The joy of early morning driving

by Maurice Malone on 07 Feb 2017

Complete Car Features | The joy of early morning driving

Getting up before the sun rises is good for your health, argues Maurice Malone. There's nothing like having the road to yourself to rediscover the joy of driving.

"Why have you set an alarm for four in the morning? Have you lost your mind?" A valid point from a long-suffering girlfriend. "Don't you dare wake me!" .

It's 11pm on a Saturday night, a time when most people are doing something less nerdy than scouring maps and checking weather forecasts.

There's some semblance of method to my madness. I've long held the belief that roads and cars are best experienced…

Who was king of the Super Bowl?

by Neil Briscoe on 07 Feb 2017

Complete Car Features | Who was king of the Super Bowl?

Car adverts, as ever, provided probably more thrills than the on-pitch action.

Does anyone actually watch the Super Bowl for the football anymore? Well, I say football - American football is of course really rugby for sissies, but to be honest, most of us probably stopped tuning in for the game itself. Nowadays it’s for the half-time show (thank you, Lady Gaga) and, of course, the adverts. American and global companies roll out the big marketing budgets and the Hollywood director phone book for Super Bowl Sunday, confident that they will be placing their products in front of one of…

WRC 2017: a new dawn?

by Maurice Malone on 27 Jan 2017

Complete Car Features | WRC 2017: a new dawn?

This year's Monte Carlo rally provided plenty of drama. Now that the dust (and snow) has settled, Maurice Malone analyses what effect the new World Rally Cars have had on the spectacle, and how the viewing public have reacted.

The real thing

An aggressive soundtrack of rising and falling revs, interspersed with the faint popping and banging of anti-lag can be heard further down the valley. Super-intense spotlights do their best to illuminate the icy blackness of the road ahead, the trajectory of their beams switching back and forth like crazy as the car negotiates a series of switchback hairpins,…

Winter, snow and ice driving tips.

by Neil Briscoe on 12 Jan 2017

Complete Car Features | Winter, snow and ice driving tips.

Shakin’ Stevens must have been psychic or something because snow really is falling and it is indeed all around. Whether the cold snap is just going to be a light dusting of the white stuff or whether this really is the beginning of the final Snowpocalypse, it seems like a good time to brush up on those winter driving techniques…

Preparation, preparation, preparation…

The first thing to do is make sure your car is ready for any serious weather. Tyres are critical here, so make sure you’ve got plenty of tread depth and that your pressures are correct all round.…

Get ready for less choice in new cars

by Neil Briscoe on 08 Jan 2017

Complete Car Features | Get ready for less choice in new cars

Is Brexit going to put the squeeze on right-hand drive production?

I got a lift to the airport the other day. Nothing exciting about that, I suppose, but the car in which I was being lifted was kind of interesting. It was a Renault Talisman, a big, roomy Volkswagen Passat rival that verges on being the same size as a BMW 5 Series. As we wafted through the streets of Paris on the way to make a connection at Charles De Gaulle airport, it…

Audi progresses with 'driverless' tech

by Shane O' Donoghue on 06 Jan 2017

Complete Car Features | Audi progresses with 'driverless' tech

How soon do you reckon driverless cars will dominate the road? It's further away...

In 2015, we experienced Audi's 'Piloted Driving' at its most exciting in the form of 'Bobby', an RS 7 Sportback modified to learn a race track and then lap it at unnervingly fast pace. On its own. The Volkswagen Group has been researching and developing autonomous drive technology for well over a decade, but never before had it grabbed headlines like that.

A lot has happened since then, and today we are in Neuburg, the home of Audi Sport,…