Volvo XC90, Mark II
- Credit: Archant
The original Volvo XC90’s longevity is an automotive legend and its successor looks set to match and surpass its record
News in brief
MX-5 take four
Mazda’s new MX-5 arrives next year and the Japanese marque has used its advanced engine and weight-saving Skyactiv technologies to return the legendary two-seater to the fun roots of the 1989 original.Retaining a classic and balanced front engine/rear-wheel drive layout, the Mark IV roadster also looks sleeker and lighter than the outgoing version, yet will surely be just as affordable.
TT joins open-top party
Also lighting up next year’s open-top sector will be Audi’s third take on the TT Roadster. Order books are open (prices £31,955-37,555) with launch engines being a 230PS (227bhp) 2.0 turbocharged petrol - front-wheel-drive or quattro - and 184PS (181bhp) 2.0 front-driven diesel. The German premium marque says the car has been lightened dramatically by hybrid aluminium and steel construction.
MINI high fives
- 1 20 of the best places to eat out in St Ives
- 2 6 waterfall walks in Derbyshire and the Peak District
- 3 16 beautiful beaches in Devon you have to visit
- 4 Gardoolet: WIN this summer's best garden game
- 5 20 of the best restaurants in Hertfordshire
- 6 12 beautiful waterfalls in Yorkshire
- 7 Seven Falls, Tintwistle - a hidden gem in the Peak District
- 8 Win the full range of Bashall Spirits Gins
- 9 10 of the best restaurants in Hastings
- 10 A guide to moving to Somerset
Improved rear legroom, a practical third rear seat and 37-litre bigger boot all come as standard on the first ever five-door MINI Hatch, out now. This practicality - expected to drive a further surge in MINI sales - has been made possible by a 72mm wheelbase stretch versus the three-door MINI hatch, yet the newcomer costs just £600 more: prices start at £14,350.