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Mazda MX-30 R-EV 170 ps Makoto Reviewed

In Car Reviews, Electric cars, Mazda by Peter Nunn

Stand out from the crowd with the intriguing Mazda MX-30 R-EV 170 ps, that’s now become better value Car Reviewed: Mazda MX-30 R-EV 170 ps MAKOTO Spoiler alert: that’s not the case with the Mazda MX-30 R-EV, the model you see here…. Yes, this mould-breaking Japanese SUV, with its striking looks, zany designer doors, and unique rotary-powered EV range extender …

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MAZDA MX-5 RF Exclusive-Line, better than ever

In Car Reviews, Mazda, Sports Cars by Tom Scanlan

Thirty-five years later, the current Mazda MX-5 Mark 4 version has had a few upgrades Car Reviewed: 2024 Mazda MX-5 RF 2.0 Exclusive-Line Other trim versions include Homura (Japanese for ‘flame’) at the top of the range and Prime-Line; these also go for the soft-top MX-5 Roadster. With 135,000 sold in the UK and many fans, it was easy to …

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Polestar 2 Performance Pack – Almost nailed it

In Car Reviews, Electric cars, Polestar by Matthew Macconnell

The Polestar 2, performance-focused EVs can be great fun Car Reviewed: Polestar 2 Performance Pack Having never driven a Polestar 2, climbing into the driving seat of the ultra-go-fast model made me quite nervous. Fast EVs aren’t peculiar to me, but large Brembo brakes and orange seat belts are a swift reminder that this family saloon has a 740Nm slap …

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Kia EV9 GT-Line S, a modern day spaceship

In Car Reviews, Electric, Electric cars, Kia, SUV by Jonathan Humphrey

The Kia EV9 isn’t just another SUV. It’s a lifestyle choice, navigating family practicality with a streak of futuristic originality Car Reviewed: Kia EV9 GT-Line S Targeting premium customers with prices starting at over £65k, this is the new flagship for the South Korean brand. However, their pricing is still highly competitive in the segment for large electric cars, and …

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Nissan X-Trail e-Power, takes charge

In Car Reviews, Electric, Electric cars, Hybrid, Nissan by Matthew Macconnell

The Nissan X-Trail e-Power, no need to charge this one Car Reviewed: Nissan X-Trail e-Power Tekna When the newest fourth-generation car in Tekna trim was delivered, my first thoughts were just how girthy it is, but when looking at the figures, it isn’t much wider than a new Nissan Juke. It’s just under 4.7m in length, which means it’s slightly …

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Škoda Octavia Estate, a big seller

In Car Reviews, Diesel, Skoda by Robin Roberts

Diesel cars are nearing extinction. Long live the Škoda Octavia Estate turbo-diesel Car Reviewed: Škoda Octavia Estate SE L 2.0TDI 150 It’s one of the oldest model names in the Škoda stable. Still, it accounts for about half of the brand’s European sales, but the fact it’s semi-estate shape and diesel engine have become unfashionable in the eyes of many …

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MG HS, a budget flagship SUV

In Car Reviews, MG by Matthew Macconnell

The MG HS, a budget SUV that’s doing its darndest to cover all bases Car Reviewed: MG HS Trophy Buy the Trophy, and your HS will come with dual-zone air conditioning, a powered tailgate, rear privacy glass, a six-speaker stereo system and heated sports seats. My test car was the Trophy equipped with the £545 Urban Gray paintwork and the …

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Ford Puma ST mHEV, the mildly hot one

In Car Reviews, Ford, Hybrid by Robin Roberts

The Ford Puma was at the top of Britain’s car sales in 2023, it’s easy to see why Car Reviewed: Ford Puma ST EcoBoost mHEV 7 Speed Automatic It has also played about with the ST and Vignale suffixes as it did with the Ghia years before, along with the famous RS badges. Now, it has come full circle with …

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Life with a Ford Focus Active 1.0 EcoBoost

In Car Reviews, Ford, Hybrid by Matthew Macconnell

The stars were clearly aligned when the Ford Focus Active was dropped off Car Reviewed: Ford Focus Active 1.0-Litre EcoBoost The Active is aesthetically, well, odd. It’s classed as a crossover; it sits slightly higher than a standard Focus and is covered in tough-looking black plastic. That aside, it makes for a strong argument in the hybrid field and has …