Steve Sutcliffe has been a car journalist for over 30 years. Having cut his teeth as a local newspaper journalist, he joined Haymarket Publishing so long ago he can’t even remember, then became editor of Autocar before going freelance in 2004.
Since then he’s contributed to publications as varied as The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Auto Express, Evo, Octane and Golf Punk.
Sutcliffe is also a successful racing driver, finishing second in his first ever car race driving a Caterham at Silverstone. He has also driven for, and won with, the factory team in the TVR Tuscan Challenge, dallied in the BTCC with Lexus and has competed in the Nürburgring and Silverstone 24 Hour races numerous times.
He remains one of the few car journalists to be allowed to drive a current F1 car, lapping the Silverstone National circuit within half a second of Honda’s then test driver James Rossiter in Jenson Button’s 2007 Honda RA107. In the wet.
Sutcliffe also has a strong YouTube following, his car vids having attracted over 500m views over the years.
Suzuki SC100 Whizzkid. A great car in which to establish the importance of car control. Actually, just a great car full stop
Colin McRae. Sat next to him once in a WRC Ford Focus. My world has never been quite the same since
Sitting here, writing this, not being told what to do by anyone else – and just occasionally, getting paid for it
"I have a love-hate relationship with cars. The great ones (and there aren’t many) I love – such as the Maserati MC20. But the bad ones – such as the Mk8 VW Golf – I have no time whatsoever for because, honestly, there is zero excuse. Most of all, though, it’s the ride we’re all on that intrigues me the most. And right now I have no idea in which direction we’re all heading, and I find that weirdly exciting, if a little scary at times"
How To Drive: In the wet
Driving quickly and safely in the wet is all about confidence. But how do you build it in the first place? Steve Sutcliffe has the answer
Confessions of a road tester – Part two
In which our intrepid reporter, Steve Sutcliffe, recounts all those times he didn’t get away with it. It’s fair to say there have been a few…
Confessions of a road tester – Part one
Test cars for a living for 35 years and stuff happens. It shouldn’t, but it does. Steve Sutcliffe recalls the times he thought it was all over, until it wasn’t
Underrated: Chrysler Viper RT/10
Few cars have ever got the heart pumping quite like the original Viper, even if it was not always for the right reasons. Steve Sutcliffe recalls an American giant
Overrated: Lancia Delta HF Integrale
It was the Italian hot hatch icon of its era, the darling of the motoring media. But was it really all it was cracked up to be? Steve Sutcliffe begs to differ
Overrated: Every mega-hatch ever built
The hottest hatchbacks of all are not just overrated, they’re damaging. Steve Sutcliffe pines for the days when fast hatches were simple and light
Lucid Air review
Is the Lucid Air the most impressive electric car on sale right now? Steve Sutcliffe samples the 800bhp Grand Touring variant
Overrated: Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio
It’s fast, gorgeous and goes sideways. What on earth is there not to like? As ever, Steve Sutcliffe can point to a thing or three
Overrated: BMW E60 M5
It slaughtered a Ferrari when new, so why has the fourth-generation M5’s star fallen since then? Steve Sutcliffe has the answer
Underrated: BMW E92 M3
A manual rear-drive M3 with a howling naturally aspirated V8? What could be wrong with that? Steve Sutcliffe on a car more sinned against than sinning