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Skoda Kodiaq review

Skoda Kodiaq SE 2.0 TDI 4×4 DSG review

Skoda Kodiaq SE 2.0 TDI 4×4 DSG review. By Robert Couldwell For: Sharp looks, beautifully built, highly practical, spacious and great to drive. Against: Only minor issues like nowhere to put key fob and distracting radio controls. £28,545 Mallorca – Like SEAT, Škoda is launching its first proper SUV, the first of several. Škoda’s Kodiaq  […]

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SEAT ATECA Xperience

SEAT Ateca 2.0TDI 4×4 Xcellence review

SEAT Ateca review. For – Stylish, high quality, high-tech, with class-winning residual values and low running costs Against  – Can’t think of anything, unless you’re a brand victim £27,425 Manchester – SEAT has finally entered the SUV market which is one of the fastest growing . It is a little confusing; German Audi Q3s are made in […]

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SEAT Alhambra Review 2014

SEAT Alhambra Review 2014 – Car, Van, Taxi or limo? Is There Anything This Can’t Do – It Even Handles Well On The Limit. For – Clever design, generous equipment, highly practical. Against – You’ll end up taking your kids and their friends everywhere. To say that the SEAT Alhambra is a people mover doesn’t […]

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Geneva motor Show 2014

SEAT Leon Cupra 280 PS DSG review

SEAT Leon Cupra 280 PS DSG – By Robert Couldwell. Dynamically Brilliant – But Interior Ordinary, Below VW Standards. For: Performance, handling, driveability. Against: Not much apart from cheap interior plastics.  Volkswagen subsidiary SEAT has finally launched the Leon that enthusiasts have been waiting for; the Cupra, which in the 280PS form, is the most […]

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Lexus GS 300h review

An Answer To A Question Nobody Asked? For – Beautifully made. Against – Lacklustre performance, reduced boot space. Despite being constantly near the top of reliability and customer satisfaction charts, Toyota’s premium brand Lexus has struggled to catch on in Europe against the might of Audi, BMW and Mercedes. After nearly 25 years Lexus achieved […]

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SEAT Leon ST review

Estate Car Extends The Range. For: Volkswagen quality, fit and finish. Against: Weak brand. Like the British economy, all the news coming from Volkswagen subsidiary SEAT at the moment is good. It looks like the Spanish brand, which has struggled in recent years, will break into profit this year. It is the Leon, along with […]

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Porsche Panamera Diesel review

Diesel Changes Panamera From Sports Car To Grand Tourer. Highly Refined. Great For Crossing Continents. Other Premium Executive Cars Do The Job Better And More Cheaply. For – It’s a Porsche. Against – It’s a Porsche – doesn’t bring the best out in fellow road users  Porsche enthusiasts may feel there are two things wrong […]

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Jaguar XF 3.0L Diesel Portfolio review

Less ostentatious than German rivals with no negative image. This is the real ‘ultimate driving machine’. For: It’s not an Audi, BMW or Mercedes. Effortless performance, excellent economy. Against: Only details like radio station selection, dashboard gimmicks. How can premium brand BMW and global conglomerate Ford have made such a pig’s ear of running Land […]

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Volkswagen Golf GTD review

Better Value Than Ever. Lighter Than Before Despite Extra Equipment. Classless, Peerless Car And It Just Keeps Getting Better. For: Careful styling evolution protects residual values. Luxury class levels of quality fit and finish. Dynamics better than ever. Against: If they haven’t got it right after 39 years, they never will. The secret of the […]

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