Quick update! With the (hopefully) last batch of parts delivered by way of a very useful electric Mini, there seems to have been a decent amount of progress made on the 02. Enough for her to finally be lowered off the lift… …before being sent off to the machining shop for a brand new frame […]Read more "Project 2002: There she goes!"
Usually, it takes an entire article’s worth of reading before reviewers such as yours truly would give you a verdict on whichever car we were testing. But, I’m going to say it here first. The Mini Electric is so compelling to me that hand on heart if I had the finances to buy one (and […]Read more "Electric Company: Driving the new Mini Electric"
Yup! It’s been slightly over 4 months since I last drove my little ’02 and because the workshop is somewhat of a drive away (relatively speaking), and being lazy, I’ve not been putting in much effort documenting what was supposed to be a “simple refresh”. This is no Project 944 but the end-game for this […]Read more "Project 2002: 4(ish) Months in"
A month ago, I was a sceptic. Isn’t it silly swapping trading in an already very good (and very well specced) XC40 for another XC40? Wouldn’t it feel just like the same car? Being in the very blessed position to have driven quite a number of cars, I’ve always held the position that PHEVs, straddling […]Read more "The plugged in life: A month with the XC40 T5 Recharge"
Whilst it was only a week or two ago when I first posted about Pebble-chan, my partner’s “new” XC40 T5 Recharge Inscription, we’ve been driving it around for slightly over a month now. So how does it compare with our ex-XC40 T5 Momentum? Here are some observations for the monthsary. DrivetrainPretty obvious this one right? […]Read more "The plugged in life: Our XC40 T5 Recharge and our ex-XC40 T5 Momentum"
You might not notice it at first sight but this is the latest iteration of BMW’s 5 Series sedan. Now into its fifth year of production, this new 5 Life Cycle Impulse is no simple nip and tuck job as it brings with it quite a lot of new tech tucked under its familiar looking […]Read more "5 Reloaded: Driving the BMW LCI G30 Mild Hybrid 530i M Sport"
In my previous post, I mentioned that we were headed onto more years of XC40 motoring. While that isn’t entirely untrue, it wasn’t entirely accurate as sadly, after slightly over 3 years of happy memories with “小白” our white T5 Momentum XC40, she traded in for another XC40, Pebble-grey T5 Recharge PHEV aptly named “Pebble-Chan”. Why […]Read more "Ripple for change: Introducing Pebble-Chan, the Volvo XC40 T5 Recharge."
Time sure flies by when you’re behind the wheel of a nice car and sitting in the service area as I wait for a service representative to collect our car for its final inspection before our warranty runs out, it sure doesn’t feel like it’s been almost 3 years since my partner first took delivery […]Read more "Scandinavian living: 3 years with the Volvo XC40"
Once upon a time, the most financially prudent way to get into the World of BMW motoring meant picking up the keys to an entry-level 3-Series. What that also used to mean was that for a more modest price point, one wouldn’t mind forgoing fancy niceties and features in exchange for BMW’s engaging driving dynamics, […]Read more "Base model boogie: Driving the BMW G20 318i Sport"
With the decision made to relieve myself from the pain of Alfa Romeo ownership, a deal was struck to trade “Snowflake” in for “Baby-G” the VW Polo GTi! For those who’ve followed our automotive journey, you’d know that we’ve previously had a Polo many years ago, it was a 1.2 litre Mk.4. It wasn’t in […]Read more "Which led to this…"