BMW5 SERIES ESTATE 2017 REVIEW

THE BMW ESTATE car is not a pioneer. When the first model arrived in the ’80s, we’d already seen Mercedes estates, and watched the Griswold family trek to Walley World in a station wagon. But in today’s era of forensic product planning, its genesis now seems pleasingly spontaneous and unpretentious.

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MINI COUNTRYMAN PHEV REVIEW

THE FORD F-150 pick-up is to Texas what I expect the Mini Countryman hybrid will soon be to the London Borough of Islington. Compact, reassuringly expensive at £31,585 before options, SUV-shaped, posh inside and with zero emissions outside (sometimes), the Mini Countryman looks like catnip for the middle-class urbanite.

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FIAT 500L REVIEW

THE METEORIC RISE of the crossover means that even the humblest small cars have had to grow up and diversify, hence Fiat’s freshly facelifted 500L has now spawned three separate models.

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AUDI SQ5 REVIEW

ALTHOUGH THE SQ5 is all-new, it looks uncannily like a replay of the old model, despite Audi having teased its length out by 42mm and made it narrower. An extra 9mm in height doesn’t sound like much but it has released extra rear headroom, although the additional 13mm in the wheelbase doesn’t seem to have bought much extra rear legroom - it’s okay but nothing more. But the new Q5’s bones have helped the SQ5 shed an impressive 130kg in weight, thanks to a matrix of aluminium and lightweight steels in the body and in components such as the steering and suspension.

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JEEP COMPASS REVIEW

THE BRAND JEEP has for long stood for adventure, performance, exhilaration - and all of the off - road kind! Once a niche brand in the Chrysler family, it used to sell alongside the now defunct Eagle brand in showrooms mostly in the United States and a few other countries.

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MARUTI SUZUKI DZIRE REVIEW

FROM THE CAREFULLY arranged chocolates and mini doughnuts in the hotel room to the very selection of the hotel - W Goa - a fabulous modern property perched atop a hill overlooking the expanse of the Arabian Sea, to the humongous spread that was laid out for the dinner, it was an experience in indulgence.

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ISUZU MU-X REVIEW

ISUZU’S STRATEGY in India has always been a safe one. The Japanese manufacturer of pickups and pickup-based SUVs is know for reliability and comfort, but when the company launched their vehicles here, they were relatively dated.

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AUDI Q3 2017 REVIEW

NOT THAT IT LOOKS or feels it but the Q3 has been around for a while and for 2017, Audi has given it a nip and tuck so that you don’t ask questions about her age. Just going by its styling, the update does make a fair bit of difference.

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JAGUAR F-PACE REVIEW

THREE MINUTES. A measly three minutes are what I had missed driving the Jaguar F-Pace by at the Times Auto Awards jury evaluation round at the Kari Motor Speedway a few months ago.

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AUDI A3 CABRIOLET REVIEW

THE AUDI A3 CABRIOLET was launched in India in December 2014 and within 29 months, almost 1000 examples of this goodlooking convertible are plying on our roads.

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BMW M5 F90 REVIEW

CORNER ONE: GET on the throttle early at the apex, a few degrees of slip-angle from the rear, an almost undetectable squirm from the nose, an easing of the steering angle but little more.

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FERRARI GTC4 LUSSO T REVIEW

A NEW FERRARI model always gets everyone’s attention. The GTC4 Lusso T becomes the sixth model in the Ferrari range, though to some it really is more of an engine variant.

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TOYOTA COROLLA ALTIS 2017 REVIEW

TOYOTA HAS NEARLY always banked on reliability and comfort to sail its ships, flair in exterior design not being one of their fortes. In recent years however, there has been a conscious effort to turn this around, make the cars look more desirable and draw people to showrooms based on the styling of the car.

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