liam bird

I'm Liam Bird, a freelance Motoring Writer based in the South Shropshire Marches. I currently write car reviews and road tests for a number of regional lifestyle magazines and newspapers which are distributed throughout Cheshire, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Worcestershire, most of Wales and beyond.

As a member of the Welsh Group of Motoring Writers I'm as happy behind the wheel of a super-mini as I am in the latest super-car. I have press accreditation with most of the major motor manufacturers, meaning that as well as always being on the look out for further commissions, I always have a number of cars arriving each month ready to review.

Find out more on my website or Twitter.

17 Jun 2015

 

    The all new XC90 is, say Volvo, a place to relax, think and connect with the world on your own terms; it is a place without clutter. It is the result of them asking: How can we make life easier for you?

    I’m not entirely sure how I’d answer that. But I can tell you that there certainly is evidence of a vast amount of thought having been put into Volvo’s all-new flagship...

Words: Liam Bird. Picture: Rebecca Thomas.
01 Jun 2015

 

   “Have you driven one before?” asks the delightfully plummy PR lady as the glass elevator descends towards to the ominously entitled H block.

  “No” I reply before adding, slightly sheepishly, “But, I have driven this car’s predecessor, a couple of times”

   “Oh, in that case you’ll be fine” she says. “Keep the key in your pocket, you’ll only need it to lock the doors...

19 May 2015

     This is not the first time I’ve driven a Bentley Flying Spur. I’ve been lucky, privileged you could say, to have sampled Bentley’s lesser known – well if the amount of   “What’s a Flying Spur” questions I received prior to it’s arrival are anything to go by – super-saloon twice before. On both occasions you could argue I was in prime Bentley territory; the first drive was in London’s...

08 May 2015

   It’s the looks you notice first, the glances, the stares, the swivels on the pavements. Some faces are agog, some simply smile. There are the looks of appreciation and of pride, and there are those, inevitably, of scorn. The questions then follow; you can see lips mouthing them as you approach, through the windscreen and in the mirrors as you glide near-silently by. Who is that? Where’s...

20 Apr 2015

  Think about it. How many superminis currently in production can you name? Corsa, Polo, Ibiza, Yaris, I20, Clio, Jazz, A1, Ibiza, MiTo, 500, DS3… There’s a dozen straight away. It’s not such hard question really is it?

    OK, now try this one: How many supermini estates currently in production can you name?

   Suddenly the list gets a lot, lot shorter doesn’t it? Full marks if...

06 Apr 2015

Subaru WRX Sti

 

   Think Subaru and I’ll wager it probably won’t be long before you start to reminisce over one, or maybe both of the following: Rugged and slightly battered four-wheel drive pick-ups or estate cars, usually covered in horse poo, driven by slightly grumpy people who tend to have of whiff of the same. Or, metallic-blue, mud splattered Imprezas,...

24 Mar 2015

 

   SUVs, they’re everywhere. Qashqais, CR-Vs, Tiguans and Jukes clog up the school-run; Evoques, Q3s, X3s, and Macans do lunch in the more well-to-do parts of town. Suzuki have just announced a new Vitara, Jaguar will build the F-Pace, and even Bentley, Rolls Royce and Maserati are getting in on the act.  The doctor’s got a V60, the local builder drives Sorrento, the window cleaner...

09 Mar 2015

 

   “A Fiat Panda 4x4, that’s one I’ve got to see!” came the response when I reeled off my latest list of cars I’d either driven or I would be driving soon. I’m not sure some of my friends actually believed such a thing existed.

    Funny really, Fiat’s go anywhere (well ok, with in reason)  Panda has actually been with us, albeit in various guises, since 1983; it’s won...

27 Feb 2015

An all-new Discovery

 

     A few years ago a fellow motor-noter gave me a piece of, what turned out to be, very useful advice: “Never” he said “turn down invitation – if you’re fortunate to get one – from Land Rover”. I listened intently and took heed of his wisdom.

   That was more moons ago now than I care to mention, but since then every time Land...

11 Feb 2015

Audi Q7

 

       Audi’s Q7 couldn’t have arrived at better time. The weathermen delivered ever more panicky forecasts whilst turning their yellow weather warnings to red; tabloid newspapers covered their front pages with pictures of snow-covered motorways; primary schools shut for the day. Britain was once again gripped by winter. Oh, what were we to do?

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