Car Reviews, Hatchback

2016 DS4 180 Blue HDi Review – Too niche?

5 Dec , 2015  

Can there be such thing as a luxury hatchback? DS Automobiles would fervently stress, “yes!”, before adding the appendix “but the new DS4 is not simply a hatch. It is a four door coupe with hatch qualities!”. We don’t need more niche segments, thank you very much, so I shall take the DS4 for what […]


Car Reviews, Hatchback

2015 Vauxhall Astra Review

26 Sep , 2015  

The first Vauxhall Astra launched in 1980, replacing the Viva and Chevette. Although a favourite in the UK, it’s never quite managed to overcome the strength of its competitors, the Golf and Focus. With the seventh generation, Vauxhall has raised the bar to make the Astra a car it believes could be a leader in […]


Car Reviews, Hatchback

2015 Ford Focus 1.0 litre EcoBoost Review

26 Sep , 2015  

When Ford unveiled its 1.0 litre EcoBoost engine I was rather sceptical. A lump that can fit within the footprint of an A4 piece of paper, yet produces 123 BHP and a maximum of 200 NM of torque…hmm longevity questionable! Finally we managed to get our hands on the latest Focus model fitted with the […]


Car Reviews, Hatchback

2015 Fiat 500 Review – The ultimate city car?

6 Sep , 2015  

In reality, this years update to the Fiat 500 has very little to prove. Its majesty and monopoly in the small car stakes is equal to that of the BMW M3 over the Sports Sedan market or the Golf GTI over the medium sized hot hatch market. There are offerings from other manufacturers that are […]

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Car Reviews, Hatchback, Sports

Abarth 500 595 Review – Pocket Rocket

25 Jul , 2015  

  Fiat’s Abarth 500 has been around since 2009, it has always been regarded as an absolute hoot and after attending the launch of the 695 Biposto last year we had to have a go in the standard…more affordable Abarth. Starting at £14,560 our Trofeo Grey test car had beefier 17” alloys, red brake calipers, […]


Car Reviews, Crossover, Hatchback

2015 Mazda CX3 Review – Not just a bold looker

10 Jun , 2015  

The B SUV is a relatively young breed that owes much to the larger Freelander sized soft roaders, and the generic B and C segment hatchbacks that have permeated the market for some time. For it’s youth, the B SUV has been a veritable explosive success with the likes of the Nissan Juke, Vauxhall Mokka […]

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Car Reviews, Hatchback

2015 Peugeot 208 Review – Fresh Faced

16 May , 2015  

The 208 has been an unrelenting success for Peugeot since its release in 2012. In light of that the release of a facelift not three years hence seems a bit hasty, does it not? The refresh cycle is typically three to four years for most mainstream manufacturers but the 208 just doesn’t seem like it […]

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Car Reviews, Hatchback

2015 Honda Civic 1.6 i-DTEC Review

6 Apr , 2015  

We loved last year’s diesel sipping 1.6 i-DTEC Honda Civic, but for 2015 Honda have updated its family sized eco warrior. Front and rear dampers have been re-tuned along with the electric power steering; at the rear the suspension has been realigned. All these changes are to aid high-speed stability, body control and to generally […]


4x4, Estate, Hatchback

Seat Leon X-Perience Review – Rugged Lifestyle

28 Mar , 2015  

So you are 30something married with maybe a kid or two. You enjoy the great outdoors and want a car to help you enjoy life. Seat think they have the car for you. Seat invited us along to the Forest of Dean to try out the new soft-roader version of the stylish Leon ST. The […]


Car Reviews, Hatchback

2015 Mazda 2 Review – Another Win

13 Mar , 2015  

The new 2 is one in a five pronged assault on the mainstream car market, following its sportier MX5 sibling and preceding the updated 6 and new CX3 and CX5 crossovers. As MD of Mazda UK Jeremy Thomson continues rather proudly, this will mean the oldest model in their roster will be the freshly released […]

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Car Reviews, Hatchback

Suzuki Swift DualJet Review – Worth the premium?

7 Feb , 2015  

Its no lie that we are big Suzuki Swift fans here on Carwitter. It’s the affordable hatch that’s great whether it’s paired with a 1.2 or a high revving 1.6 litre engine. New for 2015 they will be introducing a fresh Dualjet 1.2 litre power plant. It produces 89 BHP and a rather potent 120 […]


Car Reviews, Hatchback

Suzuki Celerio Review – Budget City Car

29 Jan , 2015  

Suzuki are soon to retire the historic Alto name, in place of it we now have the Celerio…not as catchy granted, but is it a worthy successor? We took the SZ4 Celerio for a drive to find out. Powered by a 1.0 litre, three cylinder engine that produces 68 BHP and 90 Nm of torque […]