With its 30th anniversary looming, the Mazda MX-5 has never looked more appealing. Early models can be picked up for less than £1,000, and from here on there really is an MX-5 for every budget. For now, the options top out with the car tested here, the 2019 MX-5 complete with a revised engine for an even more exciting driving experience.
Initially it was as much Hyundai’s well-publicised five-year warranty and an aggressive scrappage scheme campaign in 2009 that helped it to gain market penetration and consumer respect. However, the way the Korean firm’s products have continued to improve since demonstrates that as far as ambition and execution go, it is among the best in the business. Where the Hyundai i30 N fits into that is what we are about to find out.
Just when you thought Lego couldn’t get any cooler, it goes and builds a life-size, fully working Bugatti Chiron. Consisting of more than 1 million Lego Technic pieces, the 1:1-scale Chiron has been completely assembled by hand, a process which took more than 13,000 hours.
Since becoming part of the VW Group empire in 1991, Skoda has been given enough leeway to forge its own path. Nowhere can this be seen more clearly than in the Yeti, a car for which you’ll find no equivalent from Volkswagen, Seat, Audi et al.
If you were to draw up a list of the world’s most famous cars, it would almost certainly feature James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5. First introduced in Goldfinger (1964) and later reappearing in other Bond films including GoldenEye (1995), Skyfall (2012) and Spectre (2015), the gadget-laden DB5 is synonymous with 007, as well as being the basis for one of the world’s coolest toys in the shape of Corgi’s 1:46-scale replica.
While revolutionary in many respects, the original Mercedes-Benz A-Class of 1997 was not a car that was about to draw younger buyers towards the German marque. Indeed, it wasn’t until the introduction of the third-generation A-Class in 2012 that sales figures really began to soar thanks to a combination of that car’s more conventional design appealing to a wider audience, and the increasing popularity of affordable finance deals.
It doesn’t matter if you’re driving to the airport or embarking on a summer staycation, making the most of your car’s boot space could well be a top priority over the upcoming Bank Holiday weekend.
There are few things as exotic in the automotive world as a mid-mounted engine configuration. Think Ferrari 458, Lamborghini Diablo, Audi R8… you get the idea. However, you need not spend a six-figure sum in order to experience the unique poise and balance afforded by a mid-engined layout. Indeed, as the cars below prove, there are a handful of offerings out there that can be picked up for the price of a MINI – or less. Which one would you choose?