Rewind back two decades and the image of a muddy Subaru plugging through a forest would have been a common sight, especially with Colin McRae behind the wheel. In the years since that WRC heyday, Subaru has often struggled to define itself as a brand in the UK. SUVs are now firmly on the agenda, and the revised XV is part of a strategy to carve out a niche in a deeply competitive marketplace.
You can read Andrew’s review of the new XV here. With Subaru expecting this new model to become the brand’s best-selling model in the UK, there is a lot riding on it.
This week we’ve also driven a Ferrari-powered SUV, looked back at the favourite cars driven by the MR team in 2017, and produced a comprehensive guide to all the automotive Christmas TV you need to survive the festive season.
- Saddle up the reindeer. Fuel prices are set to rise in the run-up to Christmas.
- Londoners are more likely to risk drink-driving ‘the morning after’ a big night.
- These are 10 safest new cars of 2017, with a winner to be picked in 2018.
- Looking at a Volkswagen T-Roc or Arteon? Prices have just been lowered.
- Mazda is being honest about what self-driving cars mean for enthusiasts.
- If you have £100k spare, you can own a part of The Fast & Furious history.
- Dany Bahar is back, with a recreation of the De Tomaso Pantera supercar.
2018 Subaru XV – First drive review
The compact crossover market is an ever-growing one, and Subaru wants to push the XV to more buyers. We’ve driven the new version to see what it has to offer.
2018 Maserati Levante S – First drive review
Ferrari might not have its own SUV, yet, so the closest you can get is this. The new Levante S features a Ferrari-sourced twin-turbocharged engine, but is it any good?
The best cars driven by MR in 2017
The Motoring Research team have driven a lot of cars this year, but these are the ones each team member has picked as their favourites. It’s certainly a diverse list.
Christmas automotive TV choices
Modern Christmas TV is a minefield to navigate. If you’re a petrolhead, this is the guide to keep yourself occupied during the festivities.
Most people would be happy if a new car appeared under their Christmas. However, you might be a little disappointed with these.
Taking out finance on a family hatchback is one thing, but doing it for a supercar is something else. These are the most popular.
Retro MR – Barn-find Porsche 901 joins museum collection
Although the term ‘barn-find’ is used a lot, this rare Porsche 901 really was rather special. Now fully restored, it has taken pride of place in the Porsche collection.
Retro MR – The retro cars MR wants for Christmas
Each MR team member was given the chance to pick three retro cars they would like to see on Christmas Day. We might need some extra wrapping paper for all these.