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27.3.2014Vauxhall Meriva 1.6 CDTi ecoFLEX review

Vauxhall Meriva 1.6 CDTi ecoFLEX review Image

Vauxhall has face lifted the Meriva at the right time as sales were more than a quarter in January compared with same month last year. Gentle restyling makes the car look modern and the line-up now includes a more »

7.3.2014Smart Fortwo Electric Drive review

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Smart’s third generation Electric Drive model shows the progress being made with electric cars and is the first version available to the public. It’s the best Fortwo so far, but 15 years after the first S more »

10.2.2014Volkswagen e-Up review

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The VW e-Up is a very nice piece of work. The overall impression is of a well-equipped small car that just happens to be electrically powered. It would be ideal suburban transport for many if not for the high more »

24.1.2014Citroen C4 Grand Picasso e-HDi review

Citroen C4 Grand Picasso e-HDi review Image

A much nimbler handling and driving experience than before show that the appeal of the new C4 Grand Picasso is more than skin deep with real style and a much better quality interior. If you think that mo more »

2.1.2014Toyota Auris Hybrid review

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The Auris Hybrid is a significant improvement over its predecessor. It's better looking and a better drive, however it is expensive as a private buy but is one of the best versions of the Auris. It's not more »

23.12.2013Tesla Model S review

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However you look at it, it's amazing that Tesla, a small company with no car history has made the likes of Mercedes, BMW, Jaguar, you name it, look old fashioned and Luddite when it comes to building a viable more »

13.12.2013VW Golf TDI 110 BlueMotion review

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The Volkswagen Golf BlueMotion is the most economical Golf so far with 85g/km carbon dioxide emissions and 88mpg on the official (laboratory) combined comparative test. In real life I saw a best of 63.7mpg. more »

26.11.2013Nissan LEAF Tekna 2013 review

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Externally, not a lot has changed but a raft of improvements under the skin make the 2013 LEAF the best yet. This begs the question: Is the all-electric LEAF now a viable alternative to petrol? Since our more »

25.11.2013Peugeot 308 Active1.6 HDi 92 review

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Peugeot has moved its game on with the new 308 which is both superior and more desirable than the previous model of the same name/number. However, the new 308 is not a Golf or Focus beater in any major area a more »

20.11.2013Volvo V60 Plug-in diesel hybrid review

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On the basis of this test the technology doesn't yet deliver anywhere near enough benefits for its cost. Who would spend nearly £50,000 on a hybrid when you can get the same diesel engine for £34, more »

28.10.2013Volkswagen XL1 review

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The world's most economical car ever was never going to look conventional and the diesel-electric Volkswagen XL1 seems straight out of the pages of science fiction. Just 250 of this two-seater are to be made more »

15.10.2013Skoda Rapid Spaceback 1.6TDI review

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Skoda is embarking on a massive model offensive with one new or re-engineered model every six months and this second model in the Rapid range is seen as an important start. Class best rear head and legroom an more »

2.10.2013BMW 518d SE turbo-diesel review

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For the business driver who likes a sporty driving saloon, the BMW 5-Series remains top choice for most. The current series, the sixth generation, has been the most successful in the model's 41-year history a more »

20.9.2013Vauxhall Insignia 2.0CDTi review

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Vauxhall's ecoFLEX models are renowned for their low CO2 emissions but it's impressive that using existing Euro 5 compliant engines the 119bhp and 138bhp turbo diesels now dip under the 100g/km mark in this l more »

9.9.2013Fiat 500L Pop Star review

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Nearly 60% of Fiat 500L buyers in Europe so far have come from other makes and across widely different age groups, jobs and incomes suggesting the car has a classless appeal. Fiat has been criticised because more »

20.8.2013Audi A1 S-line 1.4 TFSI review

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Near diesel fuel economy with petrol engine refinement and lower purchase and fuelling costs than an equivalent 2-litre TDI diesel mean this is the petrol pick of the A1 range. Low stress, swift and efficient more »

9.8.2013Citroen C4 Picasso e-HDi review

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Citroen's new C4 Picasso will be the first conventionally powered (ie diesel only) compact MPV to offer sub-100g/km CO2 emissions, though that engine is not yet available. It has a much more up market appeara more »

31.7.2013Seat Leon SC 1.6 TDI SE review

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Most people seem to agree the new Seat Leon is smarter looking than the latest VW Golf, especially in three door form, and if you don't mind losing some rear seat legroom the Leon SC is even sharper styled. A more »

