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Škoda Scala, a grown-up family car

In Car Reviews, Skoda by Neil Lyndon

There’s something about the new Skoda Scala at which you may stare in disbelief. No, it’s not the rather mundane shape of the five-door hatchback body. Nor is it the entirely inoffensive but unremarkable interior. No, this car is not decked out with eye-catching go-faster flashes on the flanks or plastic trims on the wheel-arches. In fact, it’s nothing that …

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The Nissan Leaf – Immense fun to drive

In Car Reviews, Nissan by Neil Lyndon

Here’s a surprise: the New Nissan Leaf is pretty good to drive in a higher performance style. That’s not something you’d expect to hear every day down at the pub, where they are likely to jeer about milk floats and dodgem cars. Part of the reason is, of course, electric power. With 62Kw instantly on tap from its electric motor, …

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Hyundai Santa Fe Reviewed

In Car Reviews, Hyundai by Neil Lyndon

As I walked away from the Hyundai Santa Fe for the last time, at the end of its week’s press loan, I turned to give it one last look. “You great lump,” I said, affectionately “To look at you, nobody would ever guess how great you are.” Standing as tall as an armoured car on vast Continental 235/55 R19 tyres, …

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Jaguar XF Sportbrake, maybe a timeless classic

In Car Reviews, Jaguar by Neil Lyndon

How fickle are the fancies of the car lover! How cruelly our over-heated infatuations wane and our epicurean tastes grow sated and jaded. When the Jaguar XF Sportbrake first came down my drive for a week’s test loan in 2012, I thought it one of the loveliest cars I had ever set eyes upon. Following in the coupe-style of the …

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Kia Proceed GT-Line it’s a Shooting Brake | Estate | Wagon

In Car Reviews, Kia by Neil Lyndon

“Wow!” may not be the first word that ever sprang to mind in association with a Kia but it twice came out of my mouth involuntarily with new Proceed GT-Line – once at the beginning and again at the end of my week’s test loan. The first time was over this car’s unusually handsome looks and, especially, the highly individual …

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The rather good Nissan Micra N-Sport review

In Car Reviews, Nissan by Neil Lyndon

I was dreaming that I was in the cockpit of an ultra-secret military aircraft. Firing up the engines set off a thunderous racket and sent a row of red lights flittering across the instrument panel in front of me. Hauling on the thrust levers, I sent the aircraft zooming along the runway – at which point I realised I was …

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Land Rover Discovery Sport Review

In Car Reviews, Land Rover by Neil Lyndon

Not so long ago, the arrival of a new Discovery Sport for a week’s loan would be a moment of unbridled celebration. “How lucky we are!” we would have told each other, while our neighbours looked sourly over the fence at the evidence of our abundant good fortune or studiously stared at their feet when we drove past. Now, alas, …