Facelifted Mazda CX-3 is still a strong crossover contender


What is it? Mazda has a habit of regularly updating its cars with small refinements and improvements, rather than saving them all for a big update every few years. Such is the way with the 2018 CX-3 compact crossover, which you might find difficult to tell apart from its predecessor.


New DS 3 Crossback compact crossover unveiled


DS, the luxury arm of the French PSA Group, has revealed its second all-new model since the brand split from Citroen in 2014. The DS 3 Crossback will sit underneath the DS 7 Crossback and is offered as a compact SUV with a choice of petrol, diesel or all-electric power.


First Drive: Fiat’s updated 500X is a cutie in and out of the city


What is it? Whichever Fiat board member suggested expanding the 500 range beyond the cute city car is a genius. Though the iconic 500s two larger siblings – the 500L and 500X – aren’t best-sellers in the UK, they lead their respective segments on the continent and make the Italian brand a tidy packet.


First drive: Active trim adds a new dimension to the Ford Fiesta range


What is it? There are a couple of schools of thought when it comes to supermini-sized crossovers. There are those which try to hide their roots, with newly beefy bodies, bespoke styling and interiors and different names to the cars on which they’re based. The Fiesta Active is of a rather different persuasion– mechanically and visually, it’s virtually identical to the standard car. Given that the current Fiesta is one of the best superminis on sale though, is that such a bad thing?