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Mercedes-AMG GT R first drive: One 'Green Hell' of a car

Mercedes-AMG GT R first drive: One 'Green Hell' of a car

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GT R. If that's a name that sounds familiar, it's because you'll normally find it attached to the boot-lid of Nissan's fastest road car. But it's also now attached to the most potent Mercedes-AMG.Mercedes-AMG already has a GT model — which we drove... >>

Renault Koleos review: Can the 5-seat SUV make its mark?
3.5 stars

Renault Koleos review: Can the 5-seat SUV make its mark?

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French brands have never really succeeded in selling larger cars in the UK. There's one notable exception: the Renault Espace, a ground-breaking people carrier that did will in the 80s and 90s.But in 2017 — despite there being an all-new Espace which... >>

Nissan X-Trail (2017) review: Great value SUV gets premium updates
4.0 stars

Nissan X-Trail (2017) review: Great value SUV gets premium updates

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When Nissan talks about the X-Trail, it's talking about a car that it has designed for "family adventures". While the Qashqai is the urban crossover that's ferrying thousands to school every day, the X-Trail is the car that's roaming a little further... >>

BMW 5 Series estate (2017) review: Large, technologically accomplished and fun to drive
5.0 stars

BMW 5 Series estate (2017) review: Large, technologically accomplished and fun to drive

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Car salesmen have a very difficult job trying to convince customers to buy an estate car these days. For some reason, the marketing machine has brainwashed the masses into thinking that gigantic SUVs are the perfect companion to family life.In reality,... >>

Porsche Panamera (2017) review: Tantalising tech is only half the treat
4.5 stars

Porsche Panamera (2017) review: Tantalising tech is only half the treat

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"Fahren, fahren, fahren auf der Autobahn," Emil Shult chants out of the Bose stereo as we speed up the A1 in the new Porsche Panamera 4S. Kraftwerk's Autobahn might be a cliché choice of soundtrack, but for a late night motorway mission in a fast German... >>

Seat Ibiza review: A class-leading drive that's fun for all the family
5.0 stars

Seat Ibiza review: A class-leading drive that's fun for all the family

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Say Hola! to the new Seat Ibiza, the fifth-generation of the Spanish firm's popular small car.Seat has suddenly got very popular in the UK – the new Ateca SUV and Leon family hatchback selling big, but the Ibiza has always been at the core of the firm's... >>

Mercedes-Benz E-Class review: Better than a BMW 5 Series?
4.5 stars

Mercedes-Benz E-Class review: Better than a BMW 5 Series?

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Mercedes says everything it knows about how to build a car has gone into the new E-Class. Being that it is the oldest car brand in the world, that's probably quite a lot of stuff.The new E-Class went on sale in 2016. On our first drive in Portugal we... >>

Mini Countryman Cooper S E preview: Mini's first electric hybrid hits the road

Mini Countryman Cooper S E preview: Mini's first electric hybrid hits the road

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By its own management's admission the Mini brand has overstretched itself. Like a greedy child with eyes bigger than its belly, the once maker of an uber-compact car has seen its range balloon. Now Mini makes a whole host of options, including cabrios,... >>

BMW 530e plug-in hybrid preview: The best of both worlds?

BMW 530e plug-in hybrid preview: The best of both worlds?

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The new BMW 5-Series is a car we already know to be talented. In our 5-star review of the upper-spec 530d, we said that, judged in isolation, it goes "straight to the top of the class". That's a class which includes the Mercedes E-Class, which when we... >>

Audi RS5 (2017) review: Pedal to the metal
4.0 stars

Audi RS5 (2017) review: Pedal to the metal

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Got a spare £60k rattling around in your pocket and want to buy a German sports car? There's a new kid on the block: the Audi RS5. The souped-up Audi Sport version of the S5 coupe, the RS5 has the likes of the Mercedes AMG-C63 and BMW M4 Coupe directly... >>

Jaguar E-Pace: Jag's Cub is an adorable compact SUV disruptor

Jaguar E-Pace: Jag's Cub is an adorable compact SUV disruptor

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Jaguar has pulled the covers of the Jaguar E-Pace, following closely in the tracks of the excellent Jaguar F-Pace. This compact SUV looks to repeat the successes of the F-Pace, a car that's very much changed the face of Jaguar, appealing to a whole new... >>

Audi A8 (2017) preview: The most technological car interior, ever?

