Did this footballer brag about owning 'three more' cars after crashing his Lambo?

Did this footballer brag about owning ‘three more’ cars after Lambo crash?

Did this footballer brag about owning 'three more' cars after crashing his Lambo?

Leicester City footballer Jeff Schlupp lost control of his Lamborghini Huracan on a wet M1 motorway in Leicestershire earlier this week – before reportedly laughing about it with police, saying he has “three other cars to choose from.”

That’s according to The Sun newspaper – but the premier league ace has now taken to social media accusing the paper of printing lies.

According to the tabloid, Schlupp also owns a Mercedes-Benz, a Range Rover Sport – and a BMW i8 given as a present to all Leicester City players for winning the Premier League.

He’s one of seven ungrateful players who had their cars wrapped in a different colour from Leicester City Blue because they didn’t want to be identified by fans – or lose their car in the team’s car park.

Pictures from the crash show the Lamborghini Huracan heavily dented – including on the roof after crashing up the embankment off the M1 near Lutterworth in Leicestershire.

The 23-year-old striker was believed to have been heading to training when he lost control of the Lamborghini in the rain.

He walked away from the crash uninjured – but the Lamborghini, which has a list price of £155,000, was heavily damaged.

Autumn Statement 2016

Autumn Statement 2016: fuel duty frozen for seventh year in a row

Autumn Statement 2016

Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced a fuel duty freeze as part of his autumn statement – following a commitment to invest £1.1 billion on UK roads.

Speaking to the House of Commons, Hammond said: “The oil price has risen by over 60% since January and sterling has declined by 15% against the dollar. That means, of course, significant pressure on prices at the pumps here in Britain.

“Today, we stand on the side of millions of hard-working people in our country, by cancelling the fuel duty rise for the seventh successive year.”

He added that this fuel duty freeze would save the average car driver £130 a year and the average van driver £350 a year.

“This is a tax cut worth over £850 million,” said Hammond. “This means the current fuel duty freeze is the longest for 40 years. ”

Welcoming the announcement, RAC fuel spokesman Simon Williams said: “The Chancellor’s commitment to freeze fuel duty will be greeted with relief by motorists and businesses at a time when we know drivers are concerned that fuel prices will rise significantly over the next six months – which might be the case if oil-producing countries that are members of OPEC commit to an oil production cut when they meet this time next week.

“The Chancellor’s decision to extend the freeze shows that he understands that motorists are the backbone of the British economy. It is vital that in such uncertain times, the Government can give as much certainty to them as possible.”

However, ex-Top Gear host and FairFuelUK campaigner Quentin Willson is upset that fuel duty hasn’t been cut.

He said: “I’m disappointed that the Chancellor didn’t instantly put money into everyone’s pockets by cutting duty. There’s an immediate benefit to the economy. I’m surprised too given the CEBR has said cutting duty by 3p wouldn’t change net tax receipts. This is a lost opportunity from a government still afraid of supporting drivers and roads.”

Insurance Premium Tax is going up

Despite freezing fuel duty, Hammond said he needed to raise Insurance Premium Tax “in order to raise revenue,” increasing it from 10% to 12% from next June.

However, motorists shouldn’t be hit by higher insurance prices as the chancellor revealed the government would introduce new legislation in 2017 to end the compensation culture surrounding whiplash claims – meaning drivers will save an average of £40 on their car insurance premium.

The RAC says the new legislation doesn’t justify the tax increase, however – and could even encourage motorists to break the law by driving without insurance.

RAC director of insurance Mark Godfrey said: “After a recent double rise in Insurance Premium Tax, this further increase is a slap in the face for motorists who will surely see their premiums once again increase. It will mean three rises in in two years and a more than doubling of IPT from 5% to 12% making Insurance Premium Tax the stealth tax of our time.

“Insurance premiums have already risen by over £100 compared to last year, and motorists have told us they are feeling the pinch, with 57% telling us that their premiums have increased over the past 12 months.

“We are concerned that the Government’s whiplash reforms, while welcomed, will not achieve savings for motorists as only a small number of insurers have so far committed to passing the savings on.

“The Chancellor may now be at risk of encouraging some hard-pressed motorists to break the law by driving without car insurance, which will further increase premiums for law-abiding drivers. We would urge the Government in the name of road safety, to reconsider this rise.”

£1.1 billion of investment into English local transport networks

Hammond told MPs that his autumn statement would commit significant additional funding to “help keep Britain moving”, by investing in transport networks and vehicles of the future.

“I will commit an additional £1.1 billion of investment in to English local transport networks where small investments can often offer big wins,” he said.

An extra £220 million was pledged to address traffic pinch-points on strategic roads, and a further £300 million on the development of low emission and autonomous vehicles. This includes funding for the installation of more electric vehicle charging points.

Managing director of leasing firm, LeasePlan, Matt Dyer said: “It’s promising to hear that the treasury is set to invest in the English road infrastructure. With the decision made weeks ago to back a third runway at Heathrow, the government can now focus on getting the economy ‘match fit’, particularly in the example of potential new road and rail links between Oxford and Cambridge.

“By pledging this kind of investment, the Government is securing the provision for a better connected and more dynamic infrastructure that suits both the needs of people and businesses.”

The announcement follows a poll by Motoring Research that revealed 45% of readers thought Hammond should prioritise upgrading roads over incentives for electric cars or freezing fuel duty.

‘Unfair’ salary sacrifice schemes axed – but not for ULEV vehicles

The chancellor also announced cuts to ‘unfair’ salary sacrifice schemes which allow employees to fund things such as cars while saving money on tax.

This will mean that employees swapping salary for benefits will pay the same tax as the vast majority of individuals who buy them out of their post-tax income. Arrangements in place for salary sacrifice car schemes before April 2017 will be protected until April 2021.

However, in a bid to encourage the uptake of ultra-low emission vehicles, those with CO2 emissions below 75g/km would be exempt from the changes being made to salary sacrifice schemes.

LeasePlan UK’s managing director, Matt Dyer said: “The Chancellor’s decision to target cars gained through salary sacrifice is both destructive and disappointing for the motoring industry.

“These drivers are the hard working essential car users such as tradesman and nurses, most of whom will be the ‘JAMs’ that the government is so keen to provide for. While we should take some solace from the fact that Ultra Low Emission Vehicles will remain unaffected and any existing arrangements will be protected until 2021, this is complicated by the fact that a new definition has been given for ‘Ultra Low’ and we will have to wait for the finance bill on the 5th December to see exactly what this means.”

What do you think about Philip Hammond’s autumn statement? Will motorists be better off or should more be done? Let us know by commenting below.

