John McIlroy

Lifelong car fan John McIlroy started work as a motorsport journalist in 1995 - and within 12 months he was reporting on Colin McRae and Richard Burns in the World Rally Championship. He followed the WRC until 2003, when he stepped up to become editor of weekly motorsport bible Autosport.

A switch to product followed in 2004, and John has focused on writing news and reviews on the latest cars ever since. In his spare time he still follows the WRC action - albeit via web streaming instead of in the service park - and when his young son allows him the time, he’s often to be found picking apart computers. And occasionally putting them back together again.

e-mail: john_mcilroy@autovia.co.uk 

New special-edition Fiat (500)RED coming to the UK
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Fiat 500

New special-edition Fiat (500)RED coming to the UK

New special-edition Fiat 500 trim has been created in collaboration with international AIDS charity
22 Sep 2021
New Porsche 911 GTS 2021 review
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Porsche 911

New Porsche 911 GTS 2021 review

Is the new Porsche 911 GTS the sweet spot in the range? We find out...
21 Sep 2021
New Lotus Emira: prices and First Edition specs announced
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Lotus Emira

New Lotus Emira: prices and First Edition specs announced

It’s only offered in First Edition trim for now – but Lotus will follow-up with an entry-level Emira model in 2023, which will cost £59,995
20 Sep 2021
New Dacia Duster 2021 review
Dacia Duster - front
Dacia Duster

New Dacia Duster 2021 review

The Dacia Duster SUV has been updated for 2021, but its underpinnings are starting to feel a little out of date
15 Sep 2021
New 2022 Skoda Fabia on sale now priced from £14,905
Skoda Fabia 2022
Skoda Fabia

New 2022 Skoda Fabia on sale now priced from £14,905

Skoda’s fourth-generation Fabia moves onto the Volkswagen MQB A0 platform, which brings fresh styling and new technology
13 Sep 2021
New Volkswagen ID. Life wows at Munich Motor Show
Volkswagen ID Life - Munich front
Volkswagen

New Volkswagen ID. Life wows at Munich Motor Show

The new Volkswagen ID. Life concept previews a future affordable electric car that will sit below the ID.3 in the brand's line-up
7 Sep 2021
New Smart concept #1 previews 2023 electric SUV
Smart Concept 1 - front Munich
Smart

New Smart concept #1 previews 2023 electric SUV

The first look at the new-look Smart brand under part Geely ownership comes in the form of a small SUV
6 Sep 2021

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New Concept Mercedes-Maybach EQS luxury electric SUV revealed
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Maybach

New Concept Mercedes-Maybach EQS luxury electric SUV revealed

The Concept Mercedes-Maybach EQS has been revealed at the 2021 Munich Motor Show, and is expected to morph into a flagship version of the upcoming EQS…
6 Sep 2021
New BMW i Vision Circular concept showcases brand’s view of a sustainable future
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BMW

New BMW i Vision Circular concept showcases brand’s view of a sustainable future

The new BMW i Vision Circular concept is a vision of a 2040 hatchback made entirely from recycled and recyclable materials
6 Sep 2021
New Hyundai Ioniq 5 RWD 2021 review
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Hyundai Ioniq 5

New Hyundai Ioniq 5 RWD 2021 review

The new rear-wheel-drive Hyundai Ioniq 5 EV saves you £6k on the AWD version
3 Sep 2021
‘The sub-£20k new car could vanish under Euro 7 eco rules’
Opinion - Skoda Fabia
Opinion

‘The sub-£20k new car could vanish under Euro 7 eco rules’

Deputy editor John McIlroy thinks Euro 7 proposals could make new small cars significantly more expensive
26 Aug 2021
New Renault Megane E-Tech PHEV 2021 review
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Renault Megane

New Renault Megane E-Tech PHEV 2021 review

The plug-in hybrid Renault Megane E-Tech hatch joins the estate as the model progresses towards full-EV capability
18 Aug 2021
New Skoda Fabia 2021 review
Skoda Fabia - front
Skoda Fabia

New Skoda Fabia 2021 review

The new Skoda Fabia has all the credentials to challenge the very best in the supermini class
17 Aug 2021
New Volkswagen ID.2 to kick-start brand’s push into small electric cars
Volkswagen ID.2 - front (watermarked)
Volkswagen

New Volkswagen ID.2 to kick-start brand’s push into small electric cars

The new Volkswagen ID.2 baby electric SUV will be part of an extended ID. line-up, and our exclusive images preview how it could look
6 Aug 2021
Citroen e-C4 Sense Plus: long term test review
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Citroen C4

Citroen e-C4 Sense Plus: long term test review

First report: our electric Citroen e-C4 family car ticks lots of boxes right from the start
5 Aug 2021
New Renault Arkana 2021 review
Renault Arkana - front
Renault Arkana

New Renault Arkana 2021 review

Does an eye-catching coupe-SUV body give the new Renault Arkana the edge over other mid-size SUVs? We find out...
5 Aug 2021
'We need to get our infrastructure ready for an electric-car revolution'
Opinion Charging infrastructure
Opinion