18.7.2013Mitsubishi Mirage 3 review

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City cars can lead a very hard life and need to be tough. While a test like this can't assess longevity, the Mirage feels robust despite being the lightest car in its class and Mitsubishi's reputation speaks more »

11.7.2013Vauxhall Ampera Electron review

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Plug-in hybrid or extended range electric vehicle, call it what you will, though to my cynical mind the Ampera seems nearer a Prius hybrid than a Leaf electric car, once you've tried all the Ampera's drive mo more »

28.6.2013Audi A3 Saloon 1.6 TDI Sport review

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With Audi's 'car for everyone' policy it's a surprise that this is the first saloon version of its extremely popular A3 series, and we are only getting it now because of high demand in China and the USA. That more »

11.6.2013Audi R8 e-tron review

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Marvel comics' superhero Iron Man drives an electric Audi R8 e-tron in his alter ego as billionaire Tony Stark, but no matter how rich you are in real life you won't be able to buy one as the business case fo more »

11.6.2013Audi A3 Sportback e-tron review

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Despite its e-tron badging, unlike the attention gathering Audi R8 e-tron prototype sports car, this model, due in the UK mid next year, is not a pure electric car but actually Audi’s first petrol-electric more »

28.5.2013Seat Leon S 1.6 TDI CR review

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Seat can justifiably argue that the new third generation Leon's running costs are closer to a supermini than a hatchback of this size and space. A six-speed gearbox would add cost but because you could have r more »

13.5.2013Renault Captur 1.5dCi Expression review

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Compact 'urban crossovers' are forecast to be the next growth segment in the car world and the stylish but affordable and cheap to run Captur is going to be a big hit for Renault. In Renault's UK range it's l more »

29.4.2013Citroen DS5 DSport Hybrid4 review

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There's no denying the Citroen DS5's looks and solid feel give it a premium feel almost like a BMW or Audi. And low CO2 emissions and only 10% benefit in kind tax will put the DS5 Hybrid4 on company car users more »

18.4.2013Mazda CX-5 SE-L 2.2 Auto Review

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It's a shock that one of the best diesel engines you can experience is fitted in an SUV, albeit one with front drive only to save fuel. There's lots of low revs torque, yet the engine can rev like a petrol on more »

15.4.2013Land Rover Freelander 2 eD4 review

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It's proof of a changing world when Land Rover, which built it world-wide reputation on four-wheel drive offers a model with front-drive only, but the company has been subjected to heavy lobbying for years an more »

27.3.2013Renault ZOE Z.E. Dynamique review

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The most convincing electric car yet by far as Renault goes straight to the end game and bypasses the halfway house of hybrids. You wouldn't buy a two-seater sports car if you have three children, but for sin more »

8.3.2013Dacia Sandero Stepway 1.5dCi Laureate review

Dacia Sandero Stepway 1.5dCi Laureate review Image

More than half of Dacia Sandero buyers are expected to opt for the Stepway version with its off-roader look and raised ride height. Prices will be from £7,995 to £10,795 when it arrives in UK show more »

27.2.2013Seat Exeo Sport Tourer Ecomotive review

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The Exeo may be a re-badged previous-generation Audi A4, but Seat buyers don't care because it's so capable and offers such good value for money. More than half the Exeos sold will be Ecomotive versions which more »

20.2.2013Vauxhall Adam 1.2 VVT ecoFLEX review

Vauxhall Adam 1.2 VVT ecoFLEX review Image

The fashion-led A segment of the small car market in the UK has grown by 45,000 since 2007 and the Adam is Vauxhall's first entry to this category. In the main, the Adam is one for the ladies. Vauxhall reckon more »

6.2.2013Vauxhall Mokka 1.4 Turbo review

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Such is the strength of the image of 4x4s that Vauxhall reckons the new Mokka will become its second bestselling car in the UK this year. But it's a question of style over substance, rather like so many telev more »

24.1.2013Skoda Octavia 1.6TDI CR SE review

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Skoda has made a huge success of the Octavia – the compact car that isn't really – by sticking to what it does best: providing a spacious car at a keen price than is easy to drive and economical t more »

14.1.2013Volkswagen Golf 1.6TDI SE review

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Smoother, quieter, more spacious (and yes, bigger), the seventh generation Volkswagen Golf again raises the overall standards in the family hatchback class. The car's quality can be felt as well as sensed. Be more »

8.1.2013Dacia Sandero Laureate review

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No, this isn't the headline-grabbing Dacia Sandero priced at 1980s supermini levels, but even in top spec Laureate trim with Renault's sparkling three-cylinder turbo petrol engine this £8,795 model make more »

