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Truck review: the Isuzu D-Max

It’s been 10 years since Isuzu launched the D-Max, in which time it has gained a reputation as a capable 4×4 and its popularity and appeal rivals that of the mighty Toyota Hilux. With the imminent arrival of birds and several pens to get ready, there was a touch of perfect timing for the arrival…


Volkswagen Amarok

Volkswagen joined the pickup market in 2010 with the upmarket Amarok. Now, 13 years later, we have the second-generation Amarok to play with. (Read Ed’s review of the Amarok Highline here.) With the all-new version, Volkswagen has joined forces with Ford and they are using the same platform as the Ranger. The Amarok is available…


Subaru Solterra EV: handles rough terrain with ease

Subaru is the latest manufacturer to join the all-electric market. The Solterra was slightly late to the party, but Subaru has had a sneaky hand in the game for a while now. It’s been collaborating, developing extension-lead powered off-road abilities — and some readers may find the Solterra strikes a resemblance to a Toyota. That…


Volvo XC60 Recharge plug-in hybrid T8 AWD Ultimate

Volvo XC60 Since 2008, the Volvo XC60 has become a popular higher-end SUV. The updated XC60 has some modern witchcraft combined with old-fashioned engine power. Available in three specs, the Core comes with the B5 petrol engine; the Plus is available with a diesel, petrol or hybrid; and the top-of-the-range Ultimate has a chalice of…


Our Rating: 90%

Toyota bZ4X Motion AWD

Toyota has led the way with electric vehicles for 25 years and it’s come a long way since the launch of the Prius in 1997. The Japanese manufacturer has since expanded its electric range and its latest offering is a dip into the SUV market, the all-electric bZ4X AWD. The bZ4X is available in three…


SsangYong Musso Rhino

SsangYong launched the Musso pickup in 2018. It’s recently undergone another facelift with a long-wheelbase (LWB) version being added to the range. The Musso is available in four specs; the entry-level Ex, the Rebel, the higher-spec Saracen and the new LWB Ssang Young Musso Rhino, which is the one we have on test. SsangYong Musso…


Polaris Ranger XP 1000: a former motor racing engineer takes one out foxing

I’ve often been intrigued by just how well a vehicle such as the Polaris Ranger XP 1000 would work as a night-time foxing tool. It should be understood, therefore, that this article is being written from the perspective of a hunter – not that of a farmer or a gamekeeper. The Polaris Ranger already has…


Subaru Outback 2.5i Field

Subaru has been in the estate crossover game for 25 years and is a proven and capable 4×4 manufacturer. We’re taking a look at the new Subaru Outback 2.5i Field, which is available in three versions: Limited, Field and Touring. We’re playing with the 2.5i Field, which, as the name would indicate, should be right…


Our Rating: 70%

DS 7 Crossback E-Tense Hybrid 4×4

I was a little unsure what was going to turn up as I waited for delivery of the DS 7 Crossback E-Tense Hybrid 4×4. No, that’s not a typo, DS is a stand-alone brand now, much like Cupra. The DS 7 is the brand’s mid-size SUV, which boasts some eco credentials and could tick some…


Our Rating: 70%

Dacia Duster Prestige Blue dCi 115

Dacia’s no-frills Duster burst on to the scene in 2010 and since then the affordable SUV has grown in popularity. Dacia has given the Duster a bit of a makeover in the past couple of years and added an automatic gearbox option, but alas only the two-wheel-drive version has been given special treatment. Instead, we’re…


Our Rating: 80%

VW Golf Estate Alltrack TDI 4Motion

Background to the VW Golf Estate Alltrack TDI 4Motion The Volkswagen Golf needs little introduction. It has been at the forefront of hatchback sales since, well, forever, partly down to the legendary GTI. In the early 1990s, VW decided to stick a boot on it and the Golf estate was born. (Read more reviews on…


Our Rating: 80%