Category : Road Tests

Mercedes-Benz Arocs

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SECTOR Heavy truck  GVW 41.0 tonnes  ENGINE 7.7, 10.7, 12.8 and 15.6-litre Euro-VI, 238-625hp After a new Actros long-distance truck and then the Antos – a completely new heavy short-radius distribution range – both …

Mazda6

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SECTOR Upper medium  PRICE €23,150-€31,540 (approx)  RANGE 3.5-4.9l/100km  CO2 108-136g/km Car companies supplying the fleet market are fond of boasting that they have squeezed the CO2 figures of their latest model to the max, …

Range Rover

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SECTOR Large SUV PRICE €82,960-€114,500 FUEL 7.5-13.8l/100km CO2 196-322g/km Is it possible to be British and not like a Land Rover product? In short, yes – I wouldn’t be first in the queue at …

Volkswagen Golf

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SECTOR Lower medium  PRICE €16,975-€28,825  FUEL 3.8-5.3l/100km  CO2 99-123g/km It was a strange sight – a group of journalists sitting around gloomily exchanging notes on the latest Volkswagen Golf, looking desperately for a glaring …

CASE STUDY: Volkswagen Multivan

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Priced in line with a luxury saloon, the Caravelle Business joined Volkswagen’s commercial vehicle range last summer designed to transport executives who don’t have time to stop working. The technology on board is niche …

DAF XF

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SECTOR Heavy truck  GVW 44.0 tonnes  ENGINE 12.-litre Euro-VI, 410, 460 and 510hp New trucks don’t appear that often, thanks to the high cost/low volume nature of the business compared with cars. Cabs tend …

Opel Mokka

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SECTOR: Crossover PRICE: €18,990 – €26,820 RANGE: 4.5 – 6.4l/100km CO2: 120 – 149g/km Of Opel’s recent newcomers, Mokka has perhaps the most logical name. Rather like the menu board at your nearest upmarket coffee house, satisfying …

Volvo V40 D3

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SECTOR: Medium hatchback PRICE: €35,374 (as tested) FUEL: 4.3l/100km  CO2: 114g/km The Volvo V40, launched in Q4 2012 was the first new model to be launched since Volvo was acquired by Geely of China in …

SEAT Leon

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SECTOR: Family hatchback PRICE: €18,850 – €26,910 (approx) FUEL: 3.8 – 6.0l/100km CO2: 99 – 139g/km The SEAT Leon has perhaps had the unfortunate honour of being the car company drivers choose if they can’t afford …

Nissan e-NV200

6 years ago / 0 comments

SECTOR Electric Compact Van  PRICE TBA  RANGE Up to 160km  CO2 0g/km It’s the second of four EVs, which Nissan plans to launch in the next three years, as part of its commitment to …

Opel ADAM

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SECTOR City Car  PRICE €11,500 – €14,500 (approx)  FUEL 5.0 – 5.5l/100km  CO2 118 – 129g/km Is it Adam as in Adam Opel, or Adam as in the first from the company? As long …

Skoda Rapid

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SECTOR Lower medium  PRICE €12,680 – €21,300 (approx)  FUEL 4.4 – 5.9l/100km  CO2 114 – 137g/km MQB may be the future building block for many more VW Group models yet to come, including the …

Mercedes-Benz A-Class

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SECTOR Lower medium  PRICE €23,978 – €36,860  FUEL 3.8 – 6.4l/100km  CO2 98 – 148g/km Radically different to its predecessor, this isn’t only one of the most important Mercedes-Benz models of recent years, it’s …

Mercedes-Benz Distribution Vehicles

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SECTOR Light Truck  PRICE Canter list price + €8,500  FUEL 3.8-6.6l/100km  CO2 99-152g/km   Mercedes-Benz has introduced a host of new and improved vehicles specifically designed to cope with the changing face of urban …

Volkswagen Golf

6 years ago / 0 comments

SECTOR Lower medium  PRICE €16,975 – €28,825  FUEL 3.8 – 5.3l/100km  CO2 99-123g/km Ageless, classless and robust, six generations and 38 years of the Volkswagen Golf have bred a sense that you always know …

