Small is beautiful, so the saying goes. There’s the iPhone, Monaco and Keira Knightley for example, although they’re all quite expensive. I want something that’s small but also good value, avoiding the trap of increasing prices with miniaturisation that’s caught out Smart with the ForTwo and, more recently, Renault’s Twizy.
As the spiritual successor to the Yaris Verso, first impressions are that the Verso-S is doing a better job than the earlier car. Externally, it’s a sharp-edged mini MPV rather than the rather bulbous ‘popemobile’ of old, although there’s a similarity to its most obvious rival, the Honda Jazz. That
The Toyota Prius has been the clear leader in hybrid cars for some time, with many assuming it’s got a monopoly on the technology, so good has the Toyota PR machine been. However, with new technologies and improved battery performance there’s now some big name competitors. The Vauxhall Ampera’s 50
The Toyota GT86 is an important car for the Japanese manufacturer. Since the demise of the Supra, Celica and MR2, there’s been no ‘halo’ car in the range of worthy but functional family vehicles and, despite increasing sales, Toyota need a car that will get people talking about the brand.
There seems to be an obsession with manufacturers to shout about their green credentials, with electric cars generally being designed with unusual shapes and containing countless flashing dashboard additions to admonish you for pressing the throttle too hard. Not at Renault however, where the Fluence ZE is completely… normal.