New car test: Renault Austral: Broad Spectrum

The new Renault SUV replaces both the Kadjar and the Espace. It definitely has a few assets in store to achieve it. Its style is restrained and elegant, the interior is pretty modern and welcoming, not to mention the now compulsory hybrid engines that are in tune with the times. However, how does it drive …

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Test Drive: Alfa Romeo Stelvio Veloce: still attractive!

The Stelvio SUV is based on the excellent "Giorgio" all-wheel drive platform (shared with the Giulia), endowing it with a dynamic on-road behaviour . It oozes charm and is just perfect if you want to stand out and away from the usual default choice… a German premium SUV. The Veloce version is  very similar to …

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Test Drive: Toyota Yaris Cross: tricks in the box

The Cross version of the Yaris city car offers more performance in a bigger package than its sibling. It is 20 cm longer and 2.5 cm higher,  enough to turn the Yaris into a real all-rounder. Its petrol 1500 cc 3-cylinder engine produces 122 HP and is backed up by a 59 kW electric motor. …

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Test Drive : Toyota GR86 : A driver’s delight

Loving cars seems to have become outdated and spirited driving is no longer compatible with our roads. Nowadays, people clogg motorways central lane driving at a steady 110 km/h to avoid being fined. Not to mention lazyness… that way, there’s no need to change lanes and being at risk while textingbehind the wheel. Which means …

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Citroën C5 Aircross Plug-In Hybrid: serenity on wheels by Paul-Edouard Urbain

Replacing or even upgrading a best-seller is never an easy job. Citroën deliberately choose sobriety for its C5 Aircross midlife restyling. The new one looks more angular and more dynamic as well. In fact, this C-segment SUV design strictly follows Citroën's current styling ethos. We recently drove the 225 HP plug-in hybrid version in the …

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Short test : Toyota Aygo X : a breath of fresh air

More and more manufacturers abandon the A segment (city cars). However, Toyota is determined to stay... The Aygo renewal sees the Japanese manufacturer launching a mini SUV. This will appeal to a new clientele attracted by the body style but who do not need a bigger car. The previous generation Aygo was a city car, …

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Short test : Ford Fiesta and Focus 2022: connected and electrified

There’s now only one way to go for car makers : hybridization, even a minimal one, is now compulsory. It’s a good way for them to be seen as « modern » and even better as « eco-modern » companies. Ford  doesn’t cut corners… had the Brussels Motor Show taken place, we could have discovered  the revised Fiesta and Focus. …

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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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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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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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