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Mercedes CLA review

Another Small Car To Worry Audi, BMW. Design Stands Out As Beautiful Compared With Bland Opposition. Is That Enough To Triumph? Probably. For – beautiful looks and drive, excellent quality. Against – technology needs to be tamed. **** out of five The new CLA is part of the new breed of small Mercedes designed to […]

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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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Mazda3 review

Impressive Alternative To VW Golf. Looks Good, Exudes Quality. “if you want style, reliability, value the Mazda3 is a strong contender”. For – Stylish, well built, value for money. Against – Zoom Zoom, SKYACTIV, KODO. **** out of 5 WICK, Scotland – Mazda of Japan is one of those small, low profile car companies that […]

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Skoda Rapid Spaceback review

Another Niche Filled. Much Thought Given To Load Lugging, Stuff Stowing. For – practical, unpretentious, rugged. Against – plain looks, some might still remember old Skodas. *** out of 5 Skoda has expanded its range again with the Rapid Spaceback, aiming  to broaden the Rapid’s appeal to compact family hatchback buyers. Skoda says its main […]

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Volkswagen XL1 review

Volkswagen XL1 Hybrid The “World’s Most Fuel Efficient” VW, Hesitant About Electric Cars, Now In The Fast Lane. Volkswagen’s diesel electric XL1 plug-in hybrid car which will soon go on sale in limited numbers across Europe, is the most fuel efficient and aerodynamic production car in the world, capable of more than 300 miles per […]

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BMW 520d SE review

Facelift Adds All-Round Improvements. Prices “Start” At £31,530; Hi-Tech Add-Ons Probably Mean £40,000. For – top class all-rounder. Against – spoilt for choice. **** out of 5 BMW has face-lifted and improved its 5 Series range with a new engine, enhanced connectivity and small revisions to the styling and suspension. The current, sixth-generation BMW 5 […]

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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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Alfa Romeo 4C review

4C Light-Weight Sports Car Must Lead Alfa Romeo’s Revival. By End 2014, Expect A 4C Targa With Removable Carbon Fiber Roof. “masterpiece, or  unique, like an Italian hand-made shoe”. Car manufacturers are famous for the unashamed hyperbole they employ when touting the qualities of their new cars, but Alfa Romeo’s description of its new 4C […]

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Nissan Note review

Face-Lift Adds High Tech, Safety, Utility Features. Plenty Of Standard Stuff, Excellent Value. Has To Be To Compete In This Sector. “All 3 (engine choices) come with the usual unbelievable claims for fuel economy. The diesel engine is said to achieve an average 79.5 mpg” For – looks good, much equipment, well made. Against – […]

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Audi A3 Saloon review

Booted Version Adds To The Range. Rich Choice Of Options, Or Is That Bewildering? Competition Is Fierce – BMW, Mercedes, Lexus, And Don’t Forget Golf. For – high tech little wonder that’s a ringer for the A4. Against – why wouldn’t you go for a Golf? **** out of 5 Audi is making a saloon […]

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