrive models launched
BMW M3 and M4 Competition xDrive - front action
BMW 3 Series M3 Coupe

New four-wheel drive BMW M3 and M4 Competition xDrive models launched

The all-wheel drive BMW M3 Competition xDrive and BMW M4 Competition xDrive both hit 62mph 0.4 seconds faster than their rear driven siblings, but add…
18 Apr 2021
New 2021 Mercedes EQB electric SUV revealed with 260-mile range
Mercedes EQB - front
Mercedes EQB

New 2021 Mercedes EQB electric SUV revealed with 260-mile range

The new Mercedes EQB joins the EQA and EQC in the German brand's all-electric SUV line-up
18 Apr 2021
Volkswagen ID.6 seven-seat electric SUV for China revealed
Volkswagen ID.6
Volkswagen

Volkswagen ID.6 seven-seat electric SUV for China revealed

New VW ID.6 is similar in size to the Touareg and boasts a third row of seats, but won’t be coming to Europe
17 Apr 2021
2022 BMW X1 spied again ahead of official launch
New BMW X1
News

2022 BMW X1 spied again ahead of official launch

BMW X1 with front- and four-wheel drive models, while the electric iX1 variant will follow later
16 Apr 2021
New 986bhp F1-engined Mercedes-AMG One caught on camera
Mercedes-AMG One - 'ring
Mercedes

New 986bhp F1-engined Mercedes-AMG One caught on camera

Mercedes-AMG’s flagship hypercar has been spotted tearing around the Nurburgring, ahead of its expected launch later this year
16 Apr 2021
New 2021 Audi Q4 e-tron on sale now, priced from £40,750
Audi Q4 e-tron - front
Audi Q4 e-tron

New 2021 Audi Q4 e-tron on sale now, priced from £40,750

Two body styles, three powertrains and four trim-levels confirmed for Audi’s compact Q4 EV, including a 295bhp quattro option
15 Apr 2021
New 2021 Skoda Kodiaq facelift brings tougher looks and new vRS
Skoda Kodiaq facelift - front
Skoda Kodiaq

New 2021 Skoda Kodiaq facelift brings tougher looks and new vRS

The updated Skoda Kodiaq SUV gets design tweaks with a more imposing front end, while the hot Kodiaq vRS gets Golf GTI power
13 Apr 2021
Bentley Continental GT3 to take on Pikes Peak with e-fuel power
Bentley Continental GT3 to take on Pikes Peak with e-fuel power
Bentley Continental GT Coupe

Bentley Continental GT3 to take on Pikes Peak with e-fuel power

Bentley kickstarts its synthetic e-fuel development programme with an attempt on the Pikes Peak record
12 Apr 2021
New Jaguar F-Type R-Dynamic Black joins line-up for 2021
Jaguar F-Type R-Dynamic Black - front
Jaguar F-Type

New Jaguar F-Type R-Dynamic Black joins line-up for 2021

New Jaguar F-Type R-Dynamic Black trim introduces black styling pack and wheels, and is available with four-cylinder and V8 power
12 Apr 2021
New Renault 4 badge hints at next Renault icon revival
Renault 4 badge
Renault

New Renault 4 badge hints at next Renault icon revival

All-new Renault 4 could line up as a cheap electric commercial vehicle to sit alongside new 5 hatchback coming by 2025
7 Apr 2021
Prices confirmed for revised Volvo XC60
Volvo XC60 facelift - front
News

Prices confirmed for revised Volvo XC60

Updated SUV on sale now with new Google based interior tech; first deliveries due in June
6 Apr 2021
Volkswagen won’t rebrand US operations as “Voltswagen”
Voltswagen
Volkswagen

Volkswagen won’t rebrand US operations as “Voltswagen”

The planned US name-change was nothing more than an elaborate April Fools’ joke
31 Mar 2021
New 2022 Toyota Aygo city car spied in the snow
Toyota Aygo - spyshot 2
Toyota Aygo

