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Mitsubishi Outlander Review

The Outlander is Mitsubishi’s debut into the sports estate sector. The car combines a stylish exterior with the functionality of all-wheel drive. The car also provides a large and practical load area. Mitsubishi’s is famous for manufacturing ‘proper’ 4x4s. The Outlander is a practical workhorse and also a practical and stylish vehicle for suburbanites as well.

Mitsubishi has taken its time introducing a model into the sports estate sector, but the Outlander was well worth waiting for. The car boasts the eye-catching style, all wheel drive and good road manners that have been geared toward on-road performance. The car’s exterior design is striking, but the only new addition is the car’s front grille. The Outlander is attractive but may not offer enough exterior style to take buyers away from the competition. Further limiting the Outlander is the lack of a diesel engine option.  Diesel options are highly coveted and fashionable in this market sector. The Outlander offers a 2.4-litre petrol unit that provides sufficient poer but tends to be thirsty. The Outlander provides excellent interior quality, and is easy to drive. The car comes with a very reasonable asking price and an impressive standard specification. The Outlander performs best cruising down a motorway.


 The Outlander comes with an inexpensive asking price, but you will pay more in gas. Offsetting the gas prices are low insurance rates and servicing charges. The Outlander will also retain a fairly high resale value. Despite the large-looking exterior, once inside, cabin space is dramatically reduced. Although the Outlander feels as though it should be bigger, passengers are comfortable and will have plenty of space. The boot is large enough to carry large items. The fascia is functional and uncomplicated. The gauges are easy to read and the driver doesn’t have to strain to see them, as they are well placed. The console is uncluttered, and gives a new, clean feel to the Outlander. The seats are supportive, but not uncomfortable. Head and legroom are both sufficient as the high roofline and starched body contour allow for more space. The Outlander is quiet as wind and road noise is low. The engine does, however, become loud when accelerating and when changing gears. When entering the Outlander, it is noticeable that this is neither an estate, nor is it a full size off-roader. Climbing up to, nor clambering down in to, is necessary. It is easy to access the cabin through the large door apertures. The same cannot be said for the boot. The small hatch and a high loading position make loading those larger items more challenging. The Outlander is surprisingly easy to park for being such a large vehicle. The driver sits high, making it easy to judge distances. Also assisting with parking is great visibility on either side of the car. Reversing into parking spaces may pose a slight challenge, so parking sensors may be a wise choice from the options list. If you need a bigger car with a bigger cargo area for luggage a second hand Mitsubishi L200.

 Life Style

 The large 2.4-litre engine needs to be revved hard to create anything other than a sluggish response. This is due mainly to the four-speed automatic gearbox. Manual performance is much better. Steering and braking both have an excellent feel and prform well. The sportswagon is stylish and functional. The car drives well in both the city and the suburbs. The car is more exciting than a traditional estate and similarly affordable. The car provides adequate cabin space. This would not make a good first car. It will be too expensive for most first time buyers due to the car’s thirsty nature. The car doesn’t offer many traits that attract first time car buyers, and is too large to be a practical car for novice drivers. The quality of the interior is very good, and the car’s build quality is excellent, but the car will still be seen as a budget buy. Practical buyers will appreciate all that the car has to offer, image conscious buyers are more likely to move on to bigger name brands.

 Security and Safety

 The car comes standard with keyless entry and an engine immobiliser. The car is also equipped with a category one alarm, and locking wheel nuts. A Trackstar satellite tracking system is available as a cost option. The car’s safety features include front and side airbags, anti-lock brakes, EBD, and all-wheel drive. The car has also been designed with a13-point impact absorbing system, side impact bars, and a collapsible steering column. The car comes standard with ISOFIX seat mounts, a crash detection system, and central door locking.

