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Maserati Ghibli Trofeo, an unmissable V8

In Car Reviews, Maserati, Speed, Supercars by Tom Scanlan

Where do the superlatives begin? Maserati owners are perhaps a different breed to other supercar people. I mean, why didn’t they buy a Ferrari, or Lamborghini or AMG Mercedes or McLaren, Porsche, or so on? Then refine it to a four-door saloon, in this case, Maserati’s Ghibli Trofeo. But comparisons, they say, are odious and so here, simply, are a …

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Kia EV6 GT-Line 77.4kWh – A pleasure to drive

In Car Reviews, Electric, Electric cars, Kia by Tom Scanlan

The Kia EV6 proves that electric cars are just getting better and better; still, a pity the UK’s charging infrastructure isn’t keeping up! So: ‘range anxiety, the other bugbear — compared with the competition, is I am glad to say, significantly eliminated in the Kia EV6 range. My 95-mile drive in a mid-range GT-line rear-wheel-drive version (£43,945) started off with …

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Honda Jazz Crosstar – a sophisticated compact SUV

In Car Reviews, Honda by Tom Scanlan

Twenty-one adults in a Honda Jazz! Had I not seen it with my own eyes, I would never have believed it. Of course, not only has size increased, but so has pretty much every other advancement the car industry has achieved. Honda has not been left behind in the slightest. With the Honda Jazz Crosstar, you get a sophisticated family …

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Reviewed | The great looking, Mazda3 GT Sport Tech 2021

In Car Reviews, Mazda by Tom Scanlan

As good as it looks? The Mazda3, a mid-size saloon, or sedan, as they call it. The challenge for anyone in the market for a new car is working out which suits them best…there is no such thing as a bad car and Mazda is competing against so many other good cars. So you like the look; that narrows it …

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Fiat 500 Icon, a charming electric car

In Car Reviews, Electric, Electric cars, Fiat by Tom Scanlan

The electric Fiat 500 could hardly be easier to drive. In ‘Normal’ mode, it’s like a conventional fossil-fuel car. For the record, ‘Sherpa’ is another mode that limits the maximum speed to around 45mph when the batteries are getting low, along with a red warning alert. The input of power by your right foot is as smooth as could be …

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Kia Sorento 2.2 CRDi an attractive and very versatile package

In Car Reviews by Tom Scanlan

Difficult choice isn’t it?. You’re prepared to go more than £40K for a big family SUV. Kia Sorento? Yes, it could well be. The latest Kia Sorento was examined by its design and engineering team from every possible aspect to improve a car that was already very competitive in terms of what it offered for the money. The list of …

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Reviewed | The Audi A5 Coupé 35 TFSI S tronic

In Audi, Car Reviews by Tom Scanlan

“Shhhh…he can hear what we’re saying!” whispered my two back seat passengers. I sure could…the Audi A5 Coupé was so quiet. Setting off gently for the first time, I did find the car extraordinarily quiet. After a while, I reckoned that this was an impression, having previously been in my own old and relatively noisy family hack. Nonetheless, among the …

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Reviewed | The Suzuki Across Hybrid SUV

In Car Reviews, Suzuki by Tom Scanlan

The Suzuki Across, a rapid and spacious plug-in hybrid SUV costing twice as much as the marque’s next-most-expensive model. Nothing wrong with that, given Toyota’s high reputation, and ‘badge engineering’ has, from time to time, long been standard industry business.  Grandads, for example, may remember those little 1960s Mini, Austin, Riley, and Wolseley. Or Rolls-Royce and Bentley in the 70s. …

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All New Vauxhall Mokka, better than ever

In Car Reviews, Vauxhall by Tom Scanlan

What, no grab-handles?! And that is, for me, the only slight smudge on the All-New Vauxhall Mokka. It has a charming, perky character, with its 1199 cc, 3-cylinder engine growling away through an automatic 8-speed gearbox. Is there a simpler-to-operate gearchange out there? I don’t think so — certainly not a dinkier one. The little lever is set into the …

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Vauxhall Insignia SRi VX-Line – Outstanding Value

In Car Reviews, Vauxhall by Tom Scanlan

Well, how about this!? – A sizeable and very sporting family saloon that’s £10k cheaper than all those ‘premium’ marques Although the Insignia does not feel exactly quite as ‘tight’ as some of those, it has everything available in all other respects from the engineering point-of-view, including a wizard, 9-speed automatic gearbox. The test car’s 2-litre engine produces 197bhp and …