Lotus Exige Sport 380

This new Lotus ‘supercar-killer’ does 0-60mph in 3.5sec

Lotus Exige Sport 380The new Lotus Exige Sport 380 is a bona fide supercar-killer that, for £67,900, outpoints many supercars costing several times more than that, claims Lotus.

The new high-performance Exige Sport 380 is an evolution of the acclaimed Sport 350. Power is pushed up to 375hp, weight is further reduced and Lotus has made it even more distinctive-looking – justifying Group Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales’ claim that “we’ve saved something special for our last new car of 2016”.

Describing the weight reduction as “nothing short of drastic”, the kerbweight of the Exige Sport 380 is now down to 1,100kg. Lotus has taken more than 15kg of mass out of the car, by greater use of carbon fibre, an exotic new AP Racing braking system, lightweight forged alloys and even using two round rear lights instead of four (saving 300 grammes, says Gales).

The bolder-looking new Exige Sport 380 has a much bigger rear wing (made from carbon fibre and saving 1.2kg), side aero air blades, a standard carbon fibre diffuser and a much bigger front wing that includes an aero-optimised rubber lip beneath it.

The beefed-up aero package not only makes the Exige Sport 380 look much racier, but also adds significant downforce. Flat-out, the new Lotus generates 140kg of downforce and even at 100mph, it creates 50kg of downforce. “Most cars generate lift,” says Gales, so the effect is significant.

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Lotus has also managed to reduce the aero drag of the car, pushing its top speed up to 178mph. 0-60mph takes 3.5 seconds; 0-62mph takes 3.7 seconds.

The more powerful 3.5-litre supercharged V6 engine has more torque as well. It now produces 302lb ft at 5,000rpm, and creates a lot more torque than the existing Sport 350 above 4,000rpm. It sounds better courtesy of an upgraded sports exhaust system.

New tyres are more able to put this power down cleanly. Lotus has switched from Pirelli to Michelin tyres and the Exige Sport 380 comes with semi-slick Pilot Sport Cup 2 rubber. The front tyres are wider than before to quell understeer.

And because you might want to drive it harder for longer, Lotus has also introduced a larger fuel tank. The Exige Sport 380, which is available to order now, has a 48-litre fuel tank, eight litres larger than the Sport 350.

The new high-performance Exige costs from £67,900 and is offered in roadster guise: the car pictured boasts the optional carbon fibre hard-top. An automatic model will join in the spring to complement the six-speed manual launch car that’s expected to take 95% of all sales. 

Month five: is the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV a good family car?

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (2016): long-term review

Mitsubishi Outlander (2016) long-term review

This could be one of the most controversial vehicles amongst eco-car enthusiasts since a Bluemotion-badged diesel Volkswagen. It’s the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV: a 2.0-litre petrol SUV with an electric motor and an official MPG of 156.9. Yes, that’s 156.9mpg.

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV review: UK first drive

It works by running on electric (for an official range of 32 miles) after a full charge, with the petrol engine kicking in when the battery’s flat or you’re asking more from it than the electric motor can provide.

So why’s it controversial? For a start, many owners are saying that fuel economy figure is little more than fantasy. Mitsubishi has retaliated, by saying the figure comes from the official NEDC tests – not the manufacturer. Essentially, as most of the tests are done while the Outlander’s battery is charged, it uses very little fuel.

For the same reasons, it’s classed as having extremely low emissions (42g/km). That means it works as a bit of a tax dodge for company car drivers, who pay very low (7%) BIK tax, but will spend most of their time running it as a thirsty petrol SUV without ever charging it.

If you’re reading this thinking our introduction is throwing up more questions than it’s answering – that’s exactly why we’ve added one to our long-term test fleet. Just how good is it on fuel consumption in real life? How easy it to charge? Is it better than a diesel? Read on to find out…

Month six: it’s a cracking goodbye to the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Month six: it’s a cracking goodbye to the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

My final weekend with the Outlander. The last couple of days with a car that, even after six months, I still hadn’t really bonded with.

A road trip was in order – so a Friday afternoon dart up the M1, onto the M6 and across the M54 to visit my folks in Shropshire. A stop off at Corley Services saw me parking alongside rows of dirty diesels – stumping up £6 to charge at Ecotricity’s charge points makes no financial sense in the Outlander. Clearly I’m not alone in my thinking – a Nissan Leaf was parked nearby, away from the chargers, which remained unused during the couple of hours I spent trying out Starbucks’ delicacies.

Despite not being able to charge at Corley, a 40.0mpg average during the gentle motorway run was adequate, and I do appreciate the comfortable, leather seats and high-up driving position the Outlander offers.

A weekend ferrying my parents around and they had nothing but good things to say about the Outlander – not only was it comfortable, it also looks good on their driveway (an important consideration, apparently) and moves away in silence. How modern.

Unfortunately, the end of the weekend – and the end of my tenure of the Outlander – didn’t go to plan. A passing Audi on a rural road flicked up a stone, causing a chip in the windscreen. Within moments this had turned into a large crack. Great.

This cracking goodbye aside, what are my final thoughts on life with the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV after six months? Well, it has sort of convinced me of the merits of plug-in hybrids. I like the fact that my 20-mile commute could, in theory, be completed under electric power alone. And I enjoy the feeling of driving the Mitsubishi Outlander when it’s fully-charged – running a diesel feels like a backward step once you’re used to creeping around town in silence.

Anyone who does regular longer journeys will be better off with a diesel, however – but then, we already knew that. Plug-in hybrids make little sense if you don’t charge them regularly – and now Ecotricity has introduced its £6 charge, you’re even less likely to do that if you’re a business user.

The plug-in element aside, the Mitsubishi Outlander isn’t a bad car. The interior isn’t anything special – but it’s better than it used to be – and the infotainment system is pretty woeful to use.

There is no enjoyment to be had in driving the Outlander, either (perhaps Mitsubishi could learn from cars such as the Passat GTE – hybrids can be fun), but it does the job of being a practical mode of transport with a minimum of fuss.

Would I recommend one? Maybe. If practicality is high on your agenda, perhaps for whatever reason owning a four-wheel-drive would be handy, and you can charge it regularly, the Outlander PHEV will be worth a visit to your nearest Mitsubishi dealer.

If, however, you’re a business user wanting to cash in on the Outlander’s green credentials (and the benefits they bring), you might want to take a look at the changes about to be brought in by Phillip Hammond. You’d probably be better off with a diesel – especially if you’re paying for your own fuel.

Month five: is the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV a good family car?

Month five: is the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV a good family car?

I’m rather conscious so far that my updates so far have concentrated largely on the EV side of the PHEV – and most buyers will treat it simply as an alternative to a diesel SUV, and actually charging the thing will be a tiny part of ownership.

