Test Drive: Renault Kadjar dCi 115 EDC : Old World order

Renault introduced the new Austral just a few days after our test took place, making it somewhat instantly outdated.  However… What a pleasure it was to be behind the wheel of a reasonably sized SUV sipping diesel! No weird hybridized power plant here : in most cases the Kadjar just gets you from A to …

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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: Land Rover Defender 90 SE 200 PS Auto : it’s all in the family

The Defender is an institution, the European counterpart of the legendary Jeep. In one form or another,it has been on and off the roads since the late 1940s. The current Defender was launched at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show. Does it still live up to the reputation of the previous generation? Gerry McGovern is Land …

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Test drive: Opel Insigna GSI: The well-kept secret

Saloon cars sale have been declining for many years... and those that don't have four rings, a bavarian propeller or a three-pointed star on the bonnet have an even tougher life! Mainstream manufacturers saloons are disappearing one after the other but, fortunately, there are still some worthy of interest for driving enthusiasts. The Insigna GSI …

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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 Mercedes E-Class 220d: a safe bet

For decades, Mercedes has been the benchmark for large saloon cars and diesel engines. Over the last ten years or so, SUVs have changed the order of things, saloons are less and less popular. The E-Class just evolved slightly for the second half of its career and remains an excellent choice. Our E-Class 220d benefits …

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