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First Drive: Kia Stinger
Nov20

First Drive: Kia Stinger

Suzanne Keane gets behind the wheel of Kia’s new sports car with rear-wheel drive and a twin-turbo V6 engine What is it? The Stinger is the fastest production vehicle in Kia’s history – designed in Frankfurt and perfected at the Nürburgring. The rear wheel drive “sports sedan” has been developed from the 2011 Kia GT concept. First impressions of the new Kia Stinger? The low slung Stinger with its sloping roofline, wide stance...

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First Drive: SEAT Arona
Nov14

First Drive: SEAT Arona

The striking new Seat Arona is the latest offering in the compact SUV segment, writes Geraldine Herbert What is it? Named after a small town in Tenerife, the Arona is the latest newcomer from the Spanish car maker Seat and is a significant model as it marks its first foray into the ultra-competitive B-SUV sector. First impressions of the new Seat Arona? Looming in the mirrors of the Renault Captur, Peugeot 2008 and Opel Mokka, the...

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Renault Megane Grand Coupe 1.6 DCI 130 Signature Nav
Nov06

Renault Megane Grand Coupe 1.6 DCI 130 Signature Nav

Suzanne Keane checks out Renault’s stylish compact Saloon, the Megane Grand Coupe What is it?  The Megane Grand Coupe is the saloon version of last year’s funky hatchback. While it may be less attractive than its hatchback and sports tourer siblings once you’re behind the wheel it feels identical and with 130bhp under the bonnet it won’t be left behind. Styling? While there are touches of coupe styling in keeping with the name...

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First Drive: Kia Stonic
Nov01

First Drive: Kia Stonic

In a competitive market, does Kia’s crossover Stonic have the power to surprise, asks Geraldine Herbert What is it? Car makers are getting serious about small SUVs and a host of new models are set to join the burgeoning market over the next few months. Hyundai has just announced pricing for its new Kona, while its sister brand Kia launched its Rio-based Stonic recently Building on the success of its large seven-seat Sorento...

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Citroen Grand C4 Picasso
Oct10

Citroen Grand C4 Picasso

If you thought MPVs were boring then check out the Citroen Grand C4 Picasso writes Suzanne Keane What is it? The Citroen Grand C4 Picasso is a versatile MPV that embraces Citroens signature quirky style. Who is it aimed at? The Grand C4 Picasso is aimed at those looking for a practical and stylish 7 seater with a touch of French flair in a compact package. Styling? MPVs are never the most stylish cars on the road but the Grand C4...

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First Drive: Opel Grandland X
Oct05

First Drive: Opel Grandland X

The stylish third member of Opel’s ‘X’ family has arrived writes  Geraldine Herbert What is it? The Grandland X is Opel’s stylish but late entrant into the compact SUV parade. With a sporty design and rugged off-road looks, it is aimed at young families and the young at heart. At 4.48m long it is also the largest SUV in Opel’s range, with seating for five people, generous luggage space and a host of...

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