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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 …

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The Audi A3 Sportback, enjoy the view

In Audi, Car Reviews by Neil Lyndon

“Well, this is different.” That was my first thought on settling into the driver’s seat of the new Audi A3 Sportback S line. A pretty good start. Not this Audi A3 Sportback. Hard piano black plastics surround the split dashboard instead of the usual soft-touch squidgy stuff. Sharp chromed angles stick out where you would normally find blandly rounded edges. The shifter …

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Ford Transit Custom PHEV, it can make sense

In Car Reviews, Ford by Neil Lyndon

“Range 875 miles,” said the illuminated figures on the instrument panel of the Ford Transit Custom PHEV I can see him scratching his head in disbelief at the figure for the Transit’s range. “Almost 1000 miles!” he might exclaim. “That’s further than from your house in Scotland to Paris on a single tank.” Perfectly true; but I wouldn’t give myself …

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Suzuki S-Cross Hybrid, a sound and sensible choice

In Car Reviews, Hybrid, Suzuki by Neil Lyndon

How long does it take to make up your mind about a car? What is it that communicates and fixes such an instantaneous impression of feeling right at home in a car? Touch? Feel? Ambience? Texture? The way your bum fits into the seat? The sound the door makes when it closes? A sense of security in something soundly made? …

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The Ford Focus ST, needs to be experienced

In Car Reviews, Ford by Neil Lyndon

It is not a surprise to glimpse the little red brake calipers peeping out between the flash paired spokes of the 19” alloy wheels… These trappings are all in line with what you would expect in the new Ford Focus ST 5 Door. The performance figures on the spec sheet may be eyebrow-lifting – 190 PS/400 Nm of torque/0-62 mph …

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Reviewed the Kia Niro 1.6 GDi HEV

In Car Reviews, Kia by Neil Lyndon

Father/chauffeur/nag-in-chief I drumming my fingers on the steering wheel of the Kia Niro outside the house, waiting for Her Royal Highness to deign to take her seat. Our younger daughter was late for the school run. She couldn’t find her glasses. Her hair was still wet from the shower. Time was ticking on. When she finally belted up, I switched …