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First Drive: Renault Mégane RS
Feb13

First Drive: Renault Mégane RS

The Renault Mégane RS is the most fun I had, on track and off, in a long time writes Geraldine Herbert What is it? Sitting lower to the ground than the regular Mégane, the RS 280, the latest hot hatch to be unleashed by the French marque, is low, orange and racetrack-ready. Its predecessor was revered by hot hatchback aficionados, so much is expected of it. First impressions of the new Renault Mégane RS? Despite being painted an...

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First Drive: Volkswagen T-Roc
Jan31

First Drive: Volkswagen T-Roc

VW’s latest SUV is ready to roc but can it stand out in this crowded segment asks Geraldine Herbert What is it? The T-Roc is the latest in Volkswagen’s SUV offensive and is designed to appeal to young, trendy buyers. First impressions of the new VW T-Roc? Buying a new car is much like starting a relationship, it has little if anything to do with the brain and everything to do with the heart. In the fiercely competitive SUV...

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First Drive: Peugeot 5008
Dec11

First Drive: Peugeot 5008

SUVs are currently on a winning streak and it’s easy to see why writes Geraldine Herbert What is it? An MPV is not the car of choice for style conscious families. If you are in the market for one it’s unlikely that you are a singleton, no it is because you are in need of extra seats and space, possibly as much as 1,000 litres, with the seats folded down. In the age of the Urban SUV, Peugeot has looked at the most...

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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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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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