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Explained: What is the government plug-in car grant?

To encourage motorists into zero-emission vehicles, the government offers a plug-in car grant to make EVs more affordable. The Car Expert explains how it works.

Explained: What does “Full Service History” mean?

If you’ve ever bought a used car, you’ve probably heard the term 'full service history' (FSH). But what does it actually mean? And is it worth paying extra for?

Jaguar issues I-Pace recall over potential brake issue

Jaguar has announced a worldwide recall of its all-electric I-Pace SUV over potential braking issues. It affects cars made...

New road sign launched to help protect small mammals

A new road sign is being introduced across the UK to warn drivers of small animals on the road.

Motorway red ‘X’ signs now being enforced by cameras

Drivers now face an automatic penalty by camera if they ignore red ‘X’ signs for closed lanes on smart motorways.

Safety fears add noise to electric vehicles

From 1st July all new electrified vehicles will be required to emit a noise at low speeds to warn pedestrians of their presence.

Britain’s best-selling cars – May 2019

Despite the overall results being disappointing, some cars are still flying out of new car showrooms. Here are the ten best-selling cars for May 2019.

The UK's ten best-selling cars

Ford Fiesta

The Ford Fiesta is a small supermini-class hatchback, available in both three- and five-door body styles. It has been the best-selling car...

Ford Focus

The Focus has received good scores compared to its rivals from most UK media sources, along with several awards. It has been widely praised for its driving dynamics and safety kit.

Volkswagen Golf

The Volkswagen Golf is a medium-sized family hatchback, available in three- and five-door body styles, and estate. Over more than 40 years,...

Vauxhall Corsa

All the key Vauxhall Corsa news, reviews, safety and eco ratings from across the UK automotive media, brought to you by The Car Expert.

Mercedes-Benz A-Class

The Mercedes-Benz A-Class has received many good reviews and awards from the UK media, and has been praised for its comfort, refinement and safety systems.

Nissan Qashqai

All the key Nissan Qashqai news, reviews, safety and eco ratings from across the UK automotive media, brought to you by The Car Expert.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class has received consistently good scores from across the UK media. It is particularly praised for its interior design and comfort, although the BMW 3 Series remains a better car for keen drivers.

Nissan Juke

The ageing Nissan Juke struggles against newer rivals. It has been praised for its low price, but criticised for its poor quality and outdated safety systems.

Volkswagen Polo

All the key Volkswagen Polo news, reviews, safety and eco ratings from across the UK automotive media, brought to you by The Car Expert.

Volkswagen Tiguan

All the key Volkswagen Tiguan news, reviews, safety and eco ratings from across the UK automotive media, brought to you by The Car Expert.

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New car reviews

Bentley Continental GT V8 test drive

The Bentley Continental GT V8 is a grand tourer first and foremost. But the weight shed by swapping the W12 out for the V8 gives it real agility in the corners.

Peugeot 508 SW review

The Peugeot 508 SW is a car to turn the heads of those looking for a premium estate, offering striking visuals, efficient engines and plenty of technology.

Volkswagen Passat test drive

With a well-appointed cabin, powerful and economical engines and a premium appearance, the Volkswagen Passat provides an enticing alternative to an SUV.

Mercedes-AMG A35 test drive

The Mercedes-AMG A35 is a fantastic bit of kit. It looks smart, has an excellent interior, and has the performance to take on the best hot hatches.

Mazda 3 review

The Mazda 3 cannot match some rivals for space or powerplants available, but scores with plentiful equipment and attractive, distinctive design, inside and out.

DS 3 Crossback test drive

It’s hard not to admire DS Automobiles for what it’s attempted with the DS 3 Crossback, but it ultimately doesn’t quite deliver the premium edge it promises.

Volvo S60 review

The Volvo S60 can’t quite match some rivals for on-the-road dynamics but is a high quality, efficient all-round alternative in a more striking visual package.

Toyota Yaris Y20 test drive

The Toyota Yaris Y20 Hybrid offers a relaxed nature and low running costs. However, its flaws include a low-rent interior and disappointing CVT gearbox.

Range Rover SDV8 test drive

The Range Rover SDV8 is a wonderful car – when it's working. But if you have the money, it's a lovely way to travel.

Toyota Supra test drive

The new Toyota Supra delivers a unique driving experience that's one of the best of any modern sports car, and co-development with BMW has served the car well.

Audi SQ2 test drive

The Audi SQ2 is a very capable car, with great performance and all the trimmings you expect. The only frustration is the easily-confused gearbox.

