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Honda HR-V 1.6 i-DTEC EX

In the deep mid-winter, what small piece of creature comfort do you crave most in a car? For me it is heated seats, so you can imagine my delight when our new Honda HR-V long-termer arrived, complete with those little

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60 second On Test Report – 2016 Skoda Superb SE L Executive 2.0 TDI Automatic

Earlier in the year, the latest Superb Estate faced one of its deadliest rivals in the large car arena, challenging Ford’s Mondeo in an estate car showdown. It beat its Blue Oval rival thanks to its spacious cabin and huge

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60 second On Test Report – 2016 Ford B-MAX Titanium 1.5 TDCi

While Ford has been busy replacing most of its MPV range, with all-new S-MAX and Galaxy models, as well a substantial facelift to the C-MAX, the baby B-MAX has soldiered on. It’s the only model, apart from the Ka, not


Bandwagons have rarely looked as tasty as this. Mitsubishi’s first PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric vehicle) looked like a confused fish, but now it has design bite and a sparkle in its LED eyes. If it means business, it brings a

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Long Term Report 2016 – Kia Sorento KX-3 2.2 CRDi

It’s reckoned that the average UK driver suffers a puncture just once every five years, so why is it that when your time comes it’s invariably when you’ve just had a fresh set of rubber fitted? Or in our case,

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60 second On Test Report – 2016 Mitsubishi Shogun 3.2 DI-D SG4 LWB Automatic

With the launch of the 2016 model year Shoguns, the model range has been slimmed down, with the manual gearbox variants axed. A new Euro-6 compliant engine arrives, but it’s disappointing to note that it is thirstier, emits more CO2

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60 second On Test Report – Volkswagen Golf Estate GTD 2.0 TDI

It’s finally arrived on UK soil, but we are scratching our heads as to why Volkswagen hasn’t made a Golf GTD estate before. Skoda has had an Octavia vRS estate in its line-up for years, and when SEAT unveiled its

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60 second On Test Report – 2015 Mazda2 Sport Nav Diesel

This year has been an important one for Mazda, with a large number of new product launches and updates to its existing line-up. Not only has the firm facelifted the 6 and CX-5, but there have been fresh new models


60 second On Test Report – 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 d 4MATIC AMG Line Automatic

If you’re puzzling over what a GLE is, and how it fits into the line-up, you’re not alone. It’s all part of a plan by the German firm to harmonise its model line-up, and to make it easier to understand.

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Long Term Report 2015 – Citroën C4 Cactus Feel BlueHDi 100 (Airdream Pack)

I’ve just returned from France, where I was testing the new DS 4 and DS 4 Crossback. You can read the thoughts of our esteemed editor in last month’s issue of the magazine. But having driven back from the airport

Our Cars Peugeot

Long Term Report 2015 – Peugeot 308 GT BlueHDi 180 Automatic

As the owner of an elderly Peugeot 206, I was particularly pleased when the keys of the 308 GT were handed over to me, for it seemed the ultimate means to test how the company has improved its cars in

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Long Term Report 2015 – Renault Captur Dynamique Nav dCi 110

OMG as the kids might say – the unthinkable has happened! Whilst I could hardly contain my excitement at receiving delivery of my Renault Captur, no sooner had I taken possession of it, a dreadful incident occurred. There I was

Our Cars Volvo

Long Term Report 2015 – Volvo V60 Cross Country D3 Lux Nav automatic

Brown. It’s not a colour that excites many people. It’s the colour of UPS vans, armadillos and sticks, none of which are particularly exciting, unless you’re a dog. It’s also the colour of the Volvo V60 I’ve got the keys

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Long Term Report 2015 – Audi Q3 S line 2.0 TDI quattro Automatic

As I wave goodbye to one medium-sized car with around 180bhp on tap, we welcome another, this time wearing a premium badge. While I’m not too fussed what genre of car that I drive, my wife Clare is particularly taken

Our cars Suzuki

Long Term Report 2015 – Suzuki Vitara 1.6 DDiS SZ5 Urban Allgrip

Good-bye safe and earnest Suzuki, hello extrovert maker of more lifestyle-focussed vehicles. If you’ve seen the firm’s recent television spots for the all-new Vitara, you’ll have noticed that the marketing department has turned the volume up just a bit. The