New car Test: Dacia Duster III phase 2: step by step

Dacia's Duster is a bit like Porsche's 911. Their respective makers are so afraid of ruining their success and popularity that they never make radical changes to them, new features coming one by one. Once again, Dacia’s engineers were cautious to please the Duster fan club with this third generation upgrade. The Duster’s third generation …

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Match: BMW 128ti vs Volkswagen Golf GTI: Putting the record straight

The arrival of Wolfsburg’s 8th generation of Golf GTI coincides with BMW’s introduction of its first dynamic front-wheel drive car, powered by a vulgar 4-cylinder engine. Perfect timing to confront the two Germans directly. And the winner is... That’s a 4-cylinder engine of 1998cc with 265 hp and 400 Nm of torque available between 1750 …

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Opel/ Vauxhall Grandland: back in stride again!

The Opel Grandland was introduced four years ago. It now gets a mid-life restyling and lost the "X" of its early days. It gets the brand’s new “Vizor” face. We recently could test drive all available engines... The "Vizor" grille is Opel's new face. Directly inspired by the Manta of the 1970s, it gives the …

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Ferrari 296 GTB: more than 800 horsepower and a V6 is back !

For the first time since 1974, Ferrari is getting back to V6 power. The all-new Berlinetta 296 plug-in hybrid debuts with over 800 horsepower! It is as much rooted in tradition as it is looking forward to an electric future... The new 296 GTB (for 2992 cc and 6 cylinders, Gran Turismo Berlinetta) is an …

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Test Drive: Range Rover Fifty Anniversary Edition 350 Auto: the taste of the finer things in life

I never kept fond memories of my encounters with Range Rovers, whatever the version, Classic, Velar or Sport. Sure, they're great machines to travel in- and I do remember a superb drive in one under heavy rain- but they're not much fun to drive. This test drive of the Range Rover suddenly changed my perception …

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Test Drive: Abarth 595C Competizione: as long as it exists…

This time, the Abarth 595C Competizione comes in a matt blue colour reminiscent of Fiat's great rallying days in the 1970s and is once again playful and always ready to growl. When you press the scorpion button, a real storm breaks out, releasing the full 180 bhp power from the little 1.4 T-jet engine. Afterwards, …

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Subaru Outback 2.5i test drive: A trustworthy companion !

In 2019, 70% of Subaru worldwide sales were made in the United States. Therefore, it’s not surprising that the brand ignores the strict environmental standards imposed by the EEC… which are, slowly but surely, killing our production tools, and therefore our economy, for the benefit of our planet’s main polluters. If you're surprised to discover …

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Test drive: Nissan Juke 1.0 DIG-T 117 DCT N-Design: does boldness still pay off?

It's been a year and a half since the second generation Nissan Juke hit the road but I hadn't had the chance to try it yet. It still wears its distinctive style and atypical face but is now grown up and offer better accommodation… even though interior space is not its forte. However, it uses …

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Test Drive: Cupra Formentor 1.5 TSi 150 DSG7: Your attention, please!

Launched in 2020, the Formentor was the first model developed specifically for the newly created Cupra brand. We tested it with the smallest engine available : the 1.5 TSi 4-cylinder with 150 hp, mated to the inevitable 7-speed DSG gearbox. It's hard to get excited about its sporty character but that doesn't make it uninteresting. …

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