First Drive: BMW M850i
Nov29

First Drive: BMW M850i

The 8 Series returns after a 20-year absence – and heralds BMW’s future direction writes Geraldine Herbert What is it? It’s been almost 20 years since the last BMW 8 Series; the two-door coupe traces its history to the Frankfurt Motor show in 1989 and was BMW’s technology showpiece of its time. Dubbed the ‘E31’, it was powered by 5.0-litre V-12 that produced 300 horsepower. Over its lifetime it sold just over 30,000 and more than...

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First Drive: Jaguar I-Pace
Jun18

First Drive: Jaguar I-Pace

  Is the Jaguar I-Pace the best electric car in the world right now asks Geraldine Herbert What is it? . The roar of a Jaguar sports car engine is as distinctive as it is intoxicating but what if you could have power and performance with a silent engine that doesn’t devour petrol or diesel? That’s what the all electric I-Pace promises, sporting performance plus SUV space and practicality all while saving the planet making Jaguar...

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First Drive: Ford Fiesta ST
Jun11

First Drive: Ford Fiesta ST

Aimee Woods finds herself totally smitten by Ford’s latest hot hatch, the Fiesta ST What is it? The incredible 2018 Ford Fiesta ST has landed and as expected, it has stolen hearts with its hellishly good performance. The ST200 was a difficult act to follow but the Ford designers have truly excelled with this magnificent machine.   First Impressions of the Ford Fiesta ST?  The ST is spectacularly sculpted and commands attention...

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First Drive: Renault Mégane RS
Mar20

First Drive: Renault Mégane RS

  The Renault Mégane RS is the most fun I had, on track and off, in a long time writes Geraldine Herbert What is it? Sitting lower to the ground than the regular Mégane, the RS 280, the latest hot hatch to be unleashed by the French marque, is low, orange and racetrack-ready. Its predecessor was revered by hot hatchback aficionados, so much is expected of it.  First impressions of the new Renault Mégane RS? Despite being painted...

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First Drive: Volkswagen T-Roc
Feb08

First Drive: Volkswagen T-Roc

    VW’s latest SUV is ready to roc but can it stand out in this crowded segment asks Geraldine Herbert What is it? The T-Roc is the latest in Volkswagen’s SUV offensive and is designed to appeal to young, trendy buyers. First impressions of the new VW T-Roc? In the fiercely competitive SUV market Volkswagen need a Cupid like aim to win fans for their new T-Roc. What about the interior? While stylish and upmarket VW are not...

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First Drive: SEAT Arona
Jan18

First Drive: SEAT Arona

The striking new Seat Arona is the latest offering in the compact SUV segment, writes Geraldine Herbert What is it? Named after a small town in Tenerife, the Arona is the latest newcomer from the Spanish car maker Seat and is a significant model as it marks its first foray into the ultra-competitive B-SUV sector. First impressions of the new Seat Arona? Looming in the mirrors of the Renault Captur, Peugeot 2008 and Opel Mokka, the...

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