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Hot hatchbacks - how much is too much?

February 13, 2013 3:50 PM | Posted By: Stephen Dobie | 17 comments
How much is too much? I’m talking about hot hatchbacks. Today Mercedes pulled the wraps off its A45 AMG, which sounds like it will be extremely exciting to drive as well as spacious, practical... [more]

Why I love my Clio Williams

June 7, 2012 11:19 PM | Posted By: Stephen Dobie | 12 comments
It's gone 11pm and I've just got in from a late deadline night in the office. By all rights I should be off to bed, ridding my head of car thoughts before it all starts again in, ooh, 10 hours time.... [more]

Peugeot 208 GTI - can it justify the cliches?

February 17, 2012 12:25 PM | Posted By: Stephen Dobie | 7 comments
With every new performance Peugeot since the 1980s comes the ‘205 reborn!’ references in the motoring press. I can’t complain too much – I’ve used them myself in the... [more]

Spec your new Renault Clio Williams

July 14, 2011 12:33 PM | Posted By: Stephen Dobie | 20 comments
A new Renault Clio Williams is coming. Or it isn’t. Depends who you talk to. Truth is, there’s no firm decision yet (though Renault would like it to happen) and we’ve no firm idea... [more]

Hot hatch group test: where's the fast Ford?

January 27, 2011 12:50 PM | Posted By: Stephen Dobie | 9 comments
This month's evo (winging its way to subscribers now, in shops next Wednesday, Feb 2nd) features a hot hatch group test, with the funky carbon-clad Citroen DS3 Racing battling its key rivals on some... [more]

The difference a dial makes

September 3, 2010 11:08 AM | Posted By: Stephen Dobie | 19 comments
Nerd alert: I'm about to start banging on about rev-counters and speedometers. A drive in an Abarth Punto Evo hot hatch this week has got me thinking about just how important they are... As our... [more]

Citroen DS3 Racing - it's too much

August 23, 2010 2:44 PM | Posted By: Stephen Dobie | 11 comments
What price exclusivity? I ask as Citroen announces the full details of its DS3 Racing (story here). I’m a big fan of the standard DS3, and I’m very excited at the prospect of driving a... [more]

Bye bye Clio 200 Cup

August 13, 2010 10:47 AM | Posted By: Stephen Dobie | 19 comments
A week on Monday the nasty people from Renault will come and take my long-term Clio 200 Cup away. I can't complain, really: it'll mark exactly 12 months since they dropped the thing off, boxfresh and... [more]


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