Audi A8 (2017) preview: The most technological car interior, ever?

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The Audi A8 has long been considered as chauffeur to the stars; a cushy place to sit in luxury when being carted around. In its 2017 guise, the new A8 elevates that concept to new heights, not only for passengers but driver too.For the 2017 Audi A8 is... >>

Ford Fiesta (2017) review: The little car that's a very big deal
5.0 stars

Ford Fiesta (2017) review: The little car that's a very big deal

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The Ford Fiesta has been the best selling car in the UK for eight years straight. That's a long time to hold the top spot and a lot of pressure for an all-new model to have on its pillars. So the question is, how does Ford make Britain's favourite... >>

Jeep Compass (2017) review: The compact SUV with big off-road performance
3.5 stars

Jeep Compass (2017) review: The compact SUV with big off-road performance

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With 75 years of all-terrain vehicle production under its belt, Jeep is a car manufacturer that knows a thing or two when it comes to off-road driving. It's also all too aware that the compact SUV market is seeing a huge surge at the moment and wants... >>

DS Automobiles DS4 review: Flair and individuality, but at what cost?
3.5 stars

DS Automobiles DS4 review: Flair and individuality, but at what cost?

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DS Automobiles continues its march into independence, dropping the badges of its Citroen heritage as it tries to mark itself out as something different. The aim is it awaken the "spirit of avant-garde" in DS' words. It's about being French, about great... >>

Alfa Romeo Giulia (2017) review: An Alfa that doesn’t do clichés
4.0 stars

Alfa Romeo Giulia (2017) review: An Alfa that doesn’t do clichés

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There is a saying that, to be a true car fan, you must have owned an Alfa Romeo. But a Mito, and a Giulietta (the extent of Alfa's range until now) hardly represent petrol-head nirvana. For Alfa fans, the Giulia has been a long time coming.Its predecessor,... >>

Honda Civic Type R (2017) review: The hot hatch hooligan
4.5 stars

Honda Civic Type R (2017) review: The hot hatch hooligan

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When you think hot hatch, there are typically three letters that immediately spring to mind: G.T.I. Over the past four decades, Volkswagen's souped-up Golf has developed into one of the auto industry's most endearing and successful icons, blending sporty-yet-subtle... >>

Nissan Qashqai (2017) review: Is the original SUV crossover still the best?
4.0 stars

Nissan Qashqai (2017) review: Is the original SUV crossover still the best?

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There's barely a suburban street that doesn't have a Qashqai, or a pair of Qashqai. There isn't a school car park or supermarket without a brace of Qashqai. Nissan's mini SUV is pandemic, having created the crossover category and now dominated it for... >>

Abarth 124 Spider review: Frivolous fun... if you can afford one
4.0 stars

Abarth 124 Spider review: Frivolous fun... if you can afford one

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What happens when you take a Japanese roadster and give it an Italian heart? You get the Fiat 124 Spider. Dress that car up in some couture red, black and white body kit and you get the on-so-unsubtle Abarth 124 Spider, as you see above - a tuned-up... >>

Volkswagen Golf GTI first drive: The hot hatch that transcends boundaries

Volkswagen Golf GTI first drive: The hot hatch that transcends boundaries

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Some cars are considered as class benchmarks. The Volkswagen Golf GTI is one such car. And with the German firm having just refreshed its best-selling small hatchback (see our regular, Mk 7.5 Golf TDi first drive) we took the opportunity to jump into... >>

Volkswagen Golf R-Line first drive: Leader of the pack

Volkswagen Golf R-Line first drive: Leader of the pack

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Given its status as the best-selling car in Europe and its leadership of the compact hatchback class, when Volkswagen updates the Golf, you take note. When we reviewed the then new Golf 7 back in 2013 it gained a coveted full-marks score."So why are... >>

