Category : Road Tests

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 …

First Drive: Volkswagen Caddy

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Sector: Small Van  Engines: 151–178hp Payloads: 582–735kg Cargo Volume: 3.2m3 or 4.2m3 “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”, seems to have been Volkswagen’s guide in re-working its successful small van. It uses much …

First Drive: Kia cee’d

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Sector: Lower Medium Price: €20,280–€27,660 Fuel: 3.6–7.4l/100km CO2: 94–170g/km It may be an upgrade, but Kia has packed a lot into the tweaks to the latest Kia cee’d, including subtle changes to both interior …

Road Test: Ford Focus ST 2.0 TDCi

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Sector: Lower Medium Price: €29,900–€30,850 Fuel: 4.2/100km CO2: 110g/km XR, ST, RS, Cosworth – Ford has an impressive history of bringing performance to the masses. An iconic lineage which the first diesel-powered Focus ST …

First Drive: Hyundai Tucson

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Sector: Crossover Price: €22,400–39,850 Fuel: 4.6–6.7l/100km CO2: 119–177g/km Although the locally-focused i30 and cee’d hatchbacks have had a large-volume role in changing the image of their respective brands in Europe, it’s aspirational crossovers which …

Road Test: Jaguar XF

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SECTOR: Premium saloon  PRICE: From €37,230–€58,900   FUEL: 4.0–8.3l/100km   CO2: 104-198g/km   Uncompetitive CO2 emissions from the outgoing Jaguar XF did not help fleet sales. The 2.2-litre four-cylinder diesel was an afterthought; aimed at making it more fleet-friendly for a car …

Road Test: Fiat 500

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SECTOR: City car   PRICE: €12,250–€19,150   FUEL: 3.8–4.9l/100km   CO2: 88–111g/km Launched in July 1957, the Nuova 500 – ‘new’ because it replaced the 500 ‘Topolino’ – was a seminal moment for Fiat. It was the …

Road Test: DS 5

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SECTOR: Compact Executive   PRICE: €29,550–€47,500   FUEL: 3.8–5.9/100km   CO2: 100–136g/km With its own website and the beginnings of a dealer network, DS Automobiles has been taking steady steps away from Citroën for just over a …

Road Test: BMW X1

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SECTOR: Crossover   PRICE: €32,900–€42,760   FUEL: 4.1–6.6l/100km   CO2: 114–152g/km   BMW managed to beat its direct rivals to the crossover segment with the X1, and the outgoing car has performed well. Despite a lukewarm reception …

First Drive: Volkswagen Polo GTI

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Sector: Lower medium Price: From €22,275 Fuel: 5.6–6.0/100km CO2: 129–139g/km The latest Polo range was launched at the Paris Show in September 2014 and the GTI model was among the models to be launched …

First Drive: Volkswagen Transporter

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Sector: Mid-weight van Price: From €24,700 Fuel: 5.9–9.3l/100km CO2: 153–219g/km Volkswagen’s mid-weight Transporter light commercial, and its people-carrying Caravelle and Multivan counterparts, have been a huge success since the first generation ‘Bulli’ was launched …

First Drive: BMW 3 Series

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Sector: Compact Executive Price: €30,200–€53,860 Fuel: 3.8–7.9l/100km CO2: 99–185g/km While BMW might seem focused on niche models, the 3 Series is a reminder that its core products are the most important. Claimed to be …

Road Test: Ford Mondeo Hybrid

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Sector: Upper Medium Price: €34,950 Fuel: 4.2l/100km CO2: 99g/km Press the start button in the Mondeo Hybrid and something unusual happens – it’s silent. We’ve become so used to Ford’s fleet stalwart rumbling into …

First Drive: Renault Kadjar

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Sector: Crossover   PRICE €22,990–€32,800   FUEL 3.8–5.8l/100km   CO2 99–130g/km Renault admits it’s better known for superminis and MPVs than crossovers, but the Kadjar is aiming to alter that. Positioned to take on the Nissan Qashqai …