So how does it stack up as a family car? For a start, you can’t get an Outlander PHEV with seven seats. You can get a diesel version with an extra two seats squeezed into the back – but the battery on the hybrid version eats into the space where these seats would be. So if you’ve got a big family, it probably isn’t going to work for you.

If you’ve only got a couple of kids, don’t dismiss the PHEV just yet. Although the battery does hamper boot space to a certain extent, it doesn’t eat into it massively. With the rear seats up, you get 463-litres of luggage room – 128 less than a five-seat diesel version.

That’s still a sensible amount of luggage capacity, however. The Mazda CX-5, as a comparison, has a 503 litre boot, while the Hyundai Santa Fe has 585 litres. More, but it shouldn’t be a deal breaker.

The rear seats split 60:40 and fold down flat, while the Outlander’s huge boot opening allows easy access.

Head and legroom in the rear is good, while the leather seats (standard on our GX5h long-termer) not only look good, but are easy to clean – an important considerations for families with young children. Isofix mounts on the front and outer-rear seats means it’s easy enough to fit child seats, and children will probably enjoy the high-up seating position compared to an estate car.

Combine this practicality with a five-star NCAP safety rating and a four-wheel-drive system for when the weather gets bad, and the Outlander PHEV makes a lot of sense as a family car.

Month four: how does the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV compare to the Volkswagen Passat GTE?

Month Four: how does the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV compare to the Volkswagen Passat GTE?

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has been a mightily-popular plug-in hybrid, with 11,786 sold in the UK last year. Before it came along in 2013, plug-in cars were traditionally a bit weird, and only bought by early-adopters. The Outlander offers a degree of normality – along with a high level of practicality – that means conventional diesel drivers can be tempted by the Outlander’s supposedly low running costs.

But now other manufacturers are starting to cotton-on. Mitsubishi UK’s sales – a huge proportion of which are the Outlander – are down to 12,097 so far this year, compared to 15,414 at the same time last year. Along with drivers realising that plug-in hybrids aren’t always that economical (unless you regularly charge at home and only occasionally travel further than 20 miles), some of this could be down to the increase in rivals being launched by mainstream manufacturers.

Volkswagen Passat GTE (2016) review: Two-Minute Road Test

I’ve just spent a week with a Volkswagen Passat GTE. Not an obvious rival per se, especially in saloon form, but starting at £38,075 for the estate, you’d be wise to consider one alongside our high-spec £43,339 Outlander PHEV GX5h.

The crucial stats for company car drivers are very close: 42g/km CO2 for the Outlander, compared to 39g/km for the Passat. That results in 7% BIK tax for business users, and free road tax for both of them.

First impressions of the Passat, from someone who’s spent months driving an Outlander? The interior is wonderful – truly upmarket, boasting almost Audi levels of build quality. Despite being tweaked by Mitsubishi over the years, the Outlander’s interior leaves you feeling a little short-changed. It’s certainly not premium, but it does feel like it will stand up to day-to-day abuse from families fairly well.

The infotainment system is one area in which the Passat has clearly benefited from the VW Group’s expertise. It’s lovely to use, really quick to respond and even the standard 6.5-inch display is easy to read.

Like the rest of its interior, the Mitsubishi’s infotainment system is still behind the times, despite being improved when the car was facelifted last year. It takes an age to start up, is laggy to use and features are hard to find. Connecting your phone can be a challenge, too.

This should get easier when the 2017 model arrives with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto – unveiled at the Paris Motor Show. The Passat GTE is already available with this as a £125 option. A smidgen tight when you can get it as standard on a new Vauxhall Corsa.

And then there’s the common denominator: the plug-in hybrid system that explains why we’re pitching these two unlikely competitors against each other in the first place. Both offer fairly short electric-only ranges (the Passat 31 miles, the Outlander 32), and neither should take the place of a diesel if you do a lot of long journeys.

The Passat uses its system to offer that additional element, the fun GTE mode, and when the battery does run out of juice the petrol engine kicks in almost seamlessly. The Outlander makes a bit more of a fuss, grumbling into life and making its presence heard. And then there’s that CVT gearbox.

The Outlander’s CVT ’box sounds strained if you’re trying to accelerate with the slightest degree of urgency (compared to the Passat’s lovely six-speed DSG), while the light steering isn’t confidence-inspiring. No, it’s not meant to be a sports car, but the Passat GTE proves parents can have fun, too. Hitting 62mph in 7.4 seconds, it’s the fastest Passat currently offered by VW.

On the plus side, the Outlander’s high-up driving position offers an excellent view of the road that you don’t get in the Passat. It makes the Outlander feel like an airy, safe car for long trips – important for families, and great for quelling child sickness. And, of course, its four-wheel-drive system will help over the winter months or when tackling a particularly challenging campsite.

The verdict? After a week with the Passat, I was reluctant to hand it back and take back the keys to the Outlander. Not only is the Passat more enjoyable to drive, the interior is leagues ahead and the technology behind the hybrid system seems more advanced.

That’s my personal conclusion. Of course, the Outlander offers more space, and families will appreciate the high-up driving position it offers as an SUV. They’re not direct competitors and they will appeal to different buyers – but I know where my money would go.

Read our Two-Minute Road Test of the Volkswagen Passat GTE

Month three: Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV meets the Airlander ‘flying bum’

Month three: Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV meets the Airlander 'flying bum'

You may have seen the Airlander ‘flying bum’ in the news this week. It’s the largest aircraft in the world – a hybrid airship that’s more than 90m long and cost £25 million to make.

Designed to be used in long-endurance surveillance for the US government before the project was axed and it was sold to the UK, the Airlander uses helium to get airborne and sounds much quieter than a conventional helicopter or plane.

It’s stored at Cardington Airfield, around 15 miles from home for me. That’s within the electric-only range of a fully-charged Outlander PHEV – so it’d have been rude not to take our long-term Outlander to meet its bigger, flying cousin.

A tenuous link, perhaps. But, just like the near-silent Airlander can sneak up on enemies in silence (while also being good for the planet), I’m really starting to appreciate the quietness of the Outlander PHEV when it’s freshly charged.

My neighbours like the fact I can get away early, and arrive home at night, without the clatteryness of a diesel engine waking them up. The one evening I swapped the Outlander for a Porsche Cayman GT4, they picked up on how noisy it was in comparison.

Month three: Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV meets the Airlander 'flying bum'

The Outlander’s quietness isn’t always a good thing. One day, I was taking the country road route home, driving the PHEV gently and trying to maximise its electric range. There was a pigeon in the road – I didn’t want to brake (that’d have a knock-on effect on my hypermiling), and presumed it’d fly away last minute.

It didn’t. It was the slowest road kill ever. At around 30mph, I felt the poor pigeon get squished by the Outlander’s 18-inch wheel. It just didn’t hear me coming.

