Test Drive: Skoda Kodiaq 2.0 TSI 4×4: as spacious as it can be…

So far, we had never tested the Skoda Kodiaq, a prominent member of the Volkswagen Group large SUV family. Its recent facelift was a good opportunity to discover it. 650,000 Kodiaqs were sold in just five years! With this car, it is fair to say Skoda contributes heavily to the SUV segment success, despite prices …

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New car test: DS9 E-TENSE 4×4 360: A new take on luxury

Over the last few years, the number of big saloons available has shrunk considerably. Manufacturers preferring to steer their customers towards much more lucrative SUVs. Alongside the three German premium brands, only the Volvo S90 and the Lexus ES 300h remain available. Seeing a French brand launching a large saloon can be seen as quite …

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New Opel Astra first drive: Aesthetic and technical maturity

The renewal of the Opel range continues: After the Mokka and Corsa, it's the Astra's turn to abandon its GM platform and join the Stellantis portfolio. The five-door version has just been joined by a station wagon called "Sports Tourer". Of course, the latest Astra features the new in-house 'Vizor' front end with Intellilux LED …

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Analysis: the wind is blowing against electricity…

Beyond the media coverage-searching announcements, such as when Flanders wants to stop marketing combustion engine vehicles in 2029, all on its own, more and more voices are being heard: electricity is not THE one and only solution to ensure sustainable mobility! Electric vehicles are not as virtuous as some would have us believe... and they …

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MINI Recharged: Retrofitting is on the rise by Paul-Edouard Urbain

Future environmental standards and legislation will make sure car manufacturers offer only clean vehicles. Low emission zones and other restrictions targeting so-called over-polluting vehicles are springing up all over Europe's major cities. However, Mini found a way around these difficulties in combining the charm of the good old days with high technology. The classic Mini …

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The Gendarmerie Nationale and Alpine: a 50 years old partnership

The Gendarmerie Nationale just placed an order for no less than 26 Alpine A110s. They will go to  the motorways quick response units.  Alpine and the French Gendarmerie have been working together for more than fifty years. As early as 1967, the Gendarmerie Nationale ran Alpine Berlinettes. They were used by the motorway quick response …

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New car test: Dacia Jogger: seven is enough!

Dacia is decidedly full of ideas. The brand has a habit of filling in market niches forgotten by its competitors in a very bright way. While new cars are getting horrendously expensive by the day, the Romanian brand is lining up a keenly priced and completely refreshed range covering the needs of young adults, budding …

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Test Drive: Subaru XV 2.0 i-S e-BOXER: against all odds

The Subaru XV was launched back in 2017 and is nothing more than an lifted up Impreza featuring outdoor overalls. However, unlike many of its competitors who are just offroad pretenders, this Japanese car is perfectly capable to get in the wild thanks to its 4-wheel drive. It was slightly refreshed two years ago and …

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Test Drive: Skoda Octavia Combi 2.0 TSI DSG7 RS: measured enthusiasm

The modern Octavia was launched 25 years ago and the  fourth generation is now available. Despite the current health crisis, it remains the Czech automotive brand’s best-seller. The RS version we tested for you is only available with powerful engines. Our test TSI-engined car makes do with 245 BHP and even the 2.0 TDI Diesel …

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Test: Abarth 695 Esseesse Collectors Edition: how downforce can change your life

“Esseesse” is synonymous with supercharging in the Abarth language. At least, that's how it was launched back in 1964, when Carlo Abarth added these letters to the 695 tag, referring to the little mill increased displacement that was then found at the back of the ubiquitous 500. Nowadays, the  well-known 180 BHP 1.4 T-Jet lump …

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