Peugeot's most powerful road car

Wharfedale Observer: 2014 Peugeot RCZ R interior (11439733)

9:16am Tuesday 14th October 2014

Peugeot's most powerful road car ever offers an exhilarating experience behind the wheel.

Is your garage a member of the Good Garage Scheme?

Wharfedale Observer: Good Garage Scheme

12:20pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

IF YOU need some work done on your car you want to choose a reliable garage that will provide an honest and fair service without overcharging you or doing work that wasn't required.

Turbo Audi SUV delivers big power

Wharfedale Observer: 2014 Audi RSQ3

2:54pm Thursday 31st July 2014

In standard form the Audi Q3 is a comfortable and stylish SUV, but Audi has given it the full RS treatment.

RCZ really has rivals in its sights

Wharfedale Observer: Peugeot RCZ R

7:00am Thursday 24th April 2014

The Audi TT, at last, has some serious competition.

SEAT shows why estates can be interesting!

Wharfedale Observer: SEAT Leon ST

11:00pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

You can’t blame SEAT for launching an estate model of the Leon.

Kia's to more Soul success

Wharfedale Observer: Kia's to more Soul success

8:00am Thursday 17th April 2014

Soul was an important addition when it was added to the Kia stable in 2008. It showed that the company had a sense of style and amusement.

S3 grows into a classy saloon

Wharfedale Observer: S3 grows into a classy saloon

7:00am Thursday 17th April 2014

Performance. Power. Style. And it’s all wrapped up in a sensible saloon.

Why Mazda is in huge demand

Wharfedale Observer: Mazda3

9:00am Thursday 10th April 2014

Mazda are, it seems, tired of making up the numbers.

Shhhh! Here's a very quiet Meriva

Wharfedale Observer: Vauxhall Meriva

8:00am Thursday 10th April 2014

Whisper it quietly but Vauxhall has created arguably the quietest mini-MPV on the road.

Audi's soft-top family is expanding

Wharfedale Observer: Audi's soft-top family is expanding

6:50pm Thursday 3rd April 2014

Hard top or soft top? That is the question. At least it is if you’re buying a convertible.

Suzuki is growing in Swift style

Wharfedale Observer: Suzuki is growing in Swift style

6:45pm Thursday 3rd April 2014

These are good times for Suzuki. Eight distinct models helped sales rise last year to 33,000, up 8,200 on the previous year.

Why the 3 might just be the best Mazda yet

Wharfedale Observer: Mazda3

5:00pm Thursday 27th March 2014

The new Mazda3 is a successful car already. Only launched in January, it has already been shortlisted for the European Car of the Year award and is one of three contenders for the World Car of the Year title.

Skoda enters the space race

Wharfedale Observer: Skoda Rapid Spaceback

4:09pm Thursday 27th March 2014

Spaceback is here. It’s a neat, fuss-free version of the Skoda Rapid, one of the most under-rated cars on the road.

Renault helps Captur a smile!

Wharfedale Observer: Renault Captur

8:00am Thursday 13th March 2014

You get the sense that things are good again at Renault after a tumultuous few years in which the range was slashed with uneconomic models consigned to the scrap heap.

The 508? It's just the business for Peugeot

Wharfedale Observer: Peugeot 508

10:00am Thursday 13th March 2014

Welcome to the world of Peugeot, one of the busiest of all the motor manufacturers.

Why the Grand Jeep Cherokee is Summit else!

Wharfedale Observer: Why the Grand Jeep Cherokee is Summit else!

9:43pm Thursday 27th February 2014

When you realise the Range Rover costs £71,310, suddenly the Jeep Grand Cherokee seems very reasonable.

RS? This Audi Q3 is Really Special!

Wharfedale Observer: Audi RS Q3

8:00am Thursday 20th February 2014

Cool car, bud. That’s what a trendy 20-something guy said to me outside a shop last week as he cast envious eyes over this car.

BMW'S X5 offers limousine style

Wharfedale Observer: BMW X5

9:10pm Thursday 13th February 2014

So, you’re a wealthy sort who thinks nothing of spending sixty grand on a car. That means you can forget about the running costs. Right? Well, no, actually.