Fortunately for wildlife, the Outlander soon runs out of charge. Yes, I’ve already gone over the benefits of the Outlander’s hybrid system, and I get that it’ll work for those of us who regularly do short journeys. But I still find myself wishing I could travel before before the petrol engine noisily kicks in.

Month two: what’s the etiquette around charging?

Month two: what’s the etiquette around charging?

I wasn’t planning on writing my second update about the same subject as the first one. But charging is such a new thing for someone who’s so used to just filling a car with fossil fuels, there’s a lot to learn.

And I don’t mean the intricacies of what cards I need to charge where. I’ve got all that sussed now, and I’m really getting into the hang of plugging it in regularly. No, I mean the etiquette.

I use a charge point near our office regularly and, since MR’s Peter Burgess complained to the council that it was being blocked by non-electric cars, it’s now clearly signposted as a three-hour maximum parking space for charging only. That’s fine for me, I can charge almost entirely in three hours.

But, as I mentioned in my last update, one e-NV200 van driver seems to park there regularly and leave it charging for an entire day while he no doubt catches a train into London from the nearby station. I’ve even seen the van blocking the space without charging – what’s the point? To save having to pay for parking, perhaps, but then I noticed he had a ticket on the windscreen.

Conscious of people who unnecessarily block charging bays for those who need them, I’ve returned to the Outlander a few times to find a fully electric car parked next to it, clearly wanting to use my socket. Most charge points have two – a fast charge and a slow charge. Naturally, if it’s free, most prefer to use the fast charge.

But if someone in a Nissan LEAF, for example, needs a charge, their need is a little more important than mine. While I’ve got a (thirsty) petrol engine as backup, they need that charge to get home. I tweeted my dilemma, and the internet didn’t hold back…

A smidgen harsh, perhaps – what’s the point of driving a plug-in hybrid if it’s never plugged in?

Other people came up with suggestions…

And many said I shouldn’t feel guilty.

But I do. So I’ve come up with a solution.

Will it work? Find out in our next long-term update.

Month one: how easy is it to charge the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV?

Month one: how easy is it to charge the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV?

As an introduction to plug-in cars, the Outlander PHEV is proving to be a real eye-opener.

For a start, the UK’s public charging network is a bit of a shambles. Rather than being operated by one company, a number of different firms provide chargers in different places. So, the majority of chargers in the area where I do most of my driving are operated by Source East. To access those, I need a Source East card at a cost of £10 a year. For the use I’d get, that’s a bargain – so I was keen to sign up.

Only Source East’s website is useless. It’s several weeks since I tried to join without any luck, and it still doesn’t appear to be working. Their customer service department isn’t responding to pleas for help, either.

Chargemaster came forward with a solution. For £7.85 a month (after a six month free-of-charge trial period), you can use their Polar Plus network, which gets you access to 4,000 charge points across the UK (including those operated by Source East). More expensive, but it takes some of the hassle away of trying to find appropriate cards if I decide to travel further afield.

So, with my Polar Plus card in hand, I headed to the one-and-only charge point located near our office. Chargemaster’s useful Polar Plus map not only helps you locate charging points, it also tells you what kind of charger they have, as well as whether they’re in use at that moment in time.

According to the map, our nearest charger wasn’t occupied. But, despite signs saying the spaces are reserved for electric vehicles only, it was blocked by non-plug-in cars. How annoying.

With an early start, I’ve found it is possible to park at the charging point near our office and give the Outlander a full charge (which takes roughly three hours… conveniently the maximum time you’re allowed to park in this space).

But it’s not always possible. There’s one regular Nissan e-NV200 who often parks in the space and blocks it all day, ignoring the three-hour limit.

When it is possible, it works out well. With a real-life range of around 25 miles, I can commute almost entirely on electric power and rely on the combustion engine on those occasions I need to travel further.

Month one: how easy is it to charge the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV?

One such occasion was a recent round-trip to Heathrow. The only public charge points at Heathrow are located at short-term parking, limited to three hours. If you leave your car there for more than three hours, you get hit with a ticket. And what use is that, unless you’re only visiting Heathrow to collect someone?

I instead used a valet parking company, but they don’t have any provisions for electric car charging either. How difficult would it be to incorporate it into their service? It could be a huge hit for anyone with an electric car within commuting distance from Heathrow.

On the way home I could have stopped at the services, grabbed a coffee and given the Outlander a quick charge using Ecotricity’s fast charge point (using another card I’d handily registered for). But that can only charge to 80% giving me something like 20 miles electric range (probably far less at motorway speeds). That would have saved me around £3 in petrol – or, roughly the cost of a coffee I would have bought to pass time waiting for it to charge.

I couldn’t see the point, so I drove the Outlander PHEV like a big, petrol SUV carrying an empty battery in a manner of someone who wanted to get home from the airport. The result? 24mpg. Ouch.

Fortunately, we’re spending six months with the Outlander, but we’ll see if it starts to get more convincing over time. So far it’s proving to be slightly irritating to run – but that’s more down to the infrastructure rather than the car itself.

Vauxhall Astra BTCC Power Maxed Racing

Vauxhall in BTCC return for 2017

Vauxhall Astra BTCC Power Maxed RacingVauxhall will once again race in the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) in 2017 after signing a deal with upcoming team Power Maxed Racing.

The Bidford Upon Avon team will run two Vauxhall Astras as official manufacturer entries in 2017. The cars will be current-gen Astra hatch models – the reigning European Car of the Year.

Two Ellesmere Port-built shells have been supplied to the team and work is now underway building them into 2017 BTCC racers (and, if these digitisations are anything to go by, pretty awesome-looking 2017 racers at that).

Vauxhall Astra BTCC Power Maxed Racing

Adam Weaver, team principal of Power Maxed Racing, said: “We are incredibly pleased and proud to be working with Vauxhall and to be the team that brings this iconic and highly successful brand back to the BTCC.”

Alan Gow, BTCC series director, added: “It is fantastic to be welcoming Vauxhall back to the BTCC as a manufacturer entry. Its history and pedigree is there for all to see and I have no doubt that the highly professional and experienced team at Power Maxed Racing will be great partners.”

The team has still to announce its driver line-up but promises more in the near future. This year, it ran Hunter Abbot, Emmerdale actor Kevin Fletcher plus a number of races for Dave Newsham – and also ran a successful test for ambitious Mini Challenge racer Rob Smith.

6 reasons why you shouldn’t buy a Porsche Boxster

6 reasons why you shouldn’t buy a Porsche Boxster

6 reasons why you shouldn’t buy a Porsche Boxster

Porsche’s entry-level soft-top is celebrating its 20th birthday this month. Early models are now classics in their own right, while the new 718 Boxster is a tempting buy for someone in the market for a new sports car. But you’re not seriously tempted to buy a Boxster, are you? Here are six reasons why you definitely shouldn’t.

