Test Drive: Lexus LS 500h: on unequal terms

Let's face it, this Japanese limousine offers luxury and comfort that are no match compared to the segment’s German stars. Unfortunately, in Europe, and even more so in Belgium, the only available engine is far from ideal with our tax regulations. However, this did not prevent us from having a lot of fun behind the …

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Jeep Wrangler 4xe review: the green SUV

Just like many other manufacturers, Jeep is electrifying its range... the Wrangler morphed into the 4xe plug-in hybrid. It uses two electric motors and a 2-litre petrol engine, combined with an 8-speed automatic gearbox. Powerful and competent, it can climb up the trees and be green, running downtown in electric mode. This new model arrival …

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Test Drive: Toyota RAV4 Plug In hybrid : The country Prius feels at home in town

The RAV4 (for Recreational Activity Vehicle) was born in 1993. It was a fun and very compact vehicle. (In fact, it was 90 cm shorter than the current version!) Over the years, it grew in size... and  power. It’s the most popular SUV in the world, having sold more than ten million copies so far. …

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Fiat Tipo Station Wagon or Cross : do you want to be reasonable or trendy?

Last Spring, the Fiat Tipo received a new front end. Refreshing it should allow it to remain successful. The Tipo is currently without direct competitors. Its keen pricing is in line with FIAT’s tradition, delivering great value for money. However, there’s a new sexier version in the range... The Tipo range was launched back in …

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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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New car test: Peugeot 308: a winning combination

Contrary to popular belief, there are still quite a few hatches and estates being sold in the world. Enough for Peugeot to justify carrying on with the 308 adventure and introduce these two body styles right from the launch of its newcomer. It features a complete range of engines : petrol, diesel and, of course, …

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Test Drive: Mini 5-door 136 hp: fun and mature

The third generation of Mini produced under the BMW umbrella is available as a 5-door version intended to be more versatile alongside the 3-door, convertible, Clubman and Countryman,. We tested it for you, equipped with a 136bhp petrol engine and 6-speed dual clutch Steptronic gearbox. The Mini is a bit like the naughty kid of …

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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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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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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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