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Rolls-Royce Wraith review 2013

Rolls-Royce Wraith review

Rolls Royce Wraith; extravagant, luxurious, OTT “The horseshoe sweep of the Wraith’s cabin echoes the cove at Le Canadel where Sir Henry Royce and his team spent their winters” “beyond the extrovert and shameless bling, there is a serious automobile” The new Rolls Royce Wraith coupe is so magnificently extravagant and over-the-top luxurious that you […]

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Audi RS 5 Cabriolet review 2013

Audi RS5 Cabriolet review

Hot-Rod Convertible Understated Elegance, Until You Put Your Foot Down Brash V8 Noises Will Turn Heads If Looks Don’t “sounds scary when roused but is a pussy cat when left to amble along” For – beautifully engineered convertible with fabulous performance Against – why develop qualities that can never be used? rating **** out of 5 […]

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SEAT Leon review 2013

SEAT Leon review

Another VW Golf In Disguise Unbeatable For Quality, Content At The Price; But Matchable By Many Brand Name Still Means Nothing, Despite Years Of Trying You might as well call it Brand A for all the locomotion you get from the name Skoda at least says “look at me” I’m brave enough to buy this, […]

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Skoda Octavia review 2013

Skoda Octavia review

Impressive Family Car That Ticks All Boxes The Technology Might Make You Think Mercedes Not Skoda **** out of 5 “if Audi, Skoda and SEAT were peeled away from their VW masters, wouldn’t that be a wonderful thing for competition in the market place?” For – top-quality all-rounder Against – cheap and nasty history still hasn’t been completely […]

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Dacia Duster

Dacia Duster review

SUV That Will Shake Up The Market Interior Rugged, Long-Lasting; Who Wants Fancy Stuff That Wears Out? Non-Nonsense, Unpretentious; A Welcome Romanian Immigrant Safety Test Failure Won’t Help Though For – great all rounder priced to go Against – only brand snobs will criticise the Duster Whoever said “there’s no such thing as a free lunch” knew […]

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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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Cadillac ATS review

New Challenge To Germans In U.S., Europe Genuine Contender Against BMW 3 Series, Audi A4 Pricing Shows Cadillac Testing Water, Not Really Serious Yet For – beautiful, classy, great drive, well equipped, not German Against – doesn’t need to be as expensive Rating – **** out of 5 (***** if U.S. prices charged) DETROIT – At last year’s […]

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Mazda 6 review 2013

Mazda 6 review

Latest Design Looks Terrific  Expect Usual Iron-Clad Dependability “dopey and meaningless SkyActiv labelling of everything from engines to bodywork” For – handsome looks, quality, reliability Against – weak brand rating: **** out of 5 EDINBURGH,  Scotland – Mazda of Japan is one of those marginal companies that you half expect to disappear from the scene, like Saab of Sweden, but […]

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Ford Explorer review

The Perfect SUV If Petrol Was Cheap If It Was Cheap, Ford Would Be Importing This Magnificent Beast It’s Not, So It Won’t, More’s The Pity rating: **** out of 5 “Curve Control sounds like an updated Victorian corset, but in fact it is an impressive safety idea which might save lives” For – serene, luxurious, spacious, affordable, […]

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