If a hot hatch twitches and ripples with more than 400bhp or if it costs in excess of £50,000, does it cease to be a hot hatch? You could argue that it does, because among the genetic building blocks of the hot hatch genus are affordability and useable performance.[Read more…] about Evolution of the Warm Hatch: From 205 XS to Up GTI
Only a few years ago, Aston Martin would rock up to an international motor show with not much more to announce to the world than a new sticker set for its most affordable model. That actually happened. For the Geneva Motor Show in 2014 Aston’s grand unveiling was the Vantage N430, indistinguishable from earlier versions of the now decade-old car except for a few flashes of contrasting body trim.[Read more…] about Aston Martin Vantage (2019) Review: Just how good is it?
Eight years ago you could have wandered into a BMW dealership, pointed at the muscly little coupe in the corner, signed a few pieces of paper and driven away in a brand new 1 Series M Coupe. You’d have paid a shade under £40,000 for it (before you’d got busy with the options list), and you would have been covered by a full manufacturers’ warranty for the first three years of ownership. As long as you’d been able to resist piling too many miles on to it during those eight happy years, you could now sell your 1M – as the car is far more commonly known – and trouser a small profit.[Read more…] about Depreciation Buster: How the BMW 1M has defied the market
Whether you look left, right, up or down, car manufacturers seem to be releasing coupes with an additional pair of doors. Mercedes, Audi and BMW have been at it for a while and even Porsche has succumbed to the temptation with its new Cayenne Coupe. They are all broadly the same in principle; five-door cars with rooflines just about rakish enough that their makers can slap the word ‘coupe’ somewhere on their rumps.[Read more…] about Hyundai i30 Fastback N Review: Far too good to ignore
Later on this year Volkswagen will unveil the eighth-generation Golf, the latest version of the world’s most enduring hatchback. Soon after that a new Golf GTI will emerge, making the current model very much yesterday’s news. But until that happens, the Golf GTI that you’ll still find in showrooms today remains such an accomplished and broadly-capable machine that for most drivers and most situations, it leaves only inconsequential boxes unticked.[Read more…] about 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR Review: One last hurrah for the Mk7 GTI