First Drive: Mazda 3 Skyactiv-X
Oct04

First Drive: Mazda 3 Skyactiv-X

Can Mazda offer a new future for petrol and diesel engines asks Geraldine Herbert What’s new? At a time when most carmakers are ditching the development of new internal combustion engines (ICE), Mazda are saying yes to investing in petrol and diesel engines and are launching a new take on the lean concept with their revolutionary Skyactiv-X engine. So could this new technology help prolong petrol and even the much-maligned diesel...

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First Drive: Volkswagen Passat
Jul14

First Drive: Volkswagen Passat

Volkswagen’s fresh-faced Passat is a very polished and sophisticated car, writes Geraldine Herbert What is it? The Volkswagen Passat has been the default saloon choice for years and more than 30m have found homes since it first launched in 1973. Evolving through eight generations, for 2019 it has been given a mild facelift and new technology. First impressions? Although at first glance it may look just like the departing one, on...

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Alfa Romeo Giulia
Nov06

Alfa Romeo Giulia

Is Alfa’s Giuila a credible rival to the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes C-Class asks Hannah Gordon What is it? The heralded return of an executive saloon car from Alfa Romeo, ready to take on the German saloon stalwarts from Mercedes, BMW and Audi. Who is it aimed at? Company car owners will rejoice at another choice for their trusty long trips around the country, the Alfa Romeo Giulia is also an extremely pretty car that would be...

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Volvo S90 D5 AWD Inscription
Dec05

Volvo S90 D5 AWD Inscription

With the new S90 Volvo firmly stakes its claim in the large premium saloon market  writes Geraldine Herbert What is it?  The S90 is Volvo’s new premium four-door, five-seat flagship saloon. Bigger than the S80 it replaces it will be joined early next year by the V90 estate version. Who is it aimed at? It is designed to rival the likes of BMW’s 5 series, Jaguar’s XF, the Mercedes E Class and Audi’s A6. Styling? Eye the back of the...

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BMW 730Ld Saloon
Apr14

BMW 730Ld Saloon

BMW 730Ld’s mix of technology, performance and comfort gives it definite appeal writes Geraldine Herbert What is it?  Mother’s Day may be long over  but this week I was the ­coolest mum in the world. That’s according to my six- and ­seven-year-olds who spent their school holidays sojourning in the back of my test car watching BBC’s CBBC. After only 10 minutes, BMW’s flagship 7 Series was declared the “best car ever”; quite a...

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Volvo S60 D3
Nov12

Volvo S60 D3

Does Volvo’s mid-sized S60 saloon have what it takes to gatecrash the German Saloon party asks Hannah Gordon What is it? A party gatecrasher looking to muscle its way into the saloon market currently dominated by the German trio of BMW, Mercedes and Audi. The Volvo S60 on paper looks extremely competitive. Who is it aimed at? The Business Edition is aimed purely at the company car market. Due to the lack of space within the rear boot...

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