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Honda Jazz Crosstar, an ideal small car

In Car Reviews, Honda, Hybrid by Neil Lyndon

I could not have imagined that the new Honda Jazz could be made closer to my ideal of a small car. And then along comes the Crosstar EX version to make me think again. Now I’ve got to change my tune. The Crosstar is even more completely the car we need. All I’ve got to do is persuade ‘erindoors. I …

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Reviewed | Suzuki Vitara 1.4 Boosterjet Hybrid SZ5 4wd

In Car Reviews, Green Motoring, Hybrid, Suzuki by Neil Lyndon

Somebody ought to write a PhD thesis about Suzuki as a case study for a Business Management course. They seem to spend no money on marketing. Can you remember ever seeing a Suzuki ad on tv or on a billboard? I can’t call a single one to mind from the last 50 years. They don’t waste money showing off at …

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Focus ST-Line X Edition Hybrid Reviewed

In Car Reviews, Ford, Hybrid by Neil Lyndon

Nothing beats a good Focus. That wisdom – which my own parents signally failed to relay to me – came to mind last week when I was lucky enough to have the new Focus ST-Line X Edition hybrid at my house for test. This one comes with a 1.0T EcoBoost Hybrid and six-speed manual powertrain. The total power output of …

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The SEAT Leon e-Hybrid FR reviewed

In Car Reviews, Hybrid, Seat by Neil Lyndon

The more time I spent with the Seat Leon e-Hybrid FR, the more I liked it. However, this isn’t the usual story with test cars. However, with this Leon, the relationship began with me in a state not far short of indifference towards the car and ended with me wanting it to stay for a little longer. It’s not much …

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Peugeot All-New e-2008 Electric SUV

In Car Reviews, Electric, Peugeot by Neil Lyndon

From the moment I first sat in the new Peugeot e2008, I knew that my wife would love this car. Everything about the interior, from the nifty little square-bottomed steering wheel to the piano black facings and toggle switches and the jazzy lime green stitching in the upholstery, was speaking to me clearly, telling me this one was manifestly made …

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Reviewed – Ford Tourneo Custom Titanium

In Car Reviews, Ford, Hybrid by Neil Lyndon

During my week with the latest Tourneo Custom from Ford, I wondered who might buy this luxurious eight-seater, part van, part mini-bus? Hotels that have to ferry customers from a nearby airport and can take advantage of the 35-mile all-electric range? That’s one possible answer. High-end golf courses? Holiday companies cater to small groups of loaded and green-minded clients and …

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Ford Fiesta MHev, a composed and zippy ecoboost Hybrid

In Car Reviews, Ford, Hybrid by Neil Lyndon

“This car is far too good to be lumbered with the name Fiesta.” Standing outside my house, looking like a picture of restrained elegance and quiet purpose, it would make me think, “That’s a seriously mature car. Surely it deserves more dignified associations than the clack of castanets and the stomp of Cuban heels?” Buzzing along country back-roads around my …

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Honda Jazz EX, deserves the highest accolades

In Car Reviews, Honda by Neil Lyndon

The latest Honda Jazz came to me on test a week after I had voted for the new Land Rover Defender in a Car of the Year poll. To my mind, that distinction puts it firmly in the same bracket as its predecessors. I have lost count of the number of friends who have bought a Honda Jazz as a …

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Ford Kuga Titanium mHEV good-looking, comfortable and capacious

In Car Reviews, Ford, Plug-in Hybrid by Neil Lyndon

I drove my daughter to work in a Ford Kuga hybrid. When I picked her up after work, I was at the wheel of a Volvo XC60 hybrid (such is the daily life of the motoring writer). My girl didn’t notice the difference. But you would think that even a 17-year-old who has never shown the faintest interest in any …

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The Suzuki Ignis Hybrid, a very clever package

In Car Reviews, Suzuki by Neil Lyndon

“You planning to take this load away in that?” said the oik at the builder’s yard. He was looking contemptuously at the Suzuki Ignis Hybrid. The back end of the little car sank progressively on its springs until its wheel arches were clear of the tyres by only a few inches but it accommodated the full load with room to …