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Life with a Mazda CX-30 Homura

In Car Reviews, Mazda, SUV by Matthew Macconnell

Mazda’s look great nowadays, don’t they? Car Reviewed: Mazda CX-30 e-Skyactiv G Homura My test car was the £27,565 mid-spec Homura, which comes with an array of goodies such as 18” alloys, air conditioning, a powered tailgate, privacy glass, rain sensors and a blacked-out grille. Hop onto the configurator today and you’ll see that there are four trim levels available …

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Subaru Solterra Touring – there’s just something about it

In 4x4, Car Reviews, Subaru, SUV by Matthew Macconnell

The Subaru Solterra is great-looking and distinctive. It has a tough and ready physique Car Reviewed: Subaru Solterra Touring My time spent with the Solterra was during sub-zero temperatures. The battery readout showed 95% and the range was just 154 miles. Throughout the week, achieving anywhere near Subaru’s claimed 3.1mi/kWh was impossible, my best being 2.4mi/kWh. Of course, like all …

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Range Rover Sport P510e: the ultimate

In 4x4, Car Reviews, Range Rover, SUV by Matthew Macconnell

The water wading, field chewing, luxury waft mobile Car Reviewed: Range Rover Sport P510e Hearing the news of an imminent white blanket wasn’t all that terrifying, quite the contrary. The new Range Rover Sport was dropped on my driveway and I began scoping out a road that would allow me to test its fancy anti-snow abilities. Turning 31, the posh …

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Kia Picanto GT-Line: an ideal shopping cart

In Car Reviews, City Car, Kia, Small Car by Matthew Macconnell

The Kia Picanto, an adorable but affordable small car Car Reviewed: Kia Picanto GT-Line First, it’s tiny—as you would probably expect. While it would surely fit through Tesco aisles with ease, this is frowned upon, and we wouldn’t recommend trying it. However, if your supermarket car park is crammed with shoppers, you’ll still find a space in no time with …

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Using household products on cars can lead to paint damage that costs thousands to repair.

In Car Cleaning, Humour, Lifestyle, Maintenance by Jonathan Humphrey

The aftermath of using these unconventional cleaning methods can be financially devastating. Repairing the damage can set you back a significant amount, with a typical family-car respray costing between £2,000 to £5,000. This hefty price tag is a stark reminder of the importance of using the right products for car maintenance.  According to Laura Fippen, Head of Technical Services at …

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Audi Q8 55 TFSI, a unique proposition

In Audi, Car Reviews, SUV by Matthew Macconnell

Life with an Audi Q8 is easy and enjoyable Car Reviewed: Audi Q8 55 TFSI It’s no micro machine at 16.4ft long, 7.2ft wide and 5.6ft tall. Inside, it loses out to the Q7’s seven-seat layout, but you can comfortably get three adults in the second row, and it only has 605 litres of boot space versus the Q7’s 865 litres. The …

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Mazda MX-30 R-EV 170 ps Makoto Reviewed

In Car Reviews, Electric cars, Mazda by Peter Nunn

Stand out from the crowd with the intriguing Mazda MX-30 R-EV 170 ps, that’s now become better value Car Reviewed: Mazda MX-30 R-EV 170 ps MAKOTO Spoiler alert: that’s not the case with the Mazda MX-30 R-EV, the model you see here…. Yes, this mould-breaking Japanese SUV, with its striking looks, zany designer doors, and unique rotary-powered EV range extender …

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MAZDA MX-5 RF Exclusive-Line, better than ever

In Car Reviews, Mazda, Sports Cars by Tom Scanlan

Thirty-five years later, the current Mazda MX-5 Mark 4 version has had a few upgrades Car Reviewed: 2024 Mazda MX-5 RF 2.0 Exclusive-Line Other trim versions include Homura (Japanese for ‘flame’) at the top of the range and Prime-Line; these also go for the soft-top MX-5 Roadster. With 135,000 sold in the UK and many fans, it was easy to …

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Kia EV9 ‘Air’ redefines eco-friendly luxury

In Electric cars, Kia, SUV by Robin Roberts

KIA has turned the corner into a new market segment with its EV9 pure electric model Car Reviewed: Kia EV9 ‘Air’ Rwd 7-seats That puts it squarely into Mercedes and BMW electric model territory alongside the latest VW ID.Buzz or Tesla Models X and Y. We wanted to see how the entry-level EV9 Air measured up as the brand turned …

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Polestar 2 Performance Pack – Almost nailed it

In Car Reviews, Electric cars, Polestar by Matthew Macconnell

The Polestar 2, performance-focused EVs can be great fun Car Reviewed: Polestar 2 Performance Pack Having never driven a Polestar 2, climbing into the driving seat of the ultra-go-fast model made me quite nervous. Fast EVs aren’t peculiar to me, but large Brembo brakes and orange seat belts are a swift reminder that this family saloon has a 740Nm slap …