Category : Road Tests

Road Test: Renault Megane

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SECTOR: Lower-medium   PRICE: €16,600–€25,200 (approx.) FUEL: 3.5–6.9l/100km CO2: 90–159g/km  The revised 2014 Megane range was unveiled at the Frankfurt Show last September. It is a facelift of the existing range, covering the five-door Megane, …

Road Test: Opel Meriva 1.6D

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SECTOR: MPV   PRICE: €11,800–€17,800 (approx.) FUEL: 4.1–7.2l/100km CO2: 109–169g/km The current Meriva has been with us since 2010 and Opel/Vauxhall is keeping up the pressure with a facelift. It’s based around the arrival of …

First Drive: Ford Transit

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SECTOR: Heavy van   PRICE: TBA   FUEL: 6.4l/100km   CO2: 169g/km Ford has sold over seven million Transit models since the van was launched in 1965 and the van’s popularity is likely to be increased by …

First Drive: Citroën Grand C4 Picasso

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SECTOR MPV   PRICE €22,400–€32,500 (approx.)   FUEL 3.8–6.25l/100km   CO2 98–145g/km  A hint of what was to come was given by the Citroën Technospace concept at the 2013 Geneva Show. After some seven years in production, …

First Drive: Maserati Ghibli Diesel

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SECTOR: Executive   PRICE: €64,980   FUEL: 5.9l/100km   CO2: 158g/km Maserati may sound like an unlikely contender for fleet sales, but the Ghibli shows it’s serious about entering the corporate sector. And it’s doing so with …

First Drive: Nissan Qashqai

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SECTOR: Crossover   PRICE: €19,940–€33,450   FUEL: 3.8–5.6l l/100km   CO2: 99–129g/km  While Nissan’s claims of inventing the crossover segment with the first Qashqai are debatable, this was certainly the model which set out the formula for …

Road Test: Volkswagen Golf BlueMotion

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Sector: Lower-medium Fuel: 3.1l/100km CO2: 85g/km New technology and ever-more complex petrol and diesel engines mean there’s never been a wider choice when it comes to reducing fuel expenditure for a fleet, and the …

Iveco EuroCargo

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SECTOR: Light/medium truck   GVW: 7.5 tonnes   Engines: 4.4 and 6.7 litres   POWER RANGE: 160–320hp Persistent player Like Mark Twain, reports of the death of the ubiquitous 7.5-tonner have been much exaggerated. Taking on the …

Mazda3

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  SECTOR: Lower medium   PRICE: €19,540–€27,320 (approx)   FUEL: 4.1–5.8l/100km   CO2: 107–135g/km The Mazda3 made its debut at the Frankfurt Show last September and first went on sale in October. Not surprisingly, it shares the …

SEAT ­­­Leon 1.4 TGI

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SECTOR: Lower-medium   PRICE: TBA   FUEL: 3.5kg CNG/100km   CO2: 94g/km  With so much attention focused on the search for shale gas around the world, SEAT’s launch of the Leon 1.4 TGI at the Frankfurt Show …

Opel Insignia Country Tourer

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SECTOR: Upper-medium   PRICE: €26,795–€37,000   FUEL: 5.6–8.1 l/100km   CO2: 147–199g/km Opel has joined a growing number of manufacturers offering a lifestyle 4×4 estate car alongside its SUVs. It’s a sector that Audi’s Allroad and the …

Road Test: SEAT Leon FR 2.0 TDI 150

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DRIVEN Sector: Lower-medium Fuel: 4.1l/100km CO2: 106g/km It’s nice to see SEAT recovering some of its mojo after a few years of wobbly blancmange identikit styling and a severe lack of brand direction. Now that it …

First Drive: Lexus GS 300h

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Sector: Executive Price: From €49,400 (Germany) CO2: 109–115g/km Fuel: 4.7l/100 km  Lexus has continued to invest in hybrid drivetrains while others stick with diesel. Since 2005, starting with the RX 400h, every model in the Lexus range has had …

First Drive: Ford EcoSport

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Sector: Crossover Price: From €17,990 (approx) Fuel: 3.6 – 4.6 l/100km  CO2: 120–149g/km Nobody wants an ordinary vehicle anymore. The place of family hatchbacks has been filled by crossovers, SUVs have replaced MPVs and the supermini is next. Ford’s …

