HONDA CIVIC TYPE R GT: track king just as ready for the roads

TO earn the title of King of the Circuit a car has to be a bit special. The Type R GT is such a car.

And not just on the daunting Nurburgring Nordschleife track – the Honda has also taken front wheel drive lap records across the world from Bathurst in Australia and Suzuka in Japan to closer to home circuits at Estoril, Spa, Magny Cours and our own Silverstone. Continue reading

TOYOTA GR YARIS 1.6 TURBO 4WD: rally round for a real treat

HERE we have a car that is not actually well suited to the potholed collection of roads that make up our network – but it will have caught the attention of dentists up and down the land.

They’ll be sitting up and taking notice, not because their high fees mean they can afford one, but because they smell business.

And that’s because the super firm underpinnings of Toyota’s GR Yaris are more suited to rougher thoroughfares, and you might find your teeth fillings rolling around the footwell after a while…

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SEAT ATECA XPERIENCE: family SUV that puts a smile on your face

OVER four years on from its launch and SEAT’s Ateca is still up with the best of the rest.

Its arrival was a brave move by the Spanish manufacturer as an SUV has not rolled off its production line before.

So it headed into territory dominated by cars like Nissan’s top selling Qashqai – and beat the lot.

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CITROEN C5 AIRCROSS PLUG-IN HYBRID: raising the comfort levels

 

RENOWNED for putting the quirk into car design, Citroen have scored again with their C5 Aircross SUV.

Who else produces a car that has what looks like a footstep in the door sill, or a large signature chrome C marking the sweep of the side windows?

No real surprise then that the two models that are the Plug-In Hybrid offerings in the range come with the moniker Flair and Flair Plus. Because there’s plenty of that on board..

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BMW 420d M SPORT COUPE: building on the legend

BMW are aiming to raise the bar with their latest all-new 4 Series Coupe.

So among the heady list of equipment on offer you’ll find mild hybrid technology, weight saving chassis wizardry and, for the first time, their M Sport Pro package.

Launched worldwide back in October 2020, the UK media got a first drive soon after, where its excellent performance and handling credentials were there to sample.

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AUDI Q3 SPORTBACK: coupe SUV a nailed-on success story?

IN one way, shape and many forms, Audi’s ‘3’ has been around for quite some time – and it’s been doing good business for them.

With SUVs growing in popularity with every passing month, the latest variant, the Q3 Sportback, looks a nailed on certainty to carry on the sales success on looks alone.

Q3 is the company’s fifth best seller in the UK and its new sportified body gives it a classier, sleeker look. Continue reading

MINI Electric: an addictive addition

MINI circa 2020 bears little or no resemblance to the one born out of the Suez crisis in the mid 1950s and the ensuing oil shortage that hastened the demand for affordable motoring.

But with the world now facing new environmental and economic challenges, it was inevitable that MINI would ditch fossil fuels and go electric.

So does pairing up one of the world’s most iconic cars that’s small, nimble and has kart-like handling, with a powertrain that brings instant acceleration, low running costs and near silent progress, work? Continue reading

JAGUAR E-PACE: ready to pounce on its rivals

SMALLER premium SUVs are enjoying a surge of popularity and they don’t come much more prestigious than having a Jaguar badge on the grille.

The F-Pace might be a little on the large side for your needs, but its smaller sibling E-Pace is no less attractive to look at, drives reasonably well and there’s plenty of choice.

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PEUGEOT 2008: upmarket quality feel to new crossover

YOU can’t say you aren’t spoilt for choice if a compact crossover is on your wish list.

And when you start looking there’s very little chance you’ll overlook the latest Peugeot 2008 with its choice of virulent paint jobs.

Fusion Orange metallic is certainly one that stands out in a crowded car park as foolhardy shoppers attempt to cram their boots with more toilet roll than any sane person would need at the start of Lockdown 2.

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SEAT LEON FR: All new model bids for family hatch honours

ALL too often, car makers update models and you end up indulging in a game of spot the difference.

Thankfully that’s not the case with the new SEAT Leon, which now comes with a refreshing makeover that moves it on from the version that has been one of their best sellers.

And its success here has proved it’s not just Spanish holiday resorts and sangria that Brits have a strong liking for.

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