SUZUKI SWIFT REVIEW

From fostering good relations with dealers to generating considerable goodwill among customers, Suzuki’s on a roll when it comes to doing business. A growing product portfolio has seen the car maker expand its reach beyond core models, but it's important not to forget the considerable role the conventional Swift compact hatchback plays in Suzuki's success story.

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SMART FORFOUR ELECTRIC DRIVE REVIEW

The tiny two-seater smart seems to get all the attention, but the brand’s four-seater model offers a lot more practicality for very little extra outlay. For the first time, it’s also getting a pure-electric drivetrain, with a rearmounted 80bhp electric motor borrowed from Renault.

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RENAULT MEGANE DYNAMIQUE REVIEW

This is the first time that we’ve been able to climb aboard a Megane fitted with the punchier 1.6-litre dCi engine in the UK, up 20bhp on the 1.5-litre versions we have tested before. There’s also 44lb ft of extra torque, a 7mph higher top speed, and the 0-62 dash is completed 2.3 seconds faster.

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FORD KUGA ST-LINE REVIEW

SUVs are currently big business, with every car company worth its salt having a range full of them. Ford’s line-up now has three, and the Kuga that led its assault on the sector has just been updated with a significant facelift.

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VOLKSWAGEN GOLF REVIEW

The pre-launch fanfare for the latest Golf was considerable. A staggered countdown through the seven previous generations, Volkswagen crowed about how they had sold 33 million examples around the world, 2 million of which have been parked on UK driveways.

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SKODA KODIAQ REVIEW

After years of rumours, motor show previews and our first taster at its international launch, we’ve finally got behind the wheel of a right-hand drive Skoda Kodiaq on British roads.

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NISSAN MICRA REVIEW

What a difference Nissan has made to the Micra. Gone is the cardigan and slippers image of a dumpy little supermini that has been around since the 1980s and passed through four rather mundane generations.

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LAND ROVER DISCOVERY REVIEW

It isn’t often that we’re treated to a new Discovery by Land Rover. The previous generation car was regularly updated throughout its model life, but the basic design was first launched way back in 2004. Now, an all-new fifth-generation car is with us and it’s a revelation.

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AUDI Q5 REVIEW

It’s hard to believe that the first Audi SUV only hit the roads in 2007, just a decade ago. This honour was taken by the bulky Q7, which was quickly followed by the more UK-friendly Audi Q5 just a year later.

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ALFA ROMEO STELVIO REVIEW

Meet the Stelvio, Alfa Romeo’s new entrant in the crowded market for premium SUVs. A few years ago, the idea of an Alfa 4x4 would have been a preposterous one, but now most of the competition is already – profitably – active in this area.

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CITROEN C3 REVIEW

It has to be said that the Citroën range seems to be filled with joie de vivre. Apart from the slow-selling C4, the utilitarian Berlingo Multispace, and the C3 Picasso that’s set to be replaced shortly, the entire line-up is bang up-todate. The C1 is the French company’s best-selling model, the C4 Picasso remains the benchmark for the MPV class, and the C4 Cactus is fresh, funky and fashionable.

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PEUGEOT 3008 REVIEW

Let’s deal with the elephant in the room first of all – the fact that the original Peugeot 3008 wasn’t exactly pretty. Its cheese cutter chrome grille and slab sided looks did the crossover no favours in the looks department, though these were improved with the 2012 facelift.

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