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Abarth 595 esseesse review – a rocket-propelled roller skate with a sting in its tale

Abarth 595 esseesse review – a rocket-propelled roller skate with a sting in its tale

In the same week that I drove the Abarth 595 esseesse, I also drove the Alfa Giulia Quadrifoglio. That the 179bhp front-drive hot hatch left as big a grin on my face as the 503bhp rear-drive super saloon says either a lot about me or about what a great job Abarth’s tuners have done. The […]

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Volvo S60 review – sporting saloon hits the Swede spot

Volvo S60 review – sporting saloon hits the Swede spot

During a break on the launch of the new Volvo S60 a colleague asked me if I’d found anything to dislike about it yet. I told him I hadn’t and even now I’m still struggling to come up with much. Perhaps there’s a touch of road noise from the 20-inch alloys and maybe the engine […]

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Kia Ceed review – family hatch keeps things simple

Kia Ceed review – family hatch keeps things simple

Family hatchbacks have had it hard for a while as crossovers gain popularity but car makers still have faith in them and the last year has seen several key models renewed and relaunched to meet demand. Along with the Ford Focus and Toyota Corolla, Kia’s Ceed has been given a wholesale going over, new from […]

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Mitsubishi L200 Barbarian review

Mitsubishi L200 Barbarian review

The Outlander PHEV has been a massive success story for Japanese brand Mitsubishi in recent years. It’s a repeated best-seller in the hybrid market and has been credited with turning the firm’s fortunes around in the UK. But alongside this alternatively-fuelled newcomer and the recently launched Eclipse Cross, Mitsubishi has continued to produce one of […]

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Suzuki Jimny review – a lovable little anti-hero

Suzuki Jimny review – a lovable little anti-hero

‘It’s the anti-car.” So said one owner of the previous-generation Jimny when we got chatting about this latest model. He’s got a point. While so many new vehicles go out of the way to embody a certain lifestyle while trying to meet everyone’s needs, the Jimny is a car designed to fulfill a particular brief, […]

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Skoda Kodiaq vRS review – family SUV makes a power play

Skoda Kodiaq vRS review – family SUV makes a power play

I ran a Skoda Kodiaq as a long-term car not long after its release and loved it. I occasionally wished it had the more powerful 187bhp diesel engine but not once did I sit in it and think “what this needs is twin turbos, 20-inch wheels and a tonne of Alcantara”. Still, it seems that […]

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MG ZS review

MG ZS review

Readers of a certain age will remember the MG ZS name with a touch of fondness. Back in the early noughties, Rover somehow found some money to turn its humdrum 45 into a praise-worthy hot saloon, which it badged as the MG ZS. That was then, though, and now the name adorns yet another competitor […]

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Peugeot 5008 long-term test month 3

Peugeot 5008 long-term test month 3

Peugeot 5008 long-term test month 1 Peugeot 5008 long-term test month 2 Ikea furniture is famous for coming in neat, flat packages that make it easy to transport – if you’re buying it new. If you happen to be buying it second-hand it’s not quite so portable, especially if the furniture in question is a […]

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Toyota Camry review – returning saloon wants to challenge the big boys

Toyota Camry review – returning saloon wants to challenge the big boys

Hello again. Where have you been for the past 15 years? The name Camry will ring a bell to those with a memory of Toyotas of the past but it hasn’t been attached to one of the brand’s models, in the UK at least, since 2004. Its disappearance reflected the changing market from mid-size saloons […]

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Audi e-tron review – premium SUV joins the EV charge

Audi e-tron review – premium SUV joins the EV charge

Ever since Tesla burst onto the scene and started selling its high-end, high-cost EVs the constant refrain from around the car industry has been “just wait until the big brands catch up”. And we have had to wait, Tesla’s Model S has been on sale for seven years, and the Model X for four with […]

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