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First Drive: BMW Z4
Nov26

First Drive: BMW Z4

It’s hard not to be seduced by the Z4 with its beautifully sculpted lines and classic feel, but it’s not perfect, writes Geraldine Herbert What is it? Nothing comes closer to instant glamour than driving an open-topped car, so is it any wonder car-makers tempt us with little sporty numbers? BMW’s classic two-seater, the Z4, is one of the best-looking roadsters. But stunning as it looks, the Z4 has never had the same...

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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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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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First Drive: Mazda6 Tourer
Aug02

First Drive: Mazda6 Tourer

Perhaps it’s time we ditched the SUVs in favour of the maligned estate car writes Geraldine Herbert What is it? For many the attraction of an estate car is lost, it’s not a purchase that appeals to the senses but one that placates the need for space, an assortment of hooks and flat-pack furniture. It should come as no surprise that car makers go to increasing lengths to disguise their load luggers, calling them...

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First Drive: Ford Focus
Jul16

First Drive: Ford Focus

Despite ever increasing sales of SUVs, the Focus is a huge­ly significant addition to the Ford line up writes Suzanne Keane What is it? 20 years after it was first launched the Ford Focus has been rebuilt from the ground up and is hoping to be as popular as its predecessors. First impressions of the new Ford Focus? The new model is wider and lower with a wheelbase that is 52mm longer than the previous version. The overhangs to the...

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First Drive: Maserati Levante
Jul02

First Drive: Maserati Levante

Suzanne Keane gets behind the wheel of Maserati’s first SUV the Levante What is it? When you think of Maserati an SUV may not be the first image that pops into your head but the Italian manufacturer has taken this luxury segment by storm with the arrival of the Levante which following its launch was their highest selling car across 72 countries. First impressions of the new Maserati Levante? Manufactured in the Mirafiori plant...

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