Group tests

Golf GTI vs Focus ST
VW Golf GTI vs Ford Focus ST
Ford Focus ST hatchback

Golf GTI vs Focus ST

With 247bhp and a newfound appetite for corners, the latest Ford Focus ST promises to be one of the most exciting hot hatches.
6 Feb 2013
Porsche Boxster vs Lotus Elise S
Porsche Boxster vs Lotus Elise S
Lotus Elise convertible

Porsche Boxster vs Lotus Elise S

Which of these sub-£40K sports cars delivers the best open-top kicks, the all-new 2.7-litre Porsche Boxster or the latest supercharged Lotus Elise? Ri…
4 Feb 2013
Caterhams on track
Caterhams on track
Group tests

Caterhams on track

The R600 and SP300R are the two fastest production Caterhams ever – and its all thanks to the supercharged engine they share. But does forced inductio…
4 Feb 2013
Porsche 911 through the ages
Porsche 911 through the ages
Porsche 911 coupe

Porsche 911 through the ages

The new 991-spec Porsche 911 can trace its roots back through half a century of automotive evolution. Richard Meaden charts the iconic coupe’s journey
30 Jan 2013
Astra VXR vs Focus RS and Megane 265
Vauxhall Astra VXR vs Renaultsport Megane 265 vs Ford Focus RS
Vauxhall Astra hatchback

Astra VXR vs Focus RS and Megane 265

The new 276bhp Vauxhall Astra VXR has all the ingredients to be one of the best hot hatches ever made, but any weaknesses will be exposed by two great…
24 Jan 2013
Leftfield car of the year
Morgan 3 Wheeler v Vauxhall Maloo v Mercedes ML63 v BAC Mono
Mercedes M-Class SUV

Leftfield car of the year

Four of the most unusual and exhilarating cars to hit the UK market in 2012 scrap for the attention of Jethro Bovingdon.
22 Jan 2013
Maserati GranTurismo Sport vs Supercoupe rivals
Maserati GranTurismo Sport v Mercedes CLS 63 AMG, BMW M6, Aston Martin DB9 and Bentley Continental GT Speed
Maserati GranTurismo coupe

Maserati GranTurismo Sport vs Supercoupe rivals

Maseratis are all too often overlooked. We find out why they don’t deserve to be, by comparing the new 454bhp GranTurismo Sport against the Mercedes C…
16 Jan 2013
Toyota GT86 vs icons
Toyota GT86 vs Renault Clio 200 Cup, Honda Integra Type-R, BMW M3 E30
Toyota GT 86 coupe

Toyota GT86 vs icons

We pit the Toyota GT86 against icons with the same power to weight ratio: the Renault Clio 200 Cup, Honda Integra Type-R and BMW E30 M3
20 Dec 2012
Subaru BRZ group test
Subaru BRZ vs Nissan 370Z, Mazda MX-5 and Renault Megane 265
Renault Megane Coupe

Subaru BRZ group test

One of 2012's most important cars - the Subaru BRZ - tackles rivals from Mazda, Nissan and Renaultsport
19 Dec 2012
Porsche 911 3.8 group test
Porsche 911 vs R8, GT-R, XKR-S, M5, GranTurismo and Vantage
Porsche 911 coupe

Porsche 911 3.8 group test

The new 991-gen Porsche 911 Carrera S faces its foes from Jaguar, BMW, Nissan, Audi, Maserati and Aston Martin
18 Dec 2012
Porsche 911 3.4 group test
Porsche 911 Carrera group test
Porsche 911 coupe

Porsche 911 3.4 group test

The new 991-gen Porsche 911 Carrera faces its foes from Jaguar, BMW, Mercedes, Lotus and Nissan
18 Dec 2012
Mini Coupe v its rivals
Mini Coupe JCW v Renault Clio 200 v Corsa VXR Nurburgring v Abarth 695 Tributo
Mini John Cooper Works hatchback

Mini Coupe v its rivals

Mini's pumped-up John Cooper Works Coupe tackles its hot hatch foes, the Clio 200 Cup, Corsa VXR Nurburgring and Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari
21 Dec 2011
Boss Mustang v rivals
Ford Mustang Boss 302 v BMW M3 v Audi RS5 v Mercedes C63 AMG Coupe
BMW 3 Series coupe

Boss Mustang v rivals

Clash of the V8 coupes: Ford's lairy new Mustang Boss 302 tackles its European rivals, the BMW M3, Audi RS5 and Mercedes C63 AMG Coupe
21 Dec 2011
Convertible supercar battle
Audi R8 Spyder v Alfa 8C Spider v Aston Vantage S v Porsche 911 GTS
Audi R8 Spyder

Convertible supercar battle

The Stelvio Pass hosts a battle of the best sounding soft-top supercars. Alfa 8C Spider, Audi R8 Spyder, Aston Vantage S Roadster and Porsche 911 Carr…
20 Dec 2011
BMW 1M v its rivals
BMW 1-series M Coupe v Porsche Cayman R, Audi TT RS, Nissan 370Z
BMW 1 Series coupe

BMW 1M v its rivals

BMW's baby M car, the new 1-series M Coupe, battles tough rivals fron Porsche, Nissan and Audi. Richard Meaden referees on road and track
20 Dec 2011
Turbo supercars test
Ferrari F40 v Jaguar XJ220 v Porsche 911 GT2 RS v Noble M600
Porsche 911 coupe

Turbo supercars test

The greatest turbocharged supercars go head to head: Ferrari F40 and Jaguar XJ220 take on Porsche GT2 RS and Noble M600. Video and review here
20 Dec 2011
Peugeot RCZ v rivals
VW Scirocco Peugeot RCZ Audi TT
Peugeot RCZ coupe

