Range Rover Vogue SE P400e | The Electric Range Rover Reviewed


Today I'm going to share some research notes about the Range Rover Vogue SE P400e. Timothy from ThisIsTimothy on Instagram and I spent a day inside this, for an unrelated press event. 

Is this a decent city car? Some stats suggest that it is. It does 31 miles on full electric before switching over to the 2ltr cylinder engine. For people skirting around London, that could cover an entire commute and reduce your spending considerably on fuel and taxation. 

The glass is 6ml thick with acoustic windscreen that cocoons you form the outside world. Ideal for making reducing stress in London. 


The charging socket is on the front grill which feels quite 'secret-spy'. It can charge under 3hours. Although on a domestic 3 pin it will need up to 8 hours for a full charge. A note that some people have been aggrieved that Range Rover will charge you for a type 2 public charger cable and that there is no CCS or CHAdeMO socket that will take a rapid charge. 

This car does help the frugal minded commuter with the predictive energy optimisation feature. This feature lets you pick a  spot on the satnav and it will work out a route whilst optimising the fuel consumption. Genius

It comes complete with a heated steering wheel (a must for the UK) plus memory foam massaging seats. 



The boot is cavernous, allowing Tim and I to take all our gear for the necessary photo shoot. It's quick off the mark and can do all the things that an off-roader Range Rover is famous for. It can tow a 2500 Kilo load and still wade through 900 millilitres of rain. That might be an essential this month. 



The closest rival the VOLVO XC 90T8 is 20k cheaper and has a similar spec. Although it can only do 20km on the EV option. 

I hope you found these research notes and imagery useful. I have put together a bibliography below for anyone wanting further information and reviews. Sorry no press release for this one, like I said, it was only a loan and unaffiliated press trip. 

The Future of Electric Cars | Who are Market Leaders & What Exciting Releases are to Come?

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Today I'm going to share some thoughts on the future of electric cars and who are the market leaders. I've done some research on the main brand leaders and visited showrooms to get some first-hand intel.

Aston Martin

As many of you know through some of my previous posts that Aston Martin are looking to be the first luxury zero emission brand, with the launch of their Lagonda Vision Concept.

Currently on display at the Park Lane showroom in Mayfair, this driverless car is on the vanguard of electro car technology.

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Already available to purchase (price available on application, estimate 250,000 GBP) is the Rapide E. With 155 produced, rumoured to be the top speed, it was first demonstrated on the opening lap of the Monaco E-Prix.

It channels over 600 Horsepower and has a few modifications on its predecessor. With new wheels and diffuser, the aerodynamic efficiency is 8% better than it's contemporaries.

Rear wheel driven, unlike the Lagonda Vision Concept where the power train is run throughout, you'll have instant torque that will make this a very fun car to drive if you want to test out that rumoured 155mph.

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Latest report: 

According to an article in the Evening Standard this week one of Aston Martin biggest shareholders, Investindustrial, is buying back 3% of its shares.

Aston Martin has seen its shares plunge to under 40% since it came on the market in November 2018. It's largely considered that the shares are undervalued and the stock will bounce back.


The big news from Porsche is the pending release of the Taycan, the company’s first electric car.

Some reviews have already started to spill out online along with the design sketches.

The first surprise is how small the Taycan feels,” says Autocar. The electric car has a shorter wheelbase than the firm’s Panamera saloon, allowing it to change directions through twisty corners with “startling alacrity”.


BMW will be looking to become pack leaders next year with the launch of the iX3 SUV, followed by the i4 saloon boasting a maximum range of 373 miles.

The rivalry between BMW and Tesla was amplified last year by the murmurings of Elon Musk on Twitter. This dispute was compounded when Top Gear put the Tesla Model 3 and the BMW M3 up against each other. 

Who came out on top? Won't spoil it for you, check out the video. 

Incidentally you can find out more frequently asked questions such as how long does it take to charge an electric car? And how much does it cost to charge an EV in an article on Ape to Gentleman

The Polestar 2

Currently on display at an art gallery in Shoreditch. The Volvo owned company is expecting big things from its 100% electric sequel.

A Scandinavian minimalistic feel inside. A glass roof, beautiful and open. Provides good head room, the cabin is quite airy. Dark materials but light inside. 

The Polestar 2 is performance focused. It will be nice around the track and comfortable in your daily life. 

What appeals to me is the enhanced usability with a dedicated processor to handle voice commands. It comes with compatible 4g connectivity and will upload all the relevant apps and navigational functions so it will never feel old. 

It has a big battery pack, about 400 horsepower generated from 2 motors, front and back. sharing 300 kilowatts between them. The Polestar 2 is clever and nippy, capable 0-60 mph 4.7 seconds.

Others to look out for..

Dyson and Apple are making some waves in the EV sector. I read an article in Business Life on the plane recently that mentioned Lotus are positioning themselves with the 'hypercar'. 

Lotus only shift around 2,000 units a year so will hardly be taking on the heavyweights. But talking of heavyweights.. 


I don't claim to know a whole bunch about TESLA (accept that the latest Model S will set you back a cool 70k USD) but the Elon Musk road show is a fascinating one. Even to be living in the same time as someone as Elon is quite a thrill. This is a guy who wants to put computer chips in human brains by the end of next year. 

I'm game, but Elon, you'll have to go first. 

A great site that will bring you up to speed (pun intended) is the dedicated Tesla news feed Teslarati.


Production Ready Aston Martin Rapide E Arrives in London

Aston Martin’s first electric model – Rapide E, has now arrived in Park Lane, London. First unveiled in Shanghai back in April 2019, the Rapide E is a pivotal model for the luxury marque. 

Production is limited to 155 examples and is another game-changer, propelling Aston Martin into the all-electric realm.

Question for you readers, where does your eye go to first on a car like this? Mine are instantly drawn to the striking honeycomb front grille. It's confident, and in keeping with the prominent blue strip, feels quite 'dragster'. 

When you walk alongside the Rapide E you'll notice the wheels have a retro matted black and silver finish, interspersed with hollowed miniature coffin silhouettes. Sure, say what you see Carl. I like them, like a Darth Vadar mask. 

The Rapide E is the first car to be built at Aston Martin’s state-of-the-art St Athan production facility and has been developed in collaboration with Williams Advanced Engineering (WAE).
A re-designed underfloor streamlines airflow from the front splitter and the removal of the exhaust system (alongside other features) results in an 8% aerodynamic improvement over the previous internal combustion model. 

