More assertive look for Suzuki S-Cross

I was quite impressed with the last Suzuki SX4 S-Cross that I drove. But, in retrospect I can see that it did lack a vital element for a crossover. It looked a little bit tame.

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New Range Rover slots in above Evoque

Encouraged by the huge success of the Range Rover Evoque, Land Rover has launched the new Range Rover Velar to fill the gap between the small Range Rover and the Range Rover Sport.

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Lexus fettles the RX to meet growing competition

There’s growing competition in the luxury SUV market with established players like the Range Rover, the BMW X5 and Audi Q7 being joined by the latest Volvo XC90 and the Jaguar F-Pace. To meet this challenge, Lexus has given its Lexus RX a makeover.

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Jaguar unveils I-Pace electric concept car

Jaguar has unveiled its I-Pace electric concept car and there is a little bit more interest in this concept, because Jaguar have confirmed that the I-Pace will go into production. The production version of the I-Pace will be revealed next year and will go on sale in 2018.

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Volkswagen Tiguan builds on appeal

Until recently one of the cars that sat on our driveway was the outgoing Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0 TDI, so I feel quite well placed to spot the differences between it and this new Tiguan.

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F-Pace proves to be a true Jaguar

When news first filtered out that Jaguar was seriously looking at building an SUV, there were raised eyebrows in some quarters. Why Jaguar would want to produce an SUV when their sister company, Land Rover produced nothing but SUVs?

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Range Rover Evoque Convertible wins me over

When the first news of the Range Rover Evoque Convertible broke I remember my reaction. It could probably be summed up in four words: “That’s just wrong”. But, why is it wrong? Probably just because no other mainstream manufacturer has ever offered a stylish compact convertible SUV like it, so we don’t have a preconceived idea of why it might be good and who would want to buy one.

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Suzuki SX4 S-Cross enjoys new technology

Suzuki has carved itself something of a niche for producing not just cars at the smaller end of the market, but also cars that offer four-wheel-drive to keep you moving when the going gets tough.

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Seat and Skoda take a small step towards the self-driving car

The launch of Seat’s first SUV is significant not only because it takes the Spanish manufacturer into new territory, but it also marks another small step towards self-driving cars.

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Suzuki Vitara goes sporty

At the end of last year we focussed on the return of a style icon from the late 1980s and 90s – the Suzuki Vitara. Now, just three months later, we have in our hands the keys for the new Suzuki Vitara S.

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Watch out small SUVs, the Suzuki Vitara is back

When the original Suzuki Vitara (known as the Escudo and Sidekick in some markets) was launched in the late 1980s became an instant success with buyers who wanted a stylish small off-roader that stood out in a crowd. Indeed, a number capitalised on its eye-catching style to use the Vitara as a mobile billboard, emblazoned with company names and logos.

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Seat Leon X-Perience tackles the Highlands

The driving position is good and the controls are well laid out and logical. The Seat shuns the electric parking brake of its Volkswagen Group siblings for a conventional handbrake.

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Jaguar F-Pace gets green light

As expected Jaguar has confirmed that it will build the crossover that it previewed in its C-X17 concept car. As sister company, Land Rover, has seen the SUV market has remained remarkably strong in a difficult market.

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Suzuki SX4 S-Cross takes on the crossover mainstream

Following the pattern well established by other manufacturers the Suzuki SX4 S-Cross recognises that, while many people are attracted to the SUV style, some have no need for the go-anywhere ability of four wheel drive. The S-cross is therefore available in two or four-wheel-drive.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Jaguar goes four-wheel-drive

The good news: Jaguar is going four-wheel-drive to give its XF and XJ models more appeal to drivers in the “snow belt” of North America, Russia, China and continental Europe. The bad news: all-wheel-drive will not be an option in the UK home market – at least, not in the 2013 model year.

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New premium look for Freelander

Perhaps in response to the huge success of the Range Rover Evoque, Land Rover is giving its sibling, the Land Rover Freelander a makeover which will be shown for the first time at the Moscow International Motor Show on August 29. The aim of the upgrade is to give the Freelander greater upmarket appeal and Land Rover say it is designed to deliver better comfort, more convenience and greater driving enjoyment.

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New Range Rover first pictures

These are the first official pictures of the new Range Rover that Land Rover will show for the first time at the Paris Motor Show in September. Although it has so faithfully carried forward distinctive Range Rover design cues that it might look, at first glance, like a facelift, the new Range Rover is actually new from the ground up.

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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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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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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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Land Rover's Defender concept

How do you replace something as iconic as the original Land Rover, more recently known as the Land Rover Defender?

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Audi press on with quattro for A1

Speaking with a motortrade insider about the benefits of four-wheel-drive in winter weather, like we have experienced in this country with a vengeance over the last couple of months.

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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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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's new 4x4 crossover

Just months after its takeover by Spyker, Saab is about to launch a new model at next month’s Los Angeles Auto Show. The new Saab 9-4X is clearly aimed at the growing market for 4x4 crossovers particularly in the USA.

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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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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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Land Rover produces baby Range Rover

These are the first official pictures of Land Rover’s new baby Range Rover, released following an exclusive preview in London for guests attending a 40th birthday celebration of Range Rover held in partnership with Vogue magazine.

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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 Juke, as British as a duke?

Nissan has unveiled the new Juke, some weeks before its official launch at next month’s Geneva Motor Show. Following the lead its sibling, Qashqai, the Juke is styled to have the appeal of an SUV, but most models will be only front-wheel-drive.

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Touareg loses weight and becomes more green

Volkswagen’s second generation Touareg has been unveiled and the new car has been on a diet, loosing no less than 200 kg. To help improve its green credentials the new Touareg is up to 20% more fuel efficient than its prececessor and there is also a hybrid version.

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Mini Countryman the new 4x4 Mini

The long-expected Mini 4x4 crossover has been announced today. The new Mini Countryman is not only the first MIni to offer four wheel drive, it is also the first with four passenger doors (the Clubman has three passenger doors, the third controversially being on the “wrong” side for the the UK).

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