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Kia Picanto GT-Line – The perfect palette cleanser

In Car Reviews, Kia by Kieran Bicknell

High-power supercars, mind-bending 0-60 times and big engines, every now-and-then one’s tastebuds and expectations need to be reset and the Kia Picanto GT-Line does just that. I’m talking about the sort of car that even die-hard road testers love, even if they won’t necessarily admit it. A small, agile car with a low-displacement motor and a tiny footprint. The sort …

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Reviewed | Citroën C4 Puretech Shine Plus

In Car Reviews, Citroen by Kieran Bicknell

I finally managed to get my hands on the petrol-powered variant of the Citroën C4 for a weeks road test. Specifically, I was driving the well-specced ‘Shine Plus’ edition with the Puretech 130 engine, coupled to the EAT8 automatic transmission – the same as the one in the Diesel version I drove during the media day. Everything is the same …

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Kia e-Niro and Kia Soul EV: The convert’s choice.

In Car Reviews, Electric cars, Kia by Kieran Bicknell

If you asked me what EV you should buy, my first answer would immediately be “a Kia” why? But, you ask, which one would I suggest? That’s easy; The e-Niro. Or the Soul EV. Frankly, it doesn’t matter which, as both top-spec models are on the same underpinnings, the same motor and give roughly the same range. That’s why these …

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Citroën C5 Aircross C-Series, the ‘Comfort Class’ SUV

In Car Reviews, Citroen by Kieran Bicknell

The Citroën C5 Aircross C-Series, a uniquely styled family car providing class-leading luggage capacity and a strong basic specification From the Citroën press release, the C-Series model is defined as “accentuating the character and comfort of the brand’s models, placing emphasis on colours and materials and equipment that facilitates the in-car experience.” Sounds good, right? Well, let’s find out, as …

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MX-5 RF Sport Tech Absolutely fan-bloomin-tastic!

In Car Reviews, Mazda by Kieran Bicknell

As a rule, no two journalists share the same opinion on a car, especially the MX-5. After all, that’s what makes journalism so interesting – opinions. Indeed, I thought, the ‘hype’ around the MX-5 was exaggerated? Yes, each time I’ve been in the passenger seat of (older) MX-5s, they’ve seemed fun on flowing, twisting roads, but in a straight line, …

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The Suzuki Swift Sport Hybrid Review

In Car Reviews, Hybrid, Suzuki by Kieran Bicknell

I made no secret of the fact that the Suzuki Swift was my favourite small hatchback of 2020 You see, the Swift Sport is not about speed. Sure, it has a decent amount of “pep” to it and loves a good B-Road blast, but straight-line speed was never its true calling, and the handling was the best part, being wonderfully …

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Reviewed | Škoda Superb iV SE Technology Hatch

In Car Reviews, Hybrid, Skoda by Kieran Bicknell

In this crazy world we live in, many test cars aren’t getting the thorough workout they deserve. Would this be the case for the Škoda Superb iV? So, when the day arrived, I was keen to get some quality ‘seat time’ in the iV. Being the Superb plug-in version, it has a very usable EV range combined with the conventional …

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Škoda Kodiaq SE L, a perfect choice SUV

In Car Reviews, Skoda by Kieran Bicknell

I love the Škoda Kodiaq. It’s a big brute of an SUV with more capacity and space than I could ever feasibly need. So, I decided in the interest of fairness; I should test the 2.0 TDi version, fitted with the DSG transmission. The spec is the same – both cars were in mid-range SE L trim which is the ‘sweet …

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The All-New Kia Sorento: The Best SUV

In Car Reviews, Hybrid, Kia by Kieran Bicknell

The Sorento has sat proudly at the top of Kias’ SUV range for several years now, and it looks set to remain that way with the introduction of the all-new 7-seat Sorento during the latter half of 2020 The design of the Sorento is thoroughly recognisable as a Kia. Still, in my opinion, it stands head-and-shoulders above the rest of …

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Citroën C3 Shine Plus, suitably impressive

In Car Reviews, Citroen by Kieran Bicknell

Exterior Well, not everyone would agree with that statement – it’s fair to say that the C3’s design can be polarising, thanks to its ‘busy’ front end design in particular. I, for one, actually rather like how it looks. Yes, integrating the high and low-level lights into one unit would probably look cleaner, but I grew to quite like the …