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New – The Genesis G80 Luxury Saloon Review

In Car Reviews, Genesis by Tim Barnes-Clay

Yes, Genesis is a British band, but it’s also a new car brand to the UK. The posh arm of Hyundai has now launched two models: the Genesis G80 and the GV80. It is the G80 saloon that I’m reviewing here. I got behind the wheel of the turbo infused 2.5-litre, 304PS saloon. It houses an eight-speed automatic cog changer …

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All-New DS 9 E-Tense First Drive

In Car Reviews, DS Automobiles, Hybrid by Tim Barnes-Clay

At first glance, the All-New DS 9 shows off cool rather than conservative characteristics.  This sizeable, stylish car isn’t all about the 0-62mph sprint; the saloon is far more in its element being a cruiser. But it can still push you back into your seat stunningly, with the plugin hybrid E-Tense version of the DS 9 managing zero to 62mph …

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Aston Martin Vantage, just right

In Aston Martin, Car Reviews, Performance, Supercars by Tim Barnes-Clay

The Aston Martin Vantage is what dreams are made of for those who adore British sports cars Why? Well, let’s start with the car’s looks. It’s stunning from the back, with attractive lights and a subtle spoiler. Things are a tad less dramatic at the front, although the shark-nose is appealing. What works, though, are the proportions. The two-seater car …

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New Ford Kuga PHEV (2020-) Review

In Car Reviews, Electric cars, Ford, Hybrid by Tim Barnes-Clay

The All-New Ford Kuga arrives looking even more like the Focus than, well, the Focus… The Kuga is the blue oval’s most popular SUV in Europe, and the latest model is one of Ford’s most electrified cars to date. The all-new version of the popular SUV comes with a range of powertrains, but it’s the Plug-In Hybrid (PHEV) in ST-Line …

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Ford Transit Custom Plug-in Hybrid Reviewed

In Car Reviews, Electric, Ford, Hybrid by Tim Barnes-Clay

When is a Transit not a Transit? When it’s a Custom Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV). With its neat looks on the outside, you could be forgiven for thinking that the Transit PHEV is all mouth and no trousers. Well, it’s quite the opposite.  The Transit PHEV is a no-nonsense mode of transport, and space and practicality are the reasons the Transit …

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Reviewed | The 2021 Maserati Ghibli 2.0 Hybrid GranSport

In Car Reviews, Hybrid, Maserati by Tim Barnes-Clay

An Italian masterpiece, the Maserati Ghibli has just had its most significant makeover in years.  There have been a few nips and tucks, but all the significant changes are under the skin. Let’s face it; it’s hard to improve on a car that’s such a stunner in the first place. Inside, the Ghibli’s cabin makes German premium brands’ interiors look …

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The Škoda Enyaq iV, a car that looks and feels great

In Car Reviews, Electric, Skoda by Tim Barnes-Clay

Totally electric and designed from the ground up to deliver a completely fresh driving experience, the Škoda Enyaq iV sets new benchmarks for room and technology. As becomes a vehicle that’s starting a bold period in Škoda engineering and design, the Enyaq iV ushers in a range structure based on battery size rather than customary trim designations. You can choose …

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The Audi RS 6 Avant, an addictive estate car

In Audi, Car Reviews, Performance by Tim Barnes-Clay

Buying a car this expensive and this close to all-electric vehicles taking over the world would be madness. Or would it? I mean, maybe the latest RS 6 will become a collector’s item – a rare V8 gem left in the cold, clinical world of automotive electrification. Ok, so I’m being a tad dramatic, but you really do need to …

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First Drive : The Lexus LC Convertible, a sense of theatre

In Car Reviews, Lexus by Tim Barnes-Clay

The Lexus LC Coupe has always looked impressive and elegant all at the same time. The all-new car shares the LC Coupe’s gorgeous design and adrenaline-charged performance while adding the fun associated with wind-in-your-hair motoring. And, as with the hard-topped model, a non-turbocharged unit sits under the hood. This alone makes the LC different. Why? Well, there’s a glut of …

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First Drives: 2020 Honda Civic Type-R, latest, greatest

In Car Reviews by Tim Barnes-Clay

Honda has intensified the magnetism of the Type R The Limited Edition hunk of metal is the most uncompromising Type R. It’s crafted for the track, with a decluttered cabin and lightweight elements, both of which are responsible for the vehicle’s 47kg weight reduction. The next addition is the Sport Line, which been assembled to appeal to motorists who want …