Volvo V90 review: An effortlessly modern and elegant estate car
4.5 stars

Volvo V90 review: An effortlessly modern and elegant estate car

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Unless you're a fully paid-up Volvo hater (and we've found a few), then it's hard not to admire what the Swedish company is doing at the moment. The "human-made" advertising campaign cuts to the heart of the brand's Scandinavian design appeal and marks... >>

Jaguar XE S: New supercharged V6 is pure S EX

Jaguar XE S: New supercharged V6 is pure S EX

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One of the things that Jaguar does rather well, is lighting a fire under its cars. While there's no of shortage of big diesel Jags eating up the miles on Blighty's roads - as there are Audis, Mercs and Beemers - it's always more fun with a supercharged... >>

Seat Ateca review: A genuine Qashqai alternative
4.5 stars

Seat Ateca review: A genuine Qashqai alternative

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SUV and crossover cars sales are booming. But it's only now that some brands are debuting an SUV for the first time. Case in point: the Seat Ateca, which began production in 2016.The new Ateca sits above the Leon in Seat's range and is built on the... >>

Jaguar XF (2018): Sumptuous luxury, now with new engines

Jaguar XF (2018): Sumptuous luxury, now with new engines

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Jaguar updated its XF model in 2015 with sharper lines, pulling this car first released in 2007 into a more modern perspective. The XF sits above the XE in the range and the difference inside is obvious: although both offer similar exterior design and... >>

Honda Clarity Fuel Cell preview: Driving the future of hydrogen?

Honda Clarity Fuel Cell preview: Driving the future of hydrogen?

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Are alternative energy vehicles the future? As consumers actively try to do their bit to help clean up the environment - and save on tax, congestion charging and refuelling costs in the process - we're seeing a surge in all-electric and electric-hybrid... >>

Kia Picanto (2017) review: Small, sporty and savvy
4.0 stars

Kia Picanto (2017) review: Small, sporty and savvy

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The Kia Picanto is the baby of the Kia family, sitting under the recently launched Rio in terms of both cost and size. That's not to say the third-generation Picanto doesn't offer brains in that small body though. The latest model of the South Korean... >>

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

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... >>

Citroen C3 (2017) review: Bringing back the oh la la
4.0 stars

Citroen C3 (2017) review: Bringing back the oh la la

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Citroen has been through something of a rough patch. With German cars often being the first choice, the French have been fighting to get back some of the verve and passion that they used to possess. For Citroen, much of the small car amour found itself... >>

Audi RS3 Saloon review: Racecar fun for the road
4.0 stars

Audi RS3 Saloon review: Racecar fun for the road

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Some people say Audi design has become boring; formulaic even. We think it's simply that the German brand has got its design language so on the money that there's nothing left for the moaners to whinge about any more.Besides, if anyone were to say the... >>

Jeep Cherokee Overland review: Off-road heritage with on-road comfort
3.5 stars

Jeep Cherokee Overland review: Off-road heritage with on-road comfort

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The mid-size SUV market isn't short of options: Germany is represented by the Audi Q5 and BMW X3, Japan has the excellent Nissan Qashqai, Seat has just released the Ateca to fight Spain's corner, and America has the Jeep Cherokee.The Cherokee has been... >>

Land Rover Discovery (2017) review: The best 7-seat SUV money can buy
5.0 stars

Land Rover Discovery (2017) review: The best 7-seat SUV money can buy

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There are soft-road SUVs. There are fashion SUVs. And then there's the Land Rover Discovery: a through-and-through SUV with all the proper 4x4 off-road bells and whistles you could wish.For many, however, that's not what's going to sell the 2017 incarnation... >>

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

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... >>

Maserati Levante review: Heritage with added hench
4.0 stars

Maserati Levante review: Heritage with added hench

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When you think Maserati, you probably think if its thoroughbred Italian racing heritage, the glamour and slick sports car lines. You might not think about it in beefier SUV form, but that's exactly what you get in the new Maserati Levante: it's heritage... >>

Smart Electric Drive (2017) first drive: Nippy inner-city transport sprouts a plug socket

Smart Electric Drive (2017) first drive: Nippy inner-city transport sprouts a plug socket

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Stop anyone in the street and ask them to name the electric car pioneers and it's likely the big names will make up the majority of answers: the Renault Zoe, Nissan Leaf and Elon Musk's Tesla Model S.It might be difficult to comprehend but Smart has been... >>

BMW 5 Series (2017) review: Saloon car perfection?
5.0 stars

BMW 5 Series (2017) review: Saloon car perfection?

