Test Drive: Mazda CX-5 2.0 SkyActiv-G: 100% convincing

Mazda just revised the CX-5, its most popular SUV- representing no less than 35% of the brand's sales. Mazda really treats its customers who like simplicity as well as a serene driving experience. After a week spent behind the wheel, serenity is what sums up best this new 2022 model-year CX-5. There’s a widespread idea …

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Alpina is now part of BMW Group ! by Paul-Edouard Urbain

One could say Alpina is to BMW what AMG is to Mercedes, or even, in a way, what Abarth is to FIAT. Unlike AMG or Abarth, Alpina adds a unique enhanced comfort and luxurious side to the upgraded performance it offers. Burkard Bovensiepen was still reading engineering when he developed a twin Weber carbs intake …

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Test Drive: Dacia Duster 1.3 TCe 150 EDC: The right choice

A while ago, we focused on the fifth birthday upgrades the second generation Dacia Duster got. We tesed a Duster last September and more recently, a top-of-the-range version came our way. Now, we better understand why this car is such a success. Once again, it is clear Renault got it right offering affordable cars through …

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Test drive: DS4 Rivoli E-Tense 225: the right balance?

The very first cars from the DS brand may have shocked prospective customers while the  subsequent ones may have seemed a bit bland. Would the new DS4 be the right balance, the car that eventually put the thins right for DS, Citroën’s posh badge ? That's what we think after a week spent behind the …

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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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Test Drive: Range Rover Sport SVR Carbon Edition: How to say goodbye?

JLR released a Carbon Edition limited edition of the Range Rover Sport right before the launch of the new Range Rover generation. We were allowed to test drive this Q car for a whole week and we didn’t hesitate. Under its carbon fibre bonnet hides the famous 5.0 V8 with 575 hp, which should be …

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Test Drive: BMW 420i Cabriolet: Endangered Fun

In the automotive industry, today’s truths might be different tomorrow. After advocating articulated hardtop for years, BMW is now going backwards and use a good old canvas top on its new 4 Series Convertible. Always nice to rediscover a classic while enjoying a nice sunny Fall season. The 420i Cabriolet interior is obviously a carbon …

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Lancia Lambda: the modern car was born 100 years ago!

One hundred years ago, the modern automobile was born. The Lancia Lambda was the first car to have a self-supporting body, independent suspension as well as an avant-garde V6 engine. The name of the Turin-based manufacturer rhymes with technical prowess... (Text: Dimitri Urbain) Simple and uncluttered… this first prototype of 1921 shows the new independent …

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Test DS4: France strikes back by Emmanuel Van de Brûle

After several years of searching for its own identity, the French automotive industry is eventually finding its place in a broader environment. DS even gambles on the premium segment, while at the same time marking the difference with its rivals. Design, technology and comfort being the keywords of the day. There’s a definite French flavour …

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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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