1: You could buy a sensible Mazda MX-5 instead

A cheap Porsche definitely isn’t anything to aspire to. Starting at £3,000 in the classifieds for an early Boxster, you could get a much nicer MX-5 for the money. Yeah, a second-generation MX-5 with added rust, 140hp and a Mazda badge. Much better than a cheap Porsche Boxster.

2: James May had one

2: James May had one

The first car Captain Slow ever purchased new was a Boxster S in 2005. And we all know how uncool he is. The ex-Top Gear presenter also boasts a BMW i3, Ferrari 458 Speciale and a couple of planes in his garage. Why would you want to follow in his footsteps?

3: The 718 Boxster S has a 2.5-litre flat-four

Like a Subaru Impreza WRX, but with 350hp and 310lb ft of torque, meaning it’ll hit 62mph in 4.6 seconds. That’s 0.8 seconds quicker than its six-cylinder predecessor, and just as quick as an entry-level 911. But being a four-cylinder, it’s practically the same as a Ford Focus… right?

4: The original was ugly

4: The original was ugly

At 20-years-old, the original Boxster is so blobby and hasn’t aged well. Just look at it. Such an ugly mess.

5: It’s mid-engined, and apparently that’s dangerous

Like many dangerous cars including the Ferrari Enzo, Lamborghini Countach and Porsche Carrera GT, the Boxster’s engine is located in front of the rear axle. We all know that front-engined/front-wheel-drive cars are better. Because understeer is the safest of skids.

6: People will think you can’t afford a 911

6: People will think you can’t afford a 911

Used Porsche 911s start at around £10,000 for a 3.4-litre 996 and their engines are known to implode (even more than the Boxster’s). You should definitely spend money on a less reliable Porsche just for the 911 badge. Show the neighbours you’re winning at life. As your car lands you a bill of several thousand pounds and your television is repossessed.

In pictures: 20 years of the Porsche Boxster

In pictures: 20 years of the Porsche Boxster

In pictures: 20 years of the Porsche Boxster

November marks 20 years since the launch of the controversial Porsche Boxster. Love or hate the soft-top Porsche, there’s no denying that Porsche would be where it is today without it.

Back in the early 1990s, the German car manufacturer was in the doldrums, suffering from falling sales and what looked like an inability to ride out the global recession. To say a lot was resting on the shoulders of the Boxster would be underplaying things. For Porsche, the Boxster was not only a game-changer, it was a life-saver.

Porsche Boxster concept of 1993

The Boxster first appeared as a concept at the 1993 Detroit Motor Show. It totally stole the limelight, evoking memories of the stunning 550 Spyder. Its name was a combination of Boxer, a reference to its engine layout, and Speedster, a nod in the direction of the iconic 356. Such was the car’s reception, Porsche had little option but to push forward with production.

To save costs, the Boxster – internal designation 986 – was developed alongside the new Porsche 911 (996). Porsche looked to Japan – and in particular, Toyota – to learn new production methods, with the outcome being a leaner and fitter organisation. A change was required. In 1986, Porsche sold 30,471 cars in the United States. By 1993 that number had fallen to 3,728. Put simply, Porsche was in a mess.

Porsche Boxster launched in 1996

When the Boxster was finally unveiled in 1996, it’s fair to say there was a momentary sigh of disappointment. Gone was the svelte and sculpted styling of the concept, with the production car looking more bulbous and slab-sided. Of course, the majority of changes were required for mechanical purposes, but we certainly missed the curved doors, low side air intakes and front grille.

But the Boxster was critical to the firm’s long term future. Sure, in the 911 it could boast a global icon, but that was hardly the answer for a company looking to beat the recession. No, what Porsche needed was something more affordable. A car for those who aspired to 911 ownership but didn’t have the means to achieve their dream. The Boxster would go head-to-head with the Mercedes-Benz SLK and BMW Z3…

Poor man’s Porsche 911?

Crucially, the Boxster would trounce the opposition. The hints of 911 made it an easy target for armchair critics, but dynamically speaking the Boxster was in a different league to the Z3 and SLK. Forget the ridiculous tags of ‘poor man’s Porsche 911’ and ‘hairdresser’s car’, the Boxster was – and still is – the real deal.

In its basic form, the Porsche Boxster offered seats with Alcantara centres, 16-inch alloy wheels and no air conditioning. But naturally, Boxster owners were keen to tick a few option boxes, with leather, sports seats, climate control, heated seats, premium audio, a wind deflector, xenon headlights and Porsche Stability Management (PSM) among the options. Porsche was also the first carmaker to offer cabrio-suitable side airbags with head protection.

Porsche Boxster: hard-top

In the UK at least, the hard-top was a popular option. Squint hard and this could pass as a Porsche 911, which would only add fuel to the ‘poor man’s 911’ fire. And let’s not get started on the ‘looks the same from the front as it does from the back’ argument. The fact is, customers voted with their deposits. Such was the demand, Porsche opened a second assembly line in Finland.

In 2000, the Porsche Boxster came of age when the 201hp 2.5-litre engine was replaced by the 217hp 2.7-litre unit. The additional power and torque proved what many onlookers had been saying since 1996: that the Porsche Boxster’s chassis could handle more power.

Porsche Boxster S

But the 2.7-litre engine wasn’t the only big news of 2000. In the same year, Porsche launched the Boxster S, complete with a 250hp 3.2-litre engine. Although subtly different, the S could be spotted by its 17-inch rims, red brake calipers, S badges, titanium-effect trim and – the real giveaway – twin tailpipes.

The Boxster range was facelifted in 2003, with the plastic rear window replaced by a smaller glass window. In addition, the universally disliked ‘fried egg’ indicators were replaced with clear glass indicators. In 2004, Porsche launched the Boxster S 550 Anniversary, built to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the original 550 Spyder. Only 1,953 cars were built, each one painted in the same silver metallic paint found on the Carrera GT.

Porsche Boxster 987

Porsche Boxster 987

The long-awaited second-generation Boxster, known as the 987, was unveiled at the 2004 Paris Motor Show, before going on sale in 2005. The big changes were a new headlight design, larger wheelarches and an improved and harder-wearing interior. The Boxster 987 also spawned a coupe version, known as the Cayman.

A number of special editions followed, including the Design Edition 2. It featured a freer-flowing exhaust, which nudged the power from 291hp to 299hp. Only 500 were made.

