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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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The 2019 All-New Mazda3, Stylish and Classy

In Car Reviews, Mazda by Tom Scanlan

Mazda tells us that, developing their all-new MAZDA3, they identified forty-nine areas in which to improve NVH…noise, vibration, harshness. Avoiding the question why couldn’t they have done this before on the outgoing model, that actually seemed OK, we move on to the company’s aim to raise themselves into the so-called premium sector. This would challenge (in alphabetical order) Audi, BMW […]

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Ford EcoSport ST-Line 1.5 EcoBlue TDCI Reviewed

In Car Reviews, Ford by Neil Lyndon

A contrasting roof and body paint (roof in shimmering black, body in what the manufacturers justifiably call Lightning Blue). A full body styling kit (which means special wing badges, door threshold plates and front grille, along with tinted glass, rear spoiler and polished tailpipe). Eighteen-inch alloy wheels with that edgy machined finish they call Shadow Black. Contrast upholstery, partly in […]

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Renault Megane RS 280, a hot hatch review

In Car Reviews, Renault by Tim Barnes-Clay

Even though the three-door coupe has been switched for a five-door hatch, Renault’s Megane RS has the same fun factor injected into it. Indeed, it’s among the best when it comes to modern hot-hatchbacks. But is the Renaultsport Megane superior to the car it trades places with? “Yes” is the short answer. You see, previous Renaultsport cars have obtained a […]

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Ford Focus 1.0L handsome with an adorable engine

In Car Reviews, Ford by Neil Lyndon

With its low roof, its long, slenderly dipping bonnet-lines – faintly reminiscent of a classic Allard – and its lustrous Chrome Blue paint job, shimmering in Spring sunshine, this car looked way too posh and stylish to be the humble Focus I was expecting. “Surely that’s too big to be a Focus?” I thought. “And surely too handsome?”. There was […]

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All-New Seat Tarraco Reviewed

In Car Reviews, Seat by Tom Scanlan

Indeed it is already being delivered to customers. They will no doubt be told, amongst other things, that RVs (residual values) are impressive. Pricing starts at £28,335 and, including First Edition models, reaches more than £40K at the top-of-the-range. There are four versions, starting with SE, then Technology, then Excellence and topping out with Luxury. Within SEAT’s so-called EASYMOVE marketing […]

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Jaguar XE Landmark Edition intelligent and AWD

In Car Reviews, Jaguar by Neil Lyndon

Those words came back to me while I was hammering the Jaguar XE Land Mark Edition AWD along deserted forest roads in Scotland last week. The car and I weren’t anywhere close to 10/10ths – probably somewhere between 6 and 7 – but, even so, I was thinking “It won’t be long before nobody will be allowed to do this […]

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The 2019 Suzuki Vitara 1.4 Allgrip Auto reviewed

In Car Reviews, Suzuki by Tom Scanlan

And, once again, Suzuki offers a car that is as competitive as anything in its class…a particularly popular and competitive sector. The test car was the top-of-the-range version, priced at £26,149. Dual-tone paint would have added £300. The engine was the 1.4-litre Boosterjet with 140 PS and emitting 174 g/km under WLTP regulations. I found it to be particularly smooth, […]

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The Inbetweeners Fiat Panda, be special

In Featured Articles, Short Cuts by Jonathan Humphrey

Created by Fiat as a tribute to the iconic Fiat Cinquecento that starred in several episodes of the cult TV show ‘The Inbetweeners’. This Panda ‘Hawaii’ comes with free insurance included to all first-time, teenage drivers. We love the distinctive yellow with a pre-dented red passenger door – just like Simon Cooper’s in the show – with just 1,419 Hawaii […]

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DS Automobiles – ‘Chihuly at Kew Reflections on Nature’

In DS Automobiles, Featured Articles, Short Cuts by Jonathan Humphrey

The works are being exhibited in Kew Gardens one of London’s most spectacular settings for this perfect marriage of art, science and nature. This being for the iconic artist only his second visit to the UK. Chihuly is famous worldwide for his dazzling glass sculptures. Throughout his 50-year career, his work has been exhibited in more than 240 museums around […]