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Honda HR-V Sport review – a surprisingly sprightly SUV

Honda HR-V Sport review – a surprisingly sprightly SUV

The original HR-V was labelled the Joy Machine by Honda’s marketing bods back in the early 2000s. It was meant to appeal to young buyers with its “unique” styling and and blend the practical benefits of an SUV with a compact form. It was ahead of its time in many ways but was abandoned in […]

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BMW X5 review – big bruiser is an oasis of calm

BMW X5 review – big bruiser is an oasis of calm

The BMW X5 is a car that exposes my terrible hypocrisy. If someone asked me if they should buy one I’d immediately tell them to buy a 5 Series estate instead yet every day I had it on test I looked forward to climbing up into the X5, sinking into its sumptuous seats and generally […]

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Jaguar XF Sportbrake review

Jaguar XF Sportbrake review

In 2017 former Olympic skier Graham Bell broke the record for the fastest person to ski behind a car – hitting 117mph while being towed by a Jaguar XF Sportbrake. So somewhere in the heads of Jaguar’s PR bods it made sense to launch the updated 2019 model of the car by recreating that stunt […]

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2019 Ford Focus review – ST-Line X makes its mark

2019 Ford Focus review – ST-Line X makes its mark

Ford say the all-new Focus is the most accomplished iteration of the model yet and it’s hard to argue. The outgoing model remained a class leader seven years on from its launch in the UK thanks to refreshed bodywork, new engines and the inclusion of ever more sophisticated comfort and safety tech. It was still, […]

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Lexus RC review – coupe lacks the cutting edge

Lexus RC review – coupe lacks the cutting edge

Toyota is getting a lot of attention at the moment thanks to a little two-door sports coupe that has finally broken cover. However, tear yourself away from the photos and details of the inbound Supra and you’ll find that Toyota’s luxury cousin Lexus has been busy tittivating its own sporty little coupe – the RC. […]

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Ford Ka+ Active review – more for your money

Ford Ka+ Active review – more for your money

Ford retired the once popular Ka model a number of years ago and replaced it with the larger, budget-orientated Ka+ in 2016. It’s too big for the city car class like the original Ka, so in theory it sits in the same segment as Ford’s top selling Fiesta supermini. Based on an Indian market model, […]

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Peugeot 5008 long-term test month 2

Peugeot 5008 long-term test month 2

The 5008 is a car that’s easy to take for granted – but in a good way. After initially wowing me with its modern fabric and metal interior and the smart i-Cocipit driver display it’s now just become an integral, undemanding part of everyday life. Whether I’m driving to work, moving furniture or schleping across […]

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Mazda MX-5 2.0 review – still as sharp as a surgeon’s scapel

Mazda MX-5 2.0 review – still as sharp as a surgeon’s scapel

I’d have sold a kidney for a Mazda MX-5 when I was 17 except, in those days before the dark web, I didn’t know where to start. Nowadays my budget could probably stretch to a ratty second-hand model or a PCP deal with a punishingly low mileage cap but, of course, a two-seat roadster is […]

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Toyota Rav4 review

Toyota Rav4 review

More than a little dismissively – and unfairly – the Toyota RAV4 was in its early years referred to as a hairdresser’s car. Quite what that label was down to is lost in the mists of time but was probably because it was the first of the so-called soft-roaders. It had the raised ride height […]

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Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross review – SUV is left in the shade

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross review – SUV is left in the shade

Like them or loathe them, there’s no denying that SUVs are the car of the moment. Sales of smaller models might be soaring but at the heart of the SUV world lie the mid-sized family vehicles such as the Nissan Qashqai and Seat Ateca. Every manufacturer wants a horse in this most profitable of races […]

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