Just read the What Car review and had to keep checking I was reading a review of the car I've owned for the last couple of years, as the descriptions I read were nothing like my experience.
Their "reviews" are probably summed up by their "Pick of the range" comment... "We haven't yet driven this version of the Vauxhall Antara, but as soon as we do, our verdict will appear here."
So, their pick of all Antaras is one they haven't bothered driving in the 3 years since it was first on sale.
A quick look at the Autocar review reveals that the reviewer found the electronic (pull up for on, push down for off) handbrake was far too complicated for him to understand and that the centre console caused him problems when changing into 6th, saying tall people will have problems. I'm 6'2" and have never had a problem. This review was obviosuly written by an orungutan, not a human being.
All I can think is that, when reviewing, each month they get to draw lots, one gets a Veyron or Ferrarri to test, another gets the Antara, and promptly spits their dummy out and hates every second through pure jealousy of not getting the supercar.
Before I bought my Antara, Practical Caravan had a long term review Captiva, which they used for several months and took all over Europe. They were very impressed with it. I know the two aren't identical, but, a 6 month review would highlight far more problems with a car than a typical What Car, Top Gear, etc. 30 minute drive round a test track ever will.
The long and the short of it is, never read car magazine reviews, they are useless. Find a car you like, try it, look round it, get on owners club sites and read what owners think. Some will like a car, others will not. Chances are most will give an honest view of the car, point out its good and bad points and be a thousand times more useful than some sad petrolhead who thinks anything that costs less than £100,000 is a piece of junk. Car magazines are for people who would love to own a Ferrarri, drool over Paganis and then jump in their twenty yead old hatchback and cruise round the estate, complete with baseball cap, lowered suspension, cheap alloys and badly fitted blackout screen on the windows. Rant over.