 The Finishing Touches

 Entry level models come equipped with a standard single-slot CD/radio that is upgraded to a six-speaker system in higher trim levels. The system is easy to operate. Other upgrade options are available such as a CD autochanger. A neat feature on the Outlander is the wing mirrors are heated. The car comes with 16-inch alloy wheels. Sport models gain an upgraded stereo and an electric sunroof, and the Sport SE comes with leather seats. Buyers are offered a choice between five metallic colours. The Outlander looks really good in Silver.


 The Outlander has many capabilities, but it wasn’t designed to be an off-roader. It is an estate car designed for buyers who can’t afford a designer badge.


Misubishi Colt Review

Mitsubishi has introduced their new addition to the Colt range, the CZC. The CZC is a convertible version of the popular hatchback that includes a folding metal roof. The car is available in two versions and with a strong standard specification. Buyers will be impressed by what the Colt has to offer.

A turbocharged CZT version of the Mitsubishi Colt is offered. The convertible CZC model delivers hot hatch performance with convertible capabilities. The folding metal roof requires the release of two catches and a button press for the roof to be stowed in a matter of seconds. Mitsubishi has successfully turned the average everyday hatchback into a stunning convertible.The CZC has retained its diminutive proportions. Chunky alloy wheels are fitted as standard on both models.The CZC is also attractive with the roof up as well. Inside, much of the interior is the same as the regular Colt. The cabin is well designed and constructed with a good overall feel to it. Most of the interior is a grey colour with flashes of silver. Mitsubishi has smartly decided to keep the rear seats in the CZC, further increasing the car’s functionality. The car’s boot space is very generous, but the rear seats are only suitable for small children and shorter journeys.


 The purchase price is good considering the standard level of specification being offered. Fuel economy and insurance are reasonable for a car in this class as well as reasonable running costs. The car loses very little space with the inclusion of a folding roof. Front seat passengers have plenty of room incuding head and legroom. Rear seating is more limited due to the restricted amount of space in the back. The rear seats should only be used for small children. Boot space is excellent with the top up, and is slightly more limited with the top down. The car’s controls and dials are chunky and easy to use. The basic stereo functions are duplicated on the steering wheel for driver convenience. The CZC provides a reasonably comfortable ride. The car’s seats are supportive and the car provides a decent driving position. The non-turbo version doesn’t have sports suspension and delivers a more comfortable ride. Access to the vehicle’s front seats is very good. The doors open widely and most passengers shouldn’t have any difficulty accessing the front seats. The rear seats are easy to access as well, but once inside the cabin, rear passenger space is very limited. The car’s boot is large and easily accessible. The boot aperture is slightly on the small side, but access is unrestricted. The Colt can be difficult to park due to limited rear visibility, it reminded me of my old second hand Alfa Romeo 156. The car’s small size and light steering help out a lot when it comes to parking. The Colt can fit into the smallest parking space easily.

 Life Style

With 147bhp under the bonnet, enthusiastic drivers will be pleased with the ride. The 1.5-litre engine delivers rapid acceleration, and with the roof down it feels even faster. The steering has is firm, and the car’s suspension is geared towards ease-of-handling. The Colt provides an overall fun and excellent driving experience, something I know all about after owning a MG ZR. The Colt is not designed to accommodate a family. The cabin space is too restricted, especially the rear seats, and the boot will not accommodate family related items. The car is loads of fun and might work as a second car to a family, but couldn’t be used for much more than that. This car would be easy enough and desirable enough for a new driver, but the car’s expensive purchase price and insurance would not be practical for most newly licensed drivers. The car feels quality built and well constructed. The car has a positive image due mostly to the car’s unique style and folding roof. Mitsubishi set the bar high with the newest Colt.

 Security and Safety

 The car comes standard with remote central locking with deadlocks and an engine immobiliser. The car’s folding metal roof provides increased security over a conventional fabric roof convertible. The car comes equipped with enhanced brakes, twin front and side airbags and ABS. The Turbo version gets active stability and traction controls as standard.

 The Finishing Touches

 The car comes with a standard stereo unit with a six-speaker CD/tuner with Mp3 compatibility. It has large, clearly labelled buttons, and delivers good sound quality. Turbo models boast part leather interior trim, and the plastics used may not be the softest, but they feel durable. Most models have grey interior trim and can seem a little dark. Bright exterior colors help to lighten up the dark interior.


