Car Reviews


SsangYong Musso Review: All Season Ruggedness

SsangYong Musso Review: All Season Ruggedness

Pickups are the tall, tough workhorses on the motoring scene, but they are morphing from builders’ mobile toolboxes to family leisure wagons. Fresh snow fell in the Alps last week, and rather a lot of it. For the many Brits who make an annual pilgrimage to the white world...

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Hyundai i30 Review: Modestly Chic

Hyundai i30 Review: Modestly Chic

Smarter looking, better to drive and still good value with a five-year warranty, can the new Hyundai i30 woo buyers away from a Focus or Astra? This year is going to be very busy for Hyundai. The South Korean car brand has a new i10, has just launched this...

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Peugeot 5008 Review: French for Families

Peugeot 5008 Review: French for Families

Seven seats and grippy performance without the weight of a 4×4 system is what Peugeot’s new 5008 is all about. Peugeot 5008 Stats Review Model tested: 5008 Allure 2.0 HDI 150 Top speed:  128 mph 0-62 mph:  9.6 secs Economy:  61.4 mpg CO2:  118 g/km Price:  circa £27,500 Here...

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Mazda MX-5 RF Review: Topless in 13 Seconds

Mazda MX-5 RF Review: Topless in 13 Seconds

A slick, quick, utterly weatherproof roof is a big plus for a drop-top sports car, and that’s the star turn of this new coupe-cabriolet MX-5. Let’s start with the name. What does RF stand for? Retractable Fastback, apparently. How the motor industry loves coming up with catchy new initials...

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Kia Rio Review: Road to Rio

Kia Rio Review: Road to Rio

Supermini cars the size of the Ford Fiesta, Vauxhall Corsa and VW Polo are in big demand, and here’s one of their Asian rivals newly refreshed and competitively priced. This is a busy year for Kia. The Korean company is grabbing attention with its new Optima range, including both...

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Tivoli XLV Review

SsangYong Tivoli XLV Review: At a Stretch

The Korean company is known for its budget crossover-SUVs, and now there’s a stretched version of the Tivoli, the XLV. With its tongue-twisting, double-S-fronted brand name, Ssangyong sounds more like an exotic snake than a car company. Then there’s the model name. What have gardens in Copenhagen, or a...

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Audi A5 Review, Audi A5 Front View

Audi A5 Sportback Review: Coupe-styled Hatch

Audi has revamped the A5 Sportback in this newly-arrived second generation model, but the formula of stylish practicality is unchanged.  Svelte looks and practical design are what the Audi A5 Sportback has always been all about. In appearance, it’s a largish and quite luxurious coupe. Then you look at...

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Mini Countryman Review, Mini Countryman Front View

MINI Countryman Review: More Maxi than Mini

Here comes the biggest car MINI has yet produced, the new Countryman grown even a little larger than the old one. It was a cheeky question, but the one at the back of everyone’s minds. “Did you consider naming this car Maxi?” was what one wag at the press...

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Tesla 90D Review, Tesla 90D Cabin

Tesla 90D Review: Electric Elegance

If you are the kind of bright spark who wants to drive an electric car, and has a pretty elastic budget, this Tesla will be high on the wish-list. Drive it, and you won’t be disappointed. Pity about the high price.  Motoring writers are often asked the inevitable question:...

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Citroen C3 Review, Citroen C3 Front View

Citroen C3 Review: New Year, New Car

Let’s start the year with a car brand that is going places. Citroen is busy reinventing itself for a new generation, and here comes its newest offering.  Last summer Citroen revealed its new C3 supermini at a chic art centre in trendy downtown Lyon, and now at the dawning...

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