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Volkswagen’s all-new, sixth-generation Polo supermini is big on space and character – a ‘big motor’ of the modern motoring world, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

Volvo’s new XC40 compact is here but can it stand out in a crowded SUV market? Tom Wiltshire finds out.

Gallery: Velar driving Range Rover’s future

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Velar, the fourth member of the Range Rover family, reveals an exciting new era and direction for the luxury brand, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

Alfa Romeo’s first sport utility vehicle ever is certainly getting the legendary Italian car-maker new admirers but does it live up to its looks? Motoring editor Andy Russell finds out.

Hyundai launches its new i30 N hot-hatchback this week, debut model of its new performance range. Motoring editor Andy Russell puts it through its paces.

The mid-range Ateca has capably heralded SEAT’s next two-pronged assault on the fast-growing SUV sector, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

Volkswagen launches a new assault on the executive express market with its Arteon fastback. Motoring editor Andy Russell finds out if it is a class act.

Abarth built its reputation on building small, Fiat-based sports cars – motoring editor Andy Russell drives its most extreme road car ever.

Vauxhall has completed its sport utility vehicle range with the third, and largest, Grandland X. Motoring editor Andy Russell finds out how it measures up in this competitive sector.

My first car

Steve Williams was in the dark about the condition of his Triumph Herald, after buying it at night in the rain, but daylight revealed it was a wreck.

Jane Rich’s Morris 8 tourer, nicknamed Wee 2, is still a big part of the family after more than half a century of ownership.

Roger Coleman rebuilt and restored his brother’s cast-off Austin 7 Ruby which went on to be a winner – after a few mechanical issues.

Martin Cooper’s litte red sports car had some minors scrapes and lucky escapes before the next owner took it apart and it ended up on the scrapheap.

Martin Smith christened his first four-wheeled car ‘Coleoptera’ because the Morris 8 Series E looked like a beetle.

David Webb got on the road with his first car – an MG K2 – but, as a non-runner, he had to get it on the road first.

Gerald Moores believes supernatural forces transformed his ailing Ford Prefect when he sold it to car dealer and heavyweight wrestling champion Big Les!

It was love at first sight when Diana Hunt’s boyfriend surprised her with a red Ford Capri... and she still misses her first car!

Dusty Miller’s Vauxhall 14 steamed along but it helped put him on the road to some ‘big old beasts’ of motors.

Grant Whillance’s first car was shared with a shipmate and kept in a garage near the docks so it was available when home on leave.

Tim Adams’s first car, a Vauxhall Viva HA, had six years of rough treatment being rallied. Now, 41 years after its last rally, he is restoring it.

Ian Hooper took to the track for spints and high-speed reliability trials in his Morgan three-wheeler with mixed fortunes.

Graham Maidlow had an eventful 18 months with his Austin A40 Devon – wet legs, a seized engine, a close encounter with a pristine lawn and generally winging it.

Terry Patrick’s Isetta bubble car came to an oily end and he still has the manual to remind how the bubble really did burst!

Jack Luxon’s first car was a 10-year-old Mercedes-Benz, with some unusual electrical issues, which he bought while serving in Germany.

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