Toyota's RAV4 enters its fourth generation

The Toyota RAV4 was one of the cars that pioneered a new class of vehicle – the small SUV that combined some of the go-anywhere ability of a full 4x4 with the more car-like driving style of a less-focussed mud-plugger.

Toyota RAV4

New premium look for Freelander

Perhaps in response to the huge success of the Range Rover Evoque, Land Rover is giving its sibling, the Land Rover Freelander a makeover which will be shown for the first time at the Moscow International Motor Show on August 29. The aim of the upgrade is to give the Freelander greater upmarket appeal and Land Rover say it is designed to deliver better comfort, more convenience and greater driving enjoyment.

Land Rover Freelander

New Range Rover first pictures

These are the first official pictures of the new Range Rover that Land Rover will show for the first time at the Paris Motor Show in September. Although it has so faithfully carried forward distinctive Range Rover design cues that it might look, at first glance, like a facelift, the new Range Rover is actually new from the ground up.

New Range Rover

Range Rover Evoque appeals

The significance of the Range Rover Evoque is greater than just the launch of a new model. In effect it marks the launch of a new sub brand.

Range Rover Evoque

Bentley shows SUV concept at Geneva

It has been a fairly open secret that Bentley has been looking at the SUV market as a possible extension to its range. Now, at the Geneva Motor Show, Bentley is testing the reaction of the public with the Bentley EXP9F concept.

Bently EXP9F concept

New small SUV to join Vauxhall range

These are the first official pictures of the new Vauxhall Mokka, a small SUV that will take Vauxhall into a new market sector when it is officially launched at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

Vauxhall Mokka

New British car maker debuts at Frankfurt Motor Show

It’s not often that a new car maker joins the motor industry elite, let alone a new British car maker. But, there’s a new British name over one of the stands at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Eternity Hemera

Suzuki's small family "crossover"

A year ago I brought you my first impressions of the Suzuki SX4, which is probably best described as small hatchback/SUV/MPV crossover. The model I tested then was the front-wheel-drive 1.6-litre. This time I had a chance to try the four-wheel-drive version with the new two-litre DDiS engine.

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Mini Countryman the new 4x4 Mini

The long-expected Mini 4x4 crossover has been announced today. The new Mini Countryman is not only the first MIni to offer four wheel drive, it is also the first with four passenger doors (the Clubman has three passenger doors, the third controversially being on the “wrong” side for the the UK).

Mini Countryman

Volvo takes on the small SUV market

Motor manufacturers constantly have to scan the far horizon looking for signs as to what type of car the buyers of the future will want. It takes time to develop a new model, so you have to have a pretty good idea of what will be the expanding markets in the future.

Volvo XC60

Vitara loses individuality

When the Suzuki Vitara first hit the UK market it quickly gathered an almost a cult following. Here was a small affordable off-roader with style and presence.

Suzuki Grand Vitara

GM ready to offload Hummer

General Motors, which yesterday filed for bankruptcy protection, says it has reached an understanding with a buyer to sell its Hummer brand. The sale is not expected to take place until the third quarter of this year and is subject to a number of conditions.

Hummer

Qashquai grows up

In my first road test of the Nissan Qashqai I pointed out that – despite its off-roader-meets-MPV looks, it really was just a normal four or five-door hatchback with interesting packaging. Well, now the Qashqai has grown up. Meet the Qashqai +2.

Nissan Qashqai +2

Audi's big off-roader

Almost everyone remarks about the Audi Q7’s size. So, if Audi’s intention was to make an impression with their first ever off-roader, they certainly succeeded with the new Audi Q7. Read More...

Renault finally joins 4x4 brigade

It has taken the French motor giants some time to take the plunge into the 4x4 market. Peugeot Citroen made the move with the help of Mitsubishi, using the Outlander as the basis for the Citroen C-Crosser and the Peugeot 4007. Now, finally Renault has taken the plunge.

Renault Koleos

Mini Cross 4x4 to go into production

Mini, riding a high currently as the fastest growing premium brand, especially in the USA, will put the Crossover concept unveiled at this month's Paris motor show into production "in the near future," says BMW sales and marketing boss Ian Robertson.
The company wants to take advantage of the current trend for downsizing.

Mini Cross

New Tiguan is a great all-rounder

When Volkswagen set out to build their new off-roader, the Tiguan, their stated intention was to produce a smaller version of the Touareg. The newcomer certainly looks the part. Like its bigger sibling the lines are classy, perhaps even understated. Indeed, despite its newness, the Tiguan caused little stir. Read More...

Freelander grows up

The Land Rover Freelander, Britain's favourite small 4x4, has grown up. Not that it has grown much bigger, but Freelander 2 is a more sophisticated, more refined and more up-market vehicle to keep the Freelander at the forefront of this market. Read More...

Volkswagen Touareg - the discrete off-roader

Drive a big off-roader these days and you may invite some questioning about your need for such a large vehicle. That's a more likely line of questioning if your choice of off-roader carries a badge that presents an image of luxury.

C-Crosser comes late to the party

Considering that Citroen has had a long involvement in events like the Dakar Rally, in the tough off-road conditions of the Sahara, it's perhaps surprising that it has taken until now for the famous chevrons to appear on the nose of an off-road vehicle. The new Citroen C-Crosser is the product of international collaboration between Citroen, its sister company Peugeot and Mitsubishi. Read More...

Mercedes' people-carrying semi SUV

The Mercedes-Benz R Class is what could probably be described as a crossover vehicle. That is, it crosses over accepted market segments. It's an estate car. It's a six-seater so it is part MPV. And it is a four-wheel-drive, so it is part SUV. The trouble is, this crossing of boundaries makes it difficult to pin-point who will want to buy one. Read More...

Lexus LS460 comes loaded with technology

It's an odd feeling sitting in the driver's seat doing nothing more than feathering the brake pedal while the car parks itself. The park assist system is probably the headline-grabbing technology on the car that has everything... or at least you can have everything if you pay for the right level of specification. Read More...

Tribeca opens new market for Subaru

When Subaru first appeared in the UK they were seen as workhorse vehicles for rural types. Pick ups and estate cars with some go-anywhere ability thanks to their four wheel drive system. Then, along came Colin McRae spearheading their high-profile world rally championship successes, Subaru suddenly became the sporty.