Toyota proves hybrids are far from small beer

Wharfedale Observer: Toyota Yaris Hybrid

8:00am Thursday 6th February 2014

Hybrids? Who’d want one? Expensive and over-rated when you compare them to modern ever-so-frugal petrol engines.

Volvo's cleaner and greener offering for executive drivers

Wharfedale Observer: Volvo S60

8:00am Thursday 6th February 2014

Everyone wants cleaner, greener and leaner cars. Even executive-types who drive limousine-style Volvos aren’t immune to the pressure of rising fuel costs, it seems.

MG's style shows the marque is ready for good times again

Wharfedale Observer: MG3

9:00am Thursday 30th January 2014

MG has had something of a chequered history in recent years.

Why Swift Sport has MINI in its sights

Wharfedale Observer: Suzuki Swift Sport

8:00am Thursday 30th January 2014

MINI performance for hatchback money? Try a Suzuki. OK, so the MINI remains top of the tree for people wanting a premium hatchback with style and verve but there are plenty of rivals chomping at its heels.

Suzuki is happy to keep on moving

Wharfedale Observer: Suzuki SX4 S-Cross

8:00am Thursday 16th January 2014

These are happy times for 4x4 fans, as Suzuki’s latest sales figures prove.

Some niche touches on the new Audi A3 Saloon

Wharfedale Observer: Audi A3 Saloon

7:38pm Thursday 12th December 2013

If Audi doesn’t already rule the motoring world, then surely it’s only a matter of time.

Why Mazda3 has the Golf and co in its sights

Wharfedale Observer: Mazda3

6:00am Thursday 12th December 2013

It can’t ever have been said before, but the Mazda3 is ready to take on the Golf. That’s right. Golf, for years the car to beat in the mid-sized hatch market, really has a challenger on its tailpipe.

Mazda3 is aiming to rival the Golf

Wharfedale Observer: Mazda3

7:35pm Thursday 12th December 2013

It can’t ever have been said before, but the Mazda3 is ready to take on the Golf. That’s right. Golf, for years the car to beat in the mid-sized hatch market, really has a challenger on its tailpipe.

The i10 really has grown up!

Wharfedale Observer: Hyundai i10

10:00am Thursday 28th November 2013

The i10 has grown up. OK, so the new baby Hyundai is only 80mm longer than the old model, but that’s huge in car terms.

Mazda5: a people-carrier with some style

Wharfedale Observer: The Mazda5

8:00am Thursday 28th November 2013

People-carrier designers have their work cut out. They must design a car which majors on space, accommodating up to seven people in comfort and their luggage.

Fiesta ST. It's Simply Terrific!

Wharfedale Observer: Fiesta ST

1:02pm Monday 25th November 2013

It seems like only yesterday that Ford was down in the dumps, turning out safe but unexciting cars.

Sleek V40 is proving to be a safe bet

Wharfedale Observer: Volvo V40

11:13am Thursday 7th November 2013

Car companies have had a challenging few years and few more so than Volvo.

Why MG's back in the big time

Wharfedale Observer: MG3

12:00pm Thursday 7th November 2013

Remember MG? One of the great motoring names has had a chequered recent past, but it seems it’s back in the big time.

Why Citroen Picasso really is a work of art

Wharfedale Observer: Citroen C4 Picasso Airdream

9:00am Thursday 31st October 2013

Citroen’s raison d’etre, if you pardon my French, has always been to be just a little different, to offer a certain je ne sais quoi.

The Skoda with more Citigo-go!

Wharfedale Observer: Skoda Citigo Sport

9:00am Thursday 31st October 2013

You know you’ve cracked it when you can put a Sport badge on a car which takes 14.4 seconds to get to 60mph.

Why C3 is a model of efficiency

Wharfedale Observer: Citroen C3

8:00am Thursday 24th October 2013

What’s this obsession with four cylinders? I know, most car manufacturers have tended to use the foursome as a minimum for reasons of refinement and efficiency.

October? Just right for going topless in a Mazda!

