Motors in Wilmslow

Mercedes EQS Review

By Ginny Buckley - Motoring Correspondent

23rd Nov 2021 | Reviews

Not only does the EQS redefine the luxury electric car, but it shows an exciting new direction for Mercedes.

Mercedes has flirted with electric cars before, but its efforts have always been limited to putting a battery and motor in a body which was designed for a petrol or diesel. That's not good enough for the flagship of the range though. Buyers spending six figures don't expect compromises.

So for the first time Mercedes is using a platform specially developed to be pure electric.

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Government reveals new 'iconic' charge point

By Ginny Buckley - Motoring Correspondent

18th Nov 2021 | Reviews

The charger was revealed by Transport Minister Grant Shapps

The UK government has unveiled its new design for electric vehicle charge points, which it hopes could become as iconic as the British post box, London bus or black cab.

The result of a £200,000 competition to find the best design, the charger was revealed in the UK Pavilion at COP26 in Glasgow.

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Dacia Spring Review

By Ginny Buckley - Motoring Correspondent

15th Nov 2021 | Reviews

The Dacia Spring is cheap enough to make buying a traditional petrol car look expensive

Big-value brands are big news. Just as Aldi, Lidl and Primark are thriving, so too is car maker Dacia. It's models cost thousands less than the equivalents from the big-selling brands.

Now its attention has been turned to the electric car market, with the Spring. This isn't a boring hatchback or tiny city car; instead it's a modern looking baby SUV.

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Skoda Octavia vRS iV PHEV Review

By Ginny Buckley - Motoring Correspondent

10th Nov 2021 | Reviews

The Octavia vRS is a great all-rounder, especially in estate form.

Performance car fans know that the Octavia vRS is a car you shouldn't underestimate. For years, it's offered VW Golf GTI performance in a more practical body shape - with a lower price tag. But now the vRS has shifted up a gear with this plug-in hybrid version.

The iV version of the vRS uses a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine mated to a 113bhp electric motor and a 13kWh battery. The power is sent to the front wheels through a six-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox, and in the Skoda total power is a pretty pokey 242bhp.

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The hands off approach to driving - are we ready?

By Ginny Buckley - Motoring Correspondent

5th Nov 2021 | Reviews

Autopilot is a key part of the new Tesla Model S and X models

Drivers are soon set to be allowed to take their hands off the wheel and eyes off the road on motorways in the UK, the government has just announced. It's the long awaited first move to autonomous driving that all the major car firms have been working on for years.

The ground-breaking plans will allow hands free driving in cars fitted with lane keeping technology on traffic-filled motorways at speeds up to 37 mph.

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Nissan rebadges Renault to replace e-NV200

By Ginny Buckley - Motoring Correspondent

29th Oct 2021 | Reviews

The Townstar should not be confused with a kitchen device for grilling bread

Nissan has revealed its replacement for the pioneering e-NV200 electric van. Called the Townstar, it will be available with both petrol and electric powertrains but there won't be a diesel - a real milestone for a commercial vehicle.

The van is based on the Renault Kangoo, with an electric variant which Nissan is really throwing its weight behind. Using a 90kW electric motor linked to a 44kWh battery, the firm says that the electric Townstar is capable of travelling for up to 177 miles between charges, with a 0-80 per cent top-up taking 42 minutes via rapid CCS charging. This is a significant improvement over the 124 miles of the eNV. Load space is fractionally larger too, ans 4.3 cubic metres.

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Hyundai IONIQ 5 Review

By Ginny Buckley - Motoring Correspondent

27th Oct 2021 | Reviews

The IONIQ 5 looks cooler than an Audi and makes the Tesla Model Y seem like it's from a decade ago.

Where brands such as Volkswagen and Ford are wheeling out their first electric cars, Hyundai is wading in with a second-generation car that has the potential to make almost everything in the sector look a little old-hat, both in terms of looks and tech.

The retro-styled IONIQ 5 is bigger than it appears in photos though; at 4.64 metres long it's bigger than a Land Rover Discovery Sport and very similar all round to a Jaguar I-Pace.

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Image caption: Are owners leap-frogging the PHEV stepping stone?

The switch to zero-emission motoring has reached a major milestone with the total number of pure electric vehicles on the roads overtaking the number of plug-in hybrid (PHEV) models for the first time, according to analysis of official data by the RAC.

September 2021 saw the highest ever sales of electric cars for a single month taking the number of battery-powered cars on British roads to 332,299, compared to 327,183 plug-in hybrids. Although electric cars still only represent 1% of the total number of cars in the UK, the rate of growth in the last few years is unprecedented, says the RAC.

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Mercedes GLE PHEV review

By Ginny Buckley - Motoring Correspondent

20th Oct 2021 | Reviews

If you're a company car driver or have the right lifestyle, the GLE hybrid is an excellent option – it's quiet, plush and very posh.

Mercedes is making a big thing of the pure-electric cars it's launched recently, but it has also been quietly plugging away at its plug-in hybrids too. The latest is the GLE.

For the time being, the GLE is the largest plug-in hybrid SUV Mercedes makes and comes in two flavours, the regular SUV and a 'Coupe' version with a lower roofline. It rivals the BMW X5 xDrive 45 and Volvo's XC90 Recharge, but unlike those cars the Merc is a diesel.

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