First Drive: Volvo XC90

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Sector: Large SUV Price: €52,400–€76,160 Fuel: 2.5–8.0l/100km CO2: 59–179g/km Volvo did a great job of building up expectations before the XC90 was seen in public for the first time at the Paris Show last …

First Drive: Mazda CX-3

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Sector: Crossover Price: €17,990–€28,190 Fuel: 4.0–6.4/100km CO2: 105–150g/km The small SUV currently seems unstoppable, with Mazda the latest to introduce a model to take on the Nissan Juke, Ford EcoSport, Jeep Renegade and Opel …

First Drive: Toyota Avensis

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Sector: Upper Medium Price: €23,640–€36,340 Fuel: 4.2–6.5l/100km CO2: 108–149g/km Toyota reckons word of mouth plays a big part in Avensis sales, and they’re probably right. This might not be the most high-profile car in …

First Drive: Fiat 500X

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SECTOR: Compact crossover PRICE: From €13,600   FUEL: 4.1–6.4l/100km   CO2: 109–147g/km   Fiat has been quite clever with the design of the 500X, first seen at the Paris Show last year and now on sale …

Road Test: Mazda6

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SECTOR: Upper-medium   PRICE: From €19,250   FUEL: 3.9–5.9l/100km   CO2: 106–137g/km I t was clear from launch that Mazda had a winner on its hands with the third generation Mazda6, launched in 2013. The design, using …

Road Test: MG6

3 years ago / 0 comments

SECTOR: Lower-medium   PRICE: From €14,560   FUEL: 4.6l/100km   CO2: 119g/km It may only be available in the UK at present, but MG is planning to launch into the compact SUV sector in the next year …

Road Test: Volkswagen Golf GTE

3 years ago / 0 comments

SECTOR: Lower-medium   PRICE: From €36,900   FUEL: 1.5l/100km//11.4kW/100km   CO2: 39g/km Volkswagen launched the Golf GTE earlier this year, designed to join the GT range of Golfs alongside the GTI and diesel powered GTD. The GTE …

Road Test: Ford S-Max

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SECTOR: Large MPV   PRICE: €30,150–€40,750   FUEL: 5.0–8.9l/100km   CO2: 129–204g/km   The outgoing Ford S-Max was one of those segment-busting vehicles which could so easily have not worked. Emerging from its MPV joint venture with …

Road Test: Jeep Renegade

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SECTOR: SUV   PRICE: From €16,380   FUEL: 4.6–6.9l/100km   CO2: 120–160g/km   SUVs and me don't always hit it off. While I like the relatively good accommodation that the high rise seating position often gives, I'm …

Road Test: SEAT Leon X-Perience

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SECTOR: Crossover   PRICE: From €23,227   FUEL: 4.9l/100km   CO2: 122–150g/km   To say that within the VW Group, SEAT has been a bit light on the SUV and crossover front is a bit of an …

Road Test: Citroën C4

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SECTOR: Lower Medium   PRICE: €18,950–€30,490   FUEL: 3.3–6.1l/100km   CO2: 86–140g/km   Citroën’s latest C4 models, the Picasso and Cactus, have given it a pair of very strong products right at the core of its range. …

Road Test: Suzuki Vitara

3 years ago / 0 comments

SECTOR: Crossover   PRICE: €17,990–25,990   FUEL: 4.0–5.74l/100km   CO2: 111–131g/km   It would be an unwise manufacturer that ignores the compact SUV sector around the world, but particularly in Europe, where it accounts for some 20% …

Road Test: Mazda2

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SECTOR: Supermini   PRICE: €12,790–€18,790   FUEL: 3.4–4.9l/100km   CO2: 89–117g/km  No manufacturer selling cars in Europe can afford to ignore the B-segment. While the C-segment tends to be the best-seller, both privately and in fleet – …

Road Test: BMW 2 Series Cabrio

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SECTOR: Convertible   PRICE: €32,200–€51,350   FUEL: 4.1–8.5l/100km   CO2: 108–199g/km   With over 130,000 sales globally, BMW’s old 1 Series Cabrio was the world’s biggest-selling premium compact open-top car. So while there’s a new badge on …