SsangYong Korando

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SECTOR Compact 4×4  PRICE from €23,300 – €24,500 (approx)  FUEL 6.20l/100km  CO2 157g/km   SsangYong has responded to both dealer and customer demand by creating a lower priced 4×4 version of its Korando compact …

Exclusive First Drive: Tesla Model S

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Sector: Large executive Price: €TBC Range: 250-500km CO2: 0g/km Tesla may be a newcomer to the corporate sector, but it’s got a great spearhead. The Model S will accelerate to 100kph in 4.4 seconds, seats …

Mazda6

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SECTOR Upper medium  PRICE €24,990 – €34,000  FUEL 3.9 – 5.9l/100km  CO2 104 – 136g/km   For a relatively small manufacturer, Mazda’s disproportionately large back-catalogue of innovation is impressive and, if anything, rather under-marketed. …

Ford Focus BEV

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SECTOR Lower Medium PRICE TBA Is the novelty beginning to wear off? Is it only a matter of time before another new electric car generates fewer headlines, as models become more mainstream? Or has the …

Audi A3

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SECTOR Lower medium PRICE €22,500–€33,550 FUEL 3.8-6.6l/100km CO2 99-152g/km Audi may have a reputation for cutting-edge car styling, but it really wouldn’t have been too hard to predict how the latest A3 would look. It’s by no …

Mercedes-Benz Citan

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SECTOR Light van PRICE TBA FUEL 4.2-5.4l/100km CO2 119-130g/km Mercedes-Benz seemingly has a car model for every niche sector in the market. With the launch of Citan, the same can now be said of it’s …

Ford Transit Custom

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SECTOR Medium van PRICE from €21,900 approx FUEL 6.691lit/100km CO2 178g/km (average for range) Ford is launching its sixth generation Transit, the Transit Custom. This will be the first time that Ford has created …

Ford Focus ST

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SECTOR Lower Medium  PRICE €28,000 (approx)  FUEL 7.24l/100km  CO2 169g/km Fleets are no stranger to fast Fords, in Europe or North America, but historically, the approach has been different, given the widely different fuel …

BMW ActiveHybrid 3

6 years ago / 0 comments

SECTOR Compact Executive  PRICE €52,300–€55,200  FUEL 5.9l/100km  CO2 139g/km It must be difficult for car manufacturers, attempting to cater for ever-changing global demand as it’s steered by emissions standards and differing taxation policies. There’s no …

Audi A6 Allroad

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SECTOR Executive  PRICE €54,600 – €62,100 (approx)  FUEL 6.10 –8.9l/100km CO2 159 – 206g/km A friend of mine had a first generation Audi A6 Allroad 2.5TDI and liked it very much. His work involved …

Alfa Romeo MiTo Twinair

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SECTOR Super Mini  PRICE €18,000 – €19,500 (approx)  FUEL 4.2l/100km CO2 98g/km The Fiat Powertrain Technologies (FPT) baby is continuing its march across the Fiat Group range and the latest recipient is the Punto-based …

Toyota Prius Plus

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SECTOR Compact MPV  PRICE €30,000 – €38,000  FUEL 4.1 – 4.4l/100km CO2 96 – 101g/km Three generations into the Prius’s life cycle and hybrid technology has grown from a niche to one which is …

Ford Ranger

6 years ago / 0 comments

SECTOR Pickup  PRICE €18,246 – €30,190 (approx)  FUEL 8.6 – 10.6l/100km  CO2 219 – 281g/km Ford launched the Ranger towards the end of last year and it became the first pickup to be awarded …

Renault Megane

6 years ago / 0 comments

SECTOR Lower Medium  PRICE €19,800 – €31,300  FUEL 3.5 – 7.7l/100km  CO2 90 – 190g/km Renault’s growing electric vehicle range might be stealing the limelight at the moment, but the changes are just as …

Mazda CX-5

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SECTOR Medium SUV  PRICE €26,600 – €35,800 (approx)  FUEL 4.6 – 6.0l/100km  CO2 119 – 144g/km Mazda has been a relatively small player in the fleet market, but the unveiling of its Skyactiv technology …