Wharfedale Observer: Mazda MX-5 Sport Graphite

9:00am Wednesday 23rd October 2013

It’s a damp Monday morning in Harrogate. Just right for testing one of the world’s best-loved convertibles.

Don't blush! Join the Smart set

Wharfedale Observer: The Smart Fortwo Cityflame

7:00am Thursday 17th October 2013

You have to have a thick skin to do my job sometimes. I drove a pink Nissan Micra once and squeezed my frame into a Suzuki Cappuccino without a hint of a blush.

Subaru fights back after a tough few years

Wharfedale Observer: The Subaru Outback

10:00am Thursday 10th October 2013

Subaru. Goodness, what a few years they’ve had. They were riding high with the Impreza performance car and a raft of sturdy off-roaders. They had a small but ultra-loyal army of followers.

94mpg from a Volkswagen Golf!

Wharfedale Observer: Volkswagen Golf BlueMotion

8:00am Thursday 10th October 2013

Nought to 60mph in 10.5 seconds and more than 94mpg on a run. Sounds unbelievable? Well, it can be done and it’s by a proper car, not some light eco machine.

How hot Mokka gives a real kick

Wharfedale Observer: How hot Mokka gives a real kick

7:52pm Monday 7th October 2013

For too long, Nissan Juke has had its own way. Now Vauxhall Mokka is out to stir up the stylish crossover market.

Porsche spices up the 911 Cabriolet

Wharfedale Observer: Porsche 911 Cabriolet

7:50pm Monday 7th October 2013

With winter closing in, trust Porsche to give us something bright to look forward to.

How the classy Insignia is stepping up its game

Wharfedale Observer: Vauxhall Insignia

8:00am Thursday 26th September 2013

Creating a new Insignia must have been difficult for Vauxhall for the current model is such a resounding success.

Fiat's pandering to our demands for a 4x4

Wharfedale Observer: Fiat Panda 4x4

6:00am Thursday 26th September 2013

Summer’s gone. Autumn’s here. And before long you’ll be digging your car out the drive. Cheery thoughts, I know, but recent testing winters have made more and more people look at 4x4s.

Nissan turns over a new LEAF

Wharfedale Observer: Nissan turns over a new LEAF

11:00am Thursday 19th September 2013

Car drivers are a conservative lot. They are still obsessed with using a 19th century invention, the internal combustion engine, to power their automobiles.

Confidence is high at Suzuki as SX4 S-Cross is launched

Wharfedale Observer: The Suzuki SX4 S-Cross

8:00am Thursday 19th September 2013

These are busy times at Suzuki. Sales are increasing and new models are being launched like there’s no tomorrow.

SsangYong, a brand with Korando attitude!

Wharfedale Observer: SsangYong, a brand with Korando attitude!

10:00am Thursday 12th September 2013

Remember SsangYong? The company made a bold entrance into the UK a few years back with a raft of keenly-priced cars.

How 208 is becoming a posh Peugeot

Wharfedale Observer: The 208 XY, probably the onlty car named after chromosomes

9:00am Thursday 5th September 2013

Peugeot 208 GTI needs no introduction. It is the performance version of the familiar hatchback and it is renowned as being possibly the best hot-hatch on the road.

Why Citroen Picasso has art and soul

Wharfedale Observer: How 208 is becoming a posh Peugeot

7:00am Thursday 5th September 2013

Like all the best ideas, the Citroen Picasso was a simple one. Create a keenly-priced but spacious mini people-carrier and watch them sell like hot cakes.

Kia is Proceeding with some joy

Wharfedale Observer: Kia Proceed

8:00am Thursday 29th August 2013

Seven-year warranties. Cool styling. Admirable levels of equipment. As if we didn’t have enough reasons to admire Kia, now they’ve added a good sports model to their list of excellence.

Is the Octavia the best Skoda yet?

Wharfedale Observer: Is the Octavia the best Skoda yet?

7:00am Thursday 29th August 2013

The Octavia is important to Skoda.

Dacia Duster's so chic and cheerful

Wharfedale Observer: Dacia Duster

7:00am Thursday 22nd August 2013

Remember the old Ladas and Wartburg Knights and more recently the Daewoos?






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