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Max Adams

As the Online Reviews Editor, Max looks after the In-Depth car reviews that go live on the Auto Express website. This involves combining the Road and Group Test findings, along with the views of our expert Road Test team, and creating our comprehensive In-Depth reviews, packed with useful comparative information Auto Express readers have come to expect. Max has been working as a motoring journalist since attending the Coventry Automotive Journalism course and has written both new and used car content for Autocar, What Car?, Piston Heads, DrivingElectric, Carbuyer, Electrifying, and Good Motoring Magazine.

Max says…

“The car industry is going through huge changes as companies try to figure out a new normal after the semi-conductor shortages and comply with ever more stringent climate legislation. Car buyers still need clear and informative reviews to make the best decision for their individual needs, so being a part of the Auto Express team and helping to produce such content is a real privilege.”

Max Adams’ main areas of expertise

  • Family cars  
  • Vans and pick-up trucks
  • Electric cars 
  • Used cars
  • Car maintenance and repair

Max Adams Q&A… 

Q: What was your first car? 

A: “It was a white Vauxhall Corsa with a very ‘interesting’ cloth seat pattern. I had the more powerful DTI diesel with an intercooler, although you never went anywhere fast with a mere 74bhp. Despite my best efforts, it still lives to this day, and I passed it on to my younger brother as his first car.” 

Q: What is your dream car?

A: “To be honest, I’m still quite happy with the Volvo S80 I bought whilst I was at university, but I guess I’d love to own a Lancia Aurelia B24 Spider. I think it’s a sophisticated and beautiful car that’s a much less obvious choice than a Jaguar E-Type. Its price is way out of my league, sadly…”

Q: If you could change one thing about cars, driving, or the car industry today, what would it be?

A: “Gosh, that’s a tricky question. I’d love it if middle-lane hoggers could disappear! I think a more pressing problem is that I still don’t think all manufacturers do enough to give drivers of all sizes a comfortable driving position. I know cost is a concern, but I’m sure people would pay a little more if they could avoid long-term back pain issues.”  

Social media and e-mail

  • e-mail: max_adams@autovia.co.uk
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The bold Toyota C-HR combines strong equipment levels, high efficiency, and lots of safety features, but it’ll cost you
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The Cupra Born offers a sporty edge over its fellow electric family hatchbacks
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GWM Ora 03 review

Cute retro looks and lots of safety kit help the GWM Ora 03 stand out from rival electric vehicles
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The Volvo EX30 is a fantastic all-round car for the money, with fine handling, and a competitive range
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Smart #1 review
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Smart #1 review

Performance, efficiency and practicality are Smart #1 highlights, but it needs ride quality and infotainment improvements to best its rivals
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The Mazda 3 looks fantastic, drives brilliantly and rides well, but some rivals are more practical all-rounders
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Company car users will appreciate the low tax, exceptionally luxurious interior, outstanding refinement, and long range of the BMW i5
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Fiat 600e review

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Vauxhall Astra review

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The new Hyundai Kona is comfortable, refined, spacious and overflowing with technology
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The Peugeot 3008 is a front-running crossover that offers a spacious, upmarket cabin and plenty of kit
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The BMW 2 Series Active Tourer is spacious, efficient, well-priced, and comes with company car friendly plug-in hybrid versions
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Suzuki Vitara review

The Suzuki Vitara has transformed from a chunky off-roader into a softer crossover that's affordable and good to drive
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Hyundai i20 review
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Hyundai i20 review

It's not flawless, but the latest Hyundai i20 is the firm’s most competitive entrant into the supermini market yet
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The Vauxhall Corsa is a smart-looking supermini, has numerous engine options, and offers good levels of standard equipment
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The fifth-generation Land Rover Discovery isn't cheap, but it's still one of the best all-round family cars money can buy
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The hybrid-powered Honda Civic is a frugal, well-equipped family hatchback that really impresses
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The Volkswagen Polo remains an impressively capable supermini, offering plenty of comfort, refinement and big-car features
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Refined, good to drive and with a plush interior, the Lexus RZ is a welcome addition to the electric SUV class
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Once a trend-setter, the Nissan Juke now plays catch-up to a bunch of rivals it helped to inspire
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