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Kia Picanto GT-Line review

Kia Picanto ‘GT-Line’ 1.25 review

Kia Picanto ‘GT-Line’ 1.25 review. For – cute, high-quality, well priced and equipped, guarantee. Against – with a guarantee like that, not much. **** £12,450 Competition – Hyundai i10, VW Up, Suzuki Celerio, Fiat Panda, Fiat 500, Vauxhall Viva, Skoda Citigo, SEAT Mii, Toyota Aygo, Peugeot 108, Citroen C1, Renault Twingo, Opel Adam, Nissan Micra. This […]

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Bentley Bentayga review

Bentley Bentayga W12 review

Bentley Bentayga W12 review. For – all the perfection that money can buy. Against – see above. £210,205  *****  “show-biz show-offs and sheiks” “No doubt in the history of Bentley, nobody in the showroom has yet even asked how many miles to the gallon it might get” The sun was shining and I was cruising […]

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SEAT Ibiza

SEAT Ibiza 1.0 TSI 115 review

SEAT Ibiza 1.0 TSI 115 review. For – competent, good looking, well equipped, reliable. Against – so are 20 or so others; Honda Jazz is my choice. **** from £13,130 Competition – Ford Fiesta, Mazda2, Mini, VW Polo, Audi A1, Citroen C3, Skoda Fabia, Suzuki Baleno, Vauxhall/Opel Corsa, Kia Rio, Hyundai i20, Nissan Micra, Honda […]

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Renault Zoe

Renault Zoe Dynamique Nav R90 ZE 40 review

Renault Zoe Dynamique Nav R90 ZE 40 review. Price £23, 770 For – cute, well equipped, beautiful finish, ideal for city driving. Against – range inadequate for distance driving, not helped by unreliable recharging network. Rating: all-round family car * – city car **** Competition – Nissan Leaf, Hyundai Ioniq Electric, BMW i3, Kia Soul EV, VW […]

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Volvo XC60 review

Volvo XC-60 T5 R-Design review

Volvo XC-60 T5 R-Design review. For – handsome, comfortable, high quality, decent performance. Against – Will brand power hold up residuals? **** £48,075 “Stereo same quality as the best seats in Gothenburg Concert Hall” Competition – Land Rover Discovery, Audi Q5, Mercedes GLC, BMW X3, Jaguar E-Pace, Porsche Macan, Lexus RX, Kia Sorrento, Hyundai Santa […]

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Jaguar F-Pace

Jaguar F-Pace – R Sport 2.0d AWD review

Jaguar F-Pace – R Sport 2.0d AWD review. For – “I’ve got a Jaguar SUV” has serious bragging rights. Against – dizzying number of options and engine choices. **** £44,770 Jaguar critics who bemoaned the break with tradition represented by the grand old sportscar company finally joining the fashion for SUVs must be grinding their […]

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Volkswagen Golf GTE Advance 1.4 TSI review – plug-in hybrid

Volkswagen Golf GTE Advance 1.4 TSI review – plug-in hybrid. For – terrific performance, unbelievable economy, great quality. Against – too expensive. ***** £38,175 (before grant of £2,500) If you want CO2 emissions-free motoring you can buy an all-electric car with free range-anxiety added, or you might consider the less purist route and buy a […]

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SEAT Leon ST SE Technology 1.0 TSI review

SEAT Leon ST SE Technology 1.0 TSI review. For – impressive quality, plenty of technology, modest looks. Against – no longer the cheap/cheerful option, bland looks. *** £21,480 SEAT is a car brand that despite all the efforts of its marketing maestros to convince the world to the contrary, still without any inherent consumer pulling […]

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Honda Civic review 2017

Honda Civic 1.0 VTEC Turbo EX manual review

Honda Civic 1.0 VTEC Turbo EX manual review. For – terrific quality, impressive engines, state of the art connectivity, safety, competitive prices. Against – ugly. *** £23,200 Honda has redesigned its Civic family car with this longer, wider and lower version. You can expect all the known Honda virtues of quality and durability, but you […]

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