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Tesla Model S review 2013

Tesla Model S review

Has Looks, Power; But Range Claims Questioned Low Centre Of Gravity Gives Go-Cart Handling Fuel Economy Data Assumes A Speed Of Only 55 Mph New-generation electric cars have so far failed to capture the public’s imagination, but the new Tesla 415 hp super-car may change all that. The Tesla Model S has been winning awards […]

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Jaguar F-Type review

Jaguar F-Type review

Sportscar hits the road in 2013 You can tell British premium car maker Jaguar is deadly serious about moving from being a niche manufacturer to challenging German hegemony in the luxury sector. Jaguar not only hired the grounds of the famous Musee Rodin in central Paris to launch its new F-Type roadster at the Paris […]

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Skoda Rapide review 2012

Skoda Rapid review

Bare-faced badge engineering at Volkswagen Group For – lots of room Against – looks too much like the SEAT clone; interior materials not up to other Skodas   The SEAT Mii/Skoda Citigo/VW Up city cars are virtually identical and now the Skoda Rapid /SEAT Toledo are hard to tell apart. They are even built in the same […]

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Volkswagen CC review 2012

Volkswagen CC GT 2.0 TDI review

Stylish yet practical express with parsimonious economy Despite being based on Passat looks so much more ‘premium’ For – Performance, economy, superb refinement Against – No steering wheel paddles The CC is just so much more than a Passat with a lower roof The Volkswagen CC GT 2.0 TDI 170 Blue Motion Technology DSG  I drive a […]

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Toyota GT-86 review

Toyota GT-86 review

For – Great fun with hopefully Toyota’s renowned reliability Against – Unpleasant engine noise wearing on long journeys, drab interior At last Toyota has replaced the MR2 after a six-year hiatus. In Europe there hasn’t been a sporty Toyota since 2006 and the Supra actually finished in 1996. Some will buy a GT86 type of car purely […]

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Honda CR-V review 2012

Honda CR-V review

New SUV Adds To Impossible Choice “Magic” Seats, Ease Of Loading Give Honda An Edge rating **** out of 5 For – practical load-lugger, drives well, good ride Against – not handsomest, or cheapest LOCH LOMOND, Scotland – The new Honda CR-V looks much better than the old one, but that’s not saying much. The previous iteration of the […]

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BMW M6 Coupe review

Unbeatable Performance, Handling But Looks Too In-Yer-Face, Bling-like Surely BMWs Should Be Understated, Appealing To Finer Instincts rating **** out of 5 For – peerless performance, handling Against – strangely lack-lustre looks The BMW M6 Coupé and M6 Convertible are obviously amazing machines, engineered to a brilliant level and which cost fortunes. All the more weird then that they […]

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Audi RS 4 Avant review 2012

Audi RS 4 Avant review

Understated Estate Car Is Also A Hot-Rod Practical Utility Vehicle, Blindingly Fast How Much Would You Pay To Raise Top Speed To 174 MPH? rating: **** out of 5 “The engine seems to sense when you’re thinking about accelerating, giving off a rumble indicating readiness for action” For – supercar and load-lugger combined Against – not understated enough […]

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Kia Cee’d Sportswagon review 2012

Kia Cee’d Sportswagon review

Style, Quality Competes With The Best Huge Guarantee Just About Trumps Everything Else rating: **** out of 5 For – well made, well priced, handsome, practical Against – The French say it might be dumped STRBSKE PLESO, SLOVAKIA – You can tell that the Cee’d estate car isn’t German because Kia of Korea has spelt its name right. It is […]

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Infiniti FX 30d review 2012

Infiniti FX 30d review

The sight of the FX in the mirror causes outside lane ‘hogs’ to move over Nissan faces an uphill battle to launch a new brand into saturated European premium market. For: Doesn’t look like a Chelsea tractor Against: Lags behind British and German rivals Nissan originally launched the Infiniti brand in 1989 to take on Honda’s […]

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