Toyota Camry test drive

As a car to get from one place to another without fuss, it’s hard to go wrong with the Toyota Camry. It's easy to drive, spacious enough and efficient.

News

New Ford Puma crossover revealed

Ford has revived the Puma name for a new model – but unlike the original, this one's not a small sports car. Instead, it's a new small crossover.

Mini teases upcoming John Cooper Works GP model

Mini teased its new John Cooper Works GP hot hatch model at the famous Nurburgring 24-hour race last weekend.

Maserati announces pricing for Levante GTS and Trofeo

Maserati has confirmed that the two high-performance versions of its Levante SUV will be coming to the UK, with prices starting from...

Aston Martin hypercar to be called Valhalla

Aston Martin has revealed that its next hypercar all be called the Valhalla, following the Norse tradition established by the previous Aston Martin Valkyrie.

Four-door Gran Coupe completes BMW 8 Series range

BMW has unveiled the 8 Series Gran Coupe, a four-door variant completing the luxury flagship range.

SEAT el-Born – styling an electric future

The SEAT el-Born, built on the Volkswagen Group's new MEB platform specifically designed for electrification, points to the future of the brand.

Alpine A110S gets more power and better handling

French brand Alpine – the sports car sub-brand owned by Renault – has revealed the Alpine A110S, a more powerful and better-handling version...

Industry news

Car sales continue to slide in May

UK car sales continued to drop in May, down almost five per cent on the same month in 2018.

Audi e-tron electric car among five-star safety winners

The all-electric Audi e-tron is one of seven vehicles to receive a top five-star safety rating in the latest round of crash tests conducted by Euro NCAP.

Print your own MOT certificate

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has implemented a new system allowing drivers to print off MOT certificates at home.

Britain’s best-selling cars – April 2019

Despite the overall results being gloomy, there are still plenty of cars flying out of dealer showrooms. Here are the ten best-selling cars for April 2019.

New car sales fall in April

The new car market was down by 4% in April compared to the same month last year, thanks to a drop-off in new private buyers.

Electric car market flat due to long waiting times

Britain’s electric car revolution is being hampered by a "bottleneck" in global battery production, as demand far outstrips supply of zero-emission vehicles.

Audi and Suzuki dealers lead the way for customer service

The annual J.D. Power Customer Service Index has been published today, which rates customer satisfaction with their service experience at a franchised dealership.

Only 0.5 per cent of cars on UK roads are ultra-low emission

Only one in every 200 vehicles on UK roads emit ultra low levels of carbon, according to newly released figures from the Department of Transport.

Best of British

First Aston Martin DBX boosts UK car manufacturing

The first pre-production examples of the upcoming Aston Martin DBX SUV have rolled off the production line at the firm’s new factory in Wales.

Bentley lifts the lid on luxurious new Flying Spur

Bentley’s all-new Flying Spur has made its official debut, showcasing the third generation of the British firm’s luxury saloon.

Rolls-Royce Cullinan

The Rolls-Royce Cullinan has received positive scores from the UK media, with praise for its comfort and quality but criticism for its poor cabin proportions.

Land Rover Discovery Sport updated with hybrid tech and new interior

The Land Rover Discovery Sport has been given a major overhaul with a range of new petrol-electric hybrid powertrains and an updated interior.

New 620hp McLaren GT revealed

McLaren plans to broaden its range with the new GT unveiled today – a car that’s claimed to offer outstanding comfort and segment-leading cabin refinement.

Aston Martin Vantage AMR revealed with seven-speed manual gearbox

A new limited-edition Aston Martin Vantage AMR has been revealed, featuring a seven-speed manual gearbox in place of the automatic unit on the standard car.

Rejecting a car – your consumer rights

Have you bought a new or used car that is faulty or not fit for purpose? Read The Car Expert's comprehensive guide to your consumer rights when rejecting a car.

I bought a car and now I’ve changed my mind

Buyer’s Remorse is common in the car industry. You've bought a car, and now you've changed your mind or run into problems. What can you do?

Explained: What is an insurance write-off?

If a car is involved in an accident, an insurer may declare it a 'write-off'. However, this term has several different meanings, which can be confusing.

What are your options at the end of a PCP?

Many car buyers are confused about what their choices at the end of a PCP car finance agreement. We explain your options to help you make the best choice.

Used car warranty – the law and your rights

If you are buying a second-hand car, there can be considerable confusion as to what to expect in terms of a used car warranty and what your rights are when something goes wrong.

The best used V6 cars for under £10,000

The V6 engine has featured in all manner of cars over the years, but which are the ones can you now buy for under £10,000?

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