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Peugeot 3008 review: A tech-tastic crossover that's sure to Allure
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Peugeot 3008 review: A tech-tastic crossover that's sure to Allure

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The first time you see a new Peugeot 3008 on the road, we guarantee you'll look twice. This is not a car you'd call beautiful. But it does nail that modern SUV crossover thing - a complex piece of automotive sculpture which is decked out with interesting... >>

Jaguar updates F-Type with 4-cylinder engines and latest in-car tech

Jaguar updates F-Type with 4-cylinder engines and latest in-car tech

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Jaguar has unveiled an updated four-cylinder engine version of the F-Type at the New York Auto Show, scheduled to go on sale summer 2017.The F-Type has won countless accolades for the way it looks, so it's not a huge surprise to hear the company hasn't tinkered... >>

Best of the Geneva Motor Show 2017: Concept cars, supercars and everything in-between

Best of the Geneva Motor Show 2017: Concept cars, supercars and everything in-between

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The Geneva Motor Show is the most important in the European calendar. The industry crossroads, the point where everyone (and their entourage) rock up and where we're usually guaranteed the biggest single number of car launches.And 2017 was a bumper show,... >>

Renault Scenic (2017) review: The master of reinvention
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Renault Scenic (2017) review: The master of reinvention

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Reinventing any vehicle represents a challenge. Change the name and you'll lose customers, keep the same name and you create certain expectations. And with the Scenic, Renault has one of the most distinctive names in the business - the car that started... >>

Jaguar F-Pace review: Outpacing its SUV rivals?
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Jaguar F-Pace review: Outpacing its SUV rivals?

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Ten years ago, the concept of a Jaguar SUV would have been laughable. Since the brand twinned with Land Rover there was logic in the argument that Jag did the pretty saloons and coupes, while Land Rover did the off-road practical stuff. But the SUV market... >>

Porsche 718 Boxster S review: Four-cylinder foibles
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Porsche 718 Boxster S review: Four-cylinder foibles

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Can you believe the Porsche Boxster is 20 years old? We barely can either. But back when the Spice Girls were miming Wannabe on Top of the Pops and kids were losing their minds over POGs, the Boxster was waiting in the wings, preparing itself to utterly... >>

Seat Leon Cupra review: Simmering rather than on-the-boil hot hatch
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Seat Leon Cupra review: Simmering rather than on-the-boil hot hatch

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Seat launched the first-generation Leon in 1998. Sportier than the VW Golf, and cheaper than the Audi A3 (with which it shared much), it married the best qualities of both and the car reached its zenith as the range-topping Cupra R performance model.That... >>

Mazda 2 review: One of the best cars in its class
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Mazda 2 review: One of the best cars in its class

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If you are thinking about buying a supermini then cars like the Ford Fiesta, Vauxhall Corsa, Renault Clio and maybe a Volkswagen Polo or something else from the VW group come to mind.One car that might be slightly off your radar is the Mazda 2. Despite... >>

Peugeot 308 GTi review: Five door with added ooh la la
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Peugeot 308 GTi review: Five door with added ooh la la

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Think GTi and Volkswagen springs to mind, right? But as you'll know if you've read our review of the Peugeot 208 GTi, the French car-maker has something to say about its German cousin owning that moniker.And the very Golf-sized Peugeot 308 is now available... >>

Jaguar I-Pace preview: More titillating than a Tesla?

Jaguar I-Pace preview: More titillating than a Tesla?

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It only seemed like 15 minutes ago that we were arguing about whether or not Jaguar should build an SUV. With the I-Pace shown off at the LA Motor Show - or AutomobilityLA as it's now known - Jag shows us it's not only thinking about building more SUVs,... >>

Alfa Romeo Stelvio preview: Alfa’s first SUV

Alfa Romeo Stelvio preview: Alfa’s first SUV

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At the LA Motor Show - or AutomobilityLA as it's now known - it felt as though every brand brought a new SUV. From Honda and Mazda, through to Chevrolet, Jaguar and - most surprisingly of all - Alfa Romeo.Alfa has never made an SUV before, but the demand... >>

Best of the LA Motor Show 2016: Mercedes, Jaguar, and more

Best of the LA Motor Show 2016: Mercedes, Jaguar, and more

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Los Angeles: Hollywood, sun, sand, silicon and celebrity.But it's also the USA's home of car culture. Every November a major motor show rolls into town, where the traditional big car brands' satellite studios show their thinking about what will be happening... >>

Honda HR-V review: An unusual acquaintance
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Honda HR-V review: An unusual acquaintance

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Honda is one of Britain's great car makers. Yes, you did read that correctly. Despite being a Japanese firm, the company's vast operation in Swindon - where it builds the Civic, Jazz and CR-V - makes it one of the UK's biggest car producers.Which makes... >>

Volvo V90 preview: Superior interior

Volvo V90 preview: Superior interior

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Volvo is on a roll. The Swedish company has come out of the shadows of the dowdy, safe image it once had and is managing to out-cool the established German brands with some very handsome new car designs which are awash with tech.Nothing we're going to... >>

Volkswagen ID Concept preview: Electric atonement?