Peugeot RCZ v rivals

The curvy new Peugeot RCZ battles its most talented coupe rivals, the Audi TT and Volkswagen Scirocco
19 Dec 2011
Citroen DS3-R v rivals
Citroen DS3 Racing group test
Citroen DS3 hatchback

Citroen DS3-R v rivals

Citroen re-enters the hot hatch class with its 204bhp DS3 Racing. But is it exciting enough to beat Clio 200 Cup, Polo GTI, Corsa VXR and Mini JCW? Re…
19 Dec 2011
Audi R8 Spyder v supercar rivals
Audi R8 Spyder group test
Audi R8 Spyder

Audi R8 Spyder v supercar rivals

The mighty Audi R8 V10 Spyder meets its supercar convertible rivals from Ferrari, Porsche and Jaguar. Full story and 25 hi-res pictures
9 Sep 2010
Citroen DS3 v hot hatch rivals
Citroen DS3 group test
Citroen DS3 hatchback

Citroen DS3 v hot hatch rivals

Citroen makes its first hot hatch in years. We pitch the DS3 turbo against rivals from Renault, Mini and Abarth
3 Sep 2010
Aston Martin Rapide v rivals
Aston Martin Rapide v Porsche Panamera Turbo v Maserati Quattroporte GT S v Bentley Flying Spur Speed
Aston Martin Rapide hatchback

Aston Martin Rapide v rivals

Aston Martin's 470bhp, V12-engined, four-seat Rapide is here. We test it back-to-back with its closest supersaloon rivals from Maserati, Bentley and P…
26 Aug 2010
370Z Roadster v its rivals
Nissan 370Z Roadster v Audi TT S v BMW Z4
Nissan 370Z coupe

370Z Roadster v its rivals

We’re big fans of Nissan’s 370Z, but is the new Roadster version still a satisfying drive? Here it meets rivals from Audi and BMW
14 Apr 2010
Mega hatch group test
Ford Focus RS
Ford Focus RS hatchback

Mega hatch group test

The ultimate hot hatch fight: the new Renault Megane 250 takes on Focus RS, Golf GTI and Cupra R
6 Jan 2010
evo car of the year 2009
evo car of the year 2009
Group tests

evo car of the year 2009

This is the simply breathtaking Isle of Skye, and these are the finest drivers' cars of 2009. Now we've got three days to find out which is the best o…
15 Dec 2009
Big Fun?
Porsche Panamera v Maserati Quattroporte S v Jaguar XFR
Porsche Panamera hatchback

Big Fun?

With 493bhp, the Turbo is the ultimate version of Porsche’s new Panamera. It’s astonishingly quick, too, but does it involve the driver like the Maser…
1 Dec 2009
Ibiza Cupra V Clio 200 Cup
SEAT Ibiza Cupra V Renaultsport Clio 200 Cup
SEAT Ibiza hatchback

Ibiza Cupra V Clio 200 Cup

SEAT’s new Ibiza Cupra has the Renaultsport Clio 200 Cup square in its sights. Can our current hot hatch favourite defend its position? Time to find o…
23 Nov 2009
Focus ST v Mazda 3 MPS
Ford Focus ST Mountune v Mazda 3 MPS
Ford Focus ST hatchback

Focus ST v Mazda 3 MPS

The 256bhp Mazda 3 MPS is still one of the most potent hatchbacks around, and now its been updated to make it sharper than ever before
17 Nov 2009
Type-R group test
Honda Civic Type-R group test
Honda Civic hatchback

Type-R group test

First there was the Civic Type-R, then came the enhanced Championship White edition. Now Honda’s hot hatch has been improved once again with the creat…
13 Oct 2009
Mini celebration
Mini celebration
MINI

Mini celebration

The Mini is 50. To celebrate, we bring together six of the best, from 1960s Cooper S to 2009 JCW, to find out which possesses the most of that Mini ma…
1 Oct 2009
Miura and Murcielago
Lamborghini Miura and Murcielago
Lamborghini Murcielago coupe

Miura and Murcielago

Miura and Murcielago neatly bookend the story of the supercar. Henry Catchpole drives them in ultimate SV form
30 Sep 2009
Sports saloons
Audi S4 v BMW 335i v Mitsubishi Evo X FQ330
Audi S4 saloon

Sports saloons

They’re pitched as sports saloons that you could happily live with day-in, day-out, but which is the best all-rounder: the new supercharged V6 Audi S4…
27 Aug 2009
GT-R v Veyron
Nissan GT-R v Bugatti Veyron
Nissan GT-R coupe

GT-R v Veyron

Nissan’s GT-R has been described as a baby Veyron, but is it really a match for the mighty Bugatti?
20 Aug 2009
Hardcore coupes
911 GT3 v Vantage V12 v R8 V10 v Corvette ZR1
Porsche 911 coupe

Hardcore coupes

Which is the best hardcore coupe on the road: Audi R8 V10, Aston V12 Vantage, Porsche GT3 or Corvette ZR1?
4 Aug 2009
VW GTI v TSI
VW Golf GTI and Scirocco TSI
Volkswagen Golf hatchback

VW GTI v TSI

Think the new Golf GTI and Scirocco TSI are the same car in different clothes? So did we – until we brought them head to head. So which is best?
28 Jul 2009
Evora v GT-R
Lotus Evora and Nissan GT-R
Lotus Evora coupe

Evora v GT-R

The £58K price tag of the launch-spec Evora puts it square in the sights of an unlikely but hard to ignore rival: Nissan’s GT-R
17 Jul 2009
Supermini test
Supermini group test
Renault Twingo hatchback

Supermini test

Good things can come in small packages, but which supermini will put the biggest smile on your face? We take seven tiddlers to some of our favourite W…
7 Jul 2009