Reviews

Renault Scenic

In a bid to increase the appeal of its multi-purpose vehicles against the onslaught of chunky crossovers, the French company has given its new Scenic models a bit of oh la la.

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Citroen C4

Some people like shouty cars that proclaim their wealth or status but the Citroen C4 is quietly attractive and I rather like that approach.

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Toyota C-HR

Designed in Japan, built in Turkey and now on sale in the UK, Toyota’s new C-HR model is a blend of exciting styling and clever everyday practicality.

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Mazda MX-5

Mazda’s two-seater MX-5 roadster is one of my favourite sports cars, now in its fourth generation, Mazda has kept the car remarkably faithful to the originals simple concepts.

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MG GS

From early press briefings, I expected new MG to move fast with lots of publicity and a range of cars.

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Volkswagen Touran

The mid-size MPV seven-seater is comfortable, quiet, spacious and economical.

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Peugeot 3008 SUV GT

The world is in love with SUVs so French car maker Peugeot has nailed its colours to the mast with a raft of new models.

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Audi RS6 Avant

Audi’s latest RS6 Avant Performance thanks to turbocharging boasts 603bhp...in a family estate car!

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Ford Mustang 5.0 GT

It’s a stylish looking machine; much sharper than the previous flabby version.

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Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

The new RAV is futuristic looking, a bigger vehicle than before and great news for company car drivers.

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Fiat 124 Spider

Fifty years ago if you wanted to look cool and sophisticated, one of the cars to drive was Fiat’s stylish 124 Spider.

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Citroen C4 Grand Picasso

Whenever I drive a Citroen C4 Grand Picasso with its long snout and windscreen so far ahead I always feel I am piloting a ‘bullet train;’ not that I ever have driven a Japanese shinkansen.

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Mercedes E-Class

A 320-mile round trip in a day isn’t something to look forward to or enjoy unless you are driving something like the latest Mercedes-Benz E-Class saloon.

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Kia Optima PHEV

American entrepreneur Elon Musk’s Tesla company has shown the traditional car industry the way with electric only cars.

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Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer

Few drivers will realise how well this car compares to expensive premium models from Audi and BMW.

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VW Passat

Some smooth motoring here with the VW Passat even in lowest power diesel form.

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Suzuki Baleno

The styling isn’t as distinctive or sporty as the Swift but for value for money family motoring the Baleno is still a winner.

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Audi A4 Avant

The Avant is an exceptionally sleek and elegant looking car with dramatic headlights and lists at £31,265.

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Renault Megane GT

With some 560,000 Renault Meganes sold in the UK over the last ten years, the French car maker is optimistic about its all-new, longer and lower replacement.

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Seat Leon Cupra

Cupra sounds like the name of some sort of a performance enhancing drug, and rightly so. It is a contraction of cup and racing and adorns the fastest of Spanish car maker Seat’s models.

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Dacia Logan MCV

Dacia is a Romanian manufacturer owned by Renault and the MCV is the least expensive new estate car you can buy.

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Citroen DS3

The DS3 hatchback and cabrio have been so popular in the UK that more have been sold here than in its native country France.

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Jeep Renegade

The smallest Jeep is the new Renegade which offers more off-road capability in the compact ‘crossover’ class than softer rivals like the Nissan Qashqai or Skoda Yeti.

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Peugeot 2008

Peugeot’s compact SUV, the 2008, with its ‘floating’ front grille has never appealed to me style wise but it has been given a more obvious sports utility look which I think really works.

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Mercedes-Benz GLC

This GLC has been the car that Mercedes-Benz has long needed to compete with premium SUVs.

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Jaguar F-Pace R-Sport 2.0d

The F-Pace will become the fastest selling Jaguar ever because this time Jaguar is building something the public want rather than what it thinks it should make.

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Nissan Juke Nismo RS

Thanks are due to Nissan for building the different-looking Juke crossover to light up our dull roads with their confusing myriad of unnecessary signs

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Mazda 2

Mazda has always been good at making cars that are a bit special and more fun to drive than you expect and the new five-door Mazda 2 supermini is no exception.

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Toyota Mirai

Last week I tried the latest, the Toyota Mirai, whose name means future in Japanese, on normal town roads and motorways.

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Infiniti Q50

Infiniti is the luxury arm of Nissan in the same way as Lexus achieves that role for Toyota.

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Peugeot 308 GTi 270

A sporty hatchback doesn't need to look like a be-winged freak that has escaped from a Fast and Furious film.

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Lexus RC F

Think Lexus, and quality and efficiency come to mind but little emotion.

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Audi TT Coupe 2.0TDI Ultra Diesel

Smooth and quiet main road cruising is more important along with good looks and that it feels well made.

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Seat Ibiza 1.0 Eco TSI

Yes, car fans, the new Seat Ibiza ST estate car is more of a facelift than a wholly new car.

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Kia Sportage 1.6 T-GDI GT-Line

The fourth generation of Kia’s best seller in the UK really moves the game on. There’s a much stronger, more distinctive ‘face,’ a sportier look and a much more upmarket interior.

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Toyota Prius

Launched in 1997 as the world’s first mass-produced hybrid car, the Toyota Prius lived up to the Latin roots of its name by being ahead of its time.

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BMW X5 PHEV

Until now German car maker BMW’s electric car efforts have centred on its trendy i brand, but now, aimed mainly at sales in the United States and China, it has added the X5 xDrive40e.

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Land Rover Defender Adventure

Born from a line drawing in the sand of a Welsh beach, the iconic Land Rover Defender finally ceased production last month (Jan) after an amazing 67 year life span.

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Mazda CX-3

Demand for ‘crossover’ vehicles that blend hatchback size and convenience with off-roader looks continues to grow.

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Vauxhall Corsa 1.4 SE

If you aren’t interested in cars it’s easy to make mistakes when you buy one because the bald figures about a car just don’t tell you enough.

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Suzuki Vitara S

Suzuki’s good value Vitara has made an impressive reputation for itself over the last 25 years for providing on and off-road abilities at a reasonable price.

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Toyota Auris Hybrid

More people are accepting the use of a battery pack and an electric motor to work in tandem with a petrol or a diesel engine to reduce fuel consumption.

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BMW 320d
ED Sport

BMW is renowned for its engines and the latest 2-litre turbo diesels in the mid-life refreshed 3-Series saloon and estate deliver an amazing mix of performance and economy.

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BMW X1
2.0d Sport

Good looks has been a big part of BMW’s sales success but it was the German company’s reputation for engineering that made a hit of even the pug-ugly X1.

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Citreon DS 4 Crossback

It was the sales success of the stylish DS 3 in the UK that gave Citroen the inspiration last June to set up a spin-off company, DS Automobiles, to revive the tradition of premium cars designed and created in France.

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Hyundai i10
1.2 SE

It has been an irritating fate of my motoring journalism career that if plans involved long distances I would be driving a city car rather than a big, comfy motorway cruiser.

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