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Jaguar XJ
4.0 stars

Jaguar XJ

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So you've got to the top of the pile, but you are still having to do plenty of driving. In steps the Jaguar XJ - £65,000 worth of motor car complete with enough toys to keep any CEO or Chairman happy. Of course if you've really made it, and we mean... >>

Volvo S60
3.5 stars

Volvo S60

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They're boxy, but they're good, goes the quote from Crazy People starring Dudley Moore to describe the Volvos of yesteryear. Trouble is, that was a long time ago and the company has changed somewhat since then. So much so that we struggled to find a... >>

Magellan Maestro 4215 GPS receiver
3.5 stars

Magellan Maestro 4215 GPS receiver

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It seems that like all gadgets, satnav units are facing a price crash at the moment. This latest Magellan unit is available for around £140, which, considering how much it packs in for the price, is a bargain. The look is attractive, with a black gloss... >>

Kia cee'd 1.6CRDi LS
4.0 stars

Kia cee'd 1.6CRDi LS

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First things first, let’s get rid of the perky, pesky apostrophe from Kia’s latest entry into the hatchback market, the Kia cee’d. The grammatical abuse serves no purpose other than to annoy, so it's coming out. The Kia ceed; there, that’s better.... >>

Mini Cooper D
3.0 stars

Mini Cooper D

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Let’s get something important out the way. The diesel Mini is no where near as good as the Cooper, S or even the One. But a small diesel will never (well maybe not never) be as good as a petrol equivalent so that’s not a fair comparison. Importantly,... >>

Skoda Octavia 2.0 TDi Laurin & Klement
4.5 stars

Skoda Octavia 2.0 TDi Laurin & Klement

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Skoda has been getting a lot of good press in the past few years. As a manufacturer it has topped customer the JD Power and Top Gear satisfaction surveys, and the Octavia has won a variety of "car of the year" accolades all over Europe. But is it all... >>

NICE Megacity electric car
3.5 stars

NICE Megacity electric car

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We all like the idea of reducing your carbon footprint, but can the electric car really help us do that, or is it more hassle than it's worth? We check out the NICE (stands for No Internal Combustion Engine, by the way) MegaCity. First thing you'll notice... >>

Peugeot 407 SW HDi 136 SE
2.0 stars

Peugeot 407 SW HDi 136 SE

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I used to own a 307. It was without doubt the worst car I have owned and coupled with the experience I have had in testing a multitude of French cars, it convinced me once and for all that our Gallic cousins are as good at making cars as they are at making... >>

BMW Z4 Coupe 3.0si SE
2.5 stars

BMW Z4 Coupe 3.0si SE

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When I first drove the Z4 a few years back, I really loved it. Its challenging looks won me over, it's supremely quick and its roof mechanism is first rate. The Coupe is essentially unchanged dynamically so I wasn't expecting much difference. I was wrong.... >>

Honda CR-V 2.0 i-VTEC
3.0 stars

Honda CR-V 2.0 i-VTEC

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The CR-V has always been a cracking machine, offering a truly car-like driving experience with the ride height and practicality of a 4x4. The last version added great styling, high levels of comfort and relatively low running costs. Unfortunately, the... >>

Honda Accord Tourer 2.4 EX Auto
4.5 stars

Honda Accord Tourer 2.4 EX Auto

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I'll make something clear up front: I'm currently working out what company car I can afford to run, and I was close to discounting the Accord Tourer because it's just out of my budget range. Since having one on test, I’ve decided there are some things... >>

BMW 320d M Sport Touring
3.5 stars

BMW 320d M Sport Touring

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I own a 1989 BMW 320i Touring. I love it, despite its foibles. Sitting at the helm somehow makes you feel that little bit special. Sitting in the cabin of the latest 3 Series Touring gives me more of the same. It’s great how BMW has a sense of heritage... >>

BMW X3 2.0d SE
3.0 stars

BMW X3 2.0d SE

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I’ve never really understood why anyone would buy a BMW X3. It’s by no means a bad car – far from it, in fact. Sure, early ones looked a bit funny, the ride was unforgivably choppy and the interior had been built by Romanian peasants earning three... >>

