Month: November 2018

9 Nov by admin

What do you think of the Audi Q8?

There’s an ingrained bit of me that wants to hate the Q8. On the surface, it’s an SUV that’s too big to S and not very U, so gets left with a plain V. And it’s certainly that, because it’s about as subtle as a taser to the eyeballs, especially in Dragon Orange. Big, chunky, […]
9 Nov by admin

The lovely Mazda Kai appears to have made production

It’s not often the whole Top Gear office agrees on something, but when it comes to Mazda, we really do. Mazda is the only mainstream carmaker whose entire range is good looking. There’s the odd supercar maker that achieves the same feat, but no one else who makes regular cars that us normal folk buy. Even […]
9 Nov by admin

Of course Toyota’s latest Gazoo Racing model is a Hilux

“As a car to launch Toyota’s new Gazoo Racing brand, it’s a brilliant demonstration of the engineering prowess that will go into future products.” So said, erm, us when we drove the Toyota Yaris GRMN, one of the punchiest, hardest cored hot hatches of the last few years. Gazoo Racing had arrived in Europe with a bang. […]
9 Nov by admin

Here’s what it’s like to live with the new BMW M5

The BMW M5 is a very expensive car. Six years ago the F10 M5 cost £73,000 basic. Back in 2005 the V10-engined E60 M5 was £63,000. This one is £89,645 before you’ve stuck an option on it. I tried to resist when speccing this one for its time in the Top Gear Garage, but you have […]
9 Nov by admin

Suzuki Swift Sport long-term review

Elsewhere, there are areas where I feel Suzuki has gone a bit too far in its mission to apply traditional hot hatch tropes to the Swift. Is it laid down in some arcane law, for example, that every sporting car must have red-hued instruments? And does the circumference of the analogue tachometer really need to […]
9 Nov by admin

Mercedes-Benz S-Class S500L 2018 long-term review

But why an S500? Three reasons: first, the S500 has always been the mainstream choice for people who weren’t simply buying a diesel ‘airport car’. Second, I’m this car’s custodian and I’ve already had two S500s over the years. How interesting to investigate their differences and surprising similarities. Third, for as long as ‘S500’ has […]