15.12.2012Audi A3 Sportback 1.6 TDI SE review

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More stylish, more spacious and more practical while still delivering the premium quality Audi buyers demand are the key qualities of the new A3 Sportback. Reduced weight compared to previous model, esp more »

15.12.2012Kia Rio 1.25 litre petrol review

Kia Rio 1.25 litre petrol review Image

Deceptively spacious and offering good value for money even before you consider that seven year warranty, Kia’s Rio is a good supermini choice for those who want sensible, honest transport and don’t need more »

13.11.2012Skoda Rapid 1.2 TSI review

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The new Rapid is an honest product that’s well built and will serve its owners well. It’s spacious and the driving position is fine. Initially there’s a choice of five petrol engines and one diesel. Gen more »

24.10.2012Renault Clio 1.5 dCi Dynamique review

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One of those cars that's so good at everything you ask of it that you wonder why, unless you have a big family, you would need anything bigger or more expensive for every day motoring. Looks good too. Th more »

1.10.2012Toyota Yaris Hybrid review

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Being both smaller and less expensive than most hybrids, the new Toyota Yaris brings new technology motoring to more people. It makes Vauxhall's Ampera look very expensive and will tempt some people away from more »

18.9.2012Kia Cee'd CRDi review

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Without fanfare, South Korean car maker Kia has launched a new Cee'd range with several models emitting 100 g/km CO2 or less. This is good for a non-hybrid car of this size and because of the effect of low CO more »

12.9.2012Volvo V60 SE DRIVe Powershift review

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Despite the sexier styling of Volvos these days, the now Chinese owned company is soon going to be known as much for its 'green' endeavours as for its attempts to make driving safer. That said, on this car I more »

28.8.2012SEAT Mii Ecomotive review

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SEAT's Mii shows how to downsize in a civilised and sophisticated way. Stylish and modern, with a pleasant cabin and available in three and five door versions, it is easily capable of longer journeys than urb more »

20.8.2012BMW 320d EfficientDynamics [MY2012] review

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BMW is top when it comes to engines that deliver power without large doses of carbon dioxide and the 320d EfficientDynamics model is the leader in its class. That said private buyers might prefer the identica more »

8.8.2012Toyota Prius Plug-in review

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Swopping the Prius's nickel-metal hydride battery pack for a more expensive, heavier, more potent lithium-ion one has made this the best Prius yet for wealthy motorists wanting to go greener, but it's still d more »

31.7.2012Volkswagen Golf Blue-e-Motion review

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As competent as you would expect from Volkswagen and capable of around 90 miles before needing recharging, which takes eight hours from a standard UK power outlet, so would suit most people's daily commute. N more »

23.7.2012Alfa Romeo MiTo TwinAir review

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Sub 100 g/km cars are rare in the premium car class and Alfa Romeo has achieved it by fitting Fiat Group's award winning 875cc twin-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine into its stylish MiTo. It gives a great more »

17.7.2012Peugeot 208 1.4 e-HDi review

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The new 208 is the most important Peugeot in 20 years because not only is this supermini heir to the legendary 205 that saved the company in the 1980s, but rising debts and falling sales in Europe mean the sa more »

3.7.2012Toyota Prius+ T4 review

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For our road conditions the Prius+ is an acquired taste and effort is needed to obtain good fuel figures. With a huge share of the Japanese market, where Toyota sells 25,000 Priuses a month (about 10,000 are more »

18.6.2012Volvo V70 D2 DRIVe Powershift review

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Overall, the V70 is a very easy car to live with, but failed to deliver the fuel economy I hoped for even when driving gently. The other question is when do safety devices irritate and even distract? They can more »

1.6.2012Ford Focus Zetec EcoBoost review

Ford Focus Zetec EcoBoost review Image

Barring high performance models, the 1-litre Focus EcoBoost petrol is the most satisfying drive in the range, yet is capable of near 60 mpg overall that previously would have meant having to go diesel. A more »

23.5.2012Ford Fiesta ECOnetic TDI review

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This will be the last eco advancement model before the new Fiesta debuts in four months' time. As usual, the problem with today's high economy, high technology models is that they also have a high price and m more »

15.5.2012Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet BlueMotion review

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Volkswagen has sold more than 1.4 million Golf cabriolets, even though there hasn't been a new model for nine years. And its diesel engine refinement is so good these days that, except when you are at pedestr more »

