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New Volvo V60 Review

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New Volvo V60 Review

I guess you could say the Volvo V60 is the company's spiritual heartland; the premium family wagon. The thing is, there's a reason we all used to buy estate cars, one we hope people remember before too long - they offer all the practicalities of an SUV, but with none of the downsides.

New Mazda6 Review

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New Mazda6 Review

Another year, another round of worthwhile changes to the rightly well-regarded Mazda6. Some are more subtle than others - there's a new grille, for instance, and a new interior with some seriously premium materials - while the big news is the arrival of a new 2.5-litre petrol engine with cylinder deactivation.

New Kia Ceed Review

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New Kia Ceed Review

It's tempting to kick things off by describing how this new apostrophe-free Kia Ceed differs from the outgoing model - it's lower, wider, and generally more sporty for a start - but that feels like missing the point. Because to all intents and purposes this is an entirely new car, one set to be Kia's third best-selling model.

New Ford Mustang Review

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New Ford Mustang Review

Ford has made many changes to the Mustang for this year, but there’s one that’s particularly successful. So successful, in fact, that I’d almost irretrievably fallen in love with it the second I pressed the start button. It’s the noise. Because now the Mustang sounds exactly like a Mustang should.

New Ford Fiesta ST Review

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New Ford Fiesta ST Review

I'm old enough to remember the Ford Fiesta XR2, having spent most of my late teenage years tearing around the countryside in one. My God was it chuckable, filled with a cheeky sense of fun that made you feel you hadn't so much bought a car as found a new best mate. That's how I feel about the new Fiesta ST.

New Suzuki Swift Sport Review

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New Suzuki Swift Sport Review

The new Suzuki Swift Sport marks the welcome return of a formula many had left behind - modest power, fun handling, and light weight - mixed in with a few updates to make it a better fit for the modern, overly-congested world.

Volvo XC40 Review

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Volvo XC40 Review

I'm a fan of the Volvo XC60, the new XC40's bigger brother. Trouble is, it's a little pricey. Not surprising, then, that my interest was well and truly piqued when the XC40 slotted in well below it. So, I ordered one. And then so did about 80,000 other people. Here's why.

Mercedes-Benz X-Class Review

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Mercedes-Benz X-Class Review

Mercedes knows a thing or two about premium utility vehicles, having spent the last 40 years fettling their utilitarian G-Wagon. Now the company is hoping to have a similar effect on the pick-up market with the new Mercedes-Benz X-Class. They're even calling it the first 'premium' pick-up.

Volvo XC60 T5 R-Design Review

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Volvo XC60 T5 R-Design Review

With apologies to The Wizard of Oz: ding, dong, diesel is dead. Or so we're being endlessly told, anyway, with diesel's market share now at a 17-year low. So what are we supposed to do? Thankfully, there is an answer, and it comes in the form of our old friend, petrol. We spent a week with a Volvo XC60 T5 to see how it fared.

New Citroen C4 Cactus Review

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New Citroen C4 Cactus Review

We were fans of the previous Citroen C4 Cactus, and we're not afraid to admit it. Not enough to buy one, though, and perhaps therein lies the problem. As a result, the company has responded with this, a new C4 Cactus, which seeks to tone down a little of the old car's overt Citroen-ness.

New Subaru XV Review

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New Subaru XV Review

You might not think it to look at it, but this is actually an all-new car. The Subaru XV is the second outing for the company's new snappily-titled Subaru Global Platform, set to form the basis of all new future models. That all sounds great, of course, and although it looks like Subaru went to all that effort and then plonked the same car on top of it all, there are actually quite a few changes.

Kia Stinger GT S Review

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Kia Stinger GT S Review

"What is that?" calls out a voice behind me as I shovel shopping into the Stinger's yawning boot. "It's a Kia Stinger," I counter to the man making his way across the car park towards me. "A Kia? You're havin' me on!" The fact this 365hp five-metre bruiser of a GT car comes from a company like Kia is what makes it so utterly delicious.

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