George Dove


Renault have released the pricing for the new Koleos, with the entry point for the range set at £28,195 OTR.

That’s for the Iconic trim with the 1.7-litre 150bhp diesel, front-wheel drive version, though. The same trim with the 2.0-litre 190bhp engine, however, starts at £31,195. All engines are paired with Renault’s CVT transmission, and regardless of trim it is only the more powerful Koleos models that are available with power to all four wheels.

For the range-topping GT Line trim and four-wheel drive, the price is £33,195.

Click here to refresh yourself of the nuances of the latest Koleos.

Volkswagen’s latest addition to the R family is now on sale in the UK.

The T-Roc R packs 296bhp and 295lbf.ft, which means it will top out at 155mph and hit the 62mph mark in 4.9-seconds.

Customers on these shores will get a set of 19-inch alloys – a whole 2.54cm bigger than other markets – whilst you can add adaptive dampers to the party for £695. This enables access to multiple driving modes which offers drivers more adjustability in their performance focussed SUV. Plus, it is sold exclusively with the combination of 4MOTION and a seven-speed DSG transmission.

The T-Roc R has the most vibrant palette of any past R vehicles, with orange, yellow, and red all available. Obviously, being the 21st century, you can get it in black, grey, silver and white, too, along with the signature R Lapiz Blue hue. All colours are available in conjunction with a black roof, A-pillar and mirror housings, too.

On sale now, the T-Roc R’s pricing starts at £38,450 on the road.

£78,800. That’s how much you can spend on the new Land Rover Defender.

Unveiled at the Frankfurt motor show, the so-long-awaited-it’s-become-tedious 90 and 110 are at the other end of the tech scale from the vehicles that once bore the same names. Terrain Response and automatic transmission are standard on all models, as is air suspension on the 110.

The Defender 110, which is the first model to go on sale, has approach, departure and breakover angles of 28, 40 and 28 degrees respectively with its suspension set to Off-Road height. Max wading depth is 900mm – supported, naturally, by a Wade setting in the drive mode palette, at least on models with the top Terrain Response 2 programme.

The smallest wheels available on the new Defender are 18” in diameter. Fitted only to the base model, these are – almost unbelievably – steels. Next up the trim levels, the S model gains 19” alloys; the SE, HSE and X all run 20-inchers.

At launch, there’ll be a choice of four engines. If you want diesel, you’re looking at the 2.0-litre SD4 with 200 and 240bhp outputs, while the petrol options are the 300bhp 2.0 Si4 and 400bhp 3.0 i6.

Yes, a 400bhp Defender. This engine is only available in range-topping X trim – which in turn is the only way of getting Terrain Response 2. It’s also the only model with an electronic active diff, configurable Terrain Response, All-Terrain Progress Control and, on the 90, air suspension.

No surprises, this is the one that’ll cost you the £78,800 at launch. That’s on the 110, for which orders are open now.

At the bottom of the range, the base-spec Defender 110 D200 is priced at £45,240. Land Rover says that when the 90 goes on sale, it’ll start at around £40,000, and that there’ll also be commercial model costing around five grand less than that.

The interior is a smart affair, much in-line with the rest of the family, although it does debut the new Pivi Pro infotainment system. This has 14 different apps that can receive updates over the air, so you’ll always have an up to date system.

Whilst the contents of the engine bay may be found across the Land Rover family, the D7x platform is 95% new. Consisting of an aluminium monocoque, the new structure is the stiffest that Land Rover has ever produced. With triple the rigidity of a standard body-on-frame design, the D7x platform provides a setup suited to the new electrified powertrains.

Land Rover says the new Defender will be available in 128 markets around the world. Engineering boss Nick Rogers says it’s ‘the most capable Land Rover ever made’ – capable of what, we’re about to find out…

After debuting at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year, the new SsangYong Korando has officially been launched, with a totally new look, typical SsangYong value, a heftily updated interior, more safety tech, a choice of two powertrains and SsangYong’s 7-year 150,000-mile warranty.

The all-new C-segment SUV does everything it can to maximise interior space (1,350mm x 815mm x 899mm) , but it’s the redesign inside that is the biggest step forward. The wrap-around dashboard design – inspired by a classical string instrument, apparently – and at the top of the range it includes the Blaze Cockpit. This gives the driver the benefit of a 10.25-inch digital cluster along with a nine-inch touchscreen, too. Around the technology, the dash is all soft touch materials, with the seats either coming in quality cloth, a faux leather and cloth combination or premium leather that is heated, ventilated and electronically controlled. The air conditioning also features an air filter to keep pollen and other tiny matter from entering through the vents, whilst it has dual-zone capabilities. other benefits for the driver include paddle shifters (auto only, obvs) and a heated steering wheel with tilt, rake and reach adjustments.

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will come with mid and top-spec Korandos, with all models getting DAB radio and Bluetooth and MP3 connectivity. Mid-speccers get an eight-inch screen, but the top dog gets the bigger display, and also a remote powered tailgate.