2.5.2012Vauxhall Zafira ecoFLEX Tourer review

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The V in Vauxhall must stand for versatile because the company keeps adding features that make its cars more useful in everyday life and the new Zafira Tourer with its 30 stowage compartments and trays and cl more »

30.4.2012Peugeot 208 VTi review

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If Peugeot has got its market analysis right; smaller size, sub 1.4 litre engines, better fuel consumption, less aggressive styling, more agile handling (helped by a welcome weight reduction) better quality i more »

17.4.2012Citroen C3 Airdream review

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Citroen's 'micro-hybrid' C3 will save drivers from road tax and the London congestion charge, if applicable, but the lowest CO2 emitting model uses an electronic manual gearbox that is an acquired taste to pu more »

4.4.2012BMW 320d Sport review

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Continuous development has kept BMW's 3-Series saloon at the top of the compact executive tree. The latest model is bigger and more spacious than its predecessor, but lighter and more agile with most versions more »

27.3.2012Renault Megane Scenic review

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Despite its more glamorous styling, Renault's Scenic is all about sensible family transport and to that end is a spacious, five-seater MPV with a large box shaped boot. Its fuel consumption, practicality and more »

6.3.2012Hyundai i10 Blue review

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Hyundai's economy champion is good fun to drive despite its sub 1-litre three-cylinder engine, in contrast to its dowdy appearance. But it tips the price scales at £1,000 more than the 22 bhp more power more »

29.2.2012Fiat Panda TwinAir Lounge review

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The old Panda was a tough act to follow but Fiat has improved the Panda in most areas – though tall drivers would not want to use the car over long distances. Around town and on daily trips it would be more »

20.2.2012Chevrolet Aveo review

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Diesel-engined small cars are usually priced higher than their petrol powered equivalents, so Chevrolet's Aveo models are good news for fans of diesel with prices from £12,345 and this more powerful Eco more »

26.1.2012Kia Optima CRDi '2 Tech' review

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Kia's swish looking Optima saloon is 18 months later getting here than Kia UK intended because of runaway demand in US, China and Korea. The interior is spot on too with everything pretty much where you expec more »

16.1.2012Audi A1 TDI S Line review

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Audi's A1 is the most desirable small car on the market to a lot of people and higher than flagged fuel consumption isn't going to put them off. Limousine-style options, including HDD based sat nav with music more »

21.12.2011Renault Twingo Dynamique review

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Renault's new Twingo will win sales on its more stylish looks alone and owners being able to create a more 'personalised' car. That it is a pleasant drive, very economical, deceptively spacious inside with in more »

15.12.2011Peugeot 3008 HYbrid4 review

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A fascinating first run of the pre-production left-hand drive 'multi-personality' Peugeot 3008 HYbrid4. The car isn't just the first diesel-electric hybrid and capable (theoretically) of 74 mpg, despite space more »

28.11.2011Nissan Micra DIG-S review

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Nissan's high tech Micra DIG-S delivers the convenience of petrol motoring with close to the economy of diesel and without the drawbacks of noise, smell and more difficult starting in winter. There's also non more »

10.11.2011Renault Fluence Z.E. review

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The Fluence was developed rapidly to meet Israeli demands for an electric car and is built in Turkey. It could suit a buyer whose daily journeys are under, say 90 miles, to allow for headlights, heating, air more »

2.11.2011Volvo S60 DRIVe review

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No Volvo I've ever driven got the stares and positive looks of this car. It's a big evolutionary step for Volvo and makes the S60 a stronger rival for the Audi A4 than I expected with little compromise in the more »

26.10.2011Volkswagen Up! BlueMotion review

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A great looking and well built car for both the city and further afield. Very refined to drive but steep inclines take their toll on the 59 bhp version, so if you live near hills or carry people, go for the 7 more »

21.9.2011Skoda Fabia Estate Greenline II review

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The Fabia Estate Greenline is a typically well made Skoda and very practical in terms of passenger and luggage carrying abilities, even without using a ski box on the roof. No road tax is a money saver, but u more »

7.9.2011Kia Picanto '2' review

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Kia's new Picanto looks sharp and modern but the driving experience feels from a previous generation. Working the three-cylinder 1-litre engine to achieve reasonable performance, even when the car is lightly more »

1.9.2011Alfa Romeo MiTo review

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Great looks and a fun drive make the Alfa Romeo MiTo 1.3 JTDM Sprint a winner in the compact, sporty hatchback category. Only restricted boot space and awkward access to rear seats mar the car's practicality. more »

