Life and Style Toyota Verso Excel

'The ideal family car if you want peace and quiet'

Transport: We are a nation of car addicts. Dare the Blairites take us on?

The growth in car use goes on. Most of us could not imagine life without one. Randeep Ramesh, Transport Correspondent, examines a report that puts the Government on the spot over its pledge to get people out of the driving seat.

The army of back-seat drivers

In the vast and daft lexicon of motoring expressions, none is stupider than "people carrier". After all, apart from a single-seater Formula One racing car (a "person carrier"), all cars are people carriers.

A great little mover

The Renault Megane Scenic fits the bill for a young family, writes John Simister

Motoring: More metal for your money

ROAD TEST Chrysler Voyager

The big shrink

ROAD TEST Daihatsu Move

Upstairs, downstairs

The staff at No 10 are there to oil the wheels of state for the new Prime Minister and his wife, but what will they do for Tony and Cherie, working parents?

Blair's hymn to Galaxy man

When Tony Blair spurned the prime ministerial Daimler in favour of a black Ford Galaxy to ferry his family to church yesterday, he may inadvertently have prompted a dash for copycat cars.

Motoring: Iron hand, velvet glove

ROAD TEST Renault Espace

A car-like van or a van-like car?

Road Test Vauxhall Sintra

Motoring: A class apart: the cream of the used-car lot

The days are longer, the weather warmer and, above all, the showrooms and forecourts of the nation are getting busier. It's that time of the year when the motor trade gets excited as used-car buyers emerge from winter hibernation. Trouble is, the used-car market has never been bigger, busier or more confusing. So here is our guide to the most affordable and sensible cars in their class - used cars that will hold their value, be utterly reliable and yet still be interesting to own and exhilarating to drive ...

A motorised womb with a view

Roadtest: Toyota Picnic

People's car loses its grip

It is a post-war motoring phenomenon to rank alongside the VW Beetle, the Mini and the Fiat Uno. It is driven by princesses, travelling salesmen and boy racers alike. It is in its 30th year and its fifth incarnation. In short, it is one of that rare breed - a people's car. Until yesterday, the Ford Escort was also part of the lifeblood of Merseyside.

Keep the family in it

Roger Bell compares the Citroen Synergie with the Nissan Terrano

Room for the kids, the dog and the kitchen sink

Looking for a seven-seater vehicle? Gavin Green wades through the different models and pits MPVs against 4x4s and estates

Same car, different label

A Mazda is really a Fiesta, a Proton is a Mitsubishi. What's happened to brand values?
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The super-rich now live in their own Elysium - they breathe better air, and eat better food, when they're not making beans on toast for their kids

The super-rich now live in their own Elysium

They breathe better air, eat better food, take better medicine
A generation of dropouts failed by colleges

Dropout generation failed by colleges

£800m a year wasted on students who quit courses before they graduate
Entering civilian life 'can be like going into the jungle' for returning soldiers

Homeless Veterans appeal

Entering civilian life can be like going into the jungle
Sam Taylor-Johnson: Woman on top

Sam Taylor-Johnson: Woman on top

Fifty Shades of Grey director on bringing the hit to the screen
Shazam! Story of the $1bn 'what's that song?' app

Shazam: Story of the $1bn 'what's that song?' app

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch