I could remember the days that station wagons were a “cool” thing and wood panels suited the exterior of such just like a briefcase accompanied business-clad white-collar workers in the 80s. The pastimes of the infamous station wagon are long gone, but the passion in its versatility that doesn’t compromise to become a tall-stature crossover or SUV has been brought back in a handful of stylish iterations. One form that the British have brought to the modern-day market is Jaguar’s midsized XF in what they dub the XF Sportbrake. >> Get the best price on the Jaguar XF from a network of local dealers now. << The all-new Jaguar XF Sportbrake is, in my opinion, one of the best-looking wagon-types that exudes an elegantly styled yet roomy back-end with ample cargo space. Moreover, the XF Sportbrake retains the already appeasing sleek looks of the XF Sedan up front. Jaguar went the distance to do justice to the XF Sportbrake to … [Read more...] about 2018 Jaguar XF S Sportbrake AWD Review & Test Drive
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Wind the clock back a few years and most weren’t even sure if Alfa Romeo would live on or if it would go the way of Lancia, let alone make it to the United States. Yet here we are today with Alfa having not one, but three models for sale in America, including its first crossover, the Stelvio, named for a mountain pass in Italy. Now, we all know that in today’s hotly contested crossover market, slapping Alfa’s coat of arms on an attractive Italian suite wasn’t going to be enough if they wanted a fighting chance against the likes of tthe Audi Q5 and BMW X3. Fortunately for the Italians, they already had the blueprint with the Giulia sedan and let’s just say that the apple didn’t fall far from the tree. We got our hands on the cooking version of the Stelvio fitted with a gutsy 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder pumping out 276 horsepower (280 PS) along with 296 lb- ft of peak torque paired to a standard 8-speed automatic from ZF and all-wheel drive. … [Read more...] about 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio 2.0T Q4 Review: Does It Pass Or Fail?
CLOSE to 650,000 young drivers could be out on the road without a valid MOT, according to a new study. Research found that a whopping 23 per cent of the 2.8million young drivers across the UK have put off renewing their roadworthiness check - leaving them at risk of a potential £2,500 fine. Conducted by Co-op Insurance, the study estimated that as many as 644,000 motorists aged 17-24 could be driving around without the vital roadworthiness check, having put off getting the service. A further 16 per cent, or 448,000, said they would likely put off submitting their car for an MOT when it came time to renew it. Drivers that fail to update their MOT can receive a maximum £1,000 fine - but if police find their car to be in a dangerous condition, that can be increased to £2,500, a driving ban and three penalty points. Motorists can also be hit with a fine if they drive their car after it has failed a test - even if their current MOT certificate is still valid. The full … [Read more...] about Almost 650,000 young motorists could be driving without a valid MOT – and risking a £2,500 fine
The vast majority of British drivers learn in a manual car, in which the gears are selected using a lever and a clutch pedal. This is still considered the ‘normal’ way to learn despite the growing popularity of the automatic car, which effectively changes gear for you. But if you learn to drive in an automatic, your licence won’t entitle you to drive a manual. The main difference between manual and automatic lessons is how much time is spent on the gearbox. For a complete newcomer to driving, several lessons will be required on the effective use of the gearbox. Most people pick it up after a few hours, but for some it can be a pointless obstacle to progress. Why do most people learn to drive a manual car? Only around 40,000 of the 720,000 driving tests taken by UK learners are ‘automatic’ tests. Even though the number of automatic gearboxes is soaring, it is still assumed that someone with a driving licence will know how to drive a manual. Most … [Read more...] about What is the difference between automatic and manual driving lessons?
Stricter MOT test changes are coming in May which could see you landed with a hefty fine of £2,500 if you're not careful. Failure to meet the new rules which bring about changes to how vehicles are classed after a test could land you in very hot water. According to the current regulations, if your car is deemed roadworthy you can continue to drive it even after it has failed as long as your old MOT remains valid. However from next month, if your vehicle fails its MOT and is deemed as having a "major" or "dangerous" fault, then getting behind the wheel before it's fixed will mean a £2,500 fine and three points on your licence. In addition, the new law states if you've been fined for this in the past three years, you face a minimum ban of six months, as reported by Mirror Online . Read More Motoring news What's changing You cannot drive without a valid MOT, with fines of up to £1,000 if you're caught, but you used to be able to get around that. This is because you can … [Read more...] about MOT test changes