New 2022 Toyota Aygo city car spied in the snow

Next-generation Toyota Aygo city car will get SUV inspiration and petrol power
30 Mar 2021
New Toyota Highlander 2021 review
Toyota Highlander - front
Toyota Highlander

New Toyota Highlander 2021 review

We hit the road in the new seven-seat Toyota Highlander SUV
29 Mar 2021
New MINI Electric Pacesetter revealed as safety car for Formula E
MINI Electric Pacesetter - front
MINI Electric

New MINI Electric Pacesetter revealed as safety car for Formula E

The hot MINI Electric Pacesetter gets a JCW bodykit, revised suspension with a wider track and 181bhp
29 Mar 2021
New 2021 Toyota Yaris Cross Dynamic launched
Toyota Yaris Cross
Toyota Yaris Cross

New 2021 Toyota Yaris Cross Dynamic launched

Almost a year after it was first teased, Nissan Juke-rivalling Toyota Yaris Cross is brought to the UK market
29 Mar 2021
Ford Mondeo production to cease in 2022
Ford Mondeo - front blue
Ford Mondeo

Ford Mondeo production to cease in 2022

End of the line for the Ford Mondeo family hatchback as SUV and electric car business takes priority
25 Mar 2021
Citroen e-C4 price cut responds new plug-in car grant criteria
Citroen e-C4 - badge
News

Citroen e-C4 price cut responds new plug-in car grant criteria

A list price reduction of £550 means the range-topping version of new Citroen e-C4 still qualifies for the reduced plug-in car grant
19 Mar 2021
New MG Marvel R electric SUV promises heroic performance
MG Marvel R - front
MG

New MG Marvel R electric SUV promises heroic performance

The all-new MG Marvel R electric SUV promises will offer pace and space but not in the UK
18 Mar 2021
New 2021 Peugeot 308 revealed with two plug-in hybrids
Peugeot 308 - front
Peugeot 308

New 2021 Peugeot 308 revealed with two plug-in hybrids

On sale in the UK towards the end of 2021, the sporty looking new Peugeot 308 goes big on style and efficiency
18 Mar 2021
New Audi Sport Nogaro Editions for TT RS, RS 4, RS 5 and RS 6
New Audi Sport Nogaro Edition
Audi

New Audi Sport Nogaro Editions for TT RS, RS 4, RS 5 and RS 6

In a tip of the hat to the iconic RS 2 Avant, Audi has launched a fleet of new special edition RS cars, on sale in UK now
17 Mar 2021
MINI confirms plan to go fully electric by 2030
MINI Electric - front static
MINI

MINI confirms plan to go fully electric by 2030

The next-generation fully electric MINI Hatch and Countryman are both set for production in 2023
17 Mar 2021
New 2021 BMW iX electric SUV: xDrive40 and xDrive50 variants confirmed
BMW iX- front
BMW

New 2021 BMW iX electric SUV: xDrive40 and xDrive50 variants confirmed

The new BMW iX electric SUV will get two battery sizes in the UK, with ranges of 249 miles and 373 miles
16 Mar 2021
VW Group developing new SSP electric car platform to replace MEB
VW SSP
News

VW Group developing new SSP electric car platform to replace MEB

Volkswagen is already planning for post-MEB electric future with next-generation SSP EV platform by middle of the decade
16 Mar 2021
New 2021 Citroen C3 Aircross: UK prices and specs revealed
Citroen C3 Aircross - front tracking
Citroen C3 Aircross

New 2021 Citroen C3 Aircross: UK prices and specs revealed

The updated Citroen C3 Aircross SUV is on sale now from £17,320, with three trim levels and three powertrains to choose from
15 Mar 2021
New BMW iDrive 8 infotainment system revealed in full
BMW iDrive 8
BMW

New BMW iDrive 8 infotainment system revealed in full

BMW iDrive 8 introduces a new interface, which majors on user experience and setting the mood in the cockpit
15 Mar 2021