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Audi E-tron S

Posted in CAR NEWS on June 11, 2021
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The electric car is taking some time to win over a car-buying general public that remains as sceptical about it in some quarters as it is evangelical in others – but as the technology develops, it is making headway. We’re now seeing them as effective, reasonably priced, full-sized family cars; as desirable superminis and compact crossovers; and as luxury saloons. And while plenty have for quite a few years been performance cars of a kind, Read More »

Citroen C4

Posted in CAR NEWS on June 4, 2021
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After a short hiatus, the Citroën C4 is back. The third modern mid-sized family hatchback with that particular model identity, this car is claimed to pick up on the long tradition of innovation in the hatchback segment by the French marque. So is it really that innovative? You’ll need a pretty long memory to recall a genuinely groundbreaking Citroën family hatchback. It’s 50 years since the critically acclaimed GS won European Car of the Year Read More »

Kia Niro

Posted in CAR NEWS on May 28, 2021
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It’s hard to imagine a car more conspicuously of its time than the all-new Kia Niro. For a start, it is that most prized family-sized possession: a compact crossover – supposedly as useful as a double-decker pram and three times as covetable. And second, it’s got it’s finger on the ecological pulse when it comes to its motive force. Not only is there a hybrid (as tested here), there’s also a plug-in hybrid and an Read More »

Mini Convertible

Posted in CAR NEWS on May 28, 2021
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Over almost exactly 20 years of production, we have seen approaching three full model generations of the modern-era, BMW Group Mini. There will be one more full model generation of the Mini along in another couple of years, as part of which petrol options will be sold alongside the electric versions that already account for one in five cars built at the firm’s UK production base in Cowley. After that, Mini will be a fully Read More »

Peugeot 2008

Posted in CAR NEWS on May 21, 2021
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The 129bhp model we tried was in GT Line trim, near the top of the 2008 ladder and quite classy inside, with some faux-leather and funky contrast stitching, with silvered plastics used sparingly enough that you can almost be convinced they’re actual chrome.  Passenger space is reasonable if not quite outstanding. You should be able to fit four adults in the 2008 without trying too hard, and I doubt those sat in the back would feel Read More »

Vauxhall Mokka

Posted in CAR NEWS on May 21, 2021
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As its old General Motors-era models have been replaced by new PSA-related cars, Vauxhall has had little choice but to accept pretty wide-reaching change to its various cars over the past few years. And with our road test subject this week, it is positively embracing it. The second-generation Mokka may still be a compact crossover hatchback, but it’s such a different prospect from the car it replaces that you wonder if Mokka owners will even Read More »

Peugeot 508 PSE

Posted in CAR NEWS on May 14, 2021
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It’s been more than half a decade since Peugeot, one of the great players in the emerging affordable performance car scene of the 1980s and 1990s, introduced its last hot hatchback: the 308 GTi. And how starkly the market context in which cars of its ilk operate has changed in that time. Europe is now well along its ‘road-to-zero’ new-car electrification glide path, and carbon-based taxes on higher-emitting performance cars are skyrocketing – not least Read More »

Dacia Sandero Stepway

Posted in CAR NEWS on May 7, 2021
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In the eight years that it’s been on sale in the UK, the Dacia Sandero has managed to make quite a name for itself. Touching down on our shores for the first time in 2013 in second-generation guise, the Romanian supermini immediately staked its claim to the title of ‘cheapest new car in Britain’. Prices for the bog-standard Access model started at £5995, for which you would get a car that had four wheels, an Read More »

BMW M4 Competition

Posted in CAR NEWS on April 30, 2021
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Whether you think of this week’s test subject as the second generation of a particular M division performance coupé or as a de facto sixth-generation version of an even more influential one, we can probably all agree that the arrival of the new BMW M4 Competition represents a significant moment for enthusiasts and keen drivers the world over. The M4 is the modern inheritor of the legacy of that oh-so formative M3 homologation special of Read More »

Volkswagen Golf R

Posted in CAR NEWS on April 23, 2021
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Whatever next? That’s the question Volkswagen would have asked itself when putting pen to paper during the development of this latest ultra-hot Golf. The problem was that the previous version – the Mk7 Golf R, introduced as far back as 2014 but updated in 2017 before being put out to pasture in 2019 – was just so good. A blend of striking looks melded with an appealing degree of subtlety but also expensiveness, and fluid Read More »