23.8.2011Citroen C4 e-HDi review

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The most economical model in the C4 range, yet it comes with lots of equipment as standard and plenty of options. Even though Citroen has concentrated on practicality, safety and value, the standard EGS semi- more »

11.8.2011Volkswagen Eos Sport review

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Another classy offering from Volkswagen in the popular coupe-cabriolet class for cars with metal folding roofs. Most rivals put the fresh air experience top of the list, but the Eos is dynamically an enjoyabl more »

5.8.2011Range Rover Evoque Coupe review

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Offering Range Rover qualities and abilities in a smaller package is going to make the Liverpool-built Evoque a huge success in the manner of the new Mini. 80% of the 20,000 worldwide orders so far are said t more »

22.7.2011Peugeot 308 1.6 e-HDi review

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Peugeot has successfully revamped its best selling family hatchback – more than 900,000 have been sold since September 2007 of which 84,000 were in the UK. It is now better looking and a more pleasant c more »

28.6.2011Skoda Octavia GreenLine II review

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Well built, spacious and value for money; we almost know the Skoda proposition for its Octavia hatchback and estate models off by heart. This is an honest car for the family motorist who isn't a badge snob an more »

27.6.2011Ford Mondeo 1.6 TDCi Edge review

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Ford's best selling business car, the Mondeo, has been given a mid-life facelift and a raft of new high tech equipment including driver fatigue monitoring, lane departure warning and an automatic lighting sys more »

16.6.2011Citroen C-Zero review

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Both the C-Zero and the Peugeot iOn are essentially Mitsubishi i-MiEVs wearing Citroen badges – the pioneering trio were really the first mass produced electric vehicles available in the UK that are not more »

10.6.2011Vauxhall Ampera review

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The Vauxhall Ampera has only recently been available to test drive in the UK in its production ready form, although its sibling model the Chevrolet Volt, has been on sale in the US for several months. They re more »

16.5.2011Peugeot iOn review

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Feels like a Rolls-Royce compared to a G-Wiz, but not as salubrious as the Nissan LEAF. If you can cope with the extra attention until the iOn becomes a more familiar sight, this egg-shaped four-seater could more »

4.5.2011Honda jazz hybrid HX-T review

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Following the success of the Insight and CR-Z, Honda has now added the Jazz to their IMA hybrid drive line-up. If the popularity of the conventional Jazz model is anything to go by, the hybrid version, first more »

4.5.2011Volvo S40 1.6D DRIVe review

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Engine upgrade and fitting of auto stop-start to cut fuel and emissions in traffic drops Volvo's best selling compact executive S40 model below the 100g/km target bringing lower running costs for both private more »

26.4.2011Peugeot 508 Active 1.6 eHDi review

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Big Peugeots haven't been big sellers in the UK for years and this car exists mainly for China where it will also be built. Though Peugeot doesn't mention the B-word, it hopes the quality and value of the 508 more »

12.4.2011Vauxhall Astra 1.3CDTi ecoFLEX review

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Vauxhall's new Astra in ecoFLEX form is going to make some company car drivers happy with its low benefit-in-kind tax as a result of its low CO2 emissions. However, with a choice of trims and extras along wit more »

30.3.2011Ford Focus 1.6 TDCi Edge review

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Even if you don't pay out for some of the driver safety options, the new Focus is a fine car and in my view the best in its class. The Focus is brimming with technology to make life easier, safer and more sus more »

21.3.2011Lexus CT 200h review

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Lexus's petrol-electric hybrid entry into the premium hatchback sector makes strong financial sense for companies and company car drivers, but despite its sporty looks is not as lively or fun to drive as riva more »

3.3.2011VW Passat BlueMotion 2.0 TDI SE review

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Volkswagen continues to hone its Passat models pushing overall quality and refinement even closer to premium brands like Audi and Mercedes. This year will be the first time the estate outsells the saloon in t more »

22.2.2011Toyota Verso-S VVT-i Multidrive review

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Toyota has finally filled the gap left by the demise of the Yaris Verso with the Verso-S now that there is again a big enough difference between the Japanese market second generation Ractis (Verso-S here) and more »

17.2.2011Mitsubishi ASX 1.8 Turbo-Diesel review

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The world's first passenger car diesel engine with variable valve timing dominates the driving experience, delivering excellent low speed punch, top end kick and seriously impressive real-life 50mpg fuel cons more »