The car offers a high level of standard specification and loads of practicality. Throw in an excellent driving experience and a low puchase price and the Colt shouldn’t have any trouble keeping up with the competition.


Audi Q7 Review

Audi has introduced its new Q7. A large SUV, with a seven person seating capacity. The giant 4×4 has four wheel drive, three rows of seats, and is an enormous, quality built vehicle. The Q7 offers the best in exterior good looks, interior ergonomic design and comfort. Audi’s Q7 has two powerful engines and a commanding presence on the road that’s unbeatable. The German built giant is very stylish, functional, and enjoys off-road capabilities. It isn’t on the same level as a Range Rover, but the Audi does offer peace of mind in slippery or less than ideal conditions. Most SUV’s in this class would not be used off road, but the capabilities can bring peace of mind to the driver should driving conditions ever warrant the need for such talents. The Q7 would also be ideal for towing other vehicles, carts, trailers, etc. The Q7 offers great versatility and comfort for both driver and passengers. This vehicle can help accommodate the demanding rigors of an active family, while lending itself to more of a task-oriented role as well. It can be used to haul larger cargo, and can even pull and tow larger items behind.


The Q7 is not a cheap vehicle, but it is competitively priced with other luxury SUV’s. The most economical option available is the diesel version. This will prove to be cost effective at the fuel pump. Insurance is usually priced similar to that of a premium saloon. The Q7 easily accommodates seven people allowing plenty of cabin space for all. The last row of seats however, will more comfortably seat children. There is plenty of storage space within the cabin, and the boot is spacious enough to store a great deal of cargo, and the third row of seats fold down allowing extra cargo space when needed. The controls are easy to read and functional. They are located within reach of both the driver and front seat passenger. Duplicate controls are mounted on the steering wheel for ease and convenience. The Q7 has firm yet supportive seats. The cabin does an excellent job of filtering out road and engine noise. The first two rows provide plenty of legroom and headroom. While the third row is more limited on legroom it does provide adequate headroom. Audi’s Q7 is easily accessible. Doors are wide enough that entry is a breeze. To gain entry passengers must take a small step up in order to gain access to the cabin. Parking the large SUV is not as difficult as it sounds. The Q7 is equipped with large exterior mirrors and flawless power steering. The difficult part of parking the Q7 might be finding a space large enough to accommodate the vehicle.

 Life Style

The Q7 is a large SUV but it is easy to drive. This is partly due to the diesel engine giving it an all around appeal. The Q7 also provides a good driving position, good brakes and suspension, and drives more like a large luxury car than an SUV. This vehicle has terrific family appeal. Even if you don’t need seating for seven people, the third row folds down and can be used as extra cargo space. The cabin is fairly lavish and small children could easily ruin the upholstery. The car comes with the option of an extensive entertainment package. The Q7 would not make a good first car. It is on the pricey side and being a larger vehicle it would be difficult for new drivers to navigate down crowded or narrow roads. The Q7 is no different than other Audi’s. It is well-built from quality materials and plush on the inside. Audi’s image tends to reflect classy, high-quality, sport cars. The Q7 has upheld Audi’s high standards.

 Security and Safety

The Q7 would be a very attractive target for theft, that’s why it comes fully equipped with a comprehensive anti-theft package. A tracking device does not come with the standard package, but might be a wise investment. Airbags are located throughout the cabin and electronic traction and stability aids keep the SUV headed in the right direction. The Q7 has a four-wheel drive system for additional safety and functionality.

 The finishing Touches

 The standard stereo unit is equipped with the usual controls. The controls are duplicated on the steering wheel for driver convenience. The sound quality is good, and there are many upgrades available, including a sat-nav system. The Q7 looks great in black and silver, as well as in most dark colors. Many cabin trim colors are available in both light and dark colors. Chrome highlights add a glamorous touch to any color.


