Ford Fiesta ST3

First 5 Minutes: Ford Fiesta ST3

Ford Fiesta ST3After MR broke the news that Ford was launching a range-topping Fiesta ST3 variant, we were eager to test one and see how the package worked.  Read more

First 5 Minutes: Ford Fiesta 1.0 Ecoboost Powershift

fiesta1Small cars and automatic gearboxes are a rare combination. Why is that? Well, auto ‘boxes tend to add a couple of thousand to the list price of a car. Read more

Citroen DS3 By Benefit 001

First 5 Minutes: Citroen DS3 By Benefit 1.6 VTi 120

Citroen DS3 By Benefit 001The DS3 is a car Citroen is rightly chuffed with. It effectively replaced the shonky old C2 but did so much more: it proved Citroen can make a MINI, and a convincing one at that. Read more


First 5 minutes: MG3 3STYLE

MG3Fun. That was the key message behind the new Toyota Aygo at its press conference earlier this week. Fun, through customisation, an enjoyable driving experience and plenty of tech, is the way Toyota will market its Aygo to the crucial younger market – key customers of A-segment cars. Read more

Lexus GS 300h

First 5 Minutes: Lexus GS 300h

Lexus GS 300hBMW 5 Series. Audi A6. Mercedes-Benz E-Class. Since the demise of mainstream execs like the Vauxhall Omega, the demise of the Volvo S80’s competitiveness, the demise of Saab, executive car drivers have for years had but three choices. Read more

First 5 Minutes: Porsche 911 Turbo

1_5-mins-911-TurboI took my wife away for a weekend away in the Cotswolds, and it was nearly in the 911 Turbo. Good job CJ needed it instead.

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First 5 Minutes: Infiniti Q50 Hybrid

Infiniti-Q50-HybridThe Q50 is not the car Infiniti hoped it would be. A BMW beater, or at least an Audi challenger, it yearned: a worthy also-ran, seems to be the initial consensus.

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Alfa Romeo 4C

Andrew rides in the Alfa Romeo 4C

Alfa Romeo 4CYou don’t buy a car from Alfa Romeo with your head, you buy one because they excite you and they look great and you want something a little alternative. But the problem is, for me at least, Alfas of recent years haven’t been that exciting.

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First 5 Minutes: Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale

Maserati_GranTurismo_MC_Stradale_black_frontThe most exciting thing about the first five minutes of driving a Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale is not the looks, the performance or the noise.

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First 5 Minutes: Peugeot 308

Peugeot 308 2014The new Peugeot 308 impressed me before I’d even actually driven it – because the office was effusive.

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