'We need to get our infrastructure ready for an electric-car revolution'

John McIlroy says upgrading the UK's electric car charging network will be key to keeping the country moving come 2030
4 Aug 2021
Gordon Murray Automotive T.50 prototypes hit the track
GMA T.50 testing 2021
News

Gordon Murray Automotive T.50 prototypes hit the track

Upcoming GMA T.50 supercar undergoes shakedown tests at Dunsfold
28 Jul 2021
New McLaren 765LT Spider redefines open-top performance
McLaren 765LT Spider - front action
McLaren 765LT

New McLaren 765LT Spider redefines open-top performance

The drop-top McLaren 765LT Spider takes just 2.8 seconds to sprint from 0-62mph, while it can reach 124mph from rest in 7.2 seconds
27 Jul 2021
New Porsche Cayenne Coupe Turbo GT 2021 review
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Porsche Cayenne Coupe

New Porsche Cayenne Coupe Turbo GT 2021 review

The hot 631bhp Porsche Cayenne Coupe Turbo GT has arrived, but does it make sense in the UK?
26 Jul 2021
Baby electric Volvo SUV likely to be built in China
Volvo XC20 - front (watermarked)
Volvo

Baby electric Volvo SUV likely to be built in China

Volvo's upcoming compact electric SUV edges closer, but is unlikely to be named 'XC20'
23 Jul 2021
New Skoda Enyaq: the complete guide to Skoda's first bespoke electric car
Skoda Enyaq iV 80 - front static
Skoda Enyaq

New Skoda Enyaq: the complete guide to Skoda's first bespoke electric car

We speak to Skoda’s chief executive officer about the Enyaq and the future of electric cars for the brand
22 Jul 2021
New electric R5 Alpine hot hatch and SUV to join brand’s line-up
R5 Alpine - front (watermarked)
Alpine

New electric R5 Alpine hot hatch and SUV to join brand’s line-up

Alpine’s ‘dream garage’ will be bolstered by a hot version of the Renault 5 and an SUV. Our exclusive images preview how both could look
16 Jul 2021
Kia UK boss bemoans lack of electric car charging investment and warns of ‘blackspots’
Kia Soul EV Charging
News

Kia UK boss bemoans lack of electric car charging investment and warns of ‘blackspots’

Kia UK CEO Paul Philpott says support for EV charging infrastructure investment is critical as the ban on petrol and diesel approaches
15 Jul 2021
New Cupra Formentor V1 2021 review
Cupra Formentor V1
Cupra Formentor

New Cupra Formentor V1 2021 review

Is the entry-level Cupra Formentor V1 the pick of this sporty SUV's range?
14 Jul 2021
New Cupra Leon Estate 2021 review
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Cupra Leon

New Cupra Leon Estate 2021 review

The new 306bhp Cupra Leon Estate has arrived in the UK, but is it worth its premium price tag?
14 Jul 2021
New Hyundai i20 N 2021 review
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Hyundai i20 N

New Hyundai i20 N 2021 review

We get behind the wheel of the new 201bhp Hyundai i20 N hot hatch
6 Jul 2021
Bentley Bentayga, Flying Spur and Continental GT to survive the switch to electric
Conti GT
Bentley

Bentley Bentayga, Flying Spur and Continental GT to survive the switch to electric

The Bentley CEO sees no reason to axe the brand’s established model lines as it moves into the all-electric future
6 Jul 2021
New Bugatti hybrid hypercar and EV 'tourer saloon' confirmed
Bugatti Rimac
News

New Bugatti hybrid hypercar and EV 'tourer saloon' confirmed

Bugatti and Rimac have joined forces and plans are afoot for a new hypercar and a less extreme electric model in the luxury 'tourer saloon' mould
5 Jul 2021
Porsche Taycan recalled over sudden power loss problem
Porsche Taycan
Porsche Taycan

Porsche Taycan recalled over sudden power loss problem

The recall applies to all versions of the electric Porsche Taycan made before June this year
2 Jul 2021
'Ferrari has to evolve or it will cease to exist'
Opinion Ferrari
Ferrari

'Ferrari has to evolve or it will cease to exist'

Ferrari's new hybrid 296 GTB shows the brand is taking positive steps towards sustainability, says John McIlroy
2 Jul 2021
Nissan Leaf replacement to be built in Sunderland at £1bn EV36Zero hub
Nissan electric car concept
Nissan Leaf Hatchback

Nissan Leaf replacement to be built in Sunderland at £1bn EV36Zero hub

Nissan is bringing major new investment to the north-east of England with a £1billion battery and vehicle manufacturing hub
1 Jul 2021
Skoda Octavia 1.5 TSI: long-term test review
Skoda Octavia Long termer
Skoda Octavia Hatchback

Skoda Octavia 1.5 TSI: long-term test review

Second report: Skoda Octavia is now a permanent fixture for our man
28 Jun 2021
Bargain Dacia Spring EV could still come to the UK
Dacia Spring
Dacia

Bargain Dacia Spring EV could still come to the UK

Dacia still weighing up a right-hand-drive conversion for is ultra low cost electric car
24 Jun 2021