Lifelong car fan John McIlroy started work as a motorsport journalist in 1995 - and within 12 months he was reporting on Colin McRae and Richard Burns in the World Rally Championship. He followed the WRC until 2003, when he stepped up to become editor of weekly motorsport bible Autosport.

A switch to product followed in 2004, and John has focused on writing news and reviews on the latest cars ever since. In his spare time he still follows the WRC action - albeit via web streaming instead of in the service park - and when his young son allows him the time, he’s often to be found picking apart computers. And occasionally putting them back together again.

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Road tests

New SEAT Mii electric 2019 review

13 Nov, 2019

Can the SEAT Mii electric tempt city car buyers with its attractive price and 161-mile range? We take a spin to find out...

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News

New Ford Mustang Mach-E electric SUV arrives with 370-mile range

18 Nov, 2019

The all-electric Mustang Mach-E crossover builds on the famous sports car nameplate and gives Ford a rival for the Tesla Model 3

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News

BMW open to further collaboration with JLR, says CEO

14 Nov, 2019

BMW's CEO refused to rule out that the firm could potentially further its collaboration with JLR in the future

Features

New Skoda Kamiq uncovered: the complete guide

13 Nov, 2019

As the Skoda Kamiq goes on sale in the UK, we take an in-depth look at the story behind this new SUV

Features

In touch with technology: Skoda Kamiq’s infotainment explained

Featured in: New Skoda Kamiq uncovered: the complete guide

13 Nov, 2019

The Skoda Kamiq’s touchscreen showcases the VW Group’s latest infotainment tech. We speak to the man behind the development of MIB 3.0

Features

Double vision: how the Kamiq inspired the Vision X

Featured in: New Skoda Kamiq uncovered: the complete guide

13 Nov, 2019

Skoda design boss Oliver Stefani reveals how the new Kamiq was built before the Czech brand created the Vision X concept

Features

The history behind the Skoda Kamiq’s development

Featured in: New Skoda Kamiq uncovered: the complete guide

13 Nov, 2019

Martin Hrdlicka’s family history is intertwined with Skoda, so who better to give us an insight into the Kamiq’s development?

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News

New Toyota Yaris GR-4 hot hatchback teased

6 Nov, 2019

The new Toyota Yaris GR-4 is set to be revealed later this month as a successor to the current GRMN

News

New Nissan 370Z replacement spotted

30 Oct, 2019

Nissan is keen to replace the current 370Z with a new Z-car performance model

Lexus LF-30 concept car Tokyo 2019
News

New Lexus LF-30 electric car concept wows Tokyo show

23 Oct, 2019

The Lexus LF-30 concept car has been unveiled at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show providing a glimpse of the brand's future

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News

Toyota boss says autonomous cars will accept crash liability

22 Oct, 2019

Manufacturers will have to accept liability in the event of an autonomous accident, according to bosses at Toyota’s research institute

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News

Toyota e-Palette to get solid-state batteries for 2020 Olympics

22 Oct, 2019

Toyota likely to fit one of its all-electric shuttle buses with a new solid-state battery pack for next year’s Tokyo Olympic Games

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News

Tesla Model 3 prices raised across the range

18 Oct, 2019

The American EV manufacturer has restructured the pricing of its entry- level model again, increasing the prices of all three variants

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News

New 2020 Toyota Yaris supermini revealed with all-new hybrid tech

16 Oct, 2019

The new fourth-generation Toyota Yaris revealed with brand new hybrid powertrain, available in showrooms next summer

Dyson electric car - exclusive image
News

Dyson’s electric car project is axed

10 Oct, 2019

Dyson says its electric car project was no longer "commercially viable"

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Long-term tests

Audi e-tron 55 quattro: long-term test review

9 Oct, 2019

Third report: fast charging our Audi e-tron while we have a coffee leaves us full of beans

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Road tests

New Audi Q7 60 TFSIe 2019 review

4 Oct, 2019

It’s petrol-electric power for latest Audi Q7 plug-in SUV, with the 60 TFSIe model boasting 449bhp

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Road tests

New Audi A7 Sportback 55 TFSIe 2019 review

4 Oct, 2019

The new plug-in hybrid Audi A7 Sportback 55 TFSIe promises 149mpg and 362bhp, but does it deliver on the road?

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Road tests

New Audi A8 60 TFSIe 2019 review

4 Oct, 2019

We get behind the wheel of the plug-in hybrid Audi A8 60 TFSIe limo and find it's arguably the pick of the range

Audi electric car concept - teaser close-up
News

New Audi PPE concept to preview look of brand's future electric cars

4 Oct, 2019

Audi has teased its next-generation electric car, and our exclusive image shows how it could look when the covers come off

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