Audi RS 4 rejoins UK Audi Sport stable in great shape

Nigel Wigmore

IF you appreciate accomplished cars — from an aesthetic point of view and not by just how flash and fast it looks — then you are sure to admire Audi’s revised 450PS super-Avant.
This week’s drive, the 2020 Audi RS 4 Avant, powered by a 2.9 TFSI twin- turbo V6 engine, has been developed by Audi Sport GmbH in part as an
homage to the legendary 2.7 litre V6 of the first RS 4 Avant back in 1999.
Everything about the new car makes it sing because all the equipment, power, and technology are completely in tune. Continue reading

MG HS: making its presence felt as a great value SUV

By Nigel Wigmore

I HAVE to say that after driving MG’s new, large sport utility vehicle (SUV), the Chinese- owned carmaker should definitely make its pres- ence felt in the global car market.
The MG HS is after all a rather good car. It is comfortable, economical and roomy and, of course, it comes to market at an attractive price (starting at £17,995 on the road. The top spec Exclusive is available from £22,995).
The question is can this grand old British marque, now unrecognisable with regard to its history (except for the inimitable badge), make enough of an impact to thrive?
Going on the evidence of this drive in the MG HS, I think MG has a very good chance of giving its competitors a run for their money.
And money, after all, when it comes to new car buying, is really what it is all about.
There are plenty of cars out there that motorists
would love to see themselves in if they had the money. Continue reading

Volvo S90 Twin Engine: a luxury hybrid in a class all of its own

By Nigel Wigmore

THE battle raging between carmakers over who will grab the lion’s share of a global market for electric cars (EVs) centres on what type of EV is going to become the most popular.
I say what type because the EV I have felt most comfortable driving so far has been a self-charging hybrid (a non-plug-in hybrid). Now, whether or not this is considered to be a “proper” electric car — a car powered solely by a battery — the self-charging hybrid seems at this point in time to offer the most satisfactory drive. Volvo declared last year that every Volvo it launches from 2019 would have an electric motor.
By doing this Volvo said it marked an “historic end of cars that only have an internal combustion engine (ICE)”. The Swedish carmaker placed “electrification at the core of its future business”. Continue reading