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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... >>

LA Motor Show 2016 in pictures: The best cars from the AutomobilityLA show floor

LA Motor Show 2016 in pictures: The best cars from the AutomobilityLA show floor

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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
3.5 stars

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... >>

Paris Motor Show 2016 in pictures: The 16 best cars from the show floor

Paris Motor Show 2016 in pictures: The 16 best cars from the show floor

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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
4.5 stars

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
4.5 stars

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
4.0 stars

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?
3.5 stars

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?
4.5 stars

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
3.5 stars

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... >>

Volkswagen Tiguan first drive: All grown up

Volkswagen Tiguan first drive: All grown up

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Volkswagen was early to market with the last-generation Tiguan. It sold so well (1.8 million since 2007), it's a bit confusing as to why VW has been shy at coming forward to join the SUV revolution. But hurrah, never fear, the new Tiguan is here. And... >>

Mercedes-Benz AMG GT first drive: The SLS is dead, long live the AMG GT

Mercedes-Benz AMG GT first drive: The SLS is dead, long live the AMG GT

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What can you learn about a car from simply driving it on a race track? Quite a lot as it happens, particularly when it's a sports car like the Mercedes-Benz AMG GT. Mercedes introduced its AMG GT last year as a replacement for the dramatic, gullwing-door... >>

Volkswagen Golf 1.0-litre TSi first drive: Fore!

Volkswagen Golf 1.0-litre TSi first drive: Fore!

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We already know that the Volkswagen Golf is an excellent family hatchback. In fact, we'd still rate it as best in class — and three years on, still deserving of the 5-star review we gave it back at launch in 2013. But just how much Golf do you need?... >>

Volvo XC90 review: Setting the SUV standard
5.0 stars

Volvo XC90 review: Setting the SUV standard

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In car terms, half a decade is a lifetime. So the last Volvo XC90's 12-year production run represents something of an unusual case. It sold well right to the end but was out-smarted by a new breed of big SUVs. Enter the new XC90. The first production... >>

Mercedes-Benz C220d AMG Line Coupe first drive: Covering all bases

Mercedes-Benz C220d AMG Line Coupe first drive: Covering all bases

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What's in a name? For their medium-sized executive coupes, both Audi and BMW have chosen to position their more sporting offerings as stand-alone to the saloon versions, with the respective A5 and 4-Series. That means a different name and different styling.... >>

Mercedes GLC first drive: SUVving to consider

Mercedes GLC first drive: SUVving to consider

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This is the Mercedes GLC. It's Merc's mid-sized SUV rival to the BMW X3 and Audi Q5. It's a significant car for the brand, because this is the first time Mercedes has had a car of this size, in this class, available in the UK. The old, square-rig GLK... >>

Infiniti Q30 first drive: To infinity and beyond?

Infiniti Q30 first drive: To infinity and beyond?

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It's unusual to introduce a car from a brand that some readers might not be aware of, but a quick straw poll of friends and colleagues suggests Infiniti isn't a universally known entity. So the Q30, its compact premium hatchback, might not be at the forefront... >>

Volkswagen T-Prime GTE Concept preview: Prime cut SUV

Volkswagen T-Prime GTE Concept preview: Prime cut SUV

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Whoever is naming new VW concepts is going down an ever weirder rabbit hole. In the past couple of years we've had the T-Roc and the T-Cross Breeze — both from subsequent Geneva Show reveals — and now the T-Prime GTE Concept unveiled at the Beijing... >>

Porsche 718 Cayman preview: Firing on all (four) cylinders

Porsche 718 Cayman preview: Firing on all (four) cylinders

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Twinned with the new 718 Boxster that we drove a couple of weeks back, Porsche's new model offensive continued at the Beijing Auto Show with the launch of the 718 Cayman. The hard-top coupe twin version to the Boxster's drop top, the 718 Cayman holds... >>