Category : Road Tests

Road Test: Porsche Macan S Diesel

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Sector: SUV Price: €58,442 Fuel: 6.1–6.3l/100km CO2: 159–164g/km It would be entirely appropriate to be a little sceptical of claims that an SUV can match up to the sports car DNA mentioned in the Porsche …

First Drive: Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive

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Sector: Compact MPV Price: €39,151 Electric range: 200–230km CO2: 0g/km It’s just over two decades since Mercedes-Benz first showed the potential of its sandwich floor design with the Vision A Concept car, hinting that …

Road Test: Lexus NX 300h

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SECTOR: Compact premium SUV   PRICE: €39,800–€56,600   FUEL: 5.0–5.3l/100km   CO2: 116–123g/km  With hybrid versions of its existing five models representing 60% of European sales, it’s hardly surprising the first compact SUV from Lexus sports a …

Road Test: Nissan Pulsar

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SECTOR: Lower-medium   PRICE: €17,490–€25,670   FUEL: 3.6–5.1l/100km   CO2: 94–119g/km  A decade or so ago, Nissan stopped making worthy but dull cars, reasoning that the modern buyer wanted something with a little more character that fitted …

Road Test: Ford Focus

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Mid-life refreshes don’t come much more important than this. Now sold in 140 global markets, the Ford Focus is the world’s best-selling car, typically only outsold in Europe by the Fiesta, and over a …

Road Test: Infiniti Q50 2.0t

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SECTOR: Compact Executive   PRICE: €39,260–€43,790   FUEL: 6.3–6.5l/100km   CO2: 146–151g/km   The third engine option for European versions of Infiniti’s Q50 compact executive saloon is an interesting one. If it wasn’t for carbon-based taxation, this …

First Drive: Jeep Renegade

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Sector: Small SUV crossover Price: €16,000–€25,600 Fuel: 5.1–6.9l/100km CO2: 120–155g/km Built in Fiat’s Italian Melfi factory, with co-operative, trans-Atlantic engineering and design input, Jeep’s new compact Renegade is a significant contender in the expanding …

Spotlight: VW Passat

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  Design: After 41 years in existence, there’s little to tell that this Passat is the same car which had, during its seven previous incarnations, spawned over 23 million sales worldwide. With swooping lines, …

Road Test: Volkswagen Golf Sportsvan

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Sector: Compact MPV Price: €17,800–€25,540 Fuel: 3.9–5.1l/100km CO2: 95 –130g/km Stretching dimensions seemed to work for the original compact MPV, the Renault Megane Scenic, back in the early 1990s. It was 2005 before the …

Road Test: Volkswagen Transporter BlueMotion

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SECTOR: Medium van   PRICE: from €20,360 (approx)   FUEL: 5.8–8.8l/100km   CO2: 153–232g/km   65 years on and Volkswagen’s Transporter is probably, in name at least, the longest running panel van series in the world. The …

First Drive: Citroën C1

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SECTOR: City car   PRICE: €8,890–€14,550   FUEL: 3.8–4.3l/100km   CO2: 88–99g/km Citroën has sold over 760,000 C1s since the original launched in 2005, and it’s become such a familiar sight that it’s easy …

Road Test: Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class

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SECTOR: Crossover   PRICE: €30,553–€55,870   FUEL: 4.0–7.5l/100km   CO2: 105–175g/km  Mercedes-Benz is the last of the “big three” German premium brands to launch a C-segment crossover, but the GLA should make for a very desirable part …

First Drive: Volkswagen e-Golf

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SECTOR: Lower-medium   PRICE: €34,900   RANGE: 190km   CO2: 0g/km  It seems manufacturers have two approaches to plug-in vehicles. Some choose to package the technology in a futuristic bodyshell, while others opt to normalise it, fitting …

First Drive: Mercedes-Benz C-Class

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Sector: Compact executive Price: €27,140–€35,700 Fuel: 4.0–5.3l/100km CO2: 103–123g/km The latest evolution of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class needed to be a very good car to better its predecessor, which won many friends in the fleet …

First Drive: Opel Astra 1.6 CDTi SRi

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Sector: Lower medium Price: £20,640–£26,700 Fuel: 3.7–3.9l/100km CO2: 97–104g/km Opel has been subtly but effectively updating its core models for over a year now, and the Astra is the latest to get a small …

