First Drive: Tesla Model X
May29

First Drive: Tesla Model X

According to Tesla the Model X is the safest, fastest and most capable sport utility vehicle in history writes Geraldine Herbert What is it? The Model X from Tesla is an all-wheel drive, all-electric SUV with seating for up to 7 that will just about keep pace with a Ferrari. First impressions of the new Model X? With “falcon-wing” doors that open upwards and a windshield that sweeps from the front over the driver’s head and down to...

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First Drive: Mazda CX-5
May12

First Drive: Mazda CX-5

Mazda introduce subtle styling changes and interior upgrades to freshen up its best selling SUV writes Geraldine Herbert First impressions of the new Mazda CX-5? It’s a demonstration of confidence when a car company offers the chance to drive the old model at the launch of the new model. And while it comes with an element of risk that’s exactly how the international press launch of the face lifted 2017 Mazda CX-5 started. What is new?...

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First Drive: Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport
Apr22

First Drive: Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport

Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport Vauxhall heads upmarket with its sophisticated new Insignia, writes Geraldine Herbert What is it? Keen to reinvent its popular but ageing Insignia, Vauxhall has rebranded its new version the Insignia Grand Sport and it now comes with more space, a sophisticated interior and sleek new design. First impressions of the new Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport? From the outside, it is clear designers have drawn...

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First Drive: Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid
Mar19

First Drive: Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid

With 283mpg and just 22g/km of CO2 – the new Prius Plug-in promises the best figures yet achieved by any PHEV writes Geraldine Herbert What is it? A plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV)  is essentially a regular hybrid that uses a combination of a petrol or diesel engine and an electric motor to increase fuel economy. Unlike a regular hybrid it can be plugged in and recharged when not in use but also can charge up its battery on...

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First Drive: Volvo V90 Cross Country
Mar13

First Drive: Volvo V90 Cross Country

We travelled to the arctic reaches of  Northern Sweden to put  Volvo’s newest addition  through its paces driving on sheet ice, deep snow-covered  tracks and racing around on an ice covered frozen lake writes Geraldine Herbert What is it? Since the introduction of the first Cross Country almost 20 years ago, Volvo has become synonymous not only with practical and safe estate cars but also with rugged all-road, all-weather versions....

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First Drive: Fiat 124 Spider
Dec06

First Drive: Fiat 124 Spider

Along comes a spider! We say ciao to the new FIAT 124 Spider  writes Geraldine Herbert What is it? Its 50 years since the original  124 Spider was unveiled at the Turin motor show. It was a car that captured the very essence of pure driving enjoyment and now its back with a modern twist to shake things up in the two-seater market. First impressions of the new Fiat 124 Spider? With perfect sportscar proportions the exterior pays homage...

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