Welcome to the Driver Buddy blog

Welcome to the Driver Buddy blog

Check out the Driver Buddy blog for the latest car news & reviews, and useful advice and tips for owning and maintaining your vehicles.

Review: Skoda Kamiq


Review: Skoda Kamiq


Skoda is a major player in the SUV and crossover market, thanks to its ability to build family-friendly cars that are easy to drive, well-equipped, comfortable and highly practical. Few models demonstrate this process better than the Kamiq.

E.ON and VW co-develop new solution for ultra-fast charging EVs

E.ON and VW co-develop new solution for ultra-fast charging EVs

Cooperation between E.ON and Volkswagen Group Components contributes to establishing an ultra-fast charging infrastructure.

All-New 2020 Audi A3 Goes Quattro Testing in the Azores

All-New 2020 Audi A3 Goes Quattro Testing in the Azores

Camouflaged quattro versions of new Audi compact hatchback tackle a course also used for the Azores rally to demonstrate latest quattro technology.

Fiat 500 and Panda Mild-Hybrids Now Available

Fiat 500 and Panda Mild-Hybrids Now Available

UK pricing and specifications for the new Fiat 500 mild hybrid and Panda mild hybrid have been announced, arriving in UK showrooms mid-February and March, respectively.

New Mercedes-Benz eVito: Specs, Techs and Pricing

New Mercedes-Benz eVito: Specs, Techs and Pricing

More details have been released on the highly-anticipated Mercedes-Benz eVito, which offers 112hp of power, 300Nm of torque, a 92-mile average range and a six-hour charging time.

Review: Jaguar F-Pace P250 Chequered Flag

Review: Jaguar F-Pace P250 Chequered Flag

Until the refresh, Jaguar has introduced a new Chequered Flag model. It’s a high-end trim grade previously introduced on the XE and XF saloons.

Electric or Plug-in Hybrid Vehicle Sold Every Seven Minutes

Electric or Plug-in Hybrid Vehicle Sold Every Seven Minutes

The UK EV market grew by 21% in 2019 with more than 72,000 new plug-in cars registered in the UK – that’s one registered every seven minutes.

What's the best way to sell your car? - Part-exchange vs Private Sale

What's the best way to sell your car? - Part-exchange vs Private Sale

Just like buying, there are a number of different ways to sell your current car. Many of us opt for the simple route, which is to simply part-exchange / trade it in when buying or leasing our next car. Whilst this is very convenient, you can sometimes actually get as much as 10-15% more if you sold it privately instead.

Review: Mini Cooper 5 Door

Review: Mini Cooper 5 Door

The modern BMW-owned MINI hatch has grown exponentially since its introduction in late 2000. But, along with that growth has come increased maturity, to the extent that it now feels and drives like a sub-compact BMW.

Safest cars revealed by Euro NCAP - Best of the Best in class 2019

Safest cars revealed by Euro NCAP - Best of the Best in class 2019

2019 was a fantastic year for car safety, and Euro NCAP has highlighted the Best of the Best in class for 2019

Sony Vision-S All-Electric Concept Car

Sony Vision-S All-Electric Concept Car

The Sony Vision-S concept car has been unveiled at CES to showcase the firm’s latest vehicle safety and infotainment innovations.

Electric Vehicle Charging Guide

Electric Vehicle Charging Guide

For traditional petrol and diesel vehicle drivers, it’s usually a fairly simple choice to decide where to fill up your motor; generally it’s the nearest petrol station. But for electric vehicle drivers the choice is not so simple; largely due to the multitude of different charging options available.

Can Britain's Charging Infrastructure Support the Growth of Electric Vehicles?

Can Britain's Charging Infrastructure Support the Growth of Electric Vehicles?

The International Energy Agency is aiming to increase the share of electric vehicles globally to 30% by 2030 and many national governments working to create an enabling environment for the adoption of electric vehicles, it seems like the electric car revolution is here to stayhere to stay.

Review: MG ZS Electric

Review: MG ZS Electric

The MG ZS EV offers interesting styling, plenty of equipment, ease of driving, reasonable quality and a seven-year warranty on both the battery and the car.

Review: 2019 Land Rover Discovery Sport

Review: 2019 Land Rover Discovery Sport

As facelifts go, this is much more than just a nip and tuck. Land Rover takes a clutch of knives to its most popular medium-sized SUV and the result is so impressive, you can barely see the cut lines.

Review: Nissan Leaf e+

Review: Nissan Leaf e+

The Nissan LEAF was the first mass-market battery-only electric vehicle (BEV) and it remains the best-selling BEV in history with more than 460,000 units sold worldwide. The Nissan LEAF has won about every award for green cars - including the World Green Car Award - twice.

Review: Volvo XC60 T6 AWD

Review: Volvo XC60 T6 AWD

All in all, the XC60 stacks up very well as a capable and safe family SUV of the highest quality. Review: Volvo XC60 T6 AWD

Review: Audi RS5 Sportback

Review: Audi RS5 Sportback

The Audi RS5 Sportback is a fast five-door hatchback that's an alternative to more traditional super-saloons like the BMW M3, Mercedes C63 and Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Verde.

When is the best time to buy a car?

When is the best time to buy a car?

Often, the decision to buy our next car is one that is thrust upon us by unforeseen circumstances; a broken down banger or sudden vehicle theft, for example. Occasionally, however, we may be lucky enough to plan ahead and choose when we want to make that all-too-precious upgrade to our next car.

Review: Tesla Model 3

Review: Tesla Model 3

Few electric cars have caused as much of a furore as the Tesla Model 3. It’s been teased and talked about, previewed and – not least – plagued by production issues that have seen the European launch date pushed back repeatedly.