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The All-New Corsa from Vauxhall, a very good car indeed

In Car Reviews, Vauxhall by Tom Scanlan

They seek perfection, but that’s well-nigh impossible when compromises have to be made. But Vauxhall’s All-New Corsa has got pretty close! And I have changed my mind about 3-cylinder engines. The Corsa’s 1.2 was the 100PS version: particularly quiet on tick-over and enjoyably growly as the revs build up…at which point, from 2000 rpm upwards, the performance is vivacious. The …

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Kia Stonic Review: The perfect first SUV?

In Car Reviews, Kia by Kieran Bicknell

SUVs are the perfect everyday car for younger generations. No, I haven’t gone crazy… While I love a fast, hot hatch as much as the next 20- something-year-old, I believe that small SUVs are the ideal practical daily car for younger generations, something that may take convincing for some people. Appearance is everything in this day and age, especially for …

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Ford Focus Active X Estate, a very good family car

In Car Reviews, Ford by Tom Scanlan

A friend of mine, a keen pizza eater, always used to order an American Hot AND “with extra pepperoni!” For some reason, I thought of him on a cold morning this winter when I switched on the Ford Focus Active X heated seat — I very soon had to switch it off again… So, what’s all this got to do …

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Nissan Micra N-Sport, take the long way home

In Car Reviews, Nissan by Kieran Bicknell

The humble Nissan Micra; Long known as the first car of choice for newly-passed teenagers or a cheap runabout for your grandma, the Nissan Micra N-sport edition is the latest in a line of models offered, to move the Micra away from these stereotypes and towards the modern supermini and sporty-hatch markets. Does it succeed where previous generations have perhaps …

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Ford Transit Connect Sport, a thumbs-up

In Car Reviews, Ford by Neil Lyndon

A little boy walking through our village, on his way to school with his father at his side, stopped stock still on the pavement when he saw the new Ford Transit Connect Sport coming his way. Then he looked at me through the windscreen, grinned from ear to ear, and stuck up his thumb. It must have been the stripes …

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Audi TT RS coupé, a superb Gran Tourer

In Audi, Car Reviews by Tom Scanlan

If I’m honest, I probably would not opt for the increased top speed of 174 mph. I mean, £1600? Where can you check out that you actually get what you pay for? So it’s the good old ordinary 155mph max. So that reduces the price of our test Audi TT RS, still with lots of options, down to £65,020. Worth …

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The New Ford Puma, well done Ford

In Car Reviews, Ford by Jonathan Humphrey

The new Ford Puma deserves success: innovative, practical, intelligent design, a car with a cheerful, optimistic smily face – this is an excellent start to a new decade. Remember the Puma name from an attractive Ford coupe from the mid-’90s? Now the name has been applied to one of the best conceived of the latest crop of SUVs. It is …