Category : Road Tests

First Drive: Hyundai Ioniq

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SECTOR Upper Medium PRICE €22,000–€34,000 FUEL 3.4–3.9l/100km (Ioniq Hybrid) CO2 79–92g/km (Ioniq Hybrid) Petrol, or diesel? It’s been a binary choice for most fleets until recently, but the growing choice of hybrid and plug-in models are …

First Drive: Audi Q2

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SECTOR Crossover PRICE €22,900–€34,000 FUEL 4.4-5.7l/100km CO2 114-130g/km Audi has long defined itself by its understated sense of premium style, on subtle accents of aluminium, soft metallic colours and futuristic LED light signatures. So the Q2 might …

First Drive: Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe

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SECTOR Premium SUV PRICE From €56,550–€106,450 approx FUEL 7.2l/100km CO2 187g/km At a glance, the GLE bears a strong resemblance to a BMW X6 and I’m sure that is no accident, but it’s debatable how much …

First Drive: Volvo V90/S90

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    SECTOR Executive   PRICE €42,750–€60,600   FUEL 4.4–7.4l/100km   CO2 116–169g/km   Volvo’s global sales figures suggest it’s a brand often overlooked when executive-level company car drivers are putting a shopping …

Road Test: Volkswagen Tiguan

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SECTOR Compact SUV PRICE From €25,975 approx FUEL 4.7l/100km CO2 123g/km I remember testing a new mk-IV Golf many years ago and everywhere I took the car people stopped, looked and asked questions, despite the relatively …

First Drive: SEAT Ateca

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SECTOR Crossover PRICE €19,990–€35,580 FUEL 4.2–6.1l/100km CO2 112–131g/km Changes are afoot at SEAT. Having spent its first three decades under Volkswagen Group rule defining itself with hot hatches, wild colours and low pricing, newly appointed president …

First Drive: Ford Focus RS

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Sector: Lower Medium Price: From €30,500 Fuel: 7.7l/100km CO2: 175g/km A new Focus RS is something to look forward to if performance and handling are your top priorities. Ford launched the third generation …

First Drive: Iveco Daily

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Sector: Light truck Price: TBA Fuel: n/a CO2: n/a The march of the Iveco Daily continues with the launch of the latest version, bringing a number of revisions to the model launched in …

Road Test: Mercedes-Benz E 220 d

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Sector: Executive Price: €47,124–€53,431 Fuel: 3.9–4.3l/100km CO2: 102–112g/km While it’s not uncommon for new launches to reset segment benchmarks, the moments where a newcomer makes its competitors seem a generation behind are rare. …

First Drive: Hyundai i20 Active

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Sector: Crossover Price: €16,900–€22,200 Fuel: 4.5–5.1l/100km CO2: 106–119g/km The doomsayers would have us believe that diesel power is on the way out for smaller cars, which might stand up better if it had …

First Drive: DS 3

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Sector: Supermini Price: €15,890–€26,340 Fuel: 3.4–5.6l/100km CO2: 87–129g/km It’s six years since the DS 3 made its first appearance, wearing Citroën badges, and since then 390,000 customers have bought one, with UK buyers …

First Drive: Ford Mustang

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Sector: Coupe/Convertible Price: €38,000–€49,000 Fuel: 8.0–13.6l/100km CO2: 179–306g/km Conceived as an affordable everyday performance car for mid-1960s America, the Mustang’s enduring appeal has made it as iconic a part of Ford’s history as the …

First Drive: Ford Ranger

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Sector: Pick-up Price: €23,400–€37,675 Fuel: 6.5–8.9l/100km CO2: 171–234g/km Ford unwrapped the face-lifted Ranger pickup at the Frankfurt Show in September 2015. There were no surprises in that it retains three body styles – …

First Drive: Toyota Prius

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Sector: Upper Medium Price: €28,150–€32,150 Fuel: 3.0–3.3l/100km CO2: 70–76g/km Arguably launched before its time, the first Prius was a 20th Century solution to 21st Century problems. Years before legislation twisted the arms of other brands, …

Road Test: Mazda3 1.5 SKYACTIV-D

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Sector: Lower Medium Price: €23,500–€32,400 Fuel: 3.8–4.9l/100km CO2: 99–114g/km It’s been an inevitable add‐on for at least a year. The Mazda3’s large diesel engine has curbed its full fleet potential, despite rising demand, …

Road Test: Range Rover Evoque

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SECTOR: SUV   PRICE: €33,100–€56,810   FUEL: 4.2–8.6l/100km   CO2: 109–201g/km Five years after it was launched, the Range Rover Evoque has been re-worked to include a range of revisions and new technologies to bring it …

First Drive: Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine

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Sector: Premium SUV Price: €76,705–€80,305 Fuel: 2.1l/100km CO2: 49g/km When Volvo launched the new XC90 in 2015, the range consisted of the 320hp T6 petrol powered model and the 225hp D5 diesel model. A T8 plug-in-hybrid …

First Drive: Kia Sportage

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Sector: Crossover Price: €19,990–€42,190 Fuel: 4.6–7.6l/100km CO2: 119–177g/km Stand the new Kia Sportage next to the outgoing model and there is an air of familiarity about it. Kia has sensibly kept the basic shape …

First Drive: DS 4

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Sector: Lower Medium Price: €20,600–€28,300 Fuel: 3.8–5.9/100km CO2: 100–138g/km Launching a new automotive brand is a big challenge, and as DS, Infiniti (in Europe) and now Genesis are finding out, launching a premium brand …

First Drive: Kia Optima

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SECTOR: Upper Medium   PRICE: From €24,990–€35,990   FUEL: 4.2–7.5l/100km   CO2: 110–175g/km   The Optima’s runaway success when it was launched in North America five years ago was arguably a turning point for Kia …

First Drive: Suzuki Vitara S

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SECTOR: Crossover   PRICE: €22,670–€24,170   FUEL: 5.4–5.5l/100km   CO2: 127–128g/km It is less than a year since Suzuki launched the latest Vitara range, giving the company’s long-running model much more appeal than before. Now it …

First Drive: SEAT Ibiza 1.4 TDI

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SECTOR: Supermini   PRICE: €16,280–€20,660   FUEL: 3.4–3.8l/100km   CO2: 88–102g/km   Ibiza celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2015 and the 4th generation model got a substantial re-working in time for the Euro-6 emissions limits. …

Road Test: Jeep Cherokee

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SECTOR: Medium SUV   PRICE: €35,960–€41,440   FUEL: 5.6–6.1l/100km   CO2: 150–160g/km Jeep appears to be enjoying something of a revival at the moment, spearheaded in Europe at least by the impressive Renegade, the first Jeep …

First Drive: Nissan Navara

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Sector: Pick-up Price: €25,900–€35,200 Fuel: 6.3 –7.0l/100km CO2: 169–183g/km Crossover styling meets working truck, in Nissan’s latest NP300 Navara pick-up. Built at the firm’s Barcelona plant, new Navara boasts cleaner engines, five-link rear …

First Drive: SsangYong Tivoli

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Sector: Crossover Price: €15,490–€26,990 Fuel: 4.3 –7.6l/100km CO2: 133–176g/km Korean manufacturer SsangYong is a small player in Europe but, with the Tivoli crossover, it’s aiming for the region’s fastest-growing segment and hoping to …

First Drive: Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

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Sector: SUV Price: From €40,480 Fuel: 1.8l/100km CO2: 42g/km Mitsubishi has enjoyed phenomenal success with the Outlander PHEV since it was launched in 2014. The intuitive controls make it one of the best …

First Drive: Range Rover Hybrid

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Sector: Premium SUV Price: From €120,850 Fuel: 6.2l/100km CO2: 164g/km Few of us will get to choose a Range Rover as a company car. For those that do, it’s likely that fuel consumption and …

First Drive: Opel Astra

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Sector: Lower Medium Price: €17,260–€31,120 Fuel: 3.8–5.9l/100km CO2: 99–136g/km If not born to be a fleet car, the Opel Astra has been at the heart of the fleet sector since it was launched (as …

First Drive: Audi A4

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Sector: Compact Executive Price: €28,240–€42,460 Fuel: 3.8 –5.9l/100km CO2: 99–136g/km A new Audi A4 is likely to be a car to be reckoned with, particularly when premium models are becoming increasingly important for the leasing …

First Drive: Mazda MX-5

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Sector: Roadster Price: €20,170–€25,400 Fuel: 6.0–6.9l/100km CO2: 139–161g/km Replacing one of the most popular and affordable two-seat roadsters on the market must rate as one of the more difficult tasks facing a car design and …