For the full specifications and intricacies of the Rapide E I recommend you visit the website.

 “Unveiling the Rapide E will be a huge moment for Aston Martin. As our first all-electric production car, it is a truly historic step. One that signals Aston Martin is prepared for the huge challenge of an environmentally responsible and sustainable future.

As a car company we cannot afford to passively allow that future to come to us; we have to actively chase it. Only by doing this can we learn and prepare, but also preserve those things we love as drivers and car enthusiasts.

That’s why it was so important to me that in embracing EV technology we should not let go of those unique qualities that define an Aston Martin. I believe Rapide E embodies that desire and paves the way for a hugely exciting future.” - Dr Andy Palmer, President and Group CEO, Aston Martin Lagonda

It's an incredible evolutionary leap what Aston Martin are doing. This time the future has a face of elegance. Unlike most of the boxy-tank like cars we saw in all futurism movies in the early 90's. (Timecop anyone?) 

Rapide E is available to order now, with prices available on application.

A Look Into the Future with Aston Martin Lagonda Vision Concept

Last week I paid a visit to the Aston Martin showroom on Park Lane, London to inspect the Lagonda 'Vision Concept' and the Rapide E.

I was truly in the presence of greatness. For a full list of the capabilities of the Aston Martin I am leaving a link at the bottom. This article is going to be a short synopsis of the design features, plus my impressions. 

Initially unveiled in Geneva, Switzerland back in March 2018 the Aston Martin Lagonda Vision Concept was precedented as becoming the first emission-free luxury vehicle.

The space afforded inside the vehicle by the disposing of traditional architecture, is extraordinary. The subtraction of frontal areas and Parthenon grilles elongates the car interiors exponentially, offering the illusion of length. I felt like Prometheus lounging back, almost enveloped entirely in the woollen cosseted bucket seats. 

English craftsman David Snowdon was called upon to create the fabrics, a mixture of silk carpets and hand woven wool upholstery, with patterns and finishing’s cut to spec by Savile Row tailors Henry Poole. (Notice the regal military epaulettes that ornate the shoulders on the driver seat). 

Lagonda aims to be the world’s first zero emission luxury brand. In the Lagonda Vision Concept, the batteries occupy the floor of the car. Everything above that line belongs to the driver or passengers. 

How low can you go? 

You'll also notice how low the car is due to this feature. Far lower than traditional limousines. Its radical design means there is room inside for four adults, each of two metres height or more, to stretch out in luxurious comfort.

The car doors have incredible apertures. The doors are rear hinged and the roof sections open outwards much like a DeLorean. This offers an unprecedented ease of access. Occupants can therefore literally stand up inside and walk out of the car, or step straight into it.

And it drives itself

The Lagonda Vision Concept also anticipates a world with a high level of autonomy. The steering wheel can not only move from left to right hand drive according to need, in autonomous mode it can also retract entirely allowing front seat passengers to rotate through 180 degrees to engage in face to face conversation with those in the back.

Imagine hosting a meeting in this level of luxury whilst the car drives you to the office. The landscape is changing rapidly for autonomous cars and Lagonda are looking to pull away.

How much? 

I wasn't given a price however I was told that people are putting down deposits on this car, even though production is not planned to start until 2021.

For more information visit The Official Lagonda website at https://lagonda.com.



BMW i8 Roadster / Coupe Review (differences of the two)


What a dream this job can be some times. At the risk of having all of my old school chums unfriend me out of justifiable jealousy, I was invited to Nice to test drive both the BMW i8 Coupe and the BMW i8 Roadster. Both cars were sublime and a pure joy to drive.

In this article I'll talking about my experience driving both cars and the subtle nuances between the two.


If you're looking to invest in either the BMW i8 Coupe and the BMW i8 Roadster, you might be thinking, which one really suits your style.

Both cars have the feel of an electric powered drive. Their driving dynamics and overall sportiness make these cars a lot of fun to drive.


The BMW i8 Coupe stands out as an extremely sporty 2+2 seater. Color Coupé: Donnington Grey | Max

The BMW i8 Roadster oozes all the freedom of open-top motoring for two.  Driving feeling with the roof open, silent roof opening, storage compartment behind the driver. Color Roadster: E-Copper | Carl

Both models comprise a high-voltage battery with significantly expanded cell capacity and energy content, the result being a remarkable increase in dynamic performance, operating range and the amount of driving possible using purely the electric drive system.

Both cars are characterised by a silent and locally emission-free open-top motoring to the full.

Underpinning this new level of electric driving experience is an updated version of the lithium-ion battery developed for the BMW i8. The high-voltage unit is located centrally in the car’s underbody.

In the standard driving mode, the new BMW i8 Coupe and new BMW i8 Roadster can be driven exclusively on the electric motor alone – from step-off to a speed of 105 km/h , which is up from 70 km/h in the original i8.

The combustion engine is only brought into play at higher speeds or when the driver stamps down hard on the accelerator, and is switched off again far more frequently when a measured driving style is maintained. Pressing the eDrive button allows both models to travel at up to 120 km/h on electric power alone.

How far can I drive on the Electric Battery in both cars?

The electric range of the new BMW i8 Coupe in the NEDC test cycle has increased to 55 kilometres (34 miles)* and the new BMW i8 Roadster posts a figure of 53 kilometres (33 miles)*.

The new BMW i8 Coupe accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.4 seconds , while the new BMW i8 Roadster accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.6 seconds. Both models have an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h .

Hybrid-specific all-wheel drive, precision-tuned chassis. The electric motor’s power is transmitted to the front wheels and the engine’s drive to the rear wheels, resulting in a hybrid-specific all-wheel-drive system that is controlled by the car’s intelligent energy management.


In hybrid mode, the electric motor provides a power boost to assist the engine when the driver is accelerating with particular vigour. It is also able to recuperate energy and feed it to the high-voltage battery on the overrun and under braking.

The petrol engine’s high-voltage starter-generator can likewise generate additional reserves of electricity, thereby ensuring sufficient energy is on tap at all times for the electric drive system in the new BMW i8 Coupe and new BMW i8 Roadster.

When the navigation system’s route guidance function is activated , the intelligent energy management ensures the electric motor is employed as extensively as possible and as judiciously as possible from an efficiency point of view.

The system analyses the route in full and sets up the powertrain management to run on purely electric power, particularly over low-speed sections of the journey.

Both models are based on the LifeDrive vehicle architecture with aluminium chassis and carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) passenger cell.


