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THE stirring 007 James Bond Aston Martin

In Car Reviews by Maggie Barry

‘WE’VE been expecting you, Mr Bond.’ The words rang out across the deserted hangar as the Violet Lady – nicknamed the Violent Lady – strode towards her adversary. Main picture by Phil Dye He thought the Aston was his – she knew it was hers. “I’m glad you came Mr Bond,” she said. “I’m looking forward to it,” he intoned …

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The Bentley Bentayga Hybrid, a thing of beauty

In Bentley, Car Reviews by Maggie Barry

If governments were at all concerned that the motoring industry was ignoring its machinations to push it in the direction of electric and electrified cars, they can now rest easy. The internal combustion engine, mind you, is the smallest in the Bentley range, a mere 3.0-litre V6 job, but before purists get too hot under the collar it is paired …

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Alfa Romeo Stelvio Veloce, not just another one

In Alfa Romeo, Car Reviews by Peter Nunn

Today, it seems you can hardly move for high-end SUVs. Our roads and Waitrose car parks across the land are full of them. But – spoiler alert – not all SUVs are the same. And even better, the Stelvio has recently been updated with extra tech, also becoming higher quality and more user-friendly inside. Scan the latest 2020 model list …

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The Suzuki Ignis Hybrid, a very clever package

In Car Reviews, Suzuki by Neil Lyndon

“You planning to take this load away in that?” said the oik at the builder’s yard. He was looking contemptuously at the Suzuki Ignis Hybrid. The back end of the little car sank progressively on its springs until its wheel arches were clear of the tyres by only a few inches but it accommodated the full load with room to …

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The distinctive Nissan Juke Tekna+ Reviewed

In Car Reviews, Nissan by Robin Roberts

Designed and built in Britain, you can expect a loyal following for the Nissan Juke Building on its link with Renault and Mitsubishi, the Nissan Juke now uses a bigger platform underneath so it’s roomier than the first generation which turned heads with its sleek profile and cutting edge interior details. Those distinctive looks both outside and in are now …

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The Audi A3 Sportback, enjoy the view

In Audi, Car Reviews by Neil Lyndon

“Well, this is different.” That was my first thought on settling into the driver’s seat of the new Audi A3 Sportback S line. A pretty good start. Not this Audi A3 Sportback. Hard piano black plastics surround the split dashboard instead of the usual soft-touch squidgy stuff. Sharp chromed angles stick out where you would normally find blandly rounded edges. The shifter …

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Reviewed the Kia Ceed GT, a rare breed

In Car Reviews, Kia by Kieran Bicknell

As the Kia CEED GT was delivered to me, I was taken aback for a moment: I realised this was the first time I’d ever seen one in the flesh, and I’m not entirely sure why that is. There’s no doubting that this is a fantastic looking hatchback. While sticking within the typical design language of current-generation hatches, the CEED …

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Ford Transit Custom PHEV, it can make sense

In Car Reviews, Ford by Neil Lyndon

“Range 875 miles,” said the illuminated figures on the instrument panel of the Ford Transit Custom PHEV I can see him scratching his head in disbelief at the figure for the Transit’s range. “Almost 1000 miles!” he might exclaim. “That’s further than from your house in Scotland to Paris on a single tank.” Perfectly true; but I wouldn’t give myself …

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BMW 420i Coupé First Drive Review

In BMW, Car Reviews by Kieran Bicknell

The long-awaited new BMW 4 series Coupé has been the subject of much discussion, especially over the dramatically-revised front end design. The 4 series has long been a staple of the BMW line up. Blending dynamic handling and dashing looks with practicality and class, it is back once again for 2020. Let’s address the elephant in the room first – …

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Jeep Wrangler Sahara, a luxury SUV with ability

In Car Reviews, Jeep by Robin Roberts

Respect is earned, not awarded in the motor industry and one of the most influential vehicle brands is Jeep It’s doubtful that Land Rover would exist if it wasn’t for Jeep and after seven decades it’s still going strong. Jeep is planning several dedicated events throughout 2021 to highlight its achievements and bring it closer to fans, COVID-19 restrictions permitting. …