Porsche Boxster Spyder

Milestones came and went, with the Boxster notching up 200,000 sales by 2006. This was followed in 2008 with a facelifted 987, featuring cosmetic and performance upgrades. But these were nothing compared to the impact of the Boxster Spyder. It was launched at the 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show and at the time it was the lightest production Porsche you could buy. It also sat one inch lower and featured a pair of signature humps. It was an instant classic.

Today, we’re all a tad excited about the prospect of the Porsche Mission E going into production, but back in 2011 the Boxster E was the most electrifying news to come out of Stuttgart. The four-wheel-drive Boxster E ditched its petrol engine for an electric motor, helping it to accelerate to 62mph in just 5.5 seconds. Sadly, an electric Boxster hasn’t made it into production. Yet.

New generation Porsche Boxster 981

New generation Porsche Boxster 981

The third generation Porsche Boxster – internal designation 981 – was unveiled at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, powered by either a 261hp 2.7-litre engine or a 311hp 3.4-litre unit. The 981 is wider and longer than the previous Boxster, but is 35kg lighter. Crucially, in this age where economy rules, Porsche claims the Boxster is 15% more efficient than before.

In 2014, the Boxster range was extended to include a GTS model, the first time the badge had been seen on Porsche’s entry-level sports car. It’s powered by a 330hp 3.4-litre engine which, when mated to the PDK transmission, helps the Boxster GTS sprint to 62mph in 4.9 seconds (4.7 seconds in Sport+ mode).

Porsche Boxster Spyder

An even more extreme version of the 981 Boxster followed in 2015, revealed at the New York Auto Show. Powered by a mildly detuned version of the 3.8-litre flat-six found in the Cayman GT4 and 911 Carrera S, the Spyder was the most powerful Boxster ever sold, producing 375hp. With a twin-hump rear deck and manually folding canvas roof, it looked the part, too.

The original design team of Grant Larson and Stefan Stark deserve huge credit for nailing the Boxster from the start. That the first and second generation cars stayed true to the original formula is a testament to getting it right first time. This is the Black Edition, a special edition that majors on a host of black upgrades. There’s also a small increase in power.

2016 Porsche 718 Boxster

2016 Porsche 718 Boxster

And that bring us today, with the new 718 Boxster currently on sale. Powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, many complain that it lacks the character of its predecessors. But with the Boxster S producing 375hp, hitting 62mph in 4.6 seconds yet returning a combined 34.9mpg, there’s a lot to like about the 718. It’s a new chapter for the Boxster, but one we’re happy to embrace. Bring on the next 20 years.

Justin Bieber has met Lamborghini's CEO and driven an Aventador Roadster

Justin Bieber has met Lamborghini's CEO and driven an Aventador Roadster

Justin Bieber has met Lamborghini's CEO and driven an Aventador Roadster

We didn’t have Lamborghini boss Stefano Domenicali down as a fan of Justin Bieber, but the firm has released this bizarre picture of the pair posing for a picture during the pop star’s recent visit to Lamborghini.

During his Purpose World Tour, Bieber dropped by Sant’Agata Bolognese for a visit to the Lamborghini factory and its museum.

He then jumped into a Lamborghini Avantador Roadster to drive to Bologna’s Unipol Arena for the last leg of his tour.

The controversial singer has history with the Italian supercar manufacturer.

In 2014, Bieber was arrested in Miami over allegations that he was involved in a race between a Lamborghini and a Ferrari while under the influence of alcohol.

He later published a photograph of him with an orange Huracan promising that he would “drive safe”.

Last year, a fake news story published reports that he’d been critically injured in a crash involving a Lamborghini.

Justin Bieber has met Lamborghini's CEO and driven an Aventador Roadster

Justin Bieber has met Lamborghini's CEO and driven an Aventador Roadster

Justin Bieber has met Lamborghini’s CEO and driven an Aventador Roadster

Justin Bieber has met Lamborghini's CEO and driven an Aventador Roadster

We didn’t have Lamborghini boss Stefano Domenicali down as a fan of Justin Bieber, but the firm has released this bizarre picture of the pair posing for a picture during the pop star’s recent visit to Lamborghini.

During his Purpose World Tour, Bieber dropped by Sant’Agata Bolognese for a visit to the Lamborghini factory and its museum.

He then jumped into a Lamborghini Avantador Roadster to drive to Bologna’s Unipol Arena for the last leg of his tour.

The controversial singer has history with the Italian supercar manufacturer.

In 2014, Bieber was arrested in Miami over allegations that he was involved in a race between a Lamborghini and a Ferrari while under the influence of alcohol.

He later published a photograph of him with an orange Huracan promising that he would “drive safe”.

Last year, a fake news story published reports that he’d been critically injured in a crash involving a Lamborghini.

Justin Bieber has met Lamborghini's CEO and driven an Aventador Roadster

Revealed: the UK’s most reliable cars

Revealed: the UK’s most reliable cars

Revealed: the UK’s most reliable cars

By using data from reliability surveys, you can increase the chances of buying a reliable motor, saving you hundreds, possibly thousands of pounds on repair bills. Using data from the Warranty Direct Reliability Index, we can reveal the 50 most reliable cars in the UK, with the results presented in reverse order.

50. Volkswagen Fox (2006-2012)

Reliability Index: 47

The Reliability Index is based on data acquired over more than a decade by Warranty Direct and includes the number of times a car fails, the cost of repairing it, the average time it spends off the road due to repairs and the average age of mileage of the vehicles. In short: the lower the Reliability Index score, the more reliable the car should be. According to Warranty Direct, the Volkswagen Fox creeps into the top 50 with a score of 47.

49. Toyota Auris (2007-2013)

Reliability Index: 46

The Reliability Index includes information on which parts of the car fail most often: air conditioning, axle and suspension, braking, cooling and heating, electrical, engine, fuel system, gearbox, steering system and transmission are all studied. The Toyota Auris scores well across the board, although the £379 average repair cost is one of the highest in the top 50.

48. Audi TT (1999-2006)

Reliability Index: 45

German cars are conspicuous by their absence, with Japanese cars dominating the upper reaches of the Reliability Index. The first generation Audi TT is the exception to the rule, providing the proof that style and dependability can mix. The braking system is the TT’s weakest point, if the Warranty Direct data is to be believed.

47. Mazda 3 (2004-2009)

Reliability Index: 45

A car will only be included in the Reliability Index when Warranty Direct has the data for at least 50 examples of each make and model. Aside from a poor score in the ‘axle and suspension’ category, the Mazda 3 produced a good set of results across the board.

46. Ford Ka (1996-2009)

46. Ford Ka (1996-2009)

Reliability Index: 43

The original Ford Ka is fun to drive, cheap to run and – according to the Warranty Direct data – is one of the most reliable used city cars in the UK. With an average repair cost of £140, it should be cheap to put right if things do go wrong. You just need to look out for the dreaded rust.