Ok Carl but how does it look on the inside?

The new BMW i8 Coupe and new BMW i8 Roadster come with Carpo (leather elements) interior trim as standard, comprising full-leather upholstery in Ivory White for the Coupe and Ivory White/Black for the Roadster.

Standard specification also includes features such as a leather sports steering wheel with multifunction buttons and shift paddles, electrically adjustable and heated seats (much needed in the UK right now), the multifunctional instrument display, the Driving Assistant including Surround View, the BMW Display Key and the Navigation system Professional.

The main menu in the Control Display is now presented in the form of horizontally arranged tiles with a live mode.


The Roadster 

There are some features exclusive to the Roadster that might prove to be the icing on the cake.

The soft-top roof has a visual lightness to go with its low physical weight and serves as a defining element of the silhouette in reinforcing the road-hugging impression made by the car’s low centre of gravity.

The body’s dynamic wedge shape can also be best appreciated when viewing the two-seater in profile.

The familiar lightweight design measures used for previous BMW i models have been meticulously adapted to the specific requirements of the i8 Roadster.

The open-top two-seater comes with newly designed frameless gullwing doors made from CFRP with an aluminium outer shell, while the windscreen frame is made entirely from CFRP.

This ultra-strong high-tech material is ideally equipped to provide exceptional rigidity, maximising the car’s occupant protection even if it rolls over. CFRP is also used to manufacture the side skirts with their extra-large cross-section.

Additional struts and panels in the front and rear axles also help to maximise the body’s rigidity.

When opened, the BMW i8 Roadster’s broad roof retracts fully into the rear end. A unique mechanism allows the soft-top to be folded into a compact package and stowed away in a perpendicular position, creating around 100 litres of additional storage space behind the seats.

The all-electric roof opens and closes very quietly in 15 seconds, a process which can be initiated while travelling at up to 50 km/h. Dropping down the roof raises the rear window by around 30 millimetres into a comfort position, where it can serve as a draught stop.

Charging Roadster & Coupé

Numerous products and services offered as part of the 360° ELECTRIC portfolio are designed to help make electric mobility in the new BMW i8 Coupe and new BMW i8 Roadster a convenient and practical experience in everyday life.

Both models are supplied with a mode 2 charging cable as standard that enables the high-voltage battery to be recharged from a standard domestic socket in under four-and-a-half hours.

Hooking the vehicle up to a BMW i Wallbox allows charging to be performed at a rate of up to 3.6 kW and completed in under three hours.

The BMW i Wallbox Connect makes it possible to utilise the globally unique BMW Digital Charging Service – the key to intelligent charging which either optimises cost efficiency or ensures preferential use of self-generated solar power.


Hackett London Celebrate the Launch of Aston Martin Racing Pro Collection


Hackett Founder and Chairman, Jeremy Hackett and Aston Martin Vice President and Chief Creative Officer Marek Reichman celebrated the launch of the Aston Martin Racing Pro collection by Hackett for Spring Summer 2019, at The Vinyl Factory, Soho.  

I love it when a plan comes together. Equally when great minds think alike. Hackett London is a true British success story and together with Aston Martin they've given both car nuts and fashionistas something to salivate over. 

At the event Quiet Man, jazz and funk artist performed as guests arrived. VIP attendance included Hugo Taylor, Henry Conway, Ali Gordon and Alistair Guy. My invite literary did get lost in the post and arrived after the event. 


New for Spring Summer '19, Hackett London and Aston Martin announce the launch of Aston Martin Racing Pro by Hackett; a bold new range of premium clothing designed and crafted for the man who desires forward thinking and engineered sportswear.

Aston Martin Racing Pro by Hackett is a sportswear collection created in response to Aston Martin’s ‘Track to Tarmac’ road cars and showcases a brand new aesthetic for the two brands intended to complement an era of modern power and race technology.

Aston Martin Racing Pro by Hackett takes modern, slim silhouettes, inspired by the lines of the Aston Martin Vantage and its distinct design features. Functional and performance fabrics have been incorporated into the range with an emphasis on accessible  athleisure wear.


Where can I buy the pro racing range? 

You can shop the range online at Hackett. I haven't managed to get down to a Hackett Store to view the range myself but looking at the imagery I certainly have my eye on a few pieces. 

Stand out pick for me would be the Cotton-blend bonded jersey zip front sweater. It has a very light construction and a concealed placket. Very chic, the moto inspired styling is very congruent with the look of Aston Martin. 

The New Nissan Micra N-Sport: Turn The Stereotype Off

I spent a couple of days in Lisbon last week road testing the new Nissan Micra N-Sport. Initial thoughts were how agile this Nissan Micra N-Sport is for a 1 litre engine. Being a car designed for the city, it's crucial to have the agility, response and dynamism.

You want to be making sharp manoeuvres in the city to counteract congestion. Especially in London where the average speed is around 4mph, you need to have precision as your feet will be permanently engaged with the car. 

As well as delivering ‘More Micra’ than ever before, each new version offers improved powertrain refinement and response on all road surfaces and in all driving conditions.

Helen Perry, general manager, small cars, Nissan Europe, said: “With a greater focus on efficiency and performance, these new models further broaden the appeal of the Nissan Micra N-Sport. We are now in a position to better meet the needs of Europe’s compact hatchback customers.”

Did it exceed my expectations? 

In a word yes. I can't stress enough how easy and responsive this car was for a 1 litre. I was expecting a little drag, some latency, but this completely transformed my assumptions of the 1 litre. The pull-away is incredibly smooth and notably the in-gear acceleration. 

What I also liked was the road noise isolation. The cabin is noticeably quiet which I love. Especially living and driving in the city where there is a cacophony of horns and irritable road maintenance. 

Inside the seats are part Alcantara leather which is a synthetic material composed of 68% polyester and 32% polyurethane. Importantly it's comfortable, soft to the touch and fire retardant which why it's all the rage with the Formula 1 industry.

There is also some neat upgrades to make my life easier. Some rear view parking cameras will help me negotiate those tight parking spots. 

How does this compare to other City cars? 

The new Nissan Micra N-Sport is positioned in the heart of the ‘warm hatch’ category occupied by contenders such as the Ford Fiesta ST Line, VW Polo R-Line, Peugeot 208 GT Line and SEAT Ibiza FR.

It's available with all three new powertrains – the 1.0-litre IG-T 100 PS manual and Xtronic, plus the DIG-T 117 PS manual. It is available in four distinct body colours – Passion Red, Solid White, Echo Grey and Enigma Black.

For the price it's a fantastic value. I enjoyed driving it around in Lisbon immensely. It's nippy, it's practical, it's economical and has a very accessible price point. RRP £17k.

The New Aston Martin DBS Superleggera | A Brute in a Suit

It's here, everyone down tools. The DBS Superleggera has arrived. From the minds of innovative image maker Nick Knight, Aston Martin’s Chief Creative Officer Marek Reichman and his team comes the new DBS Superleggera. 


What is an innovative image maker? 

When I first read that title I thought 'we're just making it up now aren't we?' I mean long gone are the days when you can tell someone you're a Blacksmith and you both on with your lives

Nowadays, its Content Creator, it's Senior Marketing Data Analytics Executive Secretary etc. Bring back the Sheep Shearers that's what I say. Good old fashioned titles. 

I digress. 

No I don't, I was talking about Innovative Image Makers. You want to know what that entails, just watch the video for the new Aston Martin Superleggera and ask me how it's done. That's what innovative image making brings you. 

Nick Knight is a long-standing Aston Martin owner with a passion for bold forms and striking imagery.

A true pioneer in digital photography and filmmaking, Knight combines his mastery of image-making technology with a unique eye for portraiture, still life, fashion photography and the moving image.

The film depicts shards of warped metallic objects coming together like a Thelonious Monk piano ditty. I know I bet every blogger is making the same comparison right? 

But if you listen to Thelonious play the piano he starts every song by playing the main signature riff, but cluttered with bum notes. Eventually as the song transpires, all the bum notes fall away and the melody blooms. 

It's a stunning short film and I was pleased to see some of the Aston Martin signature moves like driving up the inclines of road banks, reminiscent of the car chase down the Tiber in the James Bond movie Spectre. That Aston Martin DB10 sold for £2.4 million at auction

At the start of the process, Knight sat down with Aston Martin’s Chief Creative Officer Marek Reichman and his team for a briefing on the character and qualities of the DBS Superleggera.

‘I asked what the single key attribute of the car was,’ Knight says, ‘and the answer was ‘speed’. The DBS Superleggera is Aston Martin's flagship, a super GT that pushes the boundaries of performance and design. 'It is a brute in a suit, an unpredictable rogue.'

'Torque is such an important feature of the DBS Superleggera, it's the delivery of the power that throws you back into your seat as you accelerate,' says Reichman, 'this power is what defines the DBS Superleggera. This car is about bold, athletic muscularity.'

It certainly boasts muscularity with the 5.2-litre twin-turbo V12, tuned to produce tremendous power and immense torque for breath-taking response and extraordinary in-gear performance. 

'I believe we can look at film in a different way, throw out the linear approach and create a purely emotional way of presenting imagery,' says Knight, 'I think it’s totally appropriate for Aston Martin to trust completely in someone’s creative vision and push the boundaries.'

'Artistic collaborations bring a fresh perspective,' says Aston Martin's Director of Global Marketing and Brand Strategy Gerhard Fourie. 'Nick Knight's work is very arresting, thoroughly modern and above all, it embodies Aston Martin beauty.'

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Some Spec on the Aston Martin Superleggera

With 725PS, 900Nm of torque, a top speed of 211mph and blistering acceleration that dispatches 0-62mph in just 3.4 seconds and 0-100mph in 6.4 seconds, DBS Superleggera is a car dedicated to delivering an unforgettable driving experience and class-leading in-gear acceleration, with 50-100mph achieved in fourth gear in a mere 4.2 seconds.

Evolving innovative aerodynamic concepts first seen on the DB11 - such as the curlicue and Aeroblade - and then taking things further with an F1-inspired double-diffuser, DBS Superleggera generates 180kg of downforce at VMAX: the highest figure ever for a series production Aston Martin.

This significant increase comes with no additional drag penalty.

Supple, aromatic leather and Alcantara upholstery comes as standard, as do the Sports Plus performance seats and steering wheel.

Should anyone need a detailed spec sheet on this stunning piece of machinery leave me a comment and I'll email one through. 

Priced from £225,000 in the UK, EUR 274,995 in Germany and $304,995 in the USA, deliveries of DBS Superleggera are scheduled to begin in Q3 2018.

The New Morgan 3 Wheeler: Pod Racer, Fighter Plane, Speeding Bullet or Car?

The New Morgan 3 Wheeler has arrived. I know what you're saying, but Carl, I already have a car and it has 4 wheels! Why do I need another with a lower spec? So much about driving nowadays is geared towards functionality. Conveniently placed beverage cup holders, ergonomically designed bucket seats, heated steering wheels etc. But as Tom Hanks said in the movie Big, 'What's so fun about that?' 

The Morgan 3 Wheeler has been updated with 21st Century technology and is designed for one purpose alone, to make driving fun.

A leather padded cockpit complete with aircraft instrumentation adds to the sense of flying on the road. You'll feel more like Biggles than Mr Big, but that's fine. This car will draw all the right attention. I got countless waves and nods from people on the London streets today.

From the design viewpoint, the focus was set on making the car as close to an aeroplane as possible, while retaining handy extra space for driver, passenger and a holdall in the rear. Although don't expect much too much boot space. 

It does that Sunday drive feel and look to it. Or should I say 'race on Sunday'. Although race responsibly folks, in go karts, or on designated disused runways. 

The smooth profile makes the car look sleeker and lower. The pronounced bullet shape and the exposed chassis and aluminium tub are accompanied by the aeroplane profile of the car’s sides.

The shape is of a gentle yet powerful missile at the front leading to a beetle back tail at the rear.

Because it's rear wheel it can be a little lively on the rear axle. But that's to be expected the car is easy to control with compact dimensions offering a perfect view ahead and to the rear.

The gearbox is a lot of fun; I mean a lot fun! The powertrain is a V Twin fuel injected engine mated to a Mazda 5 speed (and reverse) gearbox. It's possibly one of the most exhilarating experiences I've had on the road. And yes I'm including that time when I did a J-Turn out of Waitrose car park.

It handles better than you'd expect for what looks like a couple of bicycle wheels up front. With an economical 1 15 horsepower the motor provides maximum power at minimum revs.

All in all it's a car that is brimming with swashbuckling spirit. I doubt it could be your only car you own. You might not want the white knuckle ride every time you pop down the shops. And I wouldn't expect too much from the car in terms of technology inside the cockpit. You very much feel like it's you, the car, the road and that it. 