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The last-generation BMW 5 Series sold more than two million units worldwide. Two million. To put that into perspective: between 2010 and 2015 Porsche built just over two million cars in total, across its entire range.It is, therefore, not hard to see... >>

Honda Civic 2017 first drive: Classic hatch gets a millennial makeover

Honda Civic 2017 first drive: Classic hatch gets a millennial makeover

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The Honda Civic is a funny old car. It's a real challenge to pinpoint who, exactly, it's aimed at, yet equally difficult to fault - despite historically boasting a number of irksome quirks.For example, most owners seem to be the reserved type, well into... >>

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

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... >>

Audi A5 (2017) review: Sporty looks, refined drive
4.5 stars

Audi A5 (2017) review: Sporty looks, refined drive

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The Audi A5 was launched in 2007 and revised in 2009 to put doors into the back of the Coupé version for a more conventional five-door arrangement, the Sportback as Audi calls it. So solid was the A5 that the second-generation A5 has only just appeared,... >>

Kia Rio (2017) review: All about connectivity
4.0 stars

Kia Rio (2017) review: All about connectivity

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The new Kia Rio features support for both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, along with a range of safety features from autonomous emergency breaking to lane departure warning systems, making it the most technologically advanced Rio yet.The Korean company... >>

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

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... >>

Toyota GT86 (2017) review: Coupe a load of that

Toyota GT86 (2017) review: Coupe a load of that

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It's -15C. Yep, minus fifteen degrees centigrade. And we're stood staring at the brand new Toyota GT86 - which positively radiates its warm blood red coat of paint against the snowy Finnish backdrop - wondering what on earth could possibly go wrong when... >>

Mini Countryman S 2017 first drive: Mighty improvements for the massive Mini?

Mini Countryman S 2017 first drive: Mighty improvements for the massive Mini?

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Do you remember the exact moment that every manufacturer scrambled to add a high-riding SUV to their line-up? It was around the time the Nissan Qashqai started to become a runaway sales success and as a result, all sorts of bizarre shapes started to appear... >>

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

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... >>

Nissan Micra (2017) first drive: Same name, different personality

Nissan Micra (2017) first drive: Same name, different personality

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Nissan's Micra has been around for decades. Since 1983 in fact, selling over 3.5million in Europe alone during its lifetime. It's a car everyone has heard of, even if not for all the best reasons.Despite its popularity, the Micra hasn't ever been the... >>

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

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
4.0 stars

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... >>

Kia Sorento review: The savvy seven-seater
4.5 stars

Kia Sorento review: The savvy seven-seater

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Can an SUV ever be a truly exciting drive? Now in its third generation, the Kia Sorento has had more than just a facelift to bring it up to date, and while its new body and wheelbase is never going to feel like a Ferrari on the road, for carting around... >>

Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport Edition 40 review: The retro-inspired hot hatch
4.5 stars

Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport Edition 40 review: The retro-inspired hot hatch

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The fact that the GTI Clubsport even exists is a miracle in itself. Volkswagen already offers the brilliantly capable GTI and the Golf R for those needing extra spice, while the fallout from an emissions scandal has seen the entire Volkswagen group withdraw... >>

Audi Q5 (2017) review: Technical brilliance in a slightly vanilla design
4.0 stars

Audi Q5 (2017) review: Technical brilliance in a slightly vanilla design

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The Audi Q5 is arguably Audi's most important SUV. Sitting in the mid-sized segment, it occupies a space where it's a little more useful than the cutsey Audi Q3 and a little easier to live with in suburban tight spots than the Audi Q7.Built in Mexico... >>