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Nissan Qashqai Review: Refreshing a Pioneer

Nissan Qashqai Review: Refreshing a Pioneer

You wouldn’t think it from the badge, but Nissan’s Qashqai is a thoroughly British car. A decade has passed since Nissan first launched the Qashqai, its oddly-named pioneering model that began the subsequent tsunami of tall, high-riding, chunky and rugged-looking – but not necessarily four-wheel-drive – hatchback/SUV ‘crossover’ cars...

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Seat Ibiza Review: Edgy Style from Barcelona

Seat Ibiza Review: Edgy Style from Barcelona

First launched in the 1980s, the Seat Ibiza has been on the road for 33 years. Now here’s the new one, and it’s good. A lot of things happened in 1984. George Orwell’s dire fictional predictions proved unfounded, the Ghostbusters film smashed box-office records, Michael Jackson’s Thriller album thrilled...

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Volvo XC60 2017 Review: Slicker Swede

Volvo XC60 2017 Review: Slicker Swede

Volvo is a company on a mission to hit the headlines. This is one of its last new models with no electric motor hybridisation. It was a very bold statement. From 2020, nobody should be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo car. So said the Swedish company’s...

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Audi Q5 2017 Review

Audi Q5 Review: Four Rings on a New Q

Quattro four-wheel-drive has long been in Audi’s arsenal to keep its performance cars sure-footed on the road, and it’s now also at the heart of a whole family of Q models. Think Q car, and the first thing that may come to mind is either a stealthy unmarked police...

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Renault Zoe Review: Go Electric

Renault Zoe Review: Go Electric

A bigger battery and a longer range between charges has made the electric Zoe a better bet than before. Fossil fuels are running out, we keep being told. One day we’ll all be driving electric cars, or maybe hydrogen-powered ones, or fuelled by something else not invented yet. For...

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Alfa Romeo Giulia Review: Svelte Italian

Alfa Romeo Giulia Review: Svelte Italian

Be prepared to be seduced by a handsome Italian. Alfa is back on form with the Giulia. Alfa Romeo has long been one of the most glamorous car brands, with its snake badge, Italian style and its reputation for romantic, exciting-to-drive cars. How perfect it was that when Dustin...

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Hyundai Santa Fe Review

Hyundai Santa Fe Review: Historic adventurer

There’s something rather thrilling about driving a car that, in modified form, has conquered Antarctica. A famous expedition more than a century ago is remembered for its pioneering bravery, but also more sadly for its failure. It has gone down in history that Sir Ernest Shackleton’s attempt to cross...

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