The result is a driver’s car with properties that do the sporting appearance full justice.

The time is right for Morgan to relaunch the 3 Wheeler. Price £25,000 before tax Bespoke extras Bespoke leather and paint are available at extra cost as on the classic Morgan.


50 Years Anniversary for Rolex & Sir Jackie Stewart

2018 is a particularly special year for Rolex and Sir Jackie Stewart, as it marks the 50th anniversary of their partnership. At the minute, aside from Charlie, I'm struggling to find something that will attach itself to me for 50 minutes let alone 50 years. 


How did it all begin Rolex and Jackie Stewart? 

Back in the 1930s, trailblazer Sir Malcolm Campbell aka “the king of speed” broke the World Land Speed record with a Rolex on his wrist; a pioneering moment on the long, flat and firm Daytona Beach which would establish motor sport as an integral part of Rolex’s culture.

Did you know that the most expensive watch in the world was a Rolex that Paul Newman wore throughout his racing career? Originally a gift by his wife Joanne Woodward, it sold for $18 million dollars at an auction last year and has the inscription engraved “Drive carefully”. 


In 1992, Rolex formalized its relationship with Daytona as Title Sponsor of the Rolex 24 At DAYTONA and following the turn of the twenty-first century the watchmaker was named an Official Partner and the Official Timepiece of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

You may have noticed Rolex's presence in Formula 1 in the last couple of years, in 2013, Rolex became a Global Partner and the Official Timepiece of Formula 1®.



Reflecting on his career to date, that includes three FIA Formula One Drivers’ World Championships™, Sir Jackie Stewart said: “I am honoured to have been with Rolex for 50 years, it’s a rare commitment and almost unheard of in sport – it has been a fantastic journey together. I am still as impressed and in awe of the brand today as I was back then.

I purchased my first Rolex having qualified well at the Indianapolis 500, before I became a Rolex Testimonee. It was a Rolex Day-Date 18 carat gold with President bracelet and it instantly established my love of and respect for Rolex.



The watch that I particularly treasure is my new Daytona. It was presented to me in 2016 by Rolex at the Grand Prix de Monaco to celebrate the 50th anniversary of my first win around the hallowed streets of the principality.

There is a special engraving on the back of the watch, which of course makes it all the more important to me. Rolex has become the most desired watch in the world – the esteem, the prestige, the pride of ownership that Rolex commands is unmatched.”

Wearing his distinctive Royal Stewart tartans, Sir Jackie continues to attend races globally and his ongoing loyalty to motor sport makes him an ultimate Rolex Testimonee – embodying the dedication, excellence, precision and innovation that also underpins Rolex watchmaking.

We only wish Rolex would come back and usurp the Omega boys that are currently running the helm at the James Bond franchise. As well as racing they have a lustrous heritage for appearing in style-driven films such as American Psycho and Get Carter. 


LYNK & CO Announces European Launch Plans | Next Generation Cars

Lynk & Co; a name that cultivates a myriad of different images. To me it sounds like one of those boyband hybrids that will no doubt feature H from Steps. It is in fact the brainchild from Geely-Volvo, built by Geely in China, designed and engineered in Europe. I was dispatched to Amsterdam earlier this week to investigate the 3rd instalment from Lynk & Co the crossover SUV called the 02, where it also unveiled plans to open "brand boutiques" across Europe. Following in the tracks of Tesla, Lynk & Co will sell direct to consumers online, ditching traditional third-party dealerships to open its own "Offline Stores", opting for "small, sociable brand boutiques in urban districts".

What's its USP? 

To quote Dr Emmett Brown, "This suckers electrical!" Not in an eco-friendly way but in a connected way. Owners will be able to customise their cars digitally, both by reconfiguring the main touchscreen display in the centre of the dashboard and by downloading apps. Lynk & Co Senior Vice President, Alain Visser, said “Think of it as a smartphone on wheels.” Whilst this is not reinventing the wheel pardon the pun, Lynk & Co claims to be the first that will allow third-party development of apps for its cars.

Apps will potentially work with a standard shareable lock system, through which vehicle owners could give time-limited access to their cars to other people through encrypted digital keys that can be used to unlock the car using a mobile phone. A bit like AirBNB for cars or perhaps a closer comparison is Zip Car, which has mixed reviews. The consensus being the marketing is great but the service delivery is very problematic.

You'll unlock the car with your smartphone, you'll pay on subscription much like you do with your mobile phone, you could get your Amazon packages delivered direct to your car while you're away or have your car serviced from outside your house while you’re still asleep. (Best leave a note-to-self that you arranged that one though, otherwise it's going to be a quick idiosyncratic combination of shock, horror, cursing the heavens, phoning the police, sober-realisation, embarrassment finished with an awesome wave of orgasmic relief). 

Will it work? 

Why not? The prototype attracted 6000 orders in 137 seconds when made it debuted at the Shanghai motor show, a new world record for the fastest-selling car in the world according to the brand. The aforementioned Tesla model seems to be doing ok. Lynk & Co is also considering following Tesla’s lead by paying existing owners for referral sales. They can circumvent the average distribution cost of circa 25% by selling direct to the consumer.

They've also hedged their bets a little by releasing this as a subsidiary, as was highlighted by a reviewer on Backfires 'why invest all that money and time in a completely new brand instead of spending it on strengthening Geely and Volvo?'

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Who is it for? 

Aimed at the innovative young professional demographic. Obviously business execs that flit between cities for work, hence the announcement of their first new design partnership with Tictail – the online marketplace home to emerging designers. Entitled The City Dweller Series, this first collection will be launched in the summer and will be available as a limited launch series exclusively through Tictail. 

The first Lynk & Co outlet will open in Amsterdam, followed by Barcelona, Berlin, Brussels and London. There will be an online store, Lynkco.com, where customers can purchase or "subscribe" to a car purely using on the web. The European production base will be in Ghent, Belgium, the manufacturing base for sister company Volvo Cars.

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What's on Your Bucket List? Rally Driving Experience Review | Virgin Experience Days

In 2012 I jumped on a plane with one plan, to backpack my way through South America passing Guyana to visit the birthplace of my Grandma in George Town. It was without a care, no plan, no agenda, just me, a few tour guide books and a desire to do something different, to do something for me. It was an absolutely incredible trip, one that gave me an insight into the small Caribbean capital that my Nan called home for 17 years before leaving to the UK with two of her siblings for a ‘better’ life. It was during this trip that I decided to create a bucket list, places to visit, adventures to go on, books to read, knowledge to gain the list was seemingly endless. Without boring you with the entire list; one of the experiences was to learn how to drive a rally car.

