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Honda Civic Review:  Civilised Chic

Honda Civic Review: Civilised Chic

Who needs a big engine for good performance in an average sized car? The current generation of one-litre petrol engines is remarkable, and here’s a good one in the latest Civic. It is not that many years ago that if someone mentioned a sub-one litre engine, you would assume...

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Citroen C3 Aircross Review:  Character and Comfort

Citroen C3 Aircross Review: Character and Comfort

SUV-crossovers increasingly dominate the traffic, but they don’t have to be big and bulky, as the mushrooming breed of smaller ones now shows. Hooray for the double chevron brand. Here is a car that is clear evidence of just how much Citroen is rediscovering its mojo. Following on from...

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Toyota GT86 Review:  Smile Inducer

Toyota GT86 Review: Smile Inducer

A badge visible from space is a pretty dramatic claim for a car, but that’s what Toyota has done with its GT86 sports car. Please excuse the silly smile plastered across my face. Blame this week’s test car, which is responsible for the immovable grin of recent days. It...

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Jaguar XF Review: Plenty of Pounce

Jaguar XF Review: Plenty of Pounce

This has been an electrifying week for Jaguar, and a memorable one for test driving the capably elegant XF. Jaguar hit the headlines this week with the announcement that every new model the company launches from three years hence will be electrified. It means that from 2020 onwards all...

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Vauxhall Crossland X Review: Room with a View

Vauxhall Crossland X Review: Room with a View

A new era and a new model for Vauxhall as the Luton-based car maker adds another crossover to its range. These are interesting times for Vauxhall. Long part of General Motors Europe, but now acquired by the PSA Peugeot-Citroen group, the company is entering a new era in its...

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Renault Koleos Review: Another Hunk

Renault Koleos Review: Another Hunk

Joining the Captur and the Kadjar, here’s number three in Renault’s SUV-crossover line-up, the new Koleos. Nationalities have become very blurred in the car world. We tend to think of anything with a Renault badge as being quintessentially French, but Renault’s two popular crossover models, the Captur and Kadjar,...

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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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