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The SEAT Leon e-Hybrid FR reviewed

In Car Reviews, Hybrid, Seat by Neil Lyndon

The more time I spent with the Seat Leon e-Hybrid FR, the more I liked it. However, this isn’t the usual story with test cars. However, with this Leon, the relationship began with me in a state not far short of indifference towards the car and ended with me wanting it to stay for a little longer. It’s not much …

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Welcome to the Mazda MX-30, our first impressions of the electric SUV

In Car Reviews, Electric cars, Mazda by Tom Scanlan

SUVs are the way ahead and have been for some time; similarly, EVs are powering forward and will become more and more available over the coming years. So called ‘range anxiety’, when the driver is worried whether or not the car can be re-charged before the journey comes to an untimely end, is what the industry is grappling with. The …

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The all-electric Fiat 500e – Bellissima

In Car Reviews, Electric cars, Fiat by Maggie Barry

This latest Italian masterpiece is slightly longer and wider than the 2007 model, and strikingly, the Fiat badge on the grille has been replaced with a 500 badge so that you will know immediately this is the electric version. The Icon hatchback model I am driving has been blessed with 17ins diamond cut alloys and chrome side mouldings. Inside it …

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Citroën C3 Shine Plus, suitably impressive

In Car Reviews, Citroen by Kieran Bicknell

Exterior Well, not everyone would agree with that statement – it’s fair to say that the C3’s design can be polarising, thanks to its ‘busy’ front end design in particular. I, for one, actually rather like how it looks. Yes, integrating the high and low-level lights into one unit would probably look cleaner, but I grew to quite like the …

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The latest Volkswagen Golf eTSI 150 PS DSG Style

In Car Reviews, Hybrid, Volkswagen by Tom Scanlan

There’s a vast Gulf (German for Golf) between the VW Golf Mark 1 and the current Golf (number eight and now 47 years later). This is noted because it can be said that the more new technical stuff you buy into, the more there is to go wrong. More of that later. It must be challenging for car designers to …

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Peugeot All-New e-2008 Electric SUV

In Car Reviews, Electric, Peugeot by Neil Lyndon

From the moment I first sat in the new Peugeot e2008, I knew that my wife would love this car. Everything about the interior, from the nifty little square-bottomed steering wheel to the piano black facings and toggle switches and the jazzy lime green stitching in the upholstery, was speaking to me clearly, telling me this one was manifestly made …

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Mazda6 Tourer 2.5 GT Sport Nav Auto, a real looker

In Car Reviews, Mazda by Tom Scanlan

Something of a rarity these days are 2.5-litre 4-cylinder engines. So, what was it like in the Mazda6 194PS GT Sport Nav? Not that it’s hugely fast, with zero-to-sixty-two mph in 8.1 seconds…but that’s undoubtedly quick enough for everyday performance for most drivers. The automatic six-speed gearbox gave smooth changes. The car is also equipped with a ‘sport’ mode operated …

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Citroën C4 – Initial impressions from the UK Launch

In Car Reviews, Citroen, Electric cars by Kieran Bicknell

Citroën’s creative designers have done something different and it’s a welcome breath of fresh air. Yes, the C4 is still recognisable as a Citroën product, and, yes, you can see some relation to the previous car. Still, the overall aesthetic is a new exciting, dynamic design, and it’s all the better for it. Most notably, that sweeping rear roofline is …

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Reviewed – Ford Tourneo Custom Titanium

In Car Reviews, Ford, Hybrid by Neil Lyndon

During my week with the latest Tourneo Custom from Ford, I wondered who might buy this luxurious eight-seater, part van, part mini-bus? Hotels that have to ferry customers from a nearby airport and can take advantage of the 35-mile all-electric range? That’s one possible answer. High-end golf courses? Holiday companies cater to small groups of loaded and green-minded clients and …

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BMW 530d Touring xDrive MSport, one of the greats

In BMW, Car Reviews by Tom Scanlan

What is the criteria for a ‘great’ car? How many ‘great’ cars are there? Trying very hard to find the slightest fault was an uphill battle; the over-the-shoulder rear view wasn’t great; starting from a standstill was ever-so-slightly juddery, as though the car had settled a bit on its haunches; and, and as far as I could make out, the …