Audi’s Q7 is well on its way to being center stage, successfully competing with rival brands. The large SUV is expensive to buy and uses a lot of fuel, but its solidly built with quality materials and sports the Audi name, that’s enough to win over many buyers.

Mitsubishi Shogun Review

Mitsubishi’s Shogun was one of the first 4x4’s to adopt a car-like chassis. The Shogun boasts good build quality and a choice of a good petrol engine or diesel engine.

Mitsubishi released three very different versions of the Shogun in order to appeal to a wide variety of buyers. The Shogun Pinin is more compact and affordable, while the Shogun Sport is aimed to please families as an all-round family vehicle, and the Shogun is designed to be a true 4×4 that can go anywhere yet deliver impressive levels of luxury and comfort. The car’s exterior design is much more stylish than that of its predecessor. The seven-seat model offers impressive level of versatility. The third row of seats can fold completely away or removed to create more cargo space. Inside the cabin is well-equipped and has been enhanced and given a fresher more modern look. The controls and dials are all functional but the car’s switchgear still delivers a plastic-type feel. The Shogun is a true off-roader and it’s a refined on-roader. For buyers who are looking for a true off-roader the Shogun may be the car for you. It delivers a refined on-road experience but is no match for some of the major brands.


 The Shogun provides good value for the money and should deliver good insurance rates and prove to be reliable. The car should also provide decent resale value. The Shogun provides more than adequate passenger space. Head and legroom are good all-round and the seats can be arranged to better accommodate passengers or removed completely to create additional cargo space. The car’s controls and dials are all logically placed and functional. The Shogun does not present anything too complex. The car’s displays are large and easy to read. The Shogun presents excellent levels of comfort, cabin space is excellent and the car’s seats are supportive yet comfortable. The car delivers a good off-road experience and decent levels of refinement on the road as well. The Shogun provides easy accessibility to the car’s cabin. The doors are large and open widely to provide a large aperture. Passengers can easily get comfortable once inside the cabin. Parking the Shogun is easy. Despite the car’s large size it is fairly easy to park. The car provides a high drive position and visibility is good all-round. The car is also easy to maneuver at lower speeds.

 Life Style

The Shogun provides a good driving experience. The car focuses on being a true off-roader and then on providing a refined on road experience. The car performs extremely well in 4×4 mode, but it can be less refined than some of the major competitors.This would make an excellent all-round family vehicle. The car provides good passenger space and versatility. The car is large enough to cope with all the rigors of family life. This is not a good first car. It is too large and too costly for what most first time buyers need. The Shogun is also not the easiest car to drive and inexperienced drivers may get in over their heads rather quickly. The quality of the interior is very good, and the car’s build quality is excellent, but the car will still be seen as a budget buy. Practical buyers will appreciate all that the car has to offer, image conscious buyers are more likely to move on to bigger name brands.

 Security and Safety

The Shogun does not come with security as standard and an alarm system and engine immobiliser will cost extra. The car’s safety features include items such as ABS and twin front airbags. The sheer size of the Shogun means that it will fair better than most in an accident.

 The Finishing Touches

The console boasts a Multi-Information Center Display. The Information Center houses the display for the car’s climate control features and audio controls. The unit includes a CD player with six speakers. The car comes standard with leather upholstery and airconditioning. The cabin provides exceptional overall quality and metallic paint is offered as standard on all Shogun models.


The Shogun is available in three different versions. Mitsubishi has created a version to appeal to most buyers. Whether the buyer needs a workhorse, a family car or a luxury 4×4 to appeal to the executive market. The Shogun provides loads of versatility and practicality for a very reasonable price. The car comes decently equipped and provides buyers with good value for the money, take a look at for an idea on some of the offers. The Shogun delivers an excellent off-road experience and a fairly refined on-road ride as well. Many competitors beat the Shogun for on-road refinement and this may cost the Shogun some buyers.

