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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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SEAT Cupra Ateca, that’s impressive

In Car Reviews, Seat by Neil Lyndon

A true story:- I was helping a blind man (don’t ask why) into the front seat of the test car that had been delivered to my house only an hour earlier. “What kind of car is this?” he asked. A reasonable question for a blind man. “It’s a Seat Ateca,” I answered. “Oh,” he said. “New to me.” “Me, too,” […]

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Ferrari Portofino – the Italian thoroughbred GT

In Car Reviews, Ferrari, Sports Cars, Supercars by Chris Pickering

If you were to sit down and sketch the archetypal GT car, it would probably look a lot like the Ferrari Portofino: Classic front-engined proportions, 2+2 seating and enough room to whisk its occupants from Milan to Monte Carlo in comfort and style. And yet the Portofino’s predecessor, the California raised a few eyebrows when it first appeared in 2008. […]

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Fiat 500 Star AND Rockstar

In Car Reviews, Fiat by Peter Nunn

Time has served the Fiat 500 well, of that there’s no doubt. On sale in a grandiose variety of forms since 2007, the Fiat 500 is still out there looking good. Yes, still one of the most fashionable and iconic small cars around. Fiat, however, is not standing still and two new top of the range versions of the 500 […]

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Ford Focus Vignale, sumptuously luxurious

In Car Reviews, Ford by Neil Lyndon

It’s big. It’s beautiful. It drives like a dream. Its name carries a sophisticated hint of Italy. It’s got darkened rear windows, the flashest wheels and the grooviest paint job on the street. And, at £31270, nobody could ever say it was cheap. What is it? It is (breathe the words in a whisper) a Ford Focus – though you […]

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Ford EcoSport ST-Line 1.5 EcoBlue TDCI Reviewed

In Car Reviews, Ford by Neil Lyndon

Guess the identity of this car. It has – 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 […]

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Renault Megane RS 280, a hot hatch review

In Car Reviews, Renault by Tim Barnes-Clay

The Renault Megane has been on sale for four years, but we were kept hanging on for the Renaultsport (RS) model. Mind you, when it finally turned up last year, the consensus was that it was worth waiting for. Even though the three-door coupe has been switched for a five-door hatch, Renault’s Megane RS has the same fun factor injected […]

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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 […]