45. Renault Kangoo (2009-2012)

Reliability Index: 42

The Renault Kangoo would have appeared further up the table, but was let down by a poor record for electrical gremlins. If things go wrong, you can bank on spending £297 on fixing this van-based MPV.

44. Citroen Berlingo First (2005-2009)

Reliability Index: 42

If you’re after a no-frills, no-nonsense van-based MPV, you can do a lot worse than the Citroen Berlingo. A high roofline and a pair of sliding doors means this is more practical than a standard crossover, while it should provide years of reliable transport.

43. Renault Scenic (2009-2016)

Reliability Index: 41

Own up, you didn’t expect to a see a trio of French cars performing so well in a reliability survey, did you? The all-new Renault Scenic has gone off in a new direction, offering SUV-like styling and huge alloy wheels, but the Reliability Index suggests the outgoing model was surprisingly dependable. In common with the Kangoo, electrical issues are the primary complaint.

42. Toyota Corolla (2001-2007)

Reliability Index: 37

The Toyota Corolla badge has been banished from the UK, with the Auris taking its place. An evening in with a Corby trouser press might be more exciting, but at least the Corolla won’t let you down. Just don’t ask it to press your slacks.

41. Skoda Fabia (2007-2014)

41. Skoda Fabia (2007-2014)

Reliability Index: 37

The Fabia is the only Skoda to appear in the top 50, but it’s worth noting that the Warranty Direct data is a few years old. The Fabia is based on the Volkswagen Polo, a car that doesn’t make the top 50.

40. Suzuki Jimny (1998-present)

Reliability Index: 37

In more ways than one, the Suzuki Jimny is the car that goes on and on. It’ll venture further off the beaten track than some SUVs costing considerably more, and has been on sale in its current guise since 1998.

39. Toyota Prius (2009-2015)

Reliability Index: 36

The Toyota Prius is arguably the world’s most famous eco car – the darling of green-washed celebrity and Uber cab drivers. The previous generation Prius appears at number 39 on the list of dependable cars, but it’s not the most reliable generation on the list…

38. Vauxhall Zafira (1999-2005)

Reliability Index: 36

Another car you probably didn’t expect to see here: it’s the original Vauxhall Zafira. Thanks to its innovative Flex7 seating system, the Zafira won the hearts and minds of family across the land. It’s the 38th most reliable car in the Warranty Direct survey. Who’d have thought it?

37. Vauxhall Tigra (2004-2009)

Reliability Index: 35

No, not the original and increasingly appealing Tigra, but the second generation ‘Twin Top’ Tigra, introduced in 2004. The Corsa-based coupe-cabriolet is the second and final Vauxhall to appear on the list.

36. Nissan Micra (2002-2010)

36. Nissan Micra (2002-2010)

Reliability Index: 34

The K12 Nissan Micra isn’t the most practical of superminis: a lack of space for rear seat passengers and a small boot are two complaints. But aside from that, the third generation Micra is a thoroughly decent supermini.

35. Kia Rio (2005-2011)

Reliability Index: 34

Kia Rio owners have little cause for complaint, with the brakes being the only real issue highlighted by the Warranty Direct data. It’s not the most refined or exciting car you can buy, but you pays your money and you takes your choice. Or something.

34. Honda Civic (2006-2011)

Reliability Index: 33

The European Honda Civic caused quite a stir when it was unveiled in 2006 and – a decade on – it is no less eye catching. Buy a Civic with the excellent i-CTDi engine and you have the makings of one of the best diesel-engined family hatchbacks you can buy.

33. Audi A4 Allroad (2009-2015)

Reliability Index: 33

When it was new, the Audi A4 Allroad was criticised for being a tad expensive, especially once you had finished working your way through the list of options. On the used car market, this is less of an issue, so grab yourself one of the best looking estate cars of recent years. It’s pretty handy off the beaten track, too.

32. Citroen C3 Picasso (2009-present)

Reliability Index: 32

The compact MPV sector isn’t one for setting pulses racing, but the Citroen C3 Picasso is a rare beacon of light. The funky styling is complemented by a cool interior to provide a welcome tonic to the likes of the Nissan Note and Vauxhall Meri… sorry, drifted off there for a second.

31. Toyota Yaris (2006-2011)

31. Toyota Yaris (2006-2011)

Reliability Index: 32

You’ll have noticed that the Reliability Index isn’t exactly littered with exciting motors. What can we read into that? The cars on the list tend to be owned by caring drivers? Or that more exciting cars tend to be enjoyed and driven hard? We suspect it’s a combination of the two. Meanwhile, the Toyota Yaris takes its place at number 31.

30. Nissan Note (2006-2013)

Reliability Index: 31

Aside from poor results in the ‘axle and suspension’ and ‘electrical’ categories, the Nissan Note performed well in Warranty Direct’s Reliability Index. The Note majors on space, practicality and technology.

29. Toyota Aygo (2005-2014)

Reliability Index: 31

The Toyota Aygo is the result of a platform-sharing venture with Citroen and Peugeot, but it’s interesting to note that the French models deliver a more impressive set of results. On the plus side, at £211, the Toyota Aygo is the cheapest to repair should things go wrong.

28. Nissan Almera (2000-2006)

Reliability Index: 30

Remember the Nissan Almera? This was the family hatchback Nissan ditched in order to pursue a new career peddling crossovers to an unsuspecting public. It might be the automotive equivalent of semolina, but the Almera should prove to be reliable.

27. Hyundai i30 (2007-2011)

Reliability Index: 28

The Hyundai i30 is the beige cardigan of the five-door family hatchback segment: practicality and comfort are more prevalent than magic and sparkle. Val Doonican looked good in a cardigan. We’re not sure he’d have rocked the i30 look, mind.

26. Toyota Prius (2003-2009)

26. Toyota Prius (2003-2009)

Reliability Index: 28

We’re almost at the midway point – assuming you’re still with us – where we find the second generation Toyota Prius. In truth, this was a far superior product to the Prius it replaced and helped to propel the hybrid into the mainstream.

25. Mitsubishi Colt (2004-2013)

Reliability Index: 27

Number 25 in the Reliability Index and number 25 on the list of superminis you’ve probably forgotten. The Mitsubishi Colt has one huge selling point: it’s not a Mitsubishi Mirage.

24. Honda Civic (2000-2006)

Reliability Index: 26

Before Honda went all space-age and daring with the Civic, it built something a little more sombre. But don’t let the bland styling put you off, because this Civic is good to drive, practical and – according to Warranty Direct – should be reliable.

23. Ford Fusion (2002-2012)

Reliability Index: 26

The Ford Fusion is a proper love/hate car. Some will like the Fiesta-meets-SUV styling, while others will be turned off by its frumpy looks. Whatever, the Fusion is reasonably practical and OK to drive.