Skoda Superb Review

Skoda’s Superb represents one of the best values in the car market. The Superb drives like a limousine providing a smooth ride and high levels of comfort. This level of quality and refinement usually comes at a higher price. The Superb is popular among commercial drivers due to its comfort levels and smooth ride.The exterior design is modest rather than flashy so much so that the car may seem a little plain. It will take a close look to notice the car’s extra length. The Superb is aging slowly and should enjoy high resale values. Cheaper Superbs represent good bargains for buyers but the more costly models offer even better value. They are loaded down with kit and luxurious creature comforts. Many have suggested that Skoda’s build quality has surpassed that of Volkswagen. The Superb delivers an extra smooth ride. This is facilitated  by its long wheelbase and excellent suspension settings. It is not sporty or racy, but for motorway comfort it is unbeatable. There are some prestigious rivals out there that deliver comparable quality and results, but it’s important to know that the price is almost double of what buyers will pay for the Superb.


The Superb has a low asking price, service charges, and insurance rates. The V6 option will be the only one that doesn’t give you decent fuel economy. Resale value will be a bit lower than you might hope.The cabin is large and occupants will have ample room to move about the cabin. The boot generously sized and will accommodate a days shopping easily, though oddly shaped items may be difficult to load. The gauges are all easy to read. Complementing the logical placement, are lights that illuminate the dash. This is helpful when embarking on long journeys as it makes the cabin more comfortable and relaxing. The dials and knobs are functional and don’t clutter the fascia. The cabin offers plenty of head and legroom. Front passengers will fare slightly better than those in the rear as far as legroom is concerned, but this shouldn’t be a problem. The seats are wide and offer lumbar support they also adjust for height and tilt. The Superb is very accessible. The wide door apertures allow for unrestricted access into the cabin. The seats don’t sit too low, so reaching into them is unnecessary. The boot’s lid opens wide, allowing for larger items to be loaded without much fuss. Parking the Superb is easy as long as you are going forward. The boot is difficult to see past, making parking sensors a necessity.

 Life Style

 The car’s long wheelbases provide comfort and stability. The Superb performs best cruising along on smooth surfaces. The automatic gearbox is available with both V6 engines, but the standard manual works well too. Acceleration is modest due to the car’s weight. A Superb could make a practical family car. It could be used for many family oriented tasks. It would provide adequate family space, but there are probably more logical family cars available.The Superb would not make a good first car. It is way too big and wouldn’t be trendy enough for most young drivers. There are definitely better first cars available. The Superb is one of the best quality cars on the market. Skoda is better known for their smaller cars, and many buyers may not be ready to accept the firm as a producer of larger vehicles. The Superb is just as the name implies, a superb vehicle to drive.

 Security and Safety

The Skoda gets high marks seeing how it comes with a comprhensive security pakage, an imbobilezr, VIN label on the frame of the windshield, and an alarm system that monitors the inside of the car are all included. Just as all the other UK Skodas, the Superb is autamaticaly registered with the ISR. A unique locxator number is on all the windows which makes that specific car locatable at any time. The car comes standard with six airbags, front airbags fo the driver and passenger, side impact bags, and curtain bags, which provide a sort of protection curtain between the passengers and the side windows.All rear seats in the Skoda come with head restraints and fixtures for two Isofix child seats.

The Finishing Touches

The car’s standard audio system comes with an eight-speaker sound system with a single CD player. Higher models include a a cassette deck. At this level you also get a six-CD changer. The system provides good sound quality. The standard Superb includes climate control with additional vents to the rear seats, front and rear electric windows, heated external mirrors and a multi-function computer. Comfort level models include alloy wheels, improved upholstery with a leather-wrapped gear knob, gaiter and handbrake and steering wheel stereo controls. There is also an umbrella built into the rear left hand door.


The Skoda Superb isn’t a bargain basement alternative to better quality executive models. It’s a less expensive alternative that is just as functional, comfortable and practical as the more expensive rival brands.

