Vicky Parrott

Vicky Parrott
Title: Deputy reviews editor

Vicky Parrott has been a motoring journalist since 2006, when she eventually did so much work experience at Autocar that it felt obliged to give her a job. After that, she spent seven years as a features and news writer, video presenter and road tester for Autocar, before becoming deputy road test editor for What Car? in 2013. After five years with What Car?, Vicky spent a couple of years as associate editor of DrivingElectric and then embarked on a freelance career that has seen her return to writing for Autocar and What Car? as well as for The Daily Telegraph and many others. Vicky has been a Car of the Year juror since 2020, and the proud owner of a 1992 Mercedes-Benz 300-SL 24V since 2017. She aspires to own an Alpine A110 and a Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo.

Vicky is an expert in:• Electric and hybrid cars• Battery tech• Modern classics• Road testing• Biscuit varieties

Vicky Parrott Questions & Answers:

What’s the best piece of advice you could offer a car buyer?

Do your research. There’s a wealth of information out there on cars – be it new or used – and if you walk onto the forecourt confident in what car you want and what it’s worth then you already have the upper hand. What’s the best car you’ve ever driven? My answer to this question changes on a daily, if not hourly basis. Decisiveness isn’t always my strong suit… The 2008 Ford Fiesta ST is up there, and so is the Alpine A110. Both are incredible engineering achievements in the scheme of ‘everyday’ (if you can call the Alpine that) cars. I’ve driven all sorts of supercars and either of these would still be top of my choices if I want a brilliant drive on my favourite road.

What will the car market look like in 20 years?

Battery electric cars will be the dominant power source for personal transport, but hydrogen will have become a big player for heavy goods, commercial vehicles and global transport. More people will use car clubs or simply hire a car when necessary, especially those who live in cities where car usage will be minimal anyway. Outside of the major public transport hubs, car ownership will still be prevalent, and car ownership will still be popular even if subscription ownership will also have become more common. I live in hope that hover boards and time-travelling DeLoreans will also be reality.

Car review

Polestar 3

Here comes a very large, very expensive electric SUV – but it’s one that makes an unusual and bold promise…

Polestar 3
Car review

Jeep Grand Cherokee

Originator of the SUV launches new PHEV-only Land Rover rival

Jeep Grand Cherokee
Car review

Omoda E5 prototype review

New Chinese brand Omoda uses BYD batteries to create an electric family crossover

Omoda E5 prototype review
Car review

Omoda 5 prototype review

Chery-owned brand heads for the UK with a competitively priced Kona rival

Omoda 5 prototype review
News

Which car glass cleaner is best?

Clean glass is about safety as well as pride in the maintenance and appearance of your car, so we’ve been out with the sprays and microfibres to find out which is best

Which car glass cleaner is best?
Car review

Renault Scenic E-Tech

After falling out of favour as a pure MPV, Renault's Scenic has been reinvented as an electric family crossover

Renault Scenic E-Tech
News

New petrol Fiat 600 priced from £23,965 in the UK

Mild-hybrid version of Italian brand's new crossover undercuts the electric Fiat 600e by around £9000

New petrol Fiat 600 priced from £23,965 in the UK
News

Best wiper blades 2024

Windscreen wipers are not all the same. Different brands, different blade types and different fittings, so here’s our guide to the best wipers to keep your view clear

Best wiper blades 2024
Car review

Nio EL6

It has tech to spare, but is the EL6 any good in the competitive electric family SUV class?

Nio EL6
Autocar Christmas Dinner group
Autocar's road testers traditionally do a Secret Santa for Christmas, but this year is different
News

Unsung heroes of 2023: Celebrating the most underrated new cars

The Autocar testers meet for lunch – and an argument about which cars don't get enough love

Unsung heroes of 2023: Celebrating the most underrated new cars
Opinion

Our favourite cars of 2023: Maserati MC20 Cielo

Open-top Maserati MC20 shows the marque's got its mojo back, according to Vicky Parrott

Our favourite cars of 2023: Maserati MC20 Cielo

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