22. Ford Fiesta (2008-present)

Reliability Index: 24

Given that the Ford Fiesta is the UK’s best-selling car, Warranty Direct would have been able to draw from a large data pool for the Reliability Index. So it’s encouraging to see it sitting just outside the top 20.

21. SEAT Ibiza (2006-2009)

21. SEAT Ibiza (2006-2009)

Reliability Index: 24

We’re getting to the stage where the cars are as dependable as your pet labrador. But that’s where the similarities end, because while the SEAT Ibiza should be a reliable supermini, it won’t fetch a stick for you or shake its wet coat in the hallway.

20. Mazda 2 (2007-2015)

Reliability Index: 23

There’s a tinge of excitement here, as we reach the top 20 most reliable cars you can buy. But before you get too carried away, we should point out that the Almera Tino is still to come. As for the Mazda 2: it’s great to drive, good to look at and won’t let you down.

19. Peugeot 107 (2005-2014)

Reliability Index: 22

Of the three platform-sharing superminis, the Peugeot 107 is likely to be the most expensive should things go wrong. On the plus side, the Warranty Direct data suggests it’s likely to be more reliable than the Toyota Aygo.

18. Peugeot Partner Tepee (2008-present)

Reliability Index: 22

It’s yet another wipe-clean, no-nonsense van-based MPV, and with an average repair cost of £168, the Peugeot Partner Tepee is one of the most cost-effective cars on the list. The Warranty Direct data proves that there’s more to buying a car than just image-friendly badges and glossy brochures.

17. Honda Accord (2008-2015)

Reliability Index: 21

Ah, there’s a sense of comfort associated with the fact that the Honda Accord appears so high on the list. It’s the executive saloon of choice for those who put reliability and dependability above all else when it comes to buying a car. And it’s all the better for it.

16. Toyota Yaris (2003-2005)

16. Toyota Yaris (2003-2005)

Reliability Index: 21

The first generation Toyota Yaris is the 16th most reliable car in the country, but it’s worth noting that the data is based on the facelifted car, built between 2003 and 2005. These later cars are worth seeking out on the used market.

15. Ford Focus (1998-2004)

Reliability Index: 20

The first generation Ford Focus revolutionised the family hatchback sector, sending shockwaves throughout the segment. It was chalk and cheese compared with the Escort it replaced (the Escort was the cheese), and encouraged many carmakers to up their game.

14. Kia Picanto (2004-2011)

Reliability Index: 19

The Kia Picanto didn’t send shockwaves through anything when it arrived in 2004, but buyers were attracted to its five-door practicality and excellent value for money.

13. Nissan Qashqai+2 (2008-2013)

Reliability Index: 18

The Nissan Qashqai+2 – so called because it offers a row of extra seats – does something the standard Qashqai cannot do, by appearing on the list of the most reliable cars. Buyers loved the seven-seat Qashqai, so it was a surprise to see Nissan ditching the option in the new version.

12. Honda Jazz (2001-2008)

Reliability Index: 16

Three things in life are guaranteed: night follows day, there will be a DFS sale on, and the Honda Jazz will perform well in a reliability survey. If only everything in life was as reliable as a Jazz, as a famous Volkswagen ad so very nearly said. This data is based on the first generation Jazz, introduced in 2001.

11. Citroen C1 (2005-2014)

11. Citroen C1 (2005-2014)

Reliability Index: 16

Wait, what? A Honda Jazz beaten by a French car? What next, a person you actually recognise appearing in I’m a Failed Celebrity Get Me in There? Good work, Citroen C1.

10. Ford Ka (2008-2016)

Reliability Index: 16

This is where we split the wheat from the chaff: the top 10 most reliable cars in the UK. The second generation Ka might lack the cheekiness and fun-to-drive dynamics of the original Ka, but the Fiat 500-based city car does something its Italian sibling cannot achieve, by appearing on this list.

9. Chevrolet Kalos (2005-2011)

Reliability Index: 16

The Chevrolet Kalos started life as a Daewoo and was a replacement for the Astra-based Lanos. Now that the family tree has been explained, we’ll leave you to come to terms with the fact that there’s a Chevrolet performing so well in the Reliability Index.

8. Mazda MX-5 (2005-2015)

Reliability Index: 15

The Mazda MX-5 is proof that you can have your cake and eat it. One of the world’s best affordable sports cars just happens to be one of the most reliable, too. Assemble a Honda Jazz and Mazda MX-5 two-car garage and enjoy a stress-free life. Probably.

7. Mercedes-Benz CLC (2008-2010)

Reliability Index: 14

The CLC – the replacement for the old C-Class Sports Coupe – was designed to attract a younger audience to the Mercedes-Benz badge. It was rather expensive when new, which only served to limit sales to younger buyers, but it’s a classy buy on the used car market.

6. Hyundai i10 (2008-2013)

6. Hyundai i10 (2008-2013)

Reliability Index: 12

The Hyundai i10 isn’t the most exciting used city car you can buy, but the Warranty Direct data suggests that it might be one of the most dependable. The new i10 is a much-improved model, but a first generation is perfectly adequate if you intend to drive from A to B without visiting C.

5. Nissan Almera Tino (2000-2005)

Reliability Index: 12

The Spanish-built Almera Tino was Nissan’s response to the likes of the Renault Scenic and Vauxhall Zafira: a more practical version of the Almera hatchback. We’re struggling to find anything interesting to say. Goodness, is that the time?

4. Honda Insight (2009-2014)

Reliability Index: 7

Sadly, not the the original and futurist Honda Insight, but the second generation model, introduced in 2009. While the Mk1 Insight was arguably superior to the Prius, by the time the Mk2 had arrived, the Toyota had raced into a healthy lead. On the plus side: the Insight performs better in the Reliability Index.

3. Honda Jazz (2008-2015)

Reliability Index: 5

And so we reach the top three: the most reliable cars you can buy. It’s no surprise to find a Honda Jazz perched at such a lofty position. Indeed, it’s more surprising to find that it hasn’t grabbed the top spot…

2. Toyota iQ (2008-2014)

Reliability Index: 4

The three-metre long Toyota IQ was the country’s smallest four-seater, although in reality it was best suited to carrying three people. The Reliability Index suggests the tiny city car should be utterly reliable, although 100% of complaints concerned the engine.

1. Mitsubishi Lancer (2005-2008)

1. Mitsubishi Lancer (2005-2008)

Reliability Index: 4

With an average repair cost of just £69 and a near fault-free reputation, the Mitsubishi Lancer is the unlikely star of the Reliability Index. The best news: you can buy a Lancer for as little as £500. Bargain.