MERCEDES-BENZ E-CLASS COUPE REVIEW

CHALLENGