• Test Drives

    Design nouse in practical Opel Meriva

    by  • September 3, 2014 • Car Reviews, Test Drives

    2014 Opel Meriva exterior front right

    I’ve always loved the rear doors in the Opel Meriva. It’s perhaps an unusual statement but these doors open backwards, like a traditional London cab. Not only is it a quirky design feature, there is practicality behind it as well – opening doors that way makes it easier to load baby seats and also...

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    Renault Zoe’s a city girl at heart

    by  • August 27, 2014 • Car Reviews, Test Drives

    2014 Renault Zoe exterior front right

    The Renault Zoe supermini is the friendly face of the future. A 100 per cent electric vehicle, unlike a hybrid, there’s no petrol/diesel engine to kick in. From the outside, this five-door hatchback looks very much like a normal car – except that there’s no fuel cap. The charge point is neatly hidden away...

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    Sporty Seat Leon ST FR a step ahead

    by  • August 20, 2014 • Car Reviews, Test Drives

    2014 Seat Leon ST FR exterior front right static

    It looks like a normal car, it feels like a normal car but the new Seat Leon ST FR is not a normal car. Not only is it a fast, head-turningly attractive sporty estate model, it’s also another step closer to a self driving car, with the help of the combined optional Lane Assist...

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    New Qashqai tops the original of the species

    by  • August 13, 2014 • Car Reviews, Test Drives

    2014 Nissan Qashqai exterior front right static

    Nissan has gone to the moon and back for the new Nissan Qashqai. Ok, that may be a slight overstatement, but the Japanese car company has based the seats in the new model crossover on Nasa research. The driver lumbar support in said vehicle was ‘Nasa inspired’. The Qashqai was the car that started...

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    Putting a bit of Soul into a long drive

    by  • August 6, 2014 • Car Reviews, Test Drives

    There’s no getting away from it – the Kia Soul is an unusual looking car. Squat and square, this car garnered a lot of attention, and I spotted passers-by stopping to investigate it when it was parked on the street. A real love it or hate it, the exterior shape wasn’t liked by any...

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    Celebrate with the sprightly Ford Fiesta

    by  • July 23, 2014 • Car Reviews, Test Drives

    2014 Ford Fiesta exterior front right static

    Ford has added a touch of magic to the Fiesta, making it a very alluring drive indeed. The five-door model is a good looking supermini, which carries the family nose of the larger Focus and Mondeo. Inside, our test car had a patterned fabric interior. Legroom was good back and front and two adults...

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    GLA-d to meet Mercedes’ new crossover SUV

    by  • July 16, 2014 • Car Reviews, Test Drives

    2014 Mercedes-Benz GLA exterior right front static

    In 2012 Mercedes-Benz set its sights on younger drivers and completely overhauled the Mercedes-Benz A-Class in an effort to entice them to the brand. The redesign took it from the ‘I can’t believe it’s a Mercedes-Benz’ butter box category to a very attractive prospect indeed. Now the German car company has added a crossover...

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    Fiat Panda 4×4 nothing to sneeze at

    by  • July 9, 2014 • Car Reviews, Test Drives

    2013 Fiat Panda 4x4 exterior front left static

    Fiat missed a trick with our Panda 4×4 test car – brilliant white in colour, disappointingly it did not have black wing mirror ‘ears’. A compact SUV, the Panda 4×4 is positively deceptive. With a tall and sturdy profile, it looks very narrow and absolutely tiny from the back. However, it’s actually quite spacious....

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