Twin Test: Renault Megane R.S. V Honda Civic Type R


What are they? There are few things which summarise fun, exciting motoring quite like a hot hatch. Here in the UK they’re lapped up, simply because they transform even the dreariest of commutes into something a little special. We’ve got a newcomer to the segment with us today – the latest version of Renault’s Megane R.S – and it’s going up against one of the big hitters of the hot hatch world – the British-built Honda Civic Type R.


An unconventional Spa weekend


Now when I was sent an email titled ‘Spa weekend’, my mind wandered to hot tubs, hot towels and those little cucumber slices for your eyes. It’s not how I usually spend my weekends, granted, but it still sounded pretty appealing.


VTEC legends: driving Honda’s most iconic machinery


Honda has produced some incredible cars over the years. These vehicles have been able to combine performance, reliability and exceptional driver involvement at a not-so-scary price. Though many modern Hondas continue to impress, the brand’s reputation was built on a series of iconic classics – and we’d be driving them.


First drive: The Honda Civic diesel is the pragmatist’s choice


What is it? When Honda launched the 10th generation of its Civic last year, penny-pinchers and high-mileage drivers were dismayed to see that it only offered petrol power – in the form of 1.0-litre and 1.5-litre units. That’s now been rectified with the new diesel. Badged 1.6 i-DTEC, it’s a four-cylinder unit aimed at bringing maximum economy for those high-mileage motorway drivers who’ll really benefit.


Touring the Inner Hebrides by boat and bike


Think of a traditional Scottish whisky tour and it’s highly likely our mind is transported to the ribboning tarmac of Speyside, the unspoilt views of the North Sea and the jet-laden skies of Lossiemouth.