5 years on and I finally got to fulfill that dream and yet another item ticked off the bucket list. So firstly I would like to thank Virgin Experience Days for the experience as I joined a fellow car enthusiast Emma Walsh on a day’s Rally Driving training. The location was at the Bill Gwynne Rally School at the Turweston Aerodrome in Brackley about an hour and a half from London.

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The day started off with a short introduction, you know the kind of safety video that you have to have before any driving experience. Then it was into the real training, firstly forget what you have learnt from years of driving on tarmac on your daily commute or on the go-kart track as those skills are not going to help you with rally car driving. To drive a rally car you need to be smooth and progressive when building up your speed and confidence. It’s more about turning in to corners much earlier than feels natural whilst controlling your lines through the accelerator pedal and steering. But that’s all you are getting in terms of tips, you’ll have to book it, feel it and fully immerse yourselves in it to know more.

2018 has just started and it was a small win to tick off one of my goals so early, it’s now given me a determination to do more. So why not join me and make this year one to remember, one to focus on to do something different, try new skills and seize the moment with both hands.

If you’re interested in trialing a but of rally driving, here are a couple of the Virgin Experience Day packages:




This post was created in collaboration with Virgin Experience Days

The New Mercedes-Benz X-Class Pickup | London Launch Event

It's here, the all new Mercedes X-Class was launched in the UK with a exceptional star-studded event at the Printworks located in Canada Water, London. Attending the event were TV Celebrities, Motoring Journalists, Top UK Influencers, Press and of course Tinie Tempah who was the surprise live act on the night. Dotted around the arena were 6 impeccable, awe-inspiring Mercedes-Benz X-Class pickups with one being transformed into a DJ booth and another acting as a practical assistant at the bar with its ice-packed loading area.

After two stunning events in Berlin and Paris the #60MinutesWithX unveiling finally came to London and boy was it a spectacle, Mercedes-Benz certainly know how to host. You don't see many trucks on the roads of London but with Mercedes bringing out the first uniquely versatile pickup with a mid-sized chassis that is going the change in the near future. So like it or not this exceptional pickup from Mercedes is a game-changer.

The X-Class has been developed with the changing requirements of international pickup markets in mind. The X-Class interior and technology comprises of comforts that you would typically find in a luxury saloon car, making them become a much more popular choice for those of us with an urban lifestyle, countryside living or families.

After carefully inspecting every curve and detail of the MB X-Class it was time to join her and party the night away, after all, this event was put on for her; to celebrate her. As the stopwatch ticked down from 60:00 to 59:59 it was time for the legendary Tinie Tempah to take centre stage for a 60 minute set, playing all the old school classics and a couple of his more recent tracks.

Get Instagram, Stories, cameras, Snapchat and Facebook Live at the ready because the intimate 60 minute concert was in full swing with Tinie making full use of the runway stage, giving everyone a chance to get a close up snap of the star. 

The all new Mercedes X-Class is a powerful adventurer which possesses all the strengths of a classic pickup – tough, functional, strong, and with off-road capability. However the Mercedes-Benz X-Class stylish explorer goes a step further and shows a distinguished comfort for the urban lifestyle. It's a true Mercedes. From the hallmark brand design, comfortable interior, perfectly finished high-quality materials, the infotainment system, the ergonomic seating comfort to the driving dynamics and safety, it's a Mercedes through and through. 

Attending the #60MinutesWithX event with me was the incredible car enthusiast, YouTuber and TV personality Miss Emma Walsh. Join her and be taken around on a tour of the event by watching her video below.

This post was created in collaboration with Mercedes-Benz UK.

The MAZDA CX-5 Review by Car Enthusiast Carl Thompson

That's right, Mazda called again, told the imaginary secretary to put the president on hold, I have Mazda on line two. You might have caught my review of the Mazda MX-5 RF last month, this time around I'm saddling up in the CX-5. The CX-5 2.2d 2WD to be exact, one down from the tip of the spear which is the AWD. 

The CX-5 has a leaner feel to it than its predecessors. It has an artfulness, a very sleek, lean bonnet and exaggerated mesh with an almost basket weave grill. It has a certain menace to it which I like. The undulating bar on the grill blends seamlessly into the headlights, a nice touch along with the other chrome trims which subtly punctuates the cars profile.

Ok Carl, I get it, enough about the trims, tell me about the cup holders! Well the coffee cup holders are plentiful. Two in the front by the centre consul, rubberised at the bottom, and two in the real in the arm rest. Jackpot. Another thing I want to mention about the front centre consul are the 'run throughs'. Meaning I can charge my phone in the USB port provided (4 in the car in total) tuck the cable away and have the cable run through the consul and into my phone that's in the coffee cup holder. God bless you Mazda. 

People have been asking me about the protruding stand-alone screen you see in modern cars these days. The Mazda has a nice stand-alone screen minus the cowl that would otherwise blend into the dashboard. Granted some people prefer that look, I prefer to have better visibility and because the technology has moved on a notch, we no longer need the cowl. We can have a lower dashboard design, which means you can actually get greater visibility. 

The seats are soft, perforated in the middle and has heated seats along with the steering wheel. It also looks tasteful in black, I've seen some cream leather interiors for this model, which I actually prefer cosmetically, but I know these black seats would be more practical to hide any unwanted blemishes. 

The drive itself has a gorgeous fluidity. I'm not talking about the performance, which you'd expect from a Mazda, but the car reacts very reassuringly. I've heard that there is an entire team in Mazda called the 'Jinba Ittai' division. Their sole purpose is to make you feel good behind the wheel. How that is quantifiable I'm not sure, but simply, I ask the question, I like the response. 

The Premium Bose sound system has 10 precisely positioned speakers. The vocal imagery was very central, but not bunched. I enjoyed the range spectrally, (bass, middle and treble) and couldn't detect any buzz, squeaks or rattles when I gave it the Nigel 11 (Spinal Tap gag). If I'm honest I'll probably say the Harman Kardon system impressed me more spatially when I was in another car the other week, but there were 15 speakers and I wasn't driving so perhaps that the pleasure of listening more acutely. 

One tiny other niggle, is the rear of the car. I love the boot space. If you fold down the seats there is an orgy of space, you could do a house move in this car. But the rear lights are a little diminutive for my liking, makes it a little too 'cutesy'. Other than that, I was enamoured with the performance and the style of this car. Another slick delivery from Mazda.

