02 Sep: Mazda 2

… Mazda 2 GT Sport Nav … The latest refreshed Mazda 2 looks as good as ever, and smart enough to attract potential punters who may never have considered the marque before. What may deter them is the rather modest 89 bhp 1.5 litre turbo-less engine under the bonnet which […] Read more »

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19 Aug: Nissan Juke Tekna

Nissan Juke Tekna … Hard to believe but the original Nissan Juke was launched almost ten years ago now, and hasn’t the ugly duckling turned into a handsome swan? Maybe that’s a bit harsh, but the original car with its bug-eyed headlamps and bulging haunches looked different at best, and […] Read more »

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12 Aug: Kia Niro Hybrid

Kia Niro 1.6 GDi HEV … You’d be hard pushed to detect that the new Kia Niro is a hybrid. It does everything at least as good as, if not better, than a ‘normal’ car. Although it looks like a sport wagon / estate car / hatchback that can’t make […] Read more »

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05 Aug: Mazda CX-30 GT Sport

Mazda CX-30 2WD GT Sport Despite all the hype and promotion, it would appear that the great British public is not yet ready to fully embrace electric cars. Range anxiety is still the biggest barrier to full acceptance. Despite the fact that great strides have been made in driveability and […] Read more »

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22 Jul: Ford Puma mHEV

… Ford Puma ST-Line X mHEV… Once upon a time, Ford produced a two door coupe with sporting potential. It was called the Puma. The first of these front wheel drive machines had a 1.4 litre engine and later a 1.6 litre unit which Ford took rallying. There was even […] Read more »

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12 Jul: Ineos Grenadier 4×4

Ineos Grenadier 4×4 Time will tell if Land Rover missed a trick with its revamped Defender, or if Ineos has stolen a march with its new Grenadier 4×4. Looking very like the late Santana which itself was a revamped copy of a Defender, Ineos has trodden the same path – […] Read more »

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25 Jun: Renault Clio TCe 100

Renault Clio Iconic TCe 100 The 1 litre Renault Clio proves one thing – well quite a few things actually. But basically it proves that you don’t need oodles of power to enjoy your motoring. Of course it helps, but what you need most of all in a ‘driver’s’ car […] Read more »

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10 Jun: Vauxhall Corsa 1.2

Vauxhall Corsa SRi Nav Premium 1.2 Turbo Hard to believe perhaps, but the original Vauxhall Nova was launched nearly 40 years ago. The original may have been smaller than Margaret Thatcher’s handbag, but like any baby born back then it is all grown up now. This latest Corsa can no […] Read more »

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29 May: SsangYong Korando

(Click on image above to enlarge) SsangYong Korando TGDi Ultimate It may have an unusual name, but then we said that about Suzuki, Toyota, Honda and Datsun when they first appeared on our shores, and just look at them now. Given how practical and well equipped this latest SsangYong Korando […] Read more »

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23 Apr: Land Rover – Bigfoot

Land Rover Defender Bigfoot (Sept. 2009)… Just over ten years ago my Big Pal Jaggy got his mitts on the ultimate vehicle as befits a man of his stature and standing in life. The Land Rover Bigfoot. Very few people outwith the LR team have ever driven it, so to […] Read more »

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