10 Sep: Land Rover Defender

… New Land Rover Defender … The wait is over. Anticipation and expectation can now be judged against reality. Land Rover is about to launch the new Defender on to a long awaited public. The 110 model will be available from launch followed very soon by a short wheelbase 90, […] Read more »

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25 Jul: Vauxhall Combo Life

… Vauxhall Combo Life XL, 1.5L … By Combo to Kintyre … The Vauxhall Combo Life is just about the perfect ‘family car’. It may lack the style and panache of an SUV or estate, but it more than makes up for it in sheer practicality. The interior is spacious […] Read more »

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04 Jul: Ford Fiesta ST-2

… Ford Fiesta ST-2 … The Dunoon presents Argyll Rally is one of the very few events where travelling by ferry is an option, and perhaps that’s why so many folk choose it. For those in the east and the south of Scotland it offers a genteel and picturesque shortcut […] Read more »

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26 Jun: CUPRA Ateca

… CUPRA Ateca … SEAT’s Cupra Ateca is nuts. Just thought I would get that out of the way first. Why? How else would you describe a mid size SUV with 296 bhp? Nothing wrong with that really, but the trouble is, it’s awfy quiet, very smooth and is relatively […] Read more »

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31 May: Audi S1 Sportback

… Audi A1 Sportback 30TFSI … It might be a small car but there’s a lot to like about the Audi S1 Sportback, so named because it’s a five door hatchback! It also has a small engine, one of the new breed of turbocharged three cylinder jobs, this one with […] Read more »

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24 May: Suzuki Jimny

… Suzuki Jimny … Anyone who buys a Suzuki Jimny, and then complains about the choppy ride, needs a good kick up the bum. It’s a short wheelbase vehicle (even shorter than a SWB Defender!) so what would you expect? Similarly, anyone who buys a Suzuki Jimny, and then complains […] Read more »

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30 Apr: Peugeot Rifter

… Peugeot Rifter GT Line … I thought the Peugeot Rifter would be ideal transport for last month’s Border Counties Rally. It was snowing in the run up to the event and the Rifter is front wheel drive. As we all know FWD is better than rear wheel drive in […] Read more »

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09 Apr: BMW X7 50d

… BMW X7 50d … Buy one Get one Free (sort of!) … Having spent the afternoon at Gleneagles on Sunday for the finish of the magnificent Flying Scotsman Rally, it was back to Gleneagles again on Monday for the Press launch of BMW’s new flagship, the X7. By goad […] Read more »

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03 Apr: Ford Focus 1.0

… Ford Focus Titanium X … In the great scheme of things, the Ford Focus is not a big car although it is a full size, four door hatchback five seater. It’s not particularly heavy, comparing well with others in its class at just over 1300kgs, but to those of […] Read more »

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14 Mar: Jaguar XE AWD

… Jaguar XE Land Mark 2.0 240PS Diesel AWD Auto … Make no mistake, the Jaguar XE is a proper Jaguar. It looks like a Jag and smells like a Jag, more importantly it goes like a Jag and handles like a Jag. On that basis it would make an […] Read more »

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