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New Mini grows in size and appeal

I still remember the day I first saw the “new” Mini “in the metal”. It was in the brand new Mini section of our local BMW dealership and there was a large crowd of people huddled around it, plus a lot of noses squashed up against the showroom window. Such was the interest in the modern take on one of Britain’s most famous cars.

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Audi A3 Cabriolet - stylish family soft-top

For a couple of years I knew exactly why cabriolets are so popular, despite our less than ideal climate. My everyday transport was an Audi A4 cabriolet.

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James Bond's new Aston Martin is the DB10

James Bond will drive an Aston Martin DB10 in the new James Bond Film Spectre to be produced at Pinewood Studios.

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Volkswagen Golf R - fastest Golf ever

The last time I drove the ‘R’ version of the Volkswagen it was the R32 and its performance came by courtesy of a big 3.2-litre V6 engine shoehorned under the Golf bonnet. In these more environmentally-focussed days, however, big engines are no longer such an acceptable route to performance for mainstream manufacturers.

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New Audi S3 goes executive sport saloon

In my garage I have an Audi S3 of growing vintage. Growing because I cannot think of a car in my price bracket to replace it with. So this is a road test that I have been anticipating for some time. Maybe the new Audi S3 might fit the bill?

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Kia Soul aims for wider appeal

Kia was a very different company when the first Kia Soul was launched in 2008. Then it was a budget brand that appealed mainly to the type of people who would also buy “sensible shoes”. Utterly practical transport, Kia cars appealed to those who used their head, not their heart, when choosing their next car.

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Mazda 3 strengthens its appeal

First impressions count and, when I first saw the new Mazda 3 at the celebrity race for the Australian Grand Prix this year, it struck me as one of the most cohesive family car designs currently on offer from any Japanese manufacturer.

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Vauxhall sharpens up appeal of Meriva

Vauxhall claim to have invented the small MPV sector of the market when they launched the original Meriva in 2003. Eleven years later, it is one sector of the market that remains relatively strong.

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Subtle updates for Kia Sportage

I drove the Kia Sportage for this blog in 2011 and, at first glance, not much seems to have changed. That is quite deliberate. Ian Mathews, Head of Product Planning at Kia in the UK, explains it was a case of “if it aint broke…”. What a statement for Kia to be able to make!

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Fiat 500L aims to extend 500 appeal

Such has been the success of the Fiat 500, that the Italian manufacturer has turned its attention to extending the brand. The aim is to extend the 500’s popularity into a new sector by offering more accommodation and more doors to make the car a more versatile option for the growing family.

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Mitsubishi covers both ends of 4x4 market

For a car company with only six models (if you exclude the commercially-orientated L200 pick-up) on the UK market, Mitsubishi certainly has a strong commitment to the 4x4 sector. Three of the six are either four-wheel-drive, or available in four-wheel-drive.

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Pencils sharpened for Peugeot's new 308

For me, the first sign of the renaissance of Peugeot was probably the Peugeot RCZ which marked the return of design flair and rewarding driving to the French marque. Then came the Peugeot 3008, the 508 and more recently the 208.

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Range Rover Sport: keeping ahead of the game

One of the most notable features of any Range Rover is that commanding driving position and fans of this will not disappointed. You definitely step up into the new Range Rover Sport.

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Audi RS7: Five-door supercar challenger

If you want it to perform, the a hefty 560PS twin turbocharged four-litre V8 will propel the RS7 from 0-62 mph in just 3.9 seconds. What is perhaps more impressive is the way this car will keep going right through all eight gears. This is supercar performance.

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Will new Renault Captur the market?

It’s in the nature of the motor industry these days that the Renault Captur is a close relative of alliance partner, Nissan’s Juke. Like the Juke is aimed at carving a slice of the vibrant market sector for what the industry calls “crossovers” – cars that project something of a lifestyle image for their owners.

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BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo offers more space

Not so many years ago, when you went into a BMW showroom you would be offered the choice of saloon, with the option, maybe of a Touring, coupé or cabriolet. That was it.

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Pro_cee'd GT Kia's hot hatch

The design of the new Pro_cee’d GT presents a polished European style. It is an attractive, well proportioned design, with confident styling. The now-distinctive Kia corporate grille thrusts forward from the sweeping light units.

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Peugeot 208GTI re-establishes sporty heritage

In my road test of the Peugeot 208 earlier this year you may have detected a certain anticipation of the day when I would get my hands on the Peugeot 208GTI. Now that wait is over.

