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First Drive: Lexus UX
Mar19

First Drive: Lexus UX

The new Lexus hybrid SUV is proof that good things come in small packages writes Geraldine Herbert What is it? It seems small is the new big and Lexus is the latest car brand to offer a scaled down and less expensive version of their larger SUV. Joining the family of Lexus “X” vehicles including the RX and NX is the even smaller UX or Urban Explorer. While car sales were down by double-digits this year so far, sales of...

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First Drive: DS 7
Feb20

First Drive: DS 7

Full of Gallic style, the new DS 7 demands attention, but can it compete in the crowded SUV market asks Geraldine Herbert What is it? In a market where safety and efficiency dictate car design and form as much as brand identity, it’s refreshing to know some are daring to be different. One of the most unique car-makers is DS.  It’s been almost 10 years since its first model appeared on our streets,  produced under French...

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First Drive: SEAT Tarraco
Feb14

First Drive: SEAT Tarraco

Fancy getting muddy in style? We check out Seats all new seven seat Tarraco writes Geraldine Herbert. What is it? Sitting on top of the SEAT SUV family the Tarraco is a big brother to the Ateca and Arona. With seven-seat SUV plans to tempt buyers away from a host of rivals including the Mitsubishi Outlander, Nissan X-Trail, Kia’s Sorento, Hyundai’s Santa Fe, the Peugeot 5008, the Citroen C5 Aircross and Opel’s...

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First Drive: Lexus ES
Feb05

First Drive: Lexus ES

Can Lexus tempt buyers away from premium German rivals in Europe with its ES, asks Geraldine Herbert. What is it? The ES is the best-selling Lexus in the world but this is the first time the nameplate will be offered in Europe. Lexus is nudging into the premium executive market to rival the Audi A6, BMW 5 Series and Mercedes E-Class. Is it a looker? Shrinking the best elements of the larger LS, the ES is dramatically styled and...

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First Drive: Lexus RC
Jan30

First Drive: Lexus RC

The Lexus RC 300h stirs the soul, but is it a match for German rivals? Geraldine Herbert finds out What is it? So you want something sporty and premium that wouldn’t look out of place at a Greenpeace fundraiser. You want it to look muscular but not bling, with good driving manners, plush interior and comfort. Well, Lexus would like to tempt you with their 2019 RC 300h – a hybrid coupé. Is it a looker? It looks absolutely gorgeous and...

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First Drive: Citroen C5 Aircross
Nov29

First Drive: Citroen C5 Aircross

Citroen’s new flagship SUV, the C5 Aircross, is the moment when comfy sofa meets family car, writes Geraldine Herbert What is it? Few places can better test the ability of an SUV than the Atlas Mountains of Morocco, home to stunning desert landscapes, strange and wonderful roads and breathtaking gorges. It was here Citroen chose to launch its all-new SUV, the C5 Aircross. Comfort is Citroen’s new focus; inspired by...

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