The Morgan Plus 4 Review by Motoring Enthusiast Carl Thompson

I had the mother of all Sunday's recently, cruising the countryside of Kent in a Morgan Plus 4. First of all, it should be said it's the sort of car that strips you of all adolescent delinquency. What I mean is it's a car by grown-ups, for grown-ups. I've never been more attuned to my surroundings than when behind the wheel of this car. 

It's a visceral experience, and the only way to get the true experience with a Morgan is with the top down, no matter the weather. The driver’s seat is perched on the rear axle so you're very engaged with the car. When you enter the cockpit you'll be welcomed by that inimitable leather smell; styled from at least 4 hides.

There's good cavernous footwells and plenty of places to stash your phone and glasses. There's also room beneath the canopy to stash some crushable bags, maybe a tripod and miscellaneous accoutrements. 

It wants to be a classic, and it wants to be modern. It IS a modern car, with a modern engine and a modern gearbox. You may have seen my previous car review of the Mazda MX-5 RF that the slickness of the gearbox hit levels of notable arousability. Well this Morgan 4 Plus has a Mazda sourced 5-speed gearbox, and it's incredible faithful to how you'd expect a Morgan to feel. Similarly, it has the look of a classic. It's one of those cars that makes you feel a profound sense of achievement, although it's passing, it's perhaps not merited (I didn't build the thing) but it's there. It's undeniably there. 

What's not there? 

It's a modern car, yes, but there's no power steering, no ABS. That said the analogue dials and the cockpit itself remains unspoiled in its absence. In the Morgan’s defence, this a car that was built for people that want to feel the wind rattle in ear lobes. If you feel passionate enough to explore the cars capabilities (top speed 189 KPH) with the top down, a stereo will struggle for utility. 

In summary this car demands nothing more than your divine diligence. Yes, it has an impeccable cruise-ability feel to it. It's smooth, aesthetically it oozes character. But you can't tune out for a second behind the wheel of this Morgan. The levels of assiduity that were required on every corner, every camber, well let’s just when you get out the cockpit - you know you've earned that drive.

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The Mazda MX-5 RF Review

The other week Mazda called and cordially invited me to take their latest MX-5 RF for a spin around London. Cupping the receiver with my palm, I arced back on my chair and barked an order to my invisible secretary ..  'clear my schedule for the afternoon'. 

With the average speed around London being little under 8MPH, a drive in the city can be a particular doleful commute. However, a perceptibly tactile and agile car such as the MX-5 RF will certainly lend a little brevity to the experience.

Once the mulch of the London traffic subsided I was able to feel the cars true capabilities. The suspension and the steering have been mollified to compensate for the rigidity of the new folding metal hard top roof. The RF stands for retractable fastback and its intellectual armature provides a considerably more dampened sound within the cabin. You can hear what your passenger is saying which in itself, comfortably distances itself from over convertibles in its class, including its predecessor. 

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The interiors are snug, sporty and I'd definitely plump for the manual over the automatic. Many people I've spoken to extol the virtues of the Mazda gearbox and this 6-speed did not disappoint. James Batchelor of CarBuyer cited it as a gearbox that has a 'rifle-bolt action' and I solidly concur. It's slick, sexy - worthy of the laudatory praise and reputation that proceeds it. 

The drive feels dangerously effortless. Everything is in its right place, accessible, the infotainment system is sleek and user-friendly. But let’s get down to brass tacks; what about the coffee cup holders? Anyone that knows me knows I'm a coffee nut and I don't like having my coffee terms dictated to me. Luckily the MX-5 RF comes fully equipped with moveable cup holders that I can switch around the cabin at my leisure. 

It's stronger on comfort and aesthetics than it is on virtuosity and practicality. For example, you'll enjoy the extra sound deadening and clear conversations with your passenger, you'll enjoy being cosseted by the fine sporty interiors, but placed under scrutiny you might wish for larger boot space, perhaps better visibility. That said these aren't faults, nor criticisms per say, just the standard caveats that come with a sports car. 

Overall the Mazda MX-5 RF offers a frictionless, utterly gratifying driving experience. Yet it's really the superior handling ability through its sculptured yet simple look, that ameliorates this from other convertibles. It's considered, it has an exquisite absence of superfluity. It's almost the perfect date car. Available between £18,500 to £24,500 depending on the spec. 

MINI Cooper D Review | A perfect City to Country Drive

It would be a cold-hearted man on the back-nine of his thirties that didn't get warm and fuzzy when the word 'MINI' is mentioned. Not only am I sentimental towards the brand that’s emblematic of iconic 60's culture, but I also have a penchant for a very obvious MINI-related movie that would be far too hackneyed and clichéd for me to mention.

BMW changed the narrative of small hatch backs when it relaunched the MINI back in 2001. At the time hatch backs were considered the Ibis Budget of cars. (Not that I have anything against Ibis Budget you understand). However, BMW managed to fuse luxurious interiors with novelty cosmetics (and the headlamps are even more bulbous this time round) and sell it at a premium. And sell it well they did, largely thanks to the introduction of the The Countryman that added 100,000 sales at the year of its inception, elevating it into the top 20 most sold cars of 2013.

It's been said that there is a MINI for every lifestyle, whether you're more at home in an SUV or a 3-door, perhaps serendipitously I was given the MINI Cooper D (5-Door Hatchback) to take from the city to the Cotswolds. It catered perfectly to my needs and proved to be equally adept in the city as it did in the country.

As much as I like to rhapsodise I like to travel light, I normally come with camera gear, a camera man or woman, their gear, and when the occasion permits, my beloved French Bulldog Charlie. The 5-door has an even more spacious rear than its predecessor, making life a lot easier for my passengers. I remember it being a feat of acrobats in the old MINIs having to wrestle yourself free through the tiny gap from behind the front seat and the passenger door.

Upfront the space was remarkable largely on account of how low the seats are set, depending on the spec the paddles behind the wheel will allow you to adjust the position of the steering wheel to fit your needs. The Cooper D has a 1.5-litre engine, is sprightly paced (0-100 KM/H in 9.4 s) and kicks on nicely from the low revs - remarkably smooth for a compact diesel. Needless to say being a diesel, this will save you a couple of quid long term.

So it's cheap to run, it's a fun drive and having heard rumours and reports the Cooper SD has other features to justify its slightly higher cost, the drivability between the two is negligible. Once out of the city everything seemed to coast nicely and it was noticeably quiet for a three-cylinder diesel engine.

