Best 4×4 tyres – choosing the right ones for your car

Tyres You hear lots of things said on the back of gun buses. Many of them are total nonsense. One oft repeated remark is that a 4×4 is only as good as its tyres. Unusually, it’s an utterance that is largely true. We’ve got to that wonderful time of year…

Land Rovers

Why Land Rovers are hard to beat

During my childhood spent getting in the way at shoots, there was always a race to be the first to jump into the Land Rovers and secure the bumpiest ride to the lodge. We would eschew the comforts of the various Isuzus and Toyotas in favour of the rock-hard benches…

Mercedes-Benz GLS

Mercedes-Benz GLS

The Mercedes-Benz GLS is one of those cars that has sold fairly well globally but is virtually unknown in the UK. With the exception of a few black-with-black-glass-and-black-wheels AMG jobs that you occasionally see round the back of Harrods, I’m not sure I can really remember seeing one in the…

Suzuki Vitara SZ5 Allgrip

Suzuki Vitara SZ5 Allgrip – a rural workhorse AND urban runaround

The new Suzuki Vitara SZ5  Allgrip has the potential to be a good rural/urban crossover. 
First impressions are that 
it looks fun — it has certainly changed from the original almost beach-buggy exterior, though that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It’s actually quite easy on the eye; from the side there’s…

VW Amarok Highline

VW Amarok Highline reviewed by Shooting Times magazine

Renowned for hot hatches and hip camper vans, VW is one of the most recent manufacturers to add a pickup to its commercial range. Refreshingly, no badge swaps were involved in the making of this vehicle, which is novel in this day and age. First impressions are very smart; almost…

Isuzu D-Max Utal Huntsman Plus

Isuzu D-Max Utah Huntsman Plus reviewed out in the field

I was waiting eagerly for the Isuzu Huntsman to turn up, and at first glance it has the air of a stealth fighter about it, particularly in this colour with black wheels. If Bruce Wayne had a 4×4 in the cave, it would probably have been the Huntsman. The D-Max…

Range Rover Velar

The new Range Rover Velar reviewed

Were you horrified when Land Rover announced that they were stopping making the Defender? Do you miss being able to buy a nice understated Range Rover with small wheels and teddy bear seats? Does the idea that Land Rover’s chief designer Gerry McGovern has his own range of swimming trunks…

Porsche Macan Turbo

Porsche Macan Turbo Review

Size does matter. Ask my wife. She absolutely swears by our Land Rover Discovery, which is capable of transporting seven people, an enormous amount of clobber and towing a huge trailer all at the same time. The Porsche Macan is much smaller than Mrs S’s Disco but, for those albeit rare…