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First drive: Hybrid powertrain gives the Lexus UX an edge against compact SUV rivals

21/02/2019

What is it? The rise of the compact SUV is seemingly unstoppable and now Lexus wants in on the action. It’s why it has introduced this – the UX. Slotting underneath the NX and RX models in the firm’s range of SUVs, the NX sits on a new compact platform and, as with all other current Lexus cars, it’s a hybrid. Its powertrain means that it does offer something different (there are few other petrol-electric hybrid compact SUVs on the market), and it does this while delivering Lexus’s well-known high standard of quality.

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First drive: The 2019 Jeep Wrangler is a worthy update to an icon

20/02/2019

What is it? Few vehicles are as recognisable as the Jeep Wrangler – it harks back to the Willys MB of 1941, giving it more heritage than even the Land Rover Defender. Like the Defender, the Wrangler is a no-nonsense bruiser of an off-road vehicle, but unlike the Defender, you can actually buy one new.

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First drive: An old nameplate revived for the 2019 Toyota Corolla

15/02/2019

What is it? “No more boring cars” was the bold proclamation of Toyota president Akio Toyoda last year, but even the brand’s executives will admit the Corolla nameplate doesn’t exactly stir the soul. A reputation for unparalleled reliability and dependability the world over is a fine thing to have, but for the new 12th-generation model, Toyota’s chasing a bit more dynamism and soul.

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UK drive: The Hyundai i30 N-Line offers good looks, but not that much drama

08/02/2019

What is it? Take a passing glance at the Hyundai i30 N-Line and you might think you’re looking at the hardcore i30 N hot hatchback. Indeed, that was Hyundai’s intention – the N-Line, as is the case with most cars with ‘Line’ in their trim level, is meant to give some of the glamour of a full-fat hot hatch but without the associated running costs.

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VW teases all-electric dune buggy

31/01/2019

Volkswagen has announced it will build a new, fully electric dune buggy, taking styling cues from the past and translating them onto a technologically-advanced concept vehicle.

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Gallery: The best pictures from around the UK

10/05/2015

THIS week’s headlines have been dominated by the General Election, the royal baby and sporting triumphs. We’ve picked our favourite images taken this week from the Press Association archives.

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