Now let’s get to the exteriors. Looks wise it’s had sniffy reviews about the exaggerated styling of the headlights. My personal take on it is this. Lighten up! (Pardon the pun). The world is in dire need of cheering up at this very moment in time and not everything in life should be as dark as a Nolan Batman trilogy. I for one appreciate a little levity.

The optional extras are worth considering, especially if you choose to resell the car at a later date. The Pepper Pack comes with the 16in alloys, climate control, ambient interior lighting which distinguishes the space inside nicely. The MINI 5-Door Hatch Cooper starts at an accessible £17,960 and I'm going to say this third generation MINI has ameliorated itself once more in the family hatchback market. It’s fun without being goofy, its funky without being caricature and it’s practical for a family of 4 (5 if the 5th is a Bulldog).

Aston Martin Hand Built in England | Factory Tour

What does an Aston Martin mean to you? For me it's the ultimate in luxury, an experience, a car that turns heads, a pure reaction to beauty. So when I got the opportunity to visit the Aston Martin factory in the heart of England's racing mainland, just outside of Silverstone; of course I had to visit. The home of Aston Martin is a purpose built complex, where the magnificent cars are hand built, it's where they create the new design concepts for their future masterpieces of engineering and where I was in awe of my dream car the Aston Martin DB11.

No one needs an Aston Martin, it’s something that you reward yourself with.

Aston Martin has a wonderful history of creating luxury sports cars, where design and beauty have always been at the forefront of what they create. As they are all hand built in England, each car is built to a limited number, keeping the exclusivity and rareness of an Aston Martin, however rare they maybe, Aston Martin are not an exclusive brand, they are inclusive and appeal to a wide variety of us.

Aston Martin has a elegance about each and everyone of their cars, unlike some of their major competitors which rely on shock and awe. Aston's have an underlying beauty that has transcended through time with everything in proportion as nature intends. A car designed to be as streamlined through the air as a shark is through water.

Being a hand built car and not mass produced, gives each Aston Martin a unique has a finger print, it may be a slight difference in the stitching or the leather grain but that's what you get for hand made and hand crafted - it's all for the love of beauty and setting standards to which others will admire.

Two of the latest concepts to get designed are the Aston Martin DBX, which is a 4 door sports car and the Aston Martin Valkyrie, which is estimated 1000kg & 1000bhp high performance road car built in partnership with F1's Red Bull Racing. 

I would love to see how you would design and configure your own Aston Martin DB11, mine is below. 


Hyundai Tucson Premium SE 2017 Independent Review | Carl Thompson

I have been a major car fanatic all of my life and growing up near Brands Hatch in Kent only fuelled my petrol loving instincts. So when I was old enough to join my father working at one of the most incredible, historical and technical race tracks in the UK, I jumped at the chance. Although Brands Hatch no longer hosts the Formula 1 it certainly has history as a great race track, just look back at 1976 Lauda V Hunt British Grand Prix which was drama packed and after the race finished had my favourite F1 driver interviews by James Hunt. In fact for those of you who haven't watched that race, here are the highlights below.

Yes chatting about F1 is a strange way to start a review of a compact SUV but for some reason writing this review brought back a lot of different driving memories from the past years. My last car was a Lotus Exige S2, so it was certainly a step up in height jumping into this compact SUV, the Hyundai Tucson Premium SE. The first thing that I did was test out how spacious this compact SUV vehicle is and I would normally expect the back seats to be a little on the crammed side. Well that is rubbish, in fact the front seats are armchair spacious, then with the front seats pushed back as far as a six foot man would have them - I then jumped into the back to see what it would be like on long journeys for the passengers. Unlike an other compact SUV I recently drove, the Hyundai Tucson was much more spacious, I think this is because they have kept things simple in the back as well as the back seats being able to recline, making for a more comfortable ride. 

However this car is far from basic and safe, the designers have jam packed in a medley of techie 'things' and the exterior design is bold, merging sharp edges with illustrious curves which certainly turns heads. 

Under the bonnet the Hyundai Tucson Premium SE (their top spec version) has a 2.0 CRDi 185PS (PS is a term used for power output) engine, 6 speed automatic or manual transmission delivering a 0-62mph result in 9.5 seconds. As a result of this the fuel consumption and emissions are a combined mpg of 43.5, CO2 emissions (g/km) of 170 and a VED band of H. Personally I test drove the automatic transmission which gave power on demand with a very small amount of delay or drag. I was impressed with the low revs when easing the SUV down the rolling hills of the Cotswolds and equally the immediate power given on the steep climbs - I suspect there is some very clever onboard software managing the engine components.

The 2.0 Tucson Premium SE comes with 19" striking alloy wheels, body coloured bumpers, chrome effect radiator grille, rear spoiler with integrated LED brake light and a twin exhaust finisher giving it a mean, angry sports finish. 

The interior is exactly what I like, it's trying hard but not too hard, it concentrate on what matters. A soft leather finish, electrical front seat adjustment, heated front seats (with a convenient button to sync up the drivers with the passengers seat temperatures) as well as lumbar support for the driver...well it is his/her car after all!

The Premium SE edition has some of the advanced, useful technology on offer to help your everyday needs. Including parking assistant which has front, back and side sensors including steering assist if you require a little help parking. The 'Smart Electric Tailgate' allows the boot to open automatically if your hands are full of shopping - just stand in the rear detection area with your smart key for 3 seconds and the boot will open automatically...smart. Heated seats are nothing new, but these also have the added ventilation for cooling air flow.  

Finally and most importantly safety are at the forefront of most choices when picking a new motor vehicle and the Hyundai Tucson has this category absolutely nailed. The Tucson is packed with advanced technologies that are simply passively waiting to help as well as actively monitoring driving conditions. Just to name a few the Tucson Premium SE model has autonomous emergency braking (AED), blind spot detection system (BSD), downhill brake control (DBC), hill-start assist control (HAC) and advanced traction cornering control (ATCC) which directs torque to the wheels with the most grip (torque vectoring), ATCC enhances cornering performance and safety of 4WD models. It also actively applies measured braking to the inside rear wheel.

Prices range from £19,705 | For the Premium SE Model I reviewed here it is £33,715 | Colour of the car in the images is Stargazing Blue | This is a honest review where all views are of Carl Thompson.

The photos in this review where taken during an amazing trip away to the beautiful, picturesque Barnsley House country retreat and spa in the Cotswolds.