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Infiniti M Diesel review

Stylish, High Quality German Alternative. Beautifully Made With Sports-Car Road Holding. For: Quality, comfort, roadholding, not German Against: More expensive than Germans, not as quick, thirstier Infiniti’s web site refers to the start of the project in 1985…‘The story of Infiniti begins with the formation of a top-secret task force within Nissan. Its mission: to […]

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SEAT Toledo review 2013

SEAT Toledo review

Three box hatch which gets back to basic and will suit both young families and empty nesters. For – Very competitive price. Against – Some might find it dull and interior materials well below the rest of the SEAT range. Customers considering the new SEAT Toledo might become a little confused if they think it […]

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Audi A3 Sportback review 2013

Audi A3 Sportback 2.0 TDI review

Better value than ever. Lighter than before despite extra equipment Audi created the premium hatchback sector and its A3 is still the best, although new A-Class must be a worry For: Finely evolved styling protects residual values. Luxury class levels of quality fit and finish. Dynamics better than ever Against: I spent a long time trying […]

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Fiat PANDA 4X4 review

Third generation of Italian hill farmers’ transport of choice Full of clever technology that works For – the only 4 x 4 city car, brilliant off road and perfectly adequate on Against – the jury’s out on quality and reliability; now built in Italy not Poland The Panda 4 x 4 must surely be the smallest all-wheel […]

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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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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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Skoda Yeti Elegance review 2012

Skoda Yeti Elegance review

4×4 2.0 TDI CR 170 PS Another example of Skoda high quality, practicality Stunning performance from one of Volkswagen Group’s most powerful diesels. For – A refreshing take on the small SUV. Against – No automatic available on the 170 PS engine The Yeti that is reputed to roam the Himalayan region of Tibet may be a legend […]

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SEAT Mii eeviw 2012

SEAT Mii review

Back to Basics On our camera infested, congested roads do we need transport any better than this? For – Remarkable performance and refinement for a city car Against – Looks too much like a VW Up! and a Skoda Citigo I can’t believe that even in its present badge engineering mood, Volkswagen could spin Bugatti, Lamborghini, Bentley […]

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