00s CARS

26th February 2020
Renault Wind side profile

It’s time to appreciate the Renault Wind

It's ten years since the Renault Wind blew into our lives in a blaze of glory. It lasted just 18 months in the UK and a total of three years in Europe.
3rd January 2020

It’s time to appreciate the Mk1 Vauxhall Zafira

Maybe PetrolBlog has consumed too much Christmas gin, but it's going to kickstart 2020 with a question: is it time to appreciate the Mk1 Vauxhall Zafira?
16th December 2019
Dacia SupeRNova

Was the Dacia SupeRNova faster than a cannonball?

(What's the story) Romanian glory. The Dacia SupeRNova was the first car to be launched by the Romanian company following the takeover by Renault in 1999.
29th November 2019

Woulda, shoulda, Coda: The rise and fall of an EV

In 2012, the Coda four-door saloon arrived in a blaze of electric glory. Less than a year later, it was reduced to a pile of simmering ashes.
17th October 2019
Lancia Thesis and fountain

It’s time to appreciate the Lancia Thesis

A decade has passed since we waved goodbye to the Lancia Thesis. PetrolBlog asks: is it time to reevaulate the misunderstood Italian saloon?
23rd August 2019
Vauxhall Insignia spotted in Blinded by the Light

Blinded by the Insignia on the M1 motorway

A Vauxhall Insignia was spotted in Blinded by the Light, a film set in the 1980s. This highlights the perils of watching films when you're a car enthusiast.
29th August 2018
Renault Laguna 1.9 dci Dynamique

Extreme #FrenchTat: the £100 Renault Laguna

It's one of the most unreliable cars you can buy, so what's a Renault Laguna doing on the PETROLBLOG fleet? Meet the #FrenchTat purchased for £100.
2nd August 2018

Pick-up and play: Proton Jumbuck GTI

Take a 2005 Proton Jumbuck GL, add some bits and pieces from a Satria GTI and what you have got? A Proton Jumbuck GTI, of course. Nice.
26th July 2018

It’s time to appreciate the Hyundai Matrix

Fancy a little Pininfarina glamour on your driveway? Forget Ferraris and French fancies, PetrolBlog reckons you should take a look at the Hyundai Matrix.
19th May 2017
Peter picked a plodding Polo for parental purposes

Peter picked a plodding Polo for parental purposes

Shunning the lure of PetrolBloggyness and Bangernomics, Peter Counsell puts his faith in a Polo and presents us with a tongue-twisting headline.
21st September 2016
Kia Rio Because Race

Her name was Rio and she wasn’t all that

Tom Ellis goes racing in a Mk1 Kia Rio and promises never to make the same mistake again. Meanwhile, PetrolBlog uses a Duran Duran-inspired headline.
2nd August 2016
Daewoo Kalos Blue driving

Daewoo Kalos Blue: the worst ‘hot’ hatch of the noughties?

The Daewoo Kalos Blue dared to go where no previous Daewoo had gone before: in pursuit of sporting greatness. Was it the worst 'hot' hatch of the noughties?