28 Nov: Nissan Leaf e+ Tekna

Nissan Leaf e+ Tekna Let’s get one thing straight, there is absolutely nothing wrong with electric cars. In truth, there is much to like. They’re comfortable, quick and have fewer moving parts than what most of us currently use, which should make them more reliable, should it not? They do […] Read more »

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31 Oct: Mazda 3 Skyactiv-X 2.0

… Mazda 3 Skyactiv-X 2.0 … It’s a petrol, Jim, but not as we know it. A rather strange opening gambit perhaps, but there is a sound reason. Mazda’s new Skyactiv-X petrol engine features Spark Controlled Compression Ignition (SPCCI). For the uninitiated, it’s the world’s first petrol engine to exploit […] Read more »

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10 Oct: Vauxhall Vivaro Life

… Vauxhall Vivaro Life Elite (Long) 2.0 TD … As far as I am concerned the Vauxhall Vivaro Life is the ideal family/holiday/business car, so there is no need to go any further. That’s all you need to know. But for those who may doubt such a profound statement, perhaps […] Read more »

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30 Sep: Vauxhall Astra 1.2T

… Vauxhall Astra Elite NAV 1.2T … If Brexit ever happens we might just be thankful that Vauxhall is still building cars and vans in the UK. When the Tunnel is filled in, the ports closed and the airport runways have trenches dug across them at least we’ll still be […] Read more »

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11 Sep: Ford Focus ST

… Ford Focus ST 2.3 EcoBoost … The Ford Focus ST 5 Door is simply a grown up Fiesta ST for adults. It’s got more power and more weight but it still goes and it still handles. It may lack the nimble agility of the 200hp Fiesta but it feels […] Read more »

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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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06 Sep: Jaguar XF Sportbrake

… Jaguar XF Sportbrake 300 R-Sport … This could be a very short appraisal. I could just write the word ‘fabulous’ and leave it at that. Or maybe write three more – power, pace and presence. That just about sums up Jaguar’s Sportbrake 300. The figure ‘300’ of course stands […] 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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