The Root

The official blog of Carrot Insurance

4 June 2015

ŠKODA’s latest city car – Fab’ or not?


The third generation ŠKODA Fabia supermini looks sharp, that’s for sure, with an edgy, bold design full of crisp lines, geometric shapes, curves and shadows. My Corrida Red test car would’ve looked even cooler in SE L trim than SE, blinged up with black 17” alloys, privacy glass and fog lights, but the 15” Mato […]

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27 May 2015

Mazda’s latest supermini – ‘2’ can play any game


If you’re contemplating buying an all-new Mazda2, you should think long and hard about it, as it could change your life. For a start, it’s a head-turner, so you won’t be able to go anywhere without people in the street giving you a double take. You may even decide to park it outside your lounge […]

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22 May 2015

Smaller, more affordable electric cars


Some of you may be thinking about looking to electric power when it comes to your next car, to do your bit for the environment. A lot of the attention tends to shine on pricier electric sports and prestige cars, like BMW’s i8 and the Tesla S, but more affordable all-electric cars are out there, […]

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1 May 2015

A hole lot of fun in the new Polo GTI


If you’ve ever hit it off so well with someone at a party that you could’ve carried on talking to them forever were it not for the fact you had to get some kip before work the next day, you’ll understand how the sweet little Polo GTI got under my skin. After an hour behind […]

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23 April 2015

Fiat’s new 500X – it’s a good ‘un


  What is it? Two days before it will take pride of place in showrooms throughout the UK, I pottered over to Iscoyd Park to get a first taste of Fiat’s new car, the 500X. If you’ve not seen the clever TV advert in which a butter-fingered old man in Italy no doubt blows his […]

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17 April 2015

Ten cool used cars for under £10k


If you’re a bit of a petrolhead like me, there’s a good chance you’ll often find yourself relentlessly thumbing up and down apps from AutoTrader, Gumtree, FreeAds and the like, drooling over various cars you don’t really have the money for. Imagine you won £20,000 on one of these daytime TV shows. Naturally, you would […]

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4 April 2015

Searching for Seoul in Hyundai’s new i20 – full road test review


A road trip to the new i20’s home capital would’ve been much more of a hoot than testing it in the Mancunian rain that poured down for the whole week. It might’ve been tricky to twist the arm of Hyundai’s press office, though, plus I wouldn’t have been able to afford the fuel or accommodation […]

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3 February 2015

Meet Suzuki’s new Celerio city car


What is it? Pocket-size cars are all the rage, with 218,000 ‘A segment’ models sold in the UK in 2014 compared to 105,000 back in 2006. With the Kia Picanto, Hyundai i10, VW Up! and Skoda Citigo firmly in its sights, Suzuki is hoping the new Celerio will be an effective cat among the city […]

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9 January 2015

The new Vauxhall Corsa. Rivals beware – it’s closing in.


Aiming high The current Corsa is this year’s third highest selling model here in the UK. Have a guess what the number one car is, though? Yup, you guessed it, the Ford Fiesta. This has obviously given the bods at Vauxhall a little shiver up their spines – but instead of moping, they’ve decided to […]

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