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First drive: Vauxhall’s Astra Sports Tourer doesn’t excite, but does everything else well

20/07/2018

What is it? Vauxhall. Estate. Diesel. Not exactly words that get the heartstrings twanging, are they? Yet those in the market for a truly sensible car – rather than an exciting or interesting one – would do well to consider them. This is the Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer – or estate, if you look past the marketing gobbledegook. It’s based on the latest Mk7 Astra, giving it a good starting point to work from, and offers a range of efficient engines alongside a usefully practical body.

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The best fast Renaults of all time

20/07/2018

Few brands have tickled the heartstrings of petrolheads as much as Renault. Although millions crave the exotic appeal of a Ferrari, the reality is we can’t all be millionaires. Yet the French brand has proven time and time again that performance, dynamism and sheer fun doesn’t have to cost the earth.

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First drive: Performance Package adds another string to the Volkswagen Golf R’s bow

20/07/2018

What is it? The Golf R is, as most people know, a hugely capable, practical and downright fast hot hatch. However, Volkswagen has seen fit to give it the smallest of upgrades with a new Performance Pack. Accompanied by a £2,300 premium, this extra brings with it additional features designed to make the Golf R even more capable, and even more exciting to drive. The regular R was hardly a soft, sedate hatch to begin with, but do these extras give it just a little more sparkle? Let’s find out.

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Prices announced for new Citroen Berlingo and Peugeot Rifter

19/07/2018

French sister brands Peugeot and Citroen have revealed prices for their new compact MPVs. The Citroen Berlingo and Peugeot Rifter are all-new vehicles, based on the Berlingo and Partner vans, and offer serious amounts of space for comparatively small amounts of money.

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Hyundai i30 N Line trim adds spice to standard hatchback

19/07/2018

Every time you see a car with a ‘performance’ moniker – ST, GT, Performance, S, for example – followed by the world ‘Line’, you can be sure that the manufacturer responsible is cashing in on motorists’ desires to drive something that looks more sporty than it is.

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First drive: Updated Maserati Levante is as Italian as SUVs get

18/07/2018

What is it? “The Maserati of SUVs.” No, really, that’s the marketing tagline. In essence, the Levante is the Italian firm’s rival to the Porsche Cayenne. Like the Porsche, it’s enough to make purists cry – but also like the Porsche, the volume sales Maserati plans to achieve from the Levante will help fund the further development of its sports car lineup. Quite important, then – when you consider what a massive success the Cayenne and other premium SUVs have been. We’re testing the Levante in dynamic GranSport trim, fitted with a petrol engine.

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First drive: Updated Maserati Levante is as Italian as SUVs get

18/07/2018

What is it? “The Maserati of SUVs.” No, really, that’s the marketing tagline. In essence, the Levante is the Italian firm’s rival to the Porsche Cayenne. Like the Porsche, it’s enough to make purists cry – but also like the Porsche, the volume sales Maserati plans to achieve from the Levante will help fund the further development of its sports car lineup. Quite important, then – when you consider what a massive success the Cayenne and other premium SUVs have been. We’re testing the Levante in dynamic GranSport trim, fitted with a petrol engine.

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First drive: Updated Maserati Levante is as Italian as SUVs get

18/07/2018

What is it? “The Maserati of SUVs.” No, really, that’s the marketing tagline. In essence, the Levante is the Italian firm’s rival to the Porsche Cayenne. Like the Porsche, it’s enough to make purists cry – but also like the Porsche, the volume sales Maserati plans to achieve from the Levante will help fund the further development of its sports car lineup. Quite important, then – when you consider what a massive success the Cayenne and other premium SUVs have been. We’re testing the Levante in dynamic GranSport trim, fitted with a petrol engine.

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A drive to the beach in the Citroen C3 Aircross

18/07/2018

“You’ve got one of those, Auntie Chezzy, haven’t you?” asked my nephew Lewie on a sunny drive to the beach. He pointed to another Citroen on the road, so I have to give him kudos for that – he is only seven years old, after all.

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The sky’s the limit as Aston Martin presents new luxury personal aircraft

16/07/2018

Aston Martin is best known for luxury on four wheels, but in the past it’s dabbled in the sea with the AM37 Powerboat and Project Neptune personal submarine. Now it looks as if the prestigious British brand has its sights set on the sky as well, as it’s just announced the Volante Vision Concept – an autonomous, hybrid, luxury personal aircraft.

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