First Drive: Citroën C4 Cactus

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Sector: Lower medium Price: €13,950–€24,170 Fuel: 3.1–4.6l/100km CO2: 82–107g/km In 1948, Citroën unveiled its vision of a car for post-war France. Cheap to buy and run, durable yet lightweight, compact but capable of carrying …

Road Test: Fiat 500L Trekking

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Sector: Small crossover Price: €20,650–€26,700 Fuel: 4.2–7.0l/100km CO2: 109–163g/km With the B-SUV segment continuing to grow, European buyers opting en masse into crossover products, and a growing presence in North America, the 500L Trekking …

Road Test: Infiniti Q50 2.2d Premium Auto

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Sector: Compact Executive Price: €39,140 Fuel: 4.8l/100km CO2: 124g/km The Q50 is to be a turning point for Infiniti in Europe. Aiming for a small share of the compact executive class, it’s tasked with …

First Drive: Iveco Daily

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Sector: Large van Price: from €30,000 Fuel: from 6.7l/100km CO2: from 179g/km The Daily van range represents 55% of all Iveco sales worldwide. The Italian manufacturer has invested €500m in the third generation Daily …

First Drive: Nissan X-Trail

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Sector: SUV Price: €26,790–€38,250 Fuel: 4.9–5.3l/100km CO2: 129–139g/km With a retail-heavy sales mix and relatively small volumes, the Nissan X-Trail has never been a big player in the fleet sector. But this third generation …

First Drive: Renault Trafic

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Sector: Mid-weight van Price: €22,000–€32,000 Fuel: from 5.7l/100km CO2: from 155g/km Renault’s mid-weight Trafic van has been a huge success across Europe, so changes to the formula have had to be well thought out. …

Road Test: Volvo V60 D4 SE

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Sector: Estate Price: €23,000–€33,000 (approx.) Fuel: 3.8-4.3l/100km CO2: 99–112g/km Four-cylinders better than five? It depends how you look at it. Volvo launched its Drive-E engine family at the Frankfurt Show last September, offering some impressively low …

Road Test: Toyota Verso 1.6 D-4D

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Sector: MPV Price: €23,550–€26,990 Fuel: 4.5l/100km CO2: 119g/km When Toyota updated the European version of its Verso MPV last year, the end result was so radically different to its predecessor that it could almost …

First Drive: Kia Soul

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Sector: Crossover Price: €16,990–€26,490 Fuel: 5.0–7.3l/100km CO2: 132–170g/km The second generation of the Kia Soul has big shoes to fill. While the original didn’t carve out a huge sales footprint in Europe, it’s been …

Road Test: Alfa Romeo Giulietta 2.0 JTDM-2 150hp

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SECTOR: Compact medium hatchback PRICE: €17,050–€26,100 approx. FUEL: 4.0–6.4l/100km CO2: 104–148g/km Alfa Romeo launched the revised Giulietta range at the Frankfurt Show last year, with a number of revisions to the model that first …

Road Test: Fuso Canter

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SECTOR: Light truck   GROSS WEIGHT: 3.5–8.55 tonnes   ENGINES: 3.0-litre four-cylinder   POWER: 150hp and 175hp   Local boy Gaining acceptance in a market is usually given a boost if you can set up a factory …

Road Test: Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid

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SECTOR: Luxury   PRICE: €110,409   FUEL: 3.1l/100km   CO2: 71g/km Porsche’s first plug-in hybrid drivetrain forms part of the Volkswagen Group’s wider electromobility plans, which will eventually offer a part or fully-electric model in every sector …

Road Test: Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

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SECTOR: SUV PRICE: €30,400 to €32,100 (approx.) FUEL: 4.0–6.4l/100km CO2: 44g/km Size means that Mitsubishi is not a big player in the fleet sector, but as advanced hybrids like the Opel Ampera have shown, …

Road Test: Skoda Yeti

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  SECTOR: SUV PRICE: €15,502–€25,200 (approx.) FUEL: 4.6–6.3l/100km CO2: 119–164g/km Yeti has been a notable success for Skoda since it was launched in 2009. Over 250,000 were built in 2013 alone, and Skoda delivered …

Road Test: Audi A3 Cabrio

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SECTOR: Cabriolet PRICE: €24,100–€43,500 (approx.) FUEL: 5.0–7.1l/100km CO2: 110–165g/km  There is nothing new about the concept of the Audi S3, which has been with the Audi A3 range since the car was launched in …