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Category : Road Test

First Drive: MINI Clubvan

4 years ago / 0 comments

SECTOR: Car-derived van PRICE (March 2013): £11,832.50–£14,161.67 (ex-VAT) FUEL: 43.5–72.4mpg CO2: 103–152g/km MINI will tell you its new Clubvan is a commercial vehicle for companies moving up in the world. So while it’s not going to be … Read More »

First Drive: Volvo V40 Cross Country

4 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Lower-medium Price (March 2013): £22,595-£33,875 Fuel: 34.0-74.3mpg CO2: 99-194g/km It does make you wonder what the world is coming to, when Volvo launches a car with Cross Country emblazoned all across it that … Read More »

First Drive: Ford Fiesta ST

4 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Supermini Price (March 2013): £16,995-£17,995 Fuel: 47.9mpg CO2: 138g/km There’s a real sense of history repeating itself in the Fiesta ST. Just as Ford’s Model T made motoring accessible in the 1920s, and … Read More »

First Drive: Skoda Octavia

4 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Lower-medium Price (March 2013): £15,990-£23,240 Fuel: 52.3-74.3mpg CO2: 99-124g/km Since the first model launched in 1999, the Octavia has become a backbone of the Škoda range. Reliable, practical and understated, it’s done a large share of … Read More »

Road Test: BMW 520d Gran Turismo M Sport

4 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Executive Price: £40,305 Fuel: 53.3mpg CO2: 139g/km Next to the excellent 5 Series range, and the equally popular X5 and X6 SUVs, the 5 Series Gran Turismo may seem like an unnecessary niche … Read More »

First Drive: Ford Kuga

4 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Crossover Price (March 2013): £20,895-£29,795 Fuel: 53.3-42.8mpg CO2: 139-162g/km Ford may not have realised it at the time, but the Kuga was about to ride the crest of a lucrative wave when it … Read More »

First Drive: Mercedes-Benz E-Class

4 years ago / 0 comments

SECTOR: Large executive  PRICE (March 2013): £32,400–£75,510 FUEL: 68.9–28.8mpg CO2: 109–234g/km When Mercedes-Benz launched the E-Class on which this updated version was based, they made quite a play of its conservative styling, which harked back … Read More »

Road Test: Hyundai Santa Fe

4 years ago / 0 comments

SECTOR: Large SUV PRICE: (March 2013): £25,270-£34,015 FUEL: 41.5-47.9mpg CO2: 155-202g/km With an eye on Europe’s biggest sectors, Hyundai has proved itself very capable of benchmarking and in some cases beating its key rivals. But … Read More »

First Drive: Citroën C3 VTR+ VTi 82

4 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Supermini Price: £12,890 Fuel: 62.8mpg CO2: 107g/km Next to the C3 Picasso and limelight-stealing DS3, the C3 has always looked a bit like the introvert of the Citroën range. But the carmaker hasn’t … Read More »

Road Test: Škoda Rapid 1.6 TDI CR Elegance

4 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Supermini Price: £17,850 Fuel: 64.2mpg CO2: 114g/km Despite the name, and its 1980s namesake, sportiness isn’t woven deep into the Škoda Rapid. However, Rapid should be the adverb for the way these will … Read More »

First Drive: Citroen C5 2.2 HDi 200 Exclusive

4 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Upper Medium Price: £28,795 (Feb 2013) Fuel: 47.9mpg CO2: 155g/km With the D-segment squeezed from all sides by niche segments, efficient and capacious lower-medium models and increasingly affordable premium brand cars, it’s become a … Read More »

Road Test: Volkswagen Golf GTI Cabriolet

5 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Convertible Price: £29,310 Fuel: 37.2mpg CO2: 177g/km The Mk7 Golf is already in the UK, so launching a GTI Cabriolet based on the outgoing model may seem a little late in the day. … Read More »

Road Test: Honda CR-V EX 2.2 i-DTEC

5 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Crossover Price: £30,995 (Feb 2012) Fuel: 48.7mpg CO2: 154g/km Demand for four-wheel drive vehicles is as weather-dependent as barbecues, de-icer and umbrellas. So, for once, during a seven-day stint with the Honda CR-V … Read More »

Road Test: Hyundai Veloster Turbo

5 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Coupe Price: £21,995 Fuel: 40.9mpg CO2: 157g/km There are some cars which, regardless of faults, niggles or eventual sales volume, have the sort of irrepressible character which you can tell will make them … Read More »

First Drive: Dacia Sandero

5 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Supermini Price: £5,995–£9,795 (Jan 2013) Fuel: 47.9–74.2mpg CO2: 99–137g/km Dacia doesn’t really think the Sandero, a supermini it claims is the UK’s cheapest car, will be much of a fleet proposition, as it will … Read More »

Road Test: Honda CR-Z GT (2013)

5 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Coupe Price: £23,050 Fuel: 54.3mpg CO2: 122g/km The Honda CR-Z has always had a hard task on its hands. This was pitched as the model that could make hybrids sporty, rather than just a … Read More »

Road Test: Mercedes-Benz A250 Engineered by AMG

5 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Lower Medium Price: £28,775 (Feb 2013) Fuel: 44.1mpg CO2: 148g/km The arrival of the latest A-Class must have caused a lot of furrowed brows, finally bringing Mercedes-Benz into a premium C-segment dominated by … Read More »

Road Test: Porsche 911 Carrera 3.4 PDK

5 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Coupe Price: £73,836 Fuel: 34.4mpg CO2: 194g/km  When Porsche launched the first 911 in 1963, economy meant losing two cylinders and most of its straight-line performance. But the 912E, as the most efficient … Read More »

First Drive: Honda Civic 1.6 i-DTEC

5 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Lower-medium Price: £19,400 – £23,175 (Jan 2013) Fuel: 78.5mpg  CO2: 94g/km Honda was a latecomer to the diesel market, and it has not exactly blazed a trail since. Since its first engine – the … Read More »

Road Test: Volvo S60 D5 SE Lux Start/Stop

5 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Compact executive Price: £31,845 Fuel: 62.8mpg CO2: 119g/km Until recently, if you wanted a high-power, low-carbon compact executive car, your choices were fairly limited. BMW cast the mould with its EfficientDynamics technology, and … Read More »


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