Driving the new Korando from launch is a 1.6-litre diesel unit. It offers up 136bhp with 239lbf.ft, whilst also achieving 48.7mpg on the WLTP cycle.

Coming in December there will also be a Euro 6d-T compliant petrol unit. The 15.-litre GDI-turbo will be more powerful with 163bhp, but being a petrol the torque is lower at 207lbf.ft.

Using the Aisin 3rd generation automatic transmission, the new Korando has Sport mode for a more reactive throttle, but also a Winter mode which sets off in 2nd gear to avoid wheel spin in slippery conditions. The option of manual is expected to arrive in early 2020.

New Korando models are available with all-wheel drive, which uses Automatic Drive Control to maintain appropriate speed for each of the wheels and distributes torque accordingly. It has Lock-Mode Function, too, which fixes the rate of torque and priorities the rear axle. The system switches modes itself, with Auto-Mode above 40kph and Lock-Mode below it. Off-road angles comprise of 18 degrees approach and 24.5 departure – not a hardcore rock crawler, obviously, but it’s nice to know.

Packed into the new Korando is a whole bunch of safety tech which helped it attain a five-star safety rating from NCAP. Each model has six airbags, plus electronic stability control, rollover protection, forward collision warning, ABS, emergency autonomous braking, lane keep and departure assist, safety distance alerts, driver attention warning and emergency stop signals. There’s also an emergency call system, a reversing camera, automatic wipers and headlights and front and rear parking sensors.

The range will consist of 2WD entry model in ELX trim and the petrol engine, whilst the mid-spec will be known as Ventura. The Pioneer is aimed at caravanning customers and comes in either two or four-wheel drive the the Aisin auto and diesel power. Topping the range off is the Ultimate, which is available with the the petrol in two or four-wheel drive, or the all-wheel drive diesel unit and the auto transmission.

Pricing starts at £19,995 for the ELX, whilst 4WD models start at £28,295 for the Pioneer and top out at £31,995 for the Ultimate.

When Ford made the Ranger Raptor, they had hardcore off-roading in mind – and when you’re off-roading it’s easy to get carried away. If this happens you can easily get lost.

To stop Ranger Raptor customers getting lost in the desert, Ford have integrated a breadcrumb feature where when it’s off-road, it drops a pin in the map every second, enabling you to retrace your steps accurately when the time comes to take to the tarmac once again.

Pretty cool, eh?

Forty years after the first model, the Mitsubishi L200 Series 6 is now on sale in the UK, with a bold new look, a new engine, handling and chassis tweaks and active safety technology.

The new truck has been engineered with a reinforced chassis and suspension tweaks to offer improved on-road handling. The whole model, in fact, is geared towards making it more enticing for new pick-up owners.

Whilst the new and aggressive styling gives the truck a substantial presence on the road, the bonnet has been raised by 40mm for practical reasons – to make positioning the truck, which is already the narrowest in the segment, even easier on the road.

Under said bonnet is a new 2.3-litre diesel engine, which is Euro 6d compliant, offering up 150bhp and 295lbf.ft with the peak of both figures coming 500rpm sooner than in the old, bigger unit. It also has a 21-litre adBlue tank, which will last between scheduled services. There are also a couple of new features to the off-road tech, with the system now having a dedicated Off Road Mode and Hill descent control on board.

Safety kit now included as standard on the L200 betters that of any single pick-up in the current sector. Blind Spot Warning, Lane Change Assist, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Forward Collision Mitigation, Ultrasonic Missaccelleration Mitigation, Lane Deoarture Warning, Active Stability and Traction Control, Hill Start Assist, Emergency Stop Signal and Trailer Stability Assist are all available in the new L200 package.

The Series 6 also features an improved interior, with a revised seat design that features sturdier bolstering. The steering wheel is now chunkier and heated whilst the instrumentation has been updated and the driver now benefitting from a full-colour LCD display.

Pricing for the new L200 kicks off at £21,525 for the 4Life Club Cab (as a CV) and rises up to the new Barbarian X trim, which starts at £32,200.

The iconic Volkswagen California has been updated, with the home-from-home benefitting from newly digitised controls, a subtle facelift, an updated interior and new electro-mechanical power steering.

With these updates, the 6.1 California now has access to driver assistance in the form of Lane Assist, Park Assist and Trailer Assist. Also helping modernise the van is the optionally digital instruments, with the introduction of the VW Digital Cockpit now on the cards. Up to a 9.2-inch touchscreen is available for the infotainment system, which in cases includes Apple Music and Tidal streaming services.

It is still an option to upgrade to all-wheel drive, but the 2.0-litre TDi engines will all meet Euro 6d Temp Evap emissions standards.

Inside, the beds have been made more comfortable, as the high bed is now equipped with a sprung base, whilst the grey canvas sides of the pop-up roof have been darkened to let less light in. A new sunrise feature utilises selectable LEDs in the roof and living space to dim the lights to a set level over a chosen period of time, to ease occupants into the day ahead.

Details of the compact kitchen have been re-thought, with an additional double-USB socket, aluminium handles on every door have been installed, whilst the kitchen space is now opened with a simple push button.

