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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 …

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Reviewed the Hyundai Nexo Fuel Cell EV

In Car Reviews, Hyundai by Maggie Barry

THERE is a story that having got to your destination in the hydrogen powered Hyundai Nexo, you can use the tailpipe emissions to make a cup of tea. The reason for the interest in the tailpipe emissions of the Nexo is because this is a car powered by hydrogen fuel cells which emit only water as a by-product. It is …

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The Honda Jazz EX, easy to live with

In Car Reviews, Honda by Kieran Bicknell

I’ll readily admit, I was a little sceptical of the new Jazz. After a week of living with it, however, I have a new understanding of why customers buy them in their droves. That’s not to say the Jazz is without its faults, however, though in reality, the benefits far outweigh the pitfalls. Whilst I had the Jazz, I was …

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Reviewed Mazda2, a giant in spirit

In Car Reviews, Mazda by Neil Lyndon

Little big car. The analogy came suggested itself because the top-spec 1.5 litre GT Sport Nav version of the Mazda2 we borrowed provided all the frills and extras you’d expect in a big luxobarge while being physically a tiddler of a supermini in the league of the Ford Fiesta or Volkswagen Polo. Leather upholstery with tastefully subtle contrast panels? Tick. …

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Suzuki S-Cross Hybrid, take a good look.

In Car Reviews, Suzuki by Tom Scanlan

So they’re not all the same (as I had begun to think)! SUVs have for some years now been the type of vehicle that grabs the biggest chunk of the car market. Looking around inside, it happens to be a bit simpler than the other manufacturer’s two models recently tested. But then it’s a lot cheaper — at £27,549 around …

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Jukeing around in the Next Generation Nissan Juke

In Car Reviews, Nissan by Neil Lyndon

I bet you’ve no idea what the word Juke means? It’s even possible that Nissan themselves haven’t got a clue that the name they originally gave to their new subcompact SUV crossover in 2010 actually has a meaning. However, when I was taking my 90-year-old mother-in-law – a Scottish Borderer – out for her weekly trip to the supermarket, she …

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Rolls-Royce Ghost – as the lights go down

In Car Reviews, Rolls Royce by Maggie Barry

A STAR is born or in this case reborn. The Rolls-Royce Ghost first made its appearance in 2009 in direct response to customer demand for a more minimalist vehicle – one they could drive themselves, and why not? With a whopping 6.75-litre V12 engine under the bonnet delivering 563bhp why on earth would you want someone else in the driving …

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The New Land Rover Defender

In Car Reviews, Land Rover by Maggie Barry

Land Rover has come to the Atholl Estate in Scotland to showcase their much-awaited New Defender, the highly anticipated 21st-century successor to the original beloved of country folk everywhere. It’s a unique and special privilege which the Duke enjoys and today he has even more defenders to hand – or Defenders to be precise. The New Defender has arrived and …

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Mazda CX-30, a pretty reasonable compact SUV

In Car Reviews, Mazda by Neil Lyndon

If you are the kind of person who sees the Porsche Cayenne Turbo as the most complete car on earth, the one that would fulfil all your needs and make every dream come true…but… If the Porsche is a nine for performance, driving dynamics, interior luxury and swank appeal, the Mazda would be somewhere between six and seven. Obviously, these …