Trying to sell a medium-sized saloon car in the UK is a tough job, and surprisingly not because the population is switching to SUVs en masse.

The new Audi A1 is bigger and bolder than its predecessor, but is it better? Phil Huff finds out…

The average car on UK roads is around seven years old, and over that time it’s likely that deposits will have built up in the vehicle’s engine, reducing efficiency and increasing emissions. This can be minimised by using premium fuels (we’ve seen the evidence ourselves after using Shell’s V-Power petrol)Continue Reading

It’s not an SUV, has a thirsty engine and is fitted with a CVT gearbox. Is there anything here for UK buyers to like?

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Peugeot is expecting a big sales boost in the UK from two new small turbocharged petrol engines which, the company claims, will also start to reduce its traditional reliance on diesels. The new PureTech petrol engines – 1.2-litre three-cylinder direct-injection units developing either 110 or 130bhp, with diesel-like torque figuresContinue Reading

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As Alfa Romeo’s first supermini since the demise of the Alfasud in 1989, the MiTo has a lot to achieve. Not only does it have to bring people to the struggling brand but when they get there it has to be every bit as good as its Mini and FiatContinue Reading

The most economical cars on the road, at least according to official economy figures, are almost invariably diesel powered superminis. However, petrol engines are getting ever more efficient, cost less to fuel and quieter, and they’re generally less bad for the environment in an urban setting than diesels. So whatContinue Reading

The Front Seat Driver Test Route has been specially designed to represent normal driving conditions. This is not a test created to produce incredible economy figures, but instead puts each car through a number of different road types. Roughly speaking, there’s an almost equal split between high speed motorway, twistyContinue Reading

Every car we get to test goes round our specially designed Test Route to record its real life fuel economy, more details of which you can find here.