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Review – You’d be better off with a Kia Ceed

In Car Reviews, Kia by Neil Lyndon

At that point, some time ago, I was talking in purely theoretical terms. Having come very close to buying an Aston Martin 30 years ago and having known many Aston owners, I am painfully aware that having “a bit of money” is nothing like enough to keep one of those highest of all high-maintenance cars. You need an oil well […]

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Hyundai Santa Fe Reviewed

In Car Reviews, Hyundai by Neil Lyndon

As I walked away from the Hyundai Santa Fe for the last time, at the end of its week’s press loan, I turned to give it one last look. “You great lump,” I said, affectionately “To look at you, nobody would ever guess how great you are.” Standing as tall as an armoured car on vast Continental 235/55 R19 tyres, […]

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BMW 3 Series M Sport, Perfecto

In BMW, Car Reviews by Neil Lyndon

“You’ll remember this moment for the rest of your life,” I told my daughter, while driving the latest BMW 3 Series M Sport. “Dad!” she answered, “put your hands back on the wheel!” “In 50 years,” I went on calmly, “you’ll be telling your grandchildren about the first time you rode in a car that drove itself.” “That’s assuming that […]

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Jaguar XF Sportbrake, maybe a timeless classic

In Car Reviews, Jaguar by Neil Lyndon

How fickle are the fancies of the car lover! How cruelly our over-heated infatuations wane and our epicurean tastes grow sated and jaded. When the Jaguar XF Sportbrake first came down my drive for a week’s test loan in 2012, I thought it one of the loveliest cars I had ever set eyes upon. Following in the coupe-style of the […]

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Mazda3 SkyActiv-X Hatchback, clever and impressive

In Car Reviews, Mazda by Tom Scanlan

Amazingly, the combustion engine is now around one hundred and twenty years old. The Mazda3 Skyactiv-X has a new way of making it work. Mazda’s Skyactiv-X engine has elements of both petrol spark ignition and diesel compression ignition. They call it Spark Controlled Compression Ignition (SPCCI)…can anyone come up with anything more catchy? First benefit: a very lean mixture. This […]

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Kia Proceed GT-Line it’s a Shooting Brake | Estate | Wagon

In Car Reviews, Kia by Neil Lyndon

“Wow!” may not be the first word that ever sprang to mind in association with a Kia but it twice came out of my mouth involuntarily with new Proceed GT-Line – once at the beginning and again at the end of my week’s test loan. The first time was over this car’s unusually handsome looks and, especially, the highly individual […]

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The rather good Nissan Micra N-Sport review

In Car Reviews, Nissan by Neil Lyndon

I was dreaming that I was in the cockpit of an ultra-secret military aircraft. Firing up the engines set off a thunderous racket and sent a row of red lights flittering across the instrument panel in front of me. Hauling on the thrust levers, I sent the aircraft zooming along the runway – at which point I realised I was […]

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The orange MAZDA MX-5 RF 30th Anniversary

In Car Reviews, Mazda by Tom Scanlan

It’s orange and still great fun. The standard 2-litre engine is the heart in this 30th anniversary MX-5, so it can go like s**t off a shovel, if you want! Good thing I’m not six feet tall – if I was, I would be unlikely to fit comfortably into this superb little sports-car. The cabin is cosy, to say the […]

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Reviewed: Mitsubishi L200 Series 6, a big deal

In Car Reviews, Mitsubishi by Tim Barnes-Clay

Mitsubishi knows that Britain is Europe’s biggest market when it comes to pick-ups. The new L200 Series 6 model is a big deal for the Japanese automaker. In its 40th year, the L200 is almost as old as me, but like Doctor Who, it regenerates every few years – usually with a bolder look. The Series 6 doesn’t disappoint and […]