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Mazda3 SkyActiv-X Hatchback, clever and impressive

In Car Reviews, Mazda by Tom Scanlan

Amazingly, the combustion engine is now around one hundred and twenty years old. The Mazda3 Skyactiv-X has a new way of making it work. Mazda’s Skyactiv-X engine has elements of both petrol spark ignition and diesel compression ignition. They call it Spark Controlled Compression Ignition (SPCCI)…can anyone come up with anything more catchy? First benefit: a very lean mixture. This […]

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The orange MAZDA MX-5 RF 30th Anniversary

In Car Reviews, Mazda by Tom Scanlan

It’s orange and still great fun. The standard 2-litre engine is the heart in this 30th anniversary MX-5, so it can go like s**t off a shovel, if you want! Good thing I’m not six feet tall – if I was, I would be unlikely to fit comfortably into this superb little sports-car. The cabin is cosy, to say the […]

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All-New Seat Tarraco Reviewed

In Car Reviews, Seat by Tom Scanlan

Indeed it is already being delivered to customers. They will no doubt be told, amongst other things, that RVs (residual values) are impressive. Pricing starts at £28,335 and, including First Edition models, reaches more than £40K at the top-of-the-range. There are four versions, starting with SE, then Technology, then Excellence and topping out with Luxury. Within SEAT’s so-called EASYMOVE marketing […]

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The 2019 Suzuki Vitara 1.4 Allgrip Auto reviewed

In Car Reviews, Suzuki by Tom Scanlan

And, once again, Suzuki offers a car that is as competitive as anything in its class…a particularly popular and competitive sector. The test car was the top-of-the-range version, priced at £26,149. Dual-tone paint would have added £300. The engine was the 1.4-litre Boosterjet with 140 PS and emitting 174 g/km under WLTP regulations. I found it to be particularly smooth, […]

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On the road in the BMW X4 20d M Sport

In BMW, Car Reviews by Tom Scanlan

He reckons he is just about at home now with how to use the impressive communications technology available. He reckons the phone system is particularly good. In our test BMW X4 (BMW calls it a Sports Activity Coupe), I admit to not trying this out because I simply don’t like talking on a phone when I am driving. That said, […]

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All-New Suzuki Jimny 2019 Review

In Car Reviews, Suzuki by Tom Scanlan

The Jimny’s traditional ladder-chassis design is significant in the car’s ability to do take on the toughest terrain. It has both front and rear rigid axles and the whole car is more strongly-built, being one-and-a-half-times torsionally stiffer than the outgoing twenty-years-old Jimny. Naturally, its ‘Allgrip Pro’ technology gives you low-ratio 4-wheel-drive with a limited slip differential. On the open road, […]

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The Seat Leon ST Cupra 300 TSi 4Drive reviewed

In Car Reviews, Seat by Tom Scanlan

If you’re lucky, you find a car that fits you like a glove. The Seat Leon ST Cupra 4Drive does that for me. The Cupra being what it is, it’s the driver who really gets the most from this machine. Tom Scanlan enjoys a rapid estate car, the Seat Leon ST Cupra 300 TSi 4Drive…READ MORE