Kia Sedona 2.9 CRDi people carrier
3.5 stars

Kia Sedona 2.9 CRDi people carrier

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If you ever feel the need to buy a car with seven seats, it’s time to take yourself to the shed, put some Cure on the stereo and blow yourself away with a homemade pipe bomb. Yes, life is over for you, but if you want to carry on with your miserable... >>

Mini Cooper S
4.0 stars

Mini Cooper S

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Even though the old (new) Mini was a blast, it always failed the acid test, which for almost any car is the answer to the following question: "Would I buy one?" Gloriously, the new (new) Mini - which looks almost exactly like the old (new) Mini but is... >>

Chrysler 300C CRD Touring
3.0 stars

Chrysler 300C CRD Touring

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Chrysler, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Dodge ... no, we’re not on the long straight highways that criss-cross the USA. We’re on sedate country lanes in Berkshire, Cheshire, Somerset and Lancashire. The Americans are invading. In a country once almost entirely... >>

Porsche 997 Carrera S cabrio
4.0 stars

Porsche 997 Carrera S cabrio

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Remember the old car sticker, usually stuck in the rear window of a banged up old Rover that read: "My other car’s a Porsche"? That was back in the day when the Porsche badge meant rich, ostentatious and exclusive. These days, Porsche means something... >>

Magellan 3050T GPS receiver
3.0 stars

Magellan 3050T GPS receiver

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Satnav systems, it seems, come in all shapes as sizes these day in an attempt to try and differentiate themselves from every other model on the market. Magellan, with the 3050T, has gone for the "Lets make it big" option. Probably the biggest GPS unit... >>

Magellan 6000T GPS receiver
3.0 stars

Magellan 6000T GPS receiver

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Satnav systems come in all shapes as sizes these day in an attempt to try and differentiate themselves from every other model on the market. Magellan, with the 6000T, has gone for the "Lets make it big" option. Probably the biggest GPS unit we've had... >>

Vauxhall Astra Twin Top 1.6 16v Sport
2.5 stars

Vauxhall Astra Twin Top 1.6 16v Sport

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Peugeot did it first, and now everyone seems to be having a crack. No, we're not talking about building cars that fall apart in a brisk wind, but the current fascination with churning out hard-roof drop-tops – or coupe-cabriolets as they are known –... >>

Volkswagen Eos
4.0 stars

Volkswagen Eos

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No, it's not a collaboration between Canon and the car manufacturer. It seems Volkswagen just has a liking for the name of the popular SLR camera brand. Naming aside, the Eos combines classic coupé with sporty cabriolet and boasts enough new gadgets... >>

Mercedes R-Class 320 CDI Sport
4.0 stars

Mercedes R-Class 320 CDI Sport

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Boarding pass? Check. Passport? Check. Travel insurance documents? Che… wait a minute. Note to self… this is a car not a first-class airliner cabin. To be fair, it’s an easy sort of mistake to make (sort of) because the interior of the new Mercedes... >>

Honda Civic 2.2 CTDi Sport
4.0 stars

Honda Civic 2.2 CTDi Sport

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If there’s one car that’ll make you change your mind forever about diesels it’s the extraordinary new Honda Civic 2.2 i-CTDi Sport.In truth, the Civic is a gem no matter what combination of fuel and capacity you choose to stuff in the engine bay,... >>

Magellan Roadmate 300 - EXCLUSIVE
3.0 stars

Magellan Roadmate 300 - EXCLUSIVE

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With the GPS receiver market in the UK getting more crowded by the day, manufacturers can no longer just get away with providing the basics. So has the new GPS receiver from Thales Navigation - the Magellan Roadmate 300 - got what it takes to stand out... >>

Magellan RoadMate 700
3.5 stars

Magellan RoadMate 700

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This is the first 'plug'n drive' all in one in car GPS from Thales Navigation. The RoadMate 700 uses a 32K-colour touch screen to display pre-loaded maps for 17 European countries, including 75,000 stored locations. Routes are chosen from an on-screen... >>

The Magellan SporTrak color Handheld GPS
3.5 stars

The Magellan SporTrak color Handheld GPS

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The SporTrak Color follows in the footsteps of the popular Meridian line, this model based on the SporTrak Pro in particular. The main change from its predecessors is the introduction of the VGA colour screen, measuring 2.2 x 1.4inches with 240 x 160... >>