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First Drive: Audi Q7
Aug11

First Drive: Audi Q7

Ahead of its launch here next month we went to the Verbier to drive Audi’s new second generation Q7 writes Geraldine Herbert What is it? With three rows of seating and room for seven the Q7 is a luxurious family hauler. First impressions of the new Audi Q7: Audi’s molecular building blocks speak the language of understated elegance and the second generation Q7 is strictly urban contemporary. What about the interior? The Q7 has...

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Kia Sorento Platinum 2.2
Jul08

Kia Sorento Platinum 2.2

The new Sorento is proof that Kia takes refinement very seriously with a high quality interior and smart styling writes Geraldine Herbert What is it?  The seven-seat SUV is one of the most popular family car choices on the road and  Kia’s third generation seven seat Sorento is their most refined to date. Who is it aimed at? You don’t have to spend all your spare time contemplating fordable rivers, scalable peaks and crossable tundras...

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New compact SUVs … top 5 on a budget of €20,000
Jun30

New compact SUVs … top 5 on a budget of €20,000

Geraldine Herbert on the best buys in the fastest-growing segment Competition in the fast-growing compact crossover sector shows no sign of slowing down with five new entrants in the past couple of months alone. If you’re in the market for a high-riding family friendly car then the choices are mind-boggling, petrol or diesel, front or four-wheel drive, chic or rugged? SUZUKI VITARA: The new Vitara builds on Suzuki’s strong reputation...

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Nissan X-Trail 1.6d SV 7 Seats
May27

Nissan X-Trail 1.6d SV 7 Seats

Nissan’s X-Trail joins the crop of crossovers and offers good value in a competitive segment, writes Geraldine Herbert What is it?  The crossover market is still booming and the latest SUV to be given a stylish makeover is Nissan’s X-Trail. Who is it aimed at? Gone is the rugged and utilitarian exterior and  the new model is designed to lure buyers away from rivals like the Ford Kuga, Mazda CX-5 and Honda CR-V. Styling?...

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First drive: Kia Sorento 2.2D AWD
Mar13

First drive: Kia Sorento 2.2D AWD

The new third generation Kia Sorento is a much more polished and refined SUV writes Geraldine Herbert What is it? Kia’s third generation Sorento has just arrived sporting a sharper look outside and more premium feel inside. Rivals include the  Hyundai Santa Fe and the Mitsubishi Outlander but Kia reckon it might just lure buyers away from BMW’s X5, Land Rover’s Discovery and  the Volvo XC90. First impressions of the new Kia Sorento?...

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First Drive: Mazda CX-5 2.0
Mar05

First Drive: Mazda CX-5 2.0

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Mazda gives the CX-5 a subtle upgrade writes Suzanne Keane What is it? The CX-5 is Mazda’s bestselling car in Europe and has been revamped for 2015 with a few subtle exterior changes but the most obvious developments have been made inside the cabin. This has been completely redesigned with better quality materials, a wider centre console and vastly improved connectivity. First impressions...

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