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Citroen Grand C4 Picasso

What is it? Citroen has come up with a brilliant new look and style for its third generation of Picasso mid-sized MPV. The five- and seven-seat models share the same elegant front end and sophisticated dash. For the Grand model, there’s an extra row of rear seats that make it one of the most versatile [...]


Vauxhall Insignia Country Tourer 2-litre CDTi

What is it? An addition to the all-new Vauxhall Insignia range, as the brand looks to attract customers from different market segments. Adding a ‘soft-roader’ to the range is one way of appealing to potential buyers, as is the lure of four-wheel-drive. The Country Tourer has more ground clearance than the standard car and, says [...]


Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI

What is it? The seventh generation of Volkswagen’s C-segment contender. Once again, the German manufacturer has moved the game on, as the new Golf comes laden with new technologies such as a intelligent DFT screen, an upgraded engine line-up and a fresh design inside and out.  What’s it like? Very few cars can be judged [...]


BMW X5 30d

What is it? BMW’s third generation of its full-scale X5 SUV gets even bigger, better and a bit more parsimonious. While the luxury side of the X5 is taken care of by more standard equipment and the opportunity for more personalisation, the fundamentals of design mean it is now more efficient across the range. The [...]


Jaguar F-type V6 and V6 S

What is it? There’s definitely an ‘f’ in Jaguar now with the arrival of the swift, sleek and sexy F-type roadster. It’s a sports car from the same school of thought as the original Jaguar E-type, laying to rest a long harboured dream at the British firm to emulate the 1960s car’s success. What’s it [...]


BMW 420d

What is it? The new 3 Series Coupé. The re-branding exercise continues at BMW, as the ‘4’ follows the pattern of even-numbered BMW models focusing more on sportiness and dynamics than the odds. The 6 Series and X6 started the trend, and there are more to come, such as the i8. But for now, all [...]


Lexus IS250 F Sport

What is it? The third generation of Lexus’ rival to the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. The Lexus IS is the Japanese manufacturer’s key product offering in the UK, accounting for more than half of the company’s sales in 2012. As such, it is tuned to the needs of the consumer here, with specific [...]


Renault Zoe

What is it? The latest in electric vehicle technology from Renault, joining the Kangoo and Twizy battery-powered models. Having seen partner Nissan’s success with the LEAF, Renault has added four-door, five-seat family car practicality to its zero emission vehicle line-up. Renault’s research has concluded that 80-90% of people would charge their vehicles at home, so [...]


Range Rover Sport SDV6

What is it? Range Rover’s new Sport finally lives up to its name after some serious weight loss and toning up of its engines. It’s also benefits from Range Rover’s new family styling, while inside it now feels more of a luxury car than off-roader with leather seats. What’s it like? The Range Rover Sport [...]


Volvo V60 D6 AWD hybrid

What is it? Volvo is the first manufacturer to market with a plug-in diesel hybrid with the V60 D6 AWD. As well as its impressive 155.2mpg average economy and 48g/km carbon dioxide emissions, this V60 is swift, comfortable and has the added bonus of four-wheel drive. What’s it like? True world firsts are not an [...]

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