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Jaguar F-Type - demands a longer road

Few car launches have created as much stir as the Jaguar F-Type. Perhaps it’s not so surprising, given the iconic status of its predecessor the famous E-type and the fact that we have had to wait 39 years for the follow-up!

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Seat Leon SC - second of the new family

It’s now 15 years since the original Seat Leon went into production as the first family hatchback since the Spanish company was taken over by the Volkswagen Group.

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Vauxhall Adam lives up to its quirky name

Vauxhall, and its European counterpart Opel, have clearly been watching the sales success of superminis like the Mini and the Fiat 500 and thinking long and hard about how they could grab a slice of the action.

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Toyota's RAV4 enters its fourth generation

The Toyota RAV4 was one of the cars that pioneered a new class of vehicle – the small SUV that combined some of the go-anywhere ability of a full 4x4 with the more car-like driving style of a less-focussed mud-plugger.

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DS3 goes topless, almost

As you will see if you look back at my road test of the Citroen DS3, I was quite taken with the French manufacturers attempt to imbue their small hatchback with some of the style and individuality that marked out the avant garde Citroen DS.

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Mazda's MX-5 + good weather = fun

I recently had the chance to drive the Mazda MX-5 for the first time in almost six years. For once its arrival proved very timely as it coincided with a summer heatwave, meaning the roof was hardly ever up. Even at midnight we were driving happily home with the roof down.

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The new Audi A3 has a sharper edge

At first glance you might not spot the difference between the old Audi A3 and this one. But, look more closely and you will probably notice that it wears a sharper suit of clothes.

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Dacia Sandero - remarkable value

This could be the shortest road test we’ve ever published. The Dacia Sandero is the cheapest car you can buy in the UK. But, it’s actually pretty good. Full stop.

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Ford B-Max a convincing small MPV challenger

Ford has lacked a strong player in the small MPV market, until now. Yes, there was the Ford Fusion, but it lived somewhat in the shadow of mainstream models like the Fiesta and the Focus. But, now we have the B-Max.

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Suzuki Grand Vitara for when the going gets tough

The Grand Vitara sticks with that tradition. In this most recent update, the off-road credentials stay much as before, which means good ground clearance for off-road conditions, four-wheel-drive tuned for off-road use with low ratio gears and differential locks. The steel ladder-frame chassis underline the Grand Vitara’s off-road credentials

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Mitsubishi takes on the mainstream superminis

Mitsubishi has clearly read the mood-of-the-moment, pitching itself back in the mainstream with the launch of the Mirage, a hatchback for cost-conscious buyers in the supermini class.

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Passat Alltrack – a country estate

One sector of the car market that has remained relatively buoyant during the recession, is the SUV, or 4x4, market. In an era of lifestyle vehicles, many of them never tackle any obstacles more daunting than speed bumps, but the tough, outdoor image SUVs project is clearly popular.

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Volkswagen Beetle increases its appeal

When you think of the current fashion for ‘retro’ design in cars, it is all too easy to think that it all started with Mini in 2001. But, it was really Volkswagen that triggered the retro design vogue in 1998 with the launch of the new Beetle.

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BMW320 xDrive gets a grip

Conventional wisdom would have it that a driver who smiles, as he is handed the keys of a BMW 3 Series in a snowstorm, must be mad.

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More attraction: Peugeot 208

The launch of the new Peugeot 208 has been accompanied by some carefully orchestrated reminders of that iconic 205GTI, although we shall have to wait a while for it’s true successor to appear – the forthcoming 208GTI.

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Toyota GT86 – a real driver's car

I lined the Toyota GT86 up at the start of hil. I was a little concerned, but I gently squeezed the throttle. The road was quite narrow and I knew there was a danger of slithering off. I felt elated as crested the first rise and entered the tricky, rising left hander that so often brings such efforts to a halt.

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Mercedes goes conventional with new A-class

The new Mercedes-Benz A-Class, to be launched on the UK market next month, is quite a departure from the model it replaces. We have all become quite accustomed to the tall A-class, which has proven so popular over the years.

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Isuzu D-Max Utah

When other manufacturers are chasing their share of mainstream markets, Isuzu just seems to keep happily producing models for their own niche – vehicles like the Isuzu Trooper and the D-Max pick-up.

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BMW's four-door coupé

Now we have the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupé which I had the chance to drive recently. Some might argue that Mercedes-Benz filled this niche first with the Mercedes-Benz CLS. I don’t see it that way. I think BMW’s eye has been more firmly on the Porsche Panamera.

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Volkswagen up! hits the city car mark

The up! can actually trace its history back to the concept of the same name that was launched at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show. Although the looks have been retained the mechanicals have changed considerably.

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Kia Optima a saloon for hatch prices

I almost missed it in the car park. Holding onto Kia keys I have to admit I was scanning the rows for a rather ordinary looking saloon.

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Alfa Romeo Guilietta - now that's better!

Anyone who read my road test of the Alfa Romeo Guilietta JTD would probably have come away with the impression that I really wanted to like the car, but was struggling with four aspects that dulled the appeal.

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Mercedes CLS becomes more assertive

In 2004, Mercedes-Benz CLS arguably started the trend for swoopy-roofed, coupé-style rooflines on four-door saloons. Now they have launched a new CLS, which continues the theme of luxurious transport for four, but with a slightly different style.

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Range Rover Evoque appeals

The significance of the Range Rover Evoque is greater than just the launch of a new model. In effect it marks the launch of a new sub brand.

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V10 propels Audi's R8 into supercar territory

Occasionally a car appears on my forward car test list that has me reaching for the highlighter pen to mark off the weekend. This indicates that no other commitments will be allowed so that I can spend maximum time behind the wheel. One such weekend was reserved for the Audi R8 V10 Spyder.

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Citroen DS4 raises the game

Go back a few decades and Citroen had something of a split personality. At one end of the scale they produced the Citroen 2CV, one of the most basic cars you could imagine. At the other end of the range was the Citroen DS, a forward-thinking, luxuriously-appointed technological masterpiece.

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Peugeot's diesel electric hybrid

When it comes to hybrids, until now it has been the products of either Toyota (and its upmarket Lexus sibling) or Honda that I have driven. So, it was with more that a little interest that I seized the opportunity to sample a European hybrid in the shape of the new Peugeot 3008 Hybrid4.

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Chrysler opens new market with Delta

The Chrysler name may be American, but you won't see many of these Chryslers plying the freeways of America. Not yet, at least. The Chrysler Delta, you see, is sold here under a badge of convenience.

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Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet widens fresh air options

If you are in the market for a compact convertible Volkswagen have got your options pretty well covered. If you like the idea of a folding metal roof convertible, you can go for the Volkswagen Eos. If, however, you prefer the idea of a conventional cloth-roof convertible, you can now choose the latest Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet.

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Jaguar's 550bhp grand tourer

It is fascinating to watch a new, more youthful, more confident Jaguar emerging from the various trials and turmoils of recent decades. It was a transformation that was needed. The age profile of Jaguar owners was greying and getting greyer.

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Kia Rio practical and fun to drive

I have to admit that picking up a set of keys with the name "Kia" inscribed on them has tended not to produce any emotional response in the past. No excitement. Equally, no disappointment.

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Honda's revitalised Accord

It may not look new, but this Honda Accord is the revised model introduced into the UK last summer. The aesthetic changes are minimal, both inside and out, most of the effort having been focussed on updating the engines to make them over efficient and to lower emissions.

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Mitsubishi ASX takes on the crossover market

In some ways it is surprising that it has taken Mitsubishi until so recently to launch their ASX range. With their expertise in 4x4 vehicles, a crossover of this type seems such an obvious direction to take.

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Vauxhall sharpens up the Zafira

The Vauxhall Zafira was one of the pioneers of a new smaller breed of MPVs (or minivans as our Transatlantic cousins would call them). Not much bigger than a car, the 1999 Vauxhall Zafira had room for up to seven passengers, with a particularly neat pair of rear seats that fold down to leave a completely flat load floor.

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Volkswagen Jetta comes out of the shadow

In Europe, at least, the Volkswagen Jetta has never really enjoyed the success it deserves. It started off its life as very obviously a booted version of the ever-popular Volkswagen Golf and has subsequently lived in the shadow of its hatchback sibling.

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Lexus hybrid hatchback aims for green halo

The Lexus CT 200h doesn’t have anything like that presence. Its appearance is of a neat, but not particularly distinctive hatchback. Unless you are bent on making an impression wherever you go, then the more low key looks are unlikely to be a problem.

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Chevrolet Orlando: a lot of car for the money

You certainly get quite a lot of car for your money with the Chevrolet Orlando. For a price starting at £16,410 you get a sizeable MPV with three rows of seats taking a maximum of seven people.