Used Lexus

Launched in 1989, Lexus is the luxury car division of Toyota, and is Japan’s largest manufacturer of luxury cars. Lexuses are renowned for the level of comfort and luxury they provide, not to mention their legendary reliability.

The Lexus IS, introduced in 1999, is Lexus’s answer to the BMW 3 Series and the Audi A4. A compact executive car, the IS offers good performance, stylish looks and rock-solid reliability, making it an excellent choice on the used car market. The second-generation model, launched in 2005, is even better.

Launched back in 1991, the Lexus GS is the company’s medium-sized executive car, designed to compete with the BMW 5 Series and the Audi A6. New models were introduced in 1997, 2004 and 2011, and the GS remains a popular choice on the second-hand market due to its luxury, reliability and classy image.

The Lexus LS was the first car Lexus sold in the UK, and is the company’s flagship luxury car. Launched in 1989, new models were introduced in 1994, 2000, 2006 and 2012, and the LS remains one of the most sumptuous and luxurious cars on the road. Don’t expect the levels of prestige you get from, say, a Mercedes S-Class, but don’t discount the LS on this alone. Running costs will be very high but used prices are low, making the LS a clever second-hand buy.

The CT is Lexus’s first foray into the family hatchback market. Launched in 2010, the CT offers legendary Lexus reliability in a small and compact package, making it a good used choice for those looking for a cheap way into Lexus ownership.

Other popular used models in the Lexus line-up include the SC roadster and the RX 4×4 SUV.

To find a great deal on a used Lexus near you, you’ve come to the right place. Use to find the perfect deal.

High hopes for hydrogen!


What could be more reasonable than wanting to save the planet?

So far ‘environmentally friendly’ vehicles have been those which pollute our planet slightly slower than its rivals. But now, it seems there is new technology on the horizon that will see a change to that, giving the term ‘environmentally friendly’ much more credibility.

Or will it? It is looking like we are at some point going to have to accept that any form of self-propelling vehicle will in some way harm the environment, and this is no different with hydrogen. The problem lies in how to obtain the hydrogen, whilst the green activists out there are championing renewable sources of hydrogen such as solar power and wind; the most realistic way seems to be by extraction from natural gasses, which inevitably will produce CO2 emissions. So whilst your fuel may well be as clean as a whistle, the means by which it was produced is not.

All is not lost however, and there is still much to gain from switching to hydrogen power. Whilst there still will be emissions, they will be lowered across the board, quite significantly. But even so, all the usual problems present themselves; the car industry will have to undergo a massive, costly transformation, certain car parts will be made obsolete and wide spread hydrogen filling stations will have to be put into place. Garages will also have to obtain knowledge on the new technology also, which will make MOT and Servicing an interesting topic.

Despite all the hurdles, a hell of a lot of Auto research has gone into this, and a recent report has claimed that there will be over 1.5 million hydrogen cars on the road by 2030, after their arrival which is expected as early as 2015. It all sounds a bit over ambitious to us, but we are very interested to see if there is any truth to it, or if hydrogen cars will eventually go the same way as the EVs seem to be going. If you want to save money and do good by the environment we recommend you get yourself a new or used Toyota Prius


Apply reason to MOT and Servicing.

mot reason

One thing that often escapes applied reason is MOT and servicing. Most of us, me included just waltz in to the first garage we see with our pants down and wallets open, ready to present to people who actually know how cars work. Now there is a problem with this approach, it leaves us all very open to being overcharged without even knowing it. Now that’s not reasonable.

It is also something you cannot escape, no one can avoid the perils of MOT and servicing, rendering those of us who drive a new Rolls Royce, and those who own a used Daewoo as equals. The thought alone is heart wrenching. However, thanks to automotive site BuyYourCar, we now have a way of going about our MOT and servicing obligations in a logical, well thought out fashion!

They have introduced a free and easy system whereby you enter the details of your model, your postcode, and then you are introduced to a list of eligible garages nearby, as well as their accurate pricing structure with regards to you model and its requirements. Choice is the facilitator of saving, pick your best price, pull your pants up, and save money.