The moral Mercedes: We drive the German brand’s new £40k electric EQA

Maybe it lost something in translation, but my first attempt at a voice command with Mercedes-Benz’s smallest electric car – the new compact crossover EQA – seemed to fall on deaf ears. Half in jest I thought: ‘I’ll try it in a German accent.’ After all, I was driving an early left-hand drive version straight … Read more

Jack of all trades: Say hello to Porsche’s new £80k Taycan Cross Turismo

The wraps are off and Porsche’s new electric zero-emissions estate is now officially unveiled after its spectacular online world premiere from Germany. It comes after This is Money was given an exclusive UK road-test of a lightly disguised pre-production version of the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo – indeed of the very same vehicle that made … Read more

Car registrations down 36% in February to lowest level in 62 YEARS

Registrations of new cars have dropped to the lowest level in February for 62 years, industry figures have confirmed this morning. A total of just 51,312 new models were purchased last month, which is the fewest since 1959 – the year the original Mini went on sale. The month marked a 36 per cent year-on-year … Read more

New 21-plate arrives: Best discounts from dealers despite lockdown

With car showroom doors shut until 12 April at the very earliest as part of Boris Johnson’s roadmap out of lockdown, dealers are from the start of this week handing over the keys to new models with the latest ’21’ registration plates while still under tough Covid-19 restrictions. However, that’s not to say buyers can’t … Read more

Fuel duty freeze extends to a decade but pump prices are on the rise

Rishi Sunak has confirmed that fuel duty will be frozen for a tenth consecutive year. The decision in today’s Budget means the tax paid on petrol and diesel will remain at 57.95p-a-litre, as has been the case since 2011.  As a result, the tax currently accounts for around 47 per cent of what drivers pay … Read more

Petrol cars waste far more raw materials than electric, it’s claimed

Cars with petrol and diesel engines waste hundreds of times more raw materials than an equivalent electric vehicle, according to a new study by a green campaign group.   Over the course of a fossil-fuel car’s lifetime it burns through the equivalent of a stack of oil barrels 25 storeys high, while electric vehicles waste only … Read more

Driving Iron Man’s electric supercar: We test the Audi e-Tron GT

It took me all of about five seconds and a few hundred yards of driving to get the measure of Audi’s new flagship electric grand tourer – the e-tron GT. There are very few cars with which you feel almost instantly at ease and intuitively in tune – and this is one of them. The … Read more

Volvo to sell only electric cars by 2030 and exclusively online

Volvo’s entire line-up will be fully electric by 2030 as it phases out all cars with internal combustion engines, including hybrids, it said today. The Chinese-owned Swedish company followed the likes of Ford and Jaguar Land Rover in recent weeks, in outlining plans to ditch petrol and diesel engines by the end of this decade.  … Read more

Volvo to sell only fully-electric cars by 2030 that will be bought exclusively online

Volvo’s entire car line-up will be fully electric by 2030 as it phases out the production of all models with internal combustion engines, including hybrids, the Chinese-owned company said on Tuesday. It followed the likes of Ford and Jaguar Land Rover in recent weeks to outline its plans to ditch petrol and diesel engines by … Read more

Toyota Yaris named European Car of the Year 2021

Toyota’s Yaris has won the coveted European Car of the Year, defeating the likes of the new fully-electric Fiat 500 and Volkswagen ID.3 as well as Land Rover’s Defender SUV to claim the award.  The Japanese supermini – which starts from £19,910 in the UK – was crowned in a ceremony in Geneva on Monday afternoon. … Read more