Volkswagen ID Concept preview: Electric atonement?

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"What does the ID stand for?" "Isn't Diesel'?!" shouted one lark across the Volkswagen stand at the Paris Motor Show. Follow the auto industry and you'll know the score by now about the pickle VW is in related to diesel emissions fixing. Yes, Volkswagen... >>

Porsche Panamera (2017) preview: A tantalising tech-fest

Porsche Panamera (2017) preview: A tantalising tech-fest

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Say hello to Porsche's new Panamera, shown off in all its glory at the Paris Motor Show 2016. But let's cut to the chase: the last Panamera was always a bit of a difficult car to look at. As one of the people we talked to in Paris said: "it looked like... >>

Land Rover Discovery (2017) preview: Seven-seat family disco

Land Rover Discovery (2017) preview: Seven-seat family disco

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The British star of the Paris Motor Show 2016 was undoubtedly the new Land Rover Discovery. You'll be aware that there's already a Discovery Sport, but big brother Discovery promises to do more than it's sibling - it's more luxurious, more powerful, has... >>

Best of the Paris Motor Show 2016: BMW, Porsche, Citroen and more

Best of the Paris Motor Show 2016: BMW, Porsche, Citroen and more

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Every other year car makers, journalists and public descend on Paris for a few days in late September, to attend what is Europe's largest motor show, or Mondial de l'Automobile if you're feeling especially French.Alternating with the Frankfurt show in... >>

Ford Focus RS first drive: The B-road baller

Ford Focus RS first drive: The B-road baller

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When was the last time you truly felt alive? Today more than ever, it is perhaps the experiences we have - and the moments when we feel a sense of risk, jeopardy, fear, exhilaration or just sheer joy - that make us truly wide-eyed. Which brings us to... >>

Volkswagen Golf R Estate review: The ultimate fast, all-weather estate
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Volkswagen Golf R Estate review: The ultimate fast, all-weather estate

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It is sometimes said that a Volkswagen Golf is the car for everyone. But who is everyone? There's now an electric Golf and a hybrid Golf in among the regular diesel and petrol Golfs, plus a powerful diesel one and a powerful petrol one. But which powerful... >>

Mini John Cooper Works review: Mini by name, maxed-out by nature
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Mini John Cooper Works review: Mini by name, maxed-out by nature

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The Cooper Car company was founded in Surbiton in 1947. Charles Cooper and his son John began building racing cars that eventually changed the face of F1. In 1961, John Cooper conceived the first faster-and-tuned Mini, which dominated rallying in the... >>

Volkswagen Touran review: Peak practicality
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Volkswagen Touran review: Peak practicality

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The world might have gone SUV and crossover mad, but if you've a brood of three (or more) to cart around then a mid-sized crossover like the Nissan Qashqai doesn't actually cut it. That's why - despite their perceived lack of sexiness - MPVs like the... >>

Renault Megane 2016 review: Dynamique or dud?
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Renault Megane 2016 review: Dynamique or dud?

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This is the fourth-generation Renault Megane - the French company's mid-sized family hatchback, which has been with us since 1995. In that time, Renault has sold over a half a million of the things in the UK. Whereas its Volkswagen Golf competitor evolves... >>

Porsche 911 Carrera (2017) review: Engine evolution?
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Porsche 911 Carrera (2017) review: Engine evolution?

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Throughout its history the Porsche 911 has undergone some critical design changes, each one of which naysayers have warned might kill off what makes this car so special. There have been impact bumpers, the move from an air-cooled to water-cooled engine,... >>

Renault Zoe review: Electrical engineering
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Renault Zoe review: Electrical engineering

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It's been a typical complaint of the modern electric car that - from the perspective of asking price - most are simply too expensive to make sense. As one of the leaders in the electric-mobility revolution, Renault has sought to challenge that notion... >>