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VW Touareg review 2011

VW Touareg 4.2 TDi Altitude review

No footballers, no drug dealers – just good, classless, neutral image engineering rating **** out of 5 Volkswagen seems to be on a roll at the moment with all its brands apart from SEAT powering ahead allowing the possibility that it might, perhaps briefly, achieve its world domination ambition several years early, overtaking General Motors and […]

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Vauxhall Astra GTC review 2011

Vauxhall Astra GTC review

Vauxhalls just get better and better They are premium cars desperate for a premium badge rating **** out of 5 For: Beautifully built, fabulous road holding Against: High depreciation Ever since Vauxhall’s rust-ridden nadir in the 1960s, its products, starting with the Cavalier have just got better and better. Thanks to designers and engineers poached from premium manufacturers […]

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volkswagen golf cabriolet 2011 review

VW Golf Cabriolet review

At last a replacement for the iconic Golf Cabriolet and Volkswagen now owns the factory. **** out of 5 For: Perfect antidote to British weather Against: Nothing except that it looks like an Audi A3 Cabriolet                                     In view of its platform sharing strategy and amid accusations of badge engineering, the Volkswagen Group design team under Walter de Silva […]

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Toyota Yaris review 2011

Toyota Yaris review

Embattled Toyota is desperately trying to hold on to its number one slot rating **** out of 5 For: Does what it says on the rather dull tin. 5 year warranty Against: For its likely customers, nothing  As Toyota slowly emerges from the two most difficult period in its 74 year life, the question on every commentator’s lips […]

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Mercedes E 350 CDI Estate review 2011

Mercedes E 350 CDI Estate

Old Style Mercedes-Benz Quality rating **** out of 5 For – Highly practical load-lugger with 7-seat versatility Against – Ridiculous wiper/ indicator stalk. Foot-operated ‘hand’ brake During the nineties and early noughties Mercedes-Benz seemed to lose its way as it tried first to grow organically and then by acquisition. Its then chairman Jurgen Schrempp made a series of […]

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Kia Picanto review 2011

Kia Picanto review

The new Kia Picanto – ‘the small car grown up’ Petrol only with two new engines, 5-speed manual with auto transmission option on 1.25 litre. Cute, ‘Schreyer’ looks Rating: **** out of five For – highly economical, bigger car feel, useful performance, seven year 100,000 mile warranty Against – no ‘aircon’ on entry level model – little else  Audi […]

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Chevrolet Captiva review 2011

Chevrolet Captiva review

From the inventor of the SUV, Diesel only with two new engines New 6-speed manual and auto transmissions More aggressive exterior and enhanced up-market interior Rating *** out of five For- proven running gear, nice fit and finish inside and out, five year 100,000 mile warranty Against- high depreciation, uneconomical, high CO2 automatic Chevrolet is the […]

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Infiniti M30D review 2011

Infiniti M30D review

Nissan’s luxury division finally brings diesels to Britain Despite its overall high quality, Infiniti faces an uphill task against the established competition rating **** out of 5 Some may say that the deepest recession in living memory and an era of man-made global-warming obsession was not the time to launch a range of large, petrol-engined luxury […]

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