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Lexus LS 500h luxury express, reviewed

In Car Reviews, Lexus by Jonathan Humphrey

Lexus, believes the fifth incarnation of the LS can make even more of an impression. The situation helped, by the current demonization of diesel and the ever-growing constraints on motoring around urban areas on everything other than electrical energy. Speaking of power, the Lexus LS 500h hybrid combines a 299PS 3.5-litre V6 petrol lump with a couple of electric motors, …

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Land Rover Discovery Sport Review

In Car Reviews, Land Rover by Neil Lyndon

Not so long ago, the arrival of a new Discovery Sport for a week’s loan would be a moment of unbridled celebration. “How lucky we are!” we would have told each other, while our neighbours looked sourly over the fence at the evidence of our abundant good fortune or studiously stared at their feet when we drove past. Now, alas, …

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Citroen C5 Aircross Reviewed

In Car Reviews, Citroen by Neil Lyndon

Orange highlights on the Citroen C5 Aircross…on any car they always make me feel faintly itchy, as if a wasp is crawling under my shirt on the skin between my shoulder blades. Like light tan shoes with a dark suit, they strike me as a fashion solecism which will look embarrassingly daft in about ten minutes from now. They are …

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Ferrari Portofino – the Italian thoroughbred GT

In Car Reviews, Ferrari, Sports Cars, Supercars by Chris Pickering

If you were to sit down and sketch the archetypal GT car, it would probably look a lot like the Ferrari Portofino: Classic front-engined proportions, 2+2 seating and enough room to whisk its occupants from Milan to Monte Carlo in comfort and style. And yet the Portofino’s predecessor, the California raised a few eyebrows when it first appeared in 2008. …

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Fiat 500 Star AND Rockstar

In Car Reviews, Fiat by Peter Nunn

Time has served the Fiat 500 well, of that there’s no doubt. On sale in a grandiose variety of forms since 2007, the Fiat 500 is still out there looking good. Yes, still one of the most fashionable and iconic small cars around. Fiat, however, is not standing still and two new top of the range versions of the 500 …

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Ford Focus Vignale, sumptuously luxurious

In Car Reviews, Ford by Neil Lyndon

It’s big. It’s beautiful. It drives like a dream. Its name carries a sophisticated hint of Italy. It’s got darkened rear windows, the flashest wheels and the grooviest paint job on the street. And, at £31270, nobody could ever say it was cheap. What is it? It is (breathe the words in a whisper) a Ford Focus – though you …

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Ford EcoSport ST-Line 1.5 EcoBlue TDCI Reviewed

In Car Reviews, Ford by Neil Lyndon

Guess the identity of this car. It has – A contrasting roof and body paint (roof in shimmering black, body in what the manufacturers justifiably call Lightning Blue). A full body styling kit (which means special wing badges, door threshold plates and front grille, along with tinted glass, rear spoiler and polished tailpipe). Eighteen-inch alloy wheels with that edgy machined …

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Renault Megane RS 280, a hot hatch review

In Car Reviews, Renault by Tim Barnes-Clay

The Renault Megane has been on sale for four years, but we were kept hanging on for the Renaultsport (RS) model. Mind you, when it finally turned up last year, the consensus was that it was worth waiting for. Even though the three-door coupe has been switched for a five-door hatch, Renault’s Megane RS has the same fun factor injected …