The updated California will debut at the Caravan Salon in Düsseldorf later in August.

Most Land Rover talk of late has been about the new Defender, however Land Rover Classic have announced a range of upgrades for models made between 1994 and 2016, which take inspiration from the Defender Works V8.

For both 90 and 110 variants, the range of aesthetic, performance and handling upgrades begin with the 18″ diamond-turned Sawtooth alloys – just like those on the Works V8.

The Suspension Upgrade Kit, for models from 2007 and younger, equips Defenders with a bias towards on-road comfort with altered coil spring rates, dampers, anti-roll bars, links and bushes.

To improve the braking performance, the Handling Upgrade Kit instills Works V8-spec brake discs, pads and callipers.

Finally, for 2.2-litre TDCi powered Defenders from 2012 or later, the Defender Classic Works Upgrade Kit includes all of the above enhancements in addition to new performance-rated tyres and an influx of power, taking the total figure to 160bhp and 312lbf.ft. This tips top speed up to 106mph, too.

This comprehensive kit also includes bespoke wing badging, an owner’s certificate, vehicle health check and handover with a tour of Land Rover’s Classic Works unit in either the UK or its German counterpart in Essen, Germany.

Each and every component are of the same standard as those in the Works V8, plus the engine upgrades keep the 2.2 TDCi in-line with the EU5 N1 Commercial standards as when it first left the factory.

Pricing for the upgrades begins with £432 per alloy, also sold as a set of five for £2,160. Adding the performance tyres to that will bump the price up to £4,068, although that includes fitting. For the suspension kits on a 90 and 110, the tickets read £2,247.07 and £1,822.97 respectively whilst the handling kits weigh in at £10,391.47 and £9,967.37 – all of which is just for parts. Combine everything, and both 90 and 110 owners will be invoiced for £16,995 for fitting of the Classic Works Upgrade Kit.

The Sawtooth alloys, plus the Suspension and Handling Upgrade kits can be purchased and fitted at all local Land Rover dealerships or direct from Classic Works in Coventry, whilst the wheels and tyres kit, plus the all-inclusive kit must be ordered from and fitted  at the Classic Works facilities.

The Skoda Karoq and Kodiaq are marching into the 2020 model year fresh faced and armed with more toys for comfort and safety.

Side Assist is a new addition for the two SUVs. It’s a safety system that replaces Blind Spot Detection and the latest version has a range increased from 20 to 70-metres. The system warns the driver of vehicles up to 70-metres away that are in their blind spot via the new, more noticeable warning signals in the side mirrors.

An adaptive chassis is now available, too, with Comfort, Normal and Sport settings to choose from.

Another new addition for the Kodiaq and Karoq is the Kessy key. It features a motion sensor, meaning the risk of the can being stolen or broken into is reduced. The optional extra switches off after 15-minutes with no movement, but as soon as the key moves the transmitter function is re-activated.

Now for the individual updates. The Karoq gets a new 2.0-TDI, well, new-to-Karoq, anyway. It’s the 190bhp Euro 6d-Temp compliant unit, and features an SCR catalytic converter with AdBlue injection and a diesel particulate filter. The engine is available in conjunction with all-wheel drive and the seven-speed DSG auto ‘box as standard.

The Kodiaq has a new set of 20″ alloys. Called Ignite, they are now wider at 255mm and are available on the Kodiaq Sportline as well as the Kodiaq RS and the L&K version. There’s also a new tyre pressure monitoring system for individual wheels of 18″ or more. Clever temperature-regulating leather seat covers are now available on the hardy Kodiaq Scout.

Skoda are also in the process of spreading the SKODA lettering on the tailgate across their range, including the Karoq and Kodiaq.

SsangYong have this morning announced the Rexton Ice special edition, offering high-equipment levels and a unique paint colour.

Based on the ELX specification Rexton, the Ice comes with a well-stocked interior, a comforting level of safety kit and, as with all SsangYong products, commendable value.

Inside you’ll be sat on new TPU leather-look seats which for the first and second row are heated and rear passengers will benefit from privacy glass. The driver will also have a heated steering wheel and will absorb the necessary driving information from a 7″ digital cluster and navigation is displayed on the 9.2″ touchscreen. This screen is also enabled by Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, along with DAB radio and Bluetooth and Ipod connectivity. There’s also air conditioning and an auto defog system in place with air quality sensors.

Along with speed sensing steering to make life easier in car parks and more comfortable at speed, the Ice has automatic headlight control and rain sensing wipers and front and rear parking sensors. The Rexton Ice comes with a whole load of features that keep you safer whilst on board. It has Autonomous Emergency Braking, Active Rollover Protection, Hill Descent Control for off-road exploits, Lane Departure Warning, High beam Assist and Traffic Sign Recognition.

Other cool features include touch sensitive door handles, a detachable boot net between the tailgate and storage area and new 18″ alloy wheel designs.

The Rexton Ice is on sale now and will be available, on the road, for £34,995.