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BMW X2: another notch on the motoring bedpost….

1525230_P90294882-highResTHE motoring world these days has more niches than Casanova had notches on his headboard – and BMW have added to another one.

Their neat X2 – a bit of a flattened X1 if you like – is dubbed a Sports Activity Coupe because its lowered roofline gives it a coupe–like profile but comes with the slightly raised driving position of an SUV. But only slightly, and certainly less than a similarly sized SEAT Ateca.

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RANGE ROVER VELAR: into the gap….

1338800_RR_Velar_18MY_367_GLHD_PR_010317SOMETHING of the proportions of the Range Rover Velar is a mighty machine to squeeze into a gap – particularly when that gap is in the Range Rover line-up and is a gap that no one knew existed.

The very swish and highly classy Velar slots in between the Evoque and the Range Rover Sport in a brand line-up that spans the £30,000 to £160,000 price bracket.

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VOLVO V60: the Swedes re-invent their heartland

1563032_228893_New_Volvo_T6_Inscription_Pebble_GreyTHE staple transport of many a caravanner just got a whole lot sexier.

Back in the day, if you were in the habit of towing your holiday around behind you and you weren’t short in the wallet department, then the trusty Volvo estate was the car to have.

Strong and reliable, it was also hugely practical and offered exceptional interior space into the bargain.

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SKODA FABIA: Fabia-lous version of popular seller

1600091_FabiaTwinVALUE for money’ and class leading space – two of the virtues that have built up a worldwide following for Skoda and their range of cars.

The Czech manufacturer has certainly benefitted from being under the VW Group umbrella in recent times and cars like the Fabia have been the mainstay of their success, playing a crucial role in moving the brand along to what it is today.

Sales worldwide of the Fabia total over four million in its 19 year span, and last year the UK was Skoda’s fourth biggest market for Fabia with 19,400 registered. A lot of us must think they’re Fabia-lous….

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MERCEDES-BENZ A180 d AMG Line: family hatch with accent on luxury

1512007_17C829_040AS the Monty Python chaps would say, now for something completely different…..

No longer does the Mercedes-Benz entry level model fall over and wave its wheels in anguish at the sight of a roadside Elk.

To be fair, it hasn’t for some time now and the latest fourth generation model to carry the name is so well sorted it’s a bit of a revelation.

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SUZUKI SWIFT SPORT: light weight but not light on involvement

1564363_SU_2670ITS Champion Yellow body colour gives the new Suzuki Swift Sport the distinct appearance of a motoring high-viz jacket.

It’s the metal equivalent of the sort of apparel a top athlete might use when training, which is quite appropriate really, because it’s a great little runner….

Suzuki’s third generation sport supermini has a new front end that gives it a look all of its own.

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LEXUS LC 500: outrageous styling from the kings of staid….

1293007_lexus-lc500-news2LEXUS have finally done it – consigned some of the staid designs of their earlier foray over here to the museum of motoring and let the posh Toyota really come of age.

The LC 500 is, quite simple, one of the smartest machines you’re likely to come across in your daily meanderings.

The view through the door mirrors from the driver’s seat highlights its muscular stance and picks out rear arches that are bigger than the shoulder pads on an 80s glam rock group.

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HYUNDAI KONA: compact and roomy SUV joins the fray

1469822_Hyundai_Kona_060CUT-THROAT just isn’t an adequate word when it comes to the compact SUV market these days.

Crammed might be better, because you’d be hard pressed to find a manufacturer who doesn’t have one vying for your attention in the pages of their glossy brochures or on-line.

It’s been too good a gig to miss out on, and the British public just can’t seem to get enough of them. They’re all built on sound underpinnings – SEAT’s Arona is a pumped up Ibiza, Kia’s Stonic has morphed from the Rio and Hyundai’s Kona has its origins in the decent i20.

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