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New Ford Focus looks sure to maintain popularity

So just how do you replace a car that is as perennially popular as the Ford Focus? That must have been the dilemma facing the blue Oval when they embarked on the design for the third version of the Focus.

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Does Honda Jazz hit the right note?

Honda has given its Jazz hatchback a little bit more eco-warrior appeal by launching the Honda Jazz Hybrid. Sporting a green (of course) “Hybrid” badge on the tailgate, it announces to the world that you care about the environment. Or, at least, that is the intention.

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Subaru Outback missing snowy Alps

Some years ago Subaru handed myself and a colleague the keys for a Subaru Forester at Heathrow Airport and told us to drive to Geneva. It was a trip that earned a new respect for the Forester which, even in those days, looked a tad dated and in need of an interior makeover.

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Volkswagen Eos still impresses five years on

When the Volkswagen Eos was launched in the UK in July 2006, it was one of the early mainstream adopters of the folding metal roof. Since then, the coupé cabriolet has become a stylish option for many manufacturers.

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Kia Picanto asserts itself in supermini class

Yes, the Kia Picanto may not have the chic appeal of the Fiat 500, or a Mini, but it does have a crisply-designed fashionable suit of clothes that stands comparison with the likes of the Ford Fiesta.

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Jaguar XF refreshed

Jaguar has given its XF a mid-term refresh to help it stay competitive against German and Japanese offerings in the executive saloon market.

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Fiat shrinks 500 engine for economy

The Fiat 500 TwinAir is powered by a two-cylinder in-line transverse engine of 875cc. But it is still fun to drive and remarkably lively too.

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Peugeot 508: Nice car, shame about the gearbox

There we were, four motoring enthusiasts, talking in quite animated terms about the Peugeot 508 SW that was parked in front of us. I simply could not imagine the same having happened with the car’s predecessors.

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Kia Sportage strengthens its appeal

Compared with the rather nondescript design of previous Sportages, the new Kia Sportage has quite a sharp set of new clothes. It looks pretty good, although there are perhaps just a few angles that look not quite so cohesive. With those minor caveats, It got the thumbs up from my assembled jury of car enthusiasts.

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Mazda's diesel sport impresses

Mazda has decided to do something about this, by giving their cars a stronger brand image and greater appeal. It was with that in mind that I accepted the keys to the Mazda 6.

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Buying a car? Choose wisely.

With fuel prices having risen 70% since 2000 and nothing but further increases in prospect, the chances are your choice of used car will have fuel economy pretty near the top of the list.

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Golf downsizes engine for greater economy

The 1.2-litre Golf is part of Volkswagen’s strategy of downsizing to smaller engines in the continuing search for more better economy and lower emissions. I’ve driven Volkswagen’s 1.4 TSI engines before, but can a 1.2 TSI possibly work in this size of car?

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Gearchange takes edge of Citroen C5

It’s a mark of Citroen’s success in revitalising their image that I didn’t have the usual wave of apathy when I saw a Citroen C5 on my road test list. The new Citroen C5 is quite a stylish offering and the road test car looked quite the executive saloon sat outside our door.

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Volvo tests new technology to cut fuel consumption 20%

Volvo says it is testing new flywheel technology that it says will not only make a four-cylinder engine feel like a six-cylinder, but will also reduce fuel consumption by 20%. Read More...
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Suzuki's small family "crossover"

A year ago I brought you my first impressions of the Suzuki SX4, which is probably best described as small hatchback/SUV/MPV crossover. The model I tested then was the front-wheel-drive 1.6-litre. This time I had a chance to try the four-wheel-drive version with the new two-litre DDiS engine.

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Audi A1 downsizes the prestige car

Audi hasn’t had a competitor in the small hatchback class since the avant garde Audi A2, with its aluminium body. But, it must have been impossible for the product planners at Audi to ignore the gap it left in their range, especially seeing the success that BMW was having with its Mini brand.

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Hyundai turns up the appeal with small MPV

Hyundai say their aim with the ix20 was to produce a car “with the style of a supermini, the space of an estate car and the economy of a city car”. A bold aim, indeed.

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Eyebrow-raising performance on Skoda Fabia VRS

Surely everyone has now revised their view of Skoda as the producers of reliable, well-built and worthy motor cars? But, possibly there are a few of you out there who still think that the Czech manufacturer’s products are a bit staid and therefore appeal to, what shall we say, an older clientele?

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Honda's hybrid coupe

The Honda CR-Z is a sporty 2+2 Coupe, but, under the skin, it shares much of the technology from the Insight. For the CR-Z the engine is bigger at 1.5-litre, rather than the 1.3-litre version in the Insight.

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Alfa Romeo Guilietta – putting on the style

Alfa Romeo had lost its way somewhat. But now it is back, producing cars that look like an Alfa Romeo should. One glance and you get the impression that every road behind this car’s wheel will as exciting as driving the famous Amalfi Coast!

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Jaguar's XJ purrs into the 21st century

Have our roads got much worse very quickly? I mean really quickly. Like the last 24 hours? These were the thoughts running through my mind as I crashed and thumped over surface imperfections and potholes. I think that was the point when I realised just how impressive the new Jaguar XJ actually is.

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Scirocco R adds sporting appeal

I was very smitten with the new Volkswagen Scirocco when I tested it in October 2008. So, when the performance Scirocco R appeared on my list of cars to road test, I was, needless to say, enthusiastic to try the higher performance version.

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Nissan 370Z roadster even more a sports car

I could have guessed it would snow. I mean, having a Nissan 370Z Roadster in January is just asking for it and sure enough the weatherman gleefully obliged.

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Toyota's other hybrid model, the Auris

The benefit of being first to market is that you establish a name for yourself. So it was with the Toyota Prius – the first mainstream hybrid car – which was launched onto the Japanese market in 1997. But it has taken until recently for Toyota to widen the range of hybrids under the Toyota brand. The first non-Prius Toyota hybrid to come my way is the Toyota Auris Hybrid.

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Ford C-Max

With its latest C-Max, Ford has recognised there is a demand for different sizes of small MPV. Some people only need five seats. Others want the ability to pack extra members of the extended family and are looking for a family MPV that can accommodate seven.

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New Touareg impresses at a price

Ever since Volkswagen came, a little late, to the SUV market with the Touareg, I have had a soft spot for their big off-roader. Designed in parallel with the Porsche Cayenne, it is big, comfortable and very capable.

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Vauxhall downsizes engine in hunt for economy

As Vauxhall and Opel ride the turbulence following the US bankruptcy of parent company General Motors, the latest Vauxhall Astra will be crucial to how the company fares in coming years. This is the car that will have to face up to the big competitors like the Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf.

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Suzuki Swift surprises

If you are in the market for a vehicle in the supermini class, Suzuki has made a strong bid for your custom. Whereas most manufacturers will have, at most, two vehicles to offer the compact hatchback market, Suzuki has four.

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BMW 5 Series Touring test trunkated by snow

For four years I drove a BMW 5 Series Touring. So when a BMW 530d SE Touring turned up on the list of cars heading for my appraisal, i was more than a little enthused about finding how one of my favourite cars had matured over recent years. I reckoned without the weather.

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Honda CRV diesel - a pair of sensible shoes

Like most Japanese marques, Honda are relative newcomers to diesel engines. The domestic market wasn’t big on diesel, their most important export market – the USA – definitely wasn’t keen on diesel except for commercials. Only Europe really demanded it.

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Saab 9-5 pitches for executive market

This is the new model that seemed doomed to be stillborn only a few months ago. But, against all the odds, here it is. The new Saab 9-5. And judging by the response to Saab’s potential demise, there are a whole lot of Saab enthusiasts out there ready to reach for their chequebooks.

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Baby Chevrolet lacks spark

Think of Chevrolet and do you think of a big American car? If you do, you are behind the times and this particular Chevrolet is one of the smallest – it’s the Chevrolet Spark and it is powered by a tiny one-litre engine! So no big “coobic inches” V8 here!

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Functional Shogun falls short

A few years ago I was invited to the launch of the then new Mitsubishi Shogun in Yorkshire. The proud company executives introduced the latest model with a flourish, stating that this was the first time we would have seen it.

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Good looks focus attention on Peugeot RCZ

I have a soft spot for small sporting Peugeots. It could be something to do with the two Peugeot 205GTIs that I owned in the 1980s. So, when the new Peugeot RCZ coupé turned up in my driveway, I was more than a little interested.

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Testing times in America

Over the years I have been to Death Valley nine or ten times. Yes, I love the place – it’s amazing other worldliness, eye-popping scenery and unbelievable summer heat. But, there is another motoring-related reason. I cannot resist seeing who is out testing what in the super heat of the national park.

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Mito performance boosted by Cloverleaf

The Alfa Romeo Mito joins the growing ranks of chic small hatchbacks with cute looks. I mean, just look at those “puppy dog”eyes and the traditional Alfa front grille. Now the Mito has a new performance addition to the range with the Mito Cloverleaf.

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If this is the future of green motoring count me in

While I was expecting economy, I certainly wasn’t expecting high levels of refinement or agile performance from the Volkswagen Golf Bluemotion. I’ve previously driven the Polo Bluemotion and, while impressed by its economy, low emissions and driveabllity, it would be a stretch to suggest it was a real driver’s car.

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Volvo S60 - more rewarding by degree

With the launch of the new Volvo S60, the Swedish manufacturer clearly has two messages it wants to get across to potential buyers. Well known for safety, they want to tell the world that they now produce stylish cars. They also want to persuade us that the S60 is a real driver’s car.

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Citroen rediscovers style and class

The success of the Mini and the Fiat 500 has led car manufacturers to examine how they could grab a slice of the growing market for ultra-chic superminis. One of the latest to aim for a slice of the action is Citroen with the launch of the DS3.

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Land Rover Discovery 4: Big isn't it, impressive too.

As I thought about turning into the multi-storey car park, my eye caught the sign: “Maximum Height 6ft 3in”. Fortunately I had checked before and the Land Rover Discovery was 6 foot 4 inches.... clearly this signified a change of plan!

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Peugeot 3008 is quite appealing

I find Peugeot’s numbering system a little bit confusing when it comes to the double zero cars. I can handle 107, 207, 308, 407. But, the 1007 and now the 3008 don’t fit in immediately. That’s probably why the great-looking new Peugeot coupe will use letters RCZ instead of numbers.

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Ford Galaxy: civilised transport for six, or seven

I seem to be guilty of having preconceptions of road test cars lately. The prospect of driving a Ford Galaxy for some days left me wondering whether I really wanted to drive a small bus, usually with just myself on board.

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Skoda's executive load carrier

So, you want an estate car with more than a touch of luxury and plenty of space to stretch out? If that is your dream, you may have concluded that you need a mortgage, not a loan, to buy the car to match your needs. Read More...
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Clio Renaultsport targets young enthusiasts

I felt a few decades too old. Ideally I can imagine I should have been in my late teens, or early twenties. Even though it was warm week in summer, I would probably still have my white woolly “skully” crammed onto my head and pulled down over my ears to protect them from the non-existent biting wind.

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Saab 9-3X driven by all fours

Just six months ago it looked like Saab was doomed, as reported in my rather blunt, but sad, post ’Saab: The end’.

But, despite everything, here they are and I was handed the keys of the Saab 9-3X Estate. Although the 9-3 has been around for some time, the 9-3X is the four wheel drive version that was just launched at last year’s Geneva Motor Show.

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Nissan 370Z a true hairy sports car

There’s no doubting the aspirations of the Nissan 370Z. It is clearly aimed at the style conscious sports car market. But, if that makes you think that it is all style and no performance, think again.

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Citroen C3 endears itself

Oh, dear! I really shouldn’t have preconceptions when I hear what car is coming up next for test. But, being only human, I do. I was prepared for a rather dull and uninspiring time with the Citroen C3 1.6 HDi. But, in actual fact, I found the little car rather endearing.
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Insight fails to impress

I Was really looking forward to driving the Honda Insight. I had never driven one before – indeed I have never driven a hybrid from anyone other than Toyota (including Lexus). So, when I saw it on the road test list, I was eager to see how it compared.

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Prius revisited. The first hybrid matures well.

It is quite a number of years since I last drove the Toyota Prius – the world’s first mass-produced hybrid.

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Suzuki's chunky hatchback

Suzuki is known in the UK for three things – motorcycles, small cars and small off-roaders.

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Kia joins the clean elite

Kia has recognised the growing customer demand and marketing potential for high economy, low emission ‘eco’-tagged versions of its mainstream models.

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Seat Ibiza Cupra tiptoes through snow

Our Arctic winter has led to many things being curtailed. Events have been cancelled. Both these, trains and even our own cards have stopped unexpectedly. In my case several times.

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Chevrolet Cruze not one for the enthusiast

The first impressions in the car park were actually quite good. The Chevrolet Cruze looked sharp. It looks distinctive and, in a land of hatchbacks, it stands out by being a saloon.

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