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Life with a Ford Focus Active 1.0 EcoBoost

In Car Reviews, Ford, Hybrid by Matthew Macconnell

The stars were clearly aligned when the Ford Focus Active was dropped off Car Reviewed: Ford Focus Active 1.0-Litre EcoBoost The Active is aesthetically, well, odd. It’s classed as a crossover; it sits slightly higher than a standard Focus and is covered in tough-looking black plastic. That aside, it makes for a strong argument in the hybrid field and has …

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Life with the: Renault Austral E-Tech iconic esprit Alpine

In Alpine, Car Reviews, Renault by Matthew Macconnell

Originally, Alpine cars were lower to the ground than a snake’s stomach and were triumphant in Monte Carlo rallies Car Reviewed: Renault Austral E-Tech iconic esprit Alpine Sadly, this isn’t the case. The Alpine moniker is just a way of saying ‘range-topper’: you still get the same 1.2-litre 200bhp powertrain mated to an automatic ‘box, found in cheaper Austral models, …

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Living with the Genesis GV60 Sport Plus

In Car Reviews, Electric, Electric cars, Genesis by Matthew Macconnell

I expected big things from the Genesis GV60 after previously living with an electrified GV70 for a week Car Reviewed: Genesis GV60 Sport Plus BEV Rather than faff around town for the next seven days, I threw my bags into the slightly small 432-litre boot and took the GV60 153 miles away from home to Kinloss RAF base in the …

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Living with a: Dacia Duster TCe 90 Journey

In Car Reviews, Dacia, SUV by Matthew Macconnell

You can no longer bag a new Dacia Duster for under £10,000 Car Reviewed: Dacia Duster TCe 90 Journey My Duster TCe 90 Journey test car arrived on a trailer and the driver handed me the stocky key. The £650 Arizona Orange paintwork, the most vibrant of the range, popped in the sun and complemented the utilitarian plastic trim. The …