Volvo FL

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Sector: Light truck GVW: 12 –18 tonnes Engines: 5.1  and 7.7 litres Power range: 210 – 280hp The lengths that CEOs will go to in order to shine a light on new vehicles is on …

BMW 4 Series

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Sector: Premium coupe Price: €35,000 – €53,500 (approx) Fuel: 4.6 – 8.1l/100km CO2: 121 – 169g/km BMW is putting clear air between its saloon, GT and estate 3 Series models and their more glamorous …

BMW i3

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Sector: Lower medium Price: €34,950 – €39,450 Range: 130 – 300km CO2: 0 – 13g/km With that badge on the bonnet, the BMW i3 was due an advantage from its inception. BMW could easily …

Ford Tourneo Connect

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Sector: MPV Price: €14,160 – €24,280 (approx) Fuel: 4.6 – 8.0l/100km CO2: 120 – 184g/km Ford’s array of MPVs is impressive – B-MAX, C-MAX, Grand C-MAX and Galaxy – suggesting that it has all …

Volkswagen e-up!

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  SECTOR: A-segment hatchback PRICE: €26,900 FUEL: n/a CO2: n/a The Volkswagen e-up! made its debut at the Frankfurt Show in September, with sales due to begin in October. It will be followed by …

Opel Insignia

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SECTOR: D-segment hatchback, saloon and estate PRICE: From €19,000 (approx) FUEL: 3.7 – 11.0l/100km CO2: 95 – 259g/km  It’s hard to believe that the Opel Insignia has really been around for five years, in …

DAF LF

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SECTOR: Light truck GVW: 7.5 – 21.0-tonnes Engines: 4.5 and 6.7-litres Power range: 140 – 300hp I know my place… A world away from the flat-floored, long-hauling 600hp truck class, there’s a small army …

Ford Transit Connect

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  SECTOR: Small van PRICE: From €15,390 (approx) FUEL: 5.6 – 4.0l/100km CO2: 105 – 129g/km It’s 11 years since Ford introduced the first Transit Connect to compete with successful monospace designs such as …

Road Test: Jaguar XJ 3.0 S/C Premium Luxury

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If there was ever evidence that a downward push on CO2 emissions is a global and industry-wide concern, then the luxury sector is among the best there is. Diesel dominates this sector in Europe, …

Chevrolet Trax

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  SECTOR: Crossover PRICE: €16,990-€25,990 FUEL: 4.5-6.5l/100km CO2: 120-153g/km Chevrolet’s B-segment crossover has arrived in Europe over a year behind sister brand Opel but, in a rapidly expanding market sector where C-segment running costs …

Peugeot 308

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  SECTOR: Lower-medium PRICE: €17,800-€28,350 FUEL: 3.7-5.8l/100km CO2: 95-134g/km  It’s ironic that Peugeot’s new 308 is the first car to enter a second generation with an "08" suffix, because this radically different new hatchback …

SEAT Leon ST

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  SECTOR: C-sector PRICE: TBA FUEL: 3.2-5.9l/100km CO2: 87-137g/km SEAT has never before offered a station wagon variant of the C-segment Leon hatchback. Customers who previously wanted a C-segment estate car from within the Volkswagen …

Opel Zafira Tourer 1.6CDTi

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SECTOR: MPV PRICE: From €27,000 (approx) FUEL: 4.1l/100km CO2: 109g/km GM’s European operation revealed a variety of new products at the recent Frankfurt Show, from the Opel/Vauxhall Monza concept, to the eagerly awaited 1.0-litre three-cylinder …

Test drive: Volkswagen Golf GTD

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Sector: Lower-medium Price: €29,700-€32,525 Fuel: 4.2-4.5l/100km CO2: 109-119g/km  Can you think of many more complete company cars than the Golf GTD? Efficient, practical and low on tax, yet packed with kerbside appeal and great fun to …

Road test: Renault Captur

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Sector: Compact SUV Price: €13,860-€21,350 Fuel: 4.2-6.0l/100km CO2: 96-125g/km  It doesn’t take much to work out that the Renault Captur – compact SUV, crossover, or however you want to categorise it – is related to …

Road test: Mercedes-Benz S-Class

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Sector: Luxury Price: €79,790-€152,618 Fuel: 4.4-10.3l/100km CO2: 115-242g/km It takes enormous confidence in your own product to describe it not only as the best in its sector, but the best car on the market. …