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Kia Ceed GT, a hot hatch to warm to

In Car Reviews, Kia by Kieran Bicknell

The Kia Ceed GT has always been somewhat of a hidden gem. Note that I say enthusiast – for 90% of people, a standard Kia Ceed will do absolutely everything you want it to do and more, with the backing of Kia’s seven-year warranty and robust Korean engineering. But, for those of a more performance-oriented nature, there was only ever …

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Škoda Superb Sportline, effortlessly quick, wonderfully practical

In Car Reviews, Skoda by Kieran Bicknell

The flagship of the ICE-powered model range, the Škoda Superb has long been considered the ‘gold standard to judge all other family cars by, and with good reason. Performance enthusiasts will no doubt note that there is no vRS model available – for that, you’ll need to look at the Superb’s smaller stablemate, the Skoda Octavia – but there is …

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Kia ProCeed GT-Line – style, comfort and space

In Car Reviews, Kia by Kieran Bicknell

This means that not only do I actually make use of the cars I review, but it also means I can experience what it would be like to live with the cars, rather than simply to take them out on short ‘test circuits’ and doing the weekly shopping run with them. This week I wanted to see how it would …

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The Škoda Superb TDI Estate – what more could you need?

In Car Reviews, Skoda by Kieran Bicknell

It’s always good to test out the unusual, somewhat ‘extreme’ scenarios when having a press car for a week, as it allows a complete insight into the extent of a car’s capabilities. Well, I can safely check that box when it comes to my time with the Superb SE L estate. Originally, I had a Karoq booked, which had to …

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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 …