2.2.2011Vauxhall Meriva 1.3 CDTi ecoFLEX

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Vauxhall has evolved its new, bigger Meriva to make it a strong rival for cars like the Ford C-Max, Renault Scenic and Citroen C4 Picasso. Rear hinged back doors make access easier, and folding down the rear more »

14.1.2011Chevrolet Spark 1.0LS review

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Chevrolet isn't usually a name you associate with small cars, but since General Motors took over Korean brand Daewoo it has become the value stablemate for Vauxhall and the Spark is a strong replacement for t more »

6.1.2011Hyundai i10 Comfort 1.2 review

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A great leap forward by the Korean manufacturer compared to the Amica, the Indian-built i10 is a refined enough city car for users needing affordable transport and a strong challenger to most European badged more »

2.12.2010BMW X3 xDrive 2.0d SE review

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Much smarter looking with a better quality interior and even better to drive, the new BMW X3 in 2-litre turbo-diesel format is the lowest emissions four-wheel drive model in its class. Emissions are 147g/km f more »

18.11.2010BMW 320d Efficient Dynamics review

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Classy looks, low running costs and low BIK rates make the BMW 320d the company car driver's transport of choice. Stunning fuel figures of Efficient Dynamics model match or beat Toyota's little Yaris (67. more »

9.11.2010Fiat 500 TwinAir Pop review

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Fun and economy in a package as effortlessly stylish as a four-wheeled Vespa, the Fiat 500 TwinAir is a fine city car, providing you rarely need to carry large people in the rear seats. Compact size can get a more »

2.11.2010Vauxhall Corsa 1.3 CDTi ecoFlex review

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Vauxhall's usefully spacious Corsa supermini is a familiar sight on our roads and popular with buyers. But you need to be careful if trying to pick the most economical ecoFlex version as there are so many of more »

27.10.2010Renault Clio eco2 dCi 86 review

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Renault's eco2 diesel engined Clio in three-door Extreme or five-door Expression trim is the lowest CO2 producing model yet from the French car giant. Yet despite beating the 100g/km barrier it still retains more »

11.10.2010Suzuki Swift SZ4 review

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There wasn't much wrong with the 'old' Swift. It won 63 Car of the Year awards in 19 countries and the new car is noticeably better with more space, better performance and improved fuel consumption. There's n more »

24.9.2010Honda FCX Clarity (fuel cell) review

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If the hydrogen to power the fuel cell has been produced using renewable sources (such as solar, wind or hydroelectric power) the FCX Clarity, the world's first production fuel cell car, is the ultimate in cl more »

14.9.2010Mini Countryman Cooper D All 4 review

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It's all in the categorisation, but if you consider a taller body, raised suspension and the ability to switch engine power between front and rear wheels makes this Mini a sports utility vehicle (SUV), then a more »

9.9.2010Kia Venga 1.4 CRDi EcoDynamics review

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Highly competent compact MPV with supermini running costs and stylish looks we aren't used to from Kia. Cabin is classy too with versatile seating arrangement. Reasonably enjoyable to drive but diesel engine more »

31.8.2010Renault Megane Coupe Cabriolet review

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Ask people what features they want in a car and they want everything. So Renault has done its best to deliver with a four-seater that's also a convertible, and a coupe thanks to a folding metal roof, that ach more »

17.8.2010Nissan LEAF (electric) review

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The Nissan LEAF (Leading, Environmentally friendly, Affordable, Family) will change the way we think about cars. As most cars spend 97% of their lives parked and 80% of drivers cover less than 30 miles daily more »

16.8.2010Nissan Juke review

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Motorists want more fun and emotion from their cars, says Nissan. Nissan was proved correct with its Qashqai ‘crossover.’ Some 80% of buyers have never bought Nissans before. And with strong advance order more »

16.8.2010VW Polo BlueMotion review

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Volkswagen’s Polo BlueMotion pulls together all the German company knows about low fuel consumption and exhaust emissions in a quality package but there’s the usual price problem of small diesel cars. A 1 more »

16.8.2010Toyota Auris Hybrid review

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Winner of WhatGreenCar's Car of the Year 2010 Award, the Auris brings petrol-electric hybrid motoring to the masses and the lowest CO2 taxes and fuel costs in the small family car market segment. Not a car fo more »

7.7.2010Audi A1 1.6 TDI SE review

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Though it breaks no new ground technically, Audi's A1 supermini, on sale in November, is keenly anticipated. That's because it provides Audi style and quality in a small car. All versions were happier on main more »

11.6.2010Audi A3 Sportback 1.6 TDI review

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Audi has created the premium sector's lowest CO2 car with a special three-door version of the A3 using its all-new, economy optimised common rail 1.6 TDI engine with engine stop-start and energy recovery syst more »

2.6.2010Honda CR-Z GT Coupe review

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While looks and price are going to sell the CR-Z, Honda's sporty looking coupe doesn't have the performance to match. Driven carefully this petrol-electric hybrid is as economical as a diesel, but push harder more »

1.6.2010BMW X1 sDrive 18d SE review

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Drive gently and you'll be amazed at the fuel economy BMW's Efficient Dynamics systems give this practical, but pricey sports activity vehicle. The sDrive versions are rear drive only with traction advantages more »

21.5.2010Fiat Punto Evo 1.3 Multijet review

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Subtle but effective restyling and a revamped interior justifies the Punto's Evo, or evolution inspired name. But the new petrol and diesel engines are almost revolutionary in terms of increased efficiency wi more »

21.5.2010Alfa Romeo MiTo 1.4 MultiAir review

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MultiAir engine technology breaks the traditional link between performance and fuel consumption claim Alfa engineers and it's hard to disagree. This 135bhp petrol engine is 12.5% more powerful with better thr more »

11.5.2010Audi A3 Sportback 1.4 TFSi review

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Audi's compact executive model, the A3, matches proven style and quality with some impressive motorsport developed technology to show that petrol engines are by no means beaten in the war with diesel; well, p more »

27.4.2010Volvo C30 1.6D DRIVe review

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This 4-seater sports coupe is easily my favourite 'green' car to date because it is enjoyable to drive, yet naturally economical without any effort from the driver. And gratifying improvements are possible wi more »

7.4.2010Land Rover Freelander II TD4e review

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Most credible compact SUV whether you are going for style or genuinely need its off-road capabilities, in which case be careful on choice of tyres. At least as comfortable as a car to drive/ride in and more »

26.3.2010Peugeot RCZ Coupe GT review

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Lamborghini looks at Peugeot prices is the main selling criteria for the new RCZ coupe. It dishes up enjoyably brisk performance without too much financial pain providing you are not too aggressive with the r more »

26.3.2010Suzuki Splash 1.2 GLS+ review

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Solid, well-built, modern looking small hatchback with room for five adults thanks to high seating position and tall body. Not cheap but well fitted out with safety kit and other equipment. Pleasingly agile a more »

12.2.2010Peugeot 207 Economique review

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Looks good, especially in white, and performs well too though, like all cars it proved impossible to match the official laboratory test cycle figures in real life. General road noise/engine refinement c more »

10.2.2010VW Scirocco 2.0 TDI review

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Lots of style for the money. This sharp handling, two-door coupe looks nearly as striking as the original 1970's model penned by Italian design master Giorgetto Guigiaro, yet is practical - though watch o more »

7.1.2010Peugeot 407 Coupe Sport review

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Graceful and a lot of car for your money. We're used to two-seater coupes from the German triumvirate but Peugeot, often with the assistance of Ferrari's chums, Italian styling house Pininfarina, has a longer more »

6.1.2010Seat Leon Ecomotive review

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The handsome Leon Ecomotive proves going green needn’t be painful and you don’t have to drive a car looking like a toad either. I achieved 57mpg with no attempt at economy driving. Cabin is much classier more »

5.1.2010Citroen C3 HDi 16V review

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Bags of showroom appeal with distinctive looks, good interior space and a much more up-market cabin than the outgoing model. Prices high by Citroen standards as you move further up the range and you nee more »

22.12.2009Vauxhall Ampera preview

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Vauxhall bosses aren't exaggerating, or even showing off, when they say they believe their extended range electric car, the five-door, four-seater Ampera, could remove the car from the environmental debate fo more »

9.12.2009Audi A3 Cabriolet 1.6 TDI review

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Slick looking but surprisingly practical and easy to live with convertible, though as usual boot access is awkward. Quite expensive to buy but after that running costs look good with strong residuals and good more »

17.6.2009Toyota Prius Mk3 review

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Forget the arguments about which hybrid was first to market, the best-seller by far is the Toyota Prius and, in its latest iteration, Iain Robertson still believes that it is the best of the bunch. Upwar more »

31.5.2009Volkswagen Polo (MkV) review

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One of Europe's most popular small cars has been through no less than five transformations since its introduction in 1975, yet, states Iain Robertson, none of them has been as ground-shaking as the latest ite more »

28.5.2009Lexus RX 450h review

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With a hybrid development featuring in almost every model of its line-up, Lexus, the luxury arm of Toyota, enables even posh car buyers to go some way to satisfying thier environmental conscience, which Iain more »

14.5.2009Subaru Justy 1.0R review

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While 4WD and turbocharged engines seem to have been on Subaru's main course menu for some years a need to attend to better MPG figures has led to the introduction of the collaborative, compact Justy, states more »

12.5.2009Peugeot Partner Tepee review

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Here’s a thing, the new 4x4 sector is currently dying on its wheels, although car buyers still want spacious cars offering a good view out, factors that Iain Robertson suggests could be combined in just o more »

15.4.2009Nissan Pixo review

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With a notable gap in its UK line-up, Nissan has finally introduced a sub-Micra model that delights Iain Robertson, although he wonders if one trick has been missed. Although there has been enough news c more »

8.4.2009Citroen C3 Picasso review

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Having created a name with Picasso, Citroen is now filling a niche with a C3 version, with which Iain Robertson can find NO areas of disagreement, and declares it as one of the best compact MPVs / family cars more »

5.3.2009BMW 118d ES review

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BMW is already a global award-winner for its stance on low emissions and its `Efficient Dynamics` power-train technology; According to Iain Robertson, going `green` with this premium brand is a more »

20.2.2009Honda Insight review

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When he first saw the new Honda Insight, Iain Robertson was almost speechless with delight, and only slightly disconcerted that the second generation Insight appears to share some strong styling cues with the more »

13.2.2009Fiat 500 Start-Stop review

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Without doubt one of the most stylish and eminently desirable new cars to emerge in recent times has been the Fiat 500, which Iain Robertson says is not just a retro-designed city car but is a genuine fashion more »

11.2.2009Ford Fiesta ECOnetic review

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Although Ford Motor Company could never be accused of avoiding issues, its approach to eco-friendly transport is, according to Iain Robertson, considerably more conventional than its rivals'. When assess more »

6.2.2009Ford Ka review

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It has been a while since Ford Motor Company practiced a little bit of Latin in naming its models but, says Iain Robertson, a little bit of Ford is now deeply entrenched with Latin roots, as the all-new Ka hi more »

26.1.2009Fiat Qubo review

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Quintessentially quaint and curiously cubic, the all-new Fiat Qubo may get your goat with its strange name but Iain Robertson believes that its low-pollution, high-MPG and funky family aims will win it innume more »

23.1.2009BMW Hydrogen7 review

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Introduced at a time, when the motor industry is under intense pressure, you have to wonder about BMW's resolve with an H2-powered innovation. Iain Robertson provides a unique insight. Liquid hydrogen is more »

23.1.2009Kia cee'd review

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Faced with demoralising fuel costs, councils slapping on city idling fines and high car costs, South Korean carmaker, Kia Motors, may well have the answer in the form of the new Eco-Kias - Iain Robertson took more »

23.1.2009Fiat Bravo Eco review

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With every carmaker in an understandable rush to place more economical models in the marketplace, Iain Robertson says that the latest newcomer to Fiat’s line-up – the `Eco` Bravo - should help to more »

23.1.2009Mitsubishi iMIEV (electric) review

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Determining whether a car name is important or not has some relevance to Iain Robertson, who believes that rather than a nondescript `i`, the most compact and cleanest of Mitsubishi models should be c more »

13.1.2009Hyundai i20 review

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Get ready with the rubber boots, says Iain Robertson, because Hyundai's opening gambit for 2009 is a shockingly-good line-up of Corsa/Fiesta rivals that may make you reconsider your temporarily-shelved new ca more »

8.1.2009Mercedez-Benz C180K BlueEfficiency review

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If you are someone who equates eco-friendly transport with tiny motorcars, clockwork engines, disproportionately high prices and severe compromises, then, says Iain Robertson, look again at the Mercedes-Benz more »

19.12.2008Volvo V50 1.6D DRIVe review

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Nobody prescribed that eco-driving had to be a painful experience as Ford-owned Swedish carmaker Volvo is prepared to demonstrate in its outstanding new diesel estate car – Iain Robertson investigates. more »

9.12.2008Toyota iQ review

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Buyers are hardly falling over themselves in the rush to buy a smart car, which must make you wonder why Toyota wants a share of that city car sector, although Iain Robertson feels confident that 'intelligenc more »

8.12.2008MINI E (electric) review

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As the first product of 'Projekt i' for BMW, a remarkable electric Mini not only introduces a clearly defined market sector but provides real-time responses to shape the Mini’s future and Iain Robertson dro more »

 
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