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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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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Essai: Peugeot 508 SW PSE: beaucoup de promesses

C’est indéniable, les stylistes de la maison au lion ont réussi leur coup. Tous ceux que nous avons croisé lors de l’essai de cette 508 PSE nous l’ont dit: «elle ressemble à une allemande». C’est vrai que les lignes de ce break promettent beaucoup dans cette teinte Gris Selenium avec ses petites ailettes disposées sur …

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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: Mercedes C220d Estate: The C..ar we love

Sorry for those who love four-wheeled American-made plastic weirdos or unknown Chinese cars but you can't help feeling good once sat in a Mercedes. The new C Class estate is not too big and quite alluring. Its crisp and modern lines are disarmingly simple compared to competitors who are constantly complicating things and trying too …

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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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Test Drive: Renault Arkana E-TECH Hybrid: the SAC with the French Touch

The Sports Activity Coupé or SAC concept was a BMW creation that Audi and Mercedes copied before “percolating” (as economists would say) on mainstream brands like Kia with the XCeed or Toyota with the C-HR. This time, it's the French’s turn to get on the bandwagon with the Renault Arkana. Peugeot and Citroën will come …

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Test Drive: BMW 545 e XDrive: the absolute saloon!

The prospect of spending a week at the wheel of a "real" BMW, a saloon car with an in-line six-cylinder petrol engine under the bonnet, could only bring a smile to my face... At a time when the European authorities seem to aim destroying the Old Continent car industry, this 545 e XDrive is a …

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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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Essai: Renault Arkana E-TECH Hybrid: le SAC à la française

Inventé par BMW, le concept du SAC pour Sports Activity Coupé, a frappé Audi et Mercedes avant de percoler, comme disent les économistes, vers les marques moins élitistes comme Kia avec son XCeed ou encore Toyota avec son C-HR. Cette fois, ce sont les Français qui arrivent avec ce Renault Arkana alors que Peugeot pourrait …

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