Alfa Romeo Stelvio verdict

from £31,6907 Good Engaging handling Punchy diesel engine Charismatic styling Bad Quality of materials inside Shortfall of refinement on UK roads Poor residual values Alfa Romeo is not the first marque beloved by purists to fall for the financial temptations of the rampant SUV segment. BMW, Jaguar and Porsche were all quicker on the draw and have benefited significantly as a …

Alfa Romeo Stelvio MPG & running costs

From £31,6907 You’ll pay a premium of just £800 for the more powerful of the two diesels, and given that they both return the same claimed fuel economy, that’s not a particularly difficult decision to make. In terms of specification, the standard car doesn’t come too generously equipped, so you’ll probably want to upgrade to …

Alfa Romeo Stelvio ride & handling

From £31,6907 Worthy of a real sports car.’ That’s how Alfa describes the Stelvio’s handling characteristics and, in this case, it’s a statement largely devoid of Turinese hyperbole. The Stelvio’s particular variety of tightly controlled pliancy comes as a very welcome surprise in this segment and is made all the more enjoyable by a fundamentally rear-driven chassis that …

Reviews Alfa Romeo Stelvio design & styling

From £31,6907 The pictures might not convey this but, dimensionally, the Stelvio is more super-sized hatchback than traditional SUV. It’s marginally taller than a Macan and quite a bit shorter than a BMW X5, which illustrates that Alfa is attempting to purvey athleticism over any utilitarian ideals. The by-wire braking system compensates for fade, which seems a bit misguided. You …

Alfa Romeo’s first SUV aims to hoist the handling panache of the Giulia saloon

Alfa Romeo Stelvio review – From £31,6907 It was during November 2014 that we caught our first glimpse of what seemed at the time a bizarre but simultaneously inevitable development: a sports utility vehicle from Alfa Romeo. The test mule – a Maserati Ghibli, seemingly on stilts and with a truncated wheelbase – bore almost no …

Volvo aims its reinvigorated crosshairs at the medium-sized SUV ranks with a premium offering to compete with the Audi Q5, Mercedes GLC and Jaguar F-Pace

Volvo XC60 review From £36,6007 It wasn’t so long ago that Volvo was commonly thought of within car industry circles as ‘that funny Northern European, semi-premium car-maker that nobody wants’. Former custodian Ford had reportedly been pitching around for a new owner for the firm for more than a year when, in 2010, China’s Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Ltd …

Seat’s seven-seat SUV touches down in the UK with a refined diesel motor, but ride quality is a bit questionable

Seat Tarraco 2.0 TDI 150 2019 UK review From £28,5607 What is it? Like any car manufacturer keen on the idea of making a profit these days, Seat hasn’t dallied or dallied in its efforts to bring a full family of SUV-shaped models to market. The mid-size Ateca came first and quickly proved that crossover hatchbacks could actually be …

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV 4h 2018 UK review 7 Powertrain, chassis and styling tweaks keep UK’s best-selling ‘PHEV’ in business but don’t address some key weaknesses.

Powertrain, chassis and styling tweaks keep UK’s best-selling ‘PHEV’ in business but don’t address some key weaknesses. SHARE     What is it? Britain’s biggest-selling plug-in hybrid car, the 2019-model-year Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, in mid-range ‘4h’ form and driven in the UK for the first time. Prices start from under £35,000 for the car after the …

Numerous premium brands claim they make the best family SUV but we can now put that argument to rest with our definitive top 10 list

Top 10 best family SUVs 2020 Dominated by premium offerings, this chart is populated by some of the best family cars on the road – vehicles that can cope with the school run as well as tackling wintery conditions, mildly rugged terrain, trips to the tip, towing duties and long-distance motorway cruising. It’s a hotly …

The turn-of-the-century Skyline GT-R is highly sought after and prices are now like the car’s potential power output: eyebrow-raisingly high

Used car buying guide: Nissan Skyline GT-R R34     Motoring enthusiasts of a certain age will be well acquainted with the R34- generation Nissan Skyline GT-R. If you didn’t ‘own’ a souped-up example on the video game Need For Speed, you certainly lusted after Paul Walker’s nitrous-equipped street racer from 2 Fast 2 Furious. …

Defender heroes: the people behind Land Rover’s definitive 4×4 -What does it take to make a car as crucial as the 2020 Defender? We meet five people who know

Nick Rogers, executive director of product engineering, was a vital cog in bringing the new Defender to fruition Rogers shows Cropley around the new Defender Land Rover are justifiably proud of latest Defender and keen to show it off Jim Morgan and his team were responsible for the Defender’s heavily updated electronics system Sophisticated test …