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First Drive: BMW M850i
Nov01

First Drive: BMW M850i

The 8 Series returns after a 20-year absence – and heralds BMW’s future direction writes Geraldine Herbert What is it? .It’s been almost 20 years since the last BMW 8 Series; the two-door coupe traces its history to the Frankfurt Motor show in 1989 and was BMW’s technology showpiece of its time. Dubbed the ‘E31’, it was powered by 5.0-litre V-12 that produced 300 horsepower. Over its lifetime it...

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Renault Koleos
Oct10

Renault Koleos

It seems happy holidays start with having the right car, writes Geraldine Herbert What is it? Holidays are all about the pursuit of happiness but invariably it rarely works out that way, and, as a family of four, we’ve had our share of arduous road trips where motorway accidents, breakdowns and bored children have tested both parents’ endurance and imagination. Experience has, however, taught us that key to all arriving...

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First Drive: Mazda CX-3
Sep25

First Drive: Mazda CX-3

It may not look radically different but there have been some key improvements to the 2019 Mazda CX-3 writes Suzanne Keane What is it? The CX-3 was launched in 2015 as Mazda’s first compact SUV to take on the crossover market. Now it’s back with a mini-facelift and hoping to stamp all over the competition. First impressions of the Mazda CX-3? The overall look of the CX-3 hasn’t really changed but there’s an updated front grille with...

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Honda Civic Type R
Sep21

Honda Civic Type R

Suzanne Keane checks out the new Red Hot Honda Civic Type R  What is it? The new Type R Civic from Honda is officially the fastest front wheel drive hatchback as proven on the Nurburgring. Pushing 320bhp through the front wheels it has a top speed of 272kmph and will do 0-100kmph in just 5.8 seconds. This is the car that every girl (and boy) racer dreams of. Who is it aimed at? The Type R is aimed at real petrol heads. Other “hot...

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10 of the Best 7-Seater SUVs
Sep20

10 of the Best 7-Seater SUVs

Once only the preserve of big families the seven seat SUV is now as much a status symbol as it is a family must have Audi Q7 The second-generation seven-seater Audi Q7 is a vision of well-executed design and is beautifully constructed inside and out and showcasing some of Audis best connectivity, infotainment, and driver-assistance technology. On road, it dwarfs all but buses and trucks and it is refined and quiet. The second-row...

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Volkswagen T-Roc Sport 2.0 TDI
Aug24

Volkswagen T-Roc Sport 2.0 TDI

Volkswagen says the launch of its new crossover, the T-Roc is one of the most important cars in years writes Geraldine Herbert What is it? The T-Roc is a five-door crossover aimed at families who want space, style and agility.  Crossovers position themselves explicitly between the family hatch and the large winter-ready 4×4 and this one is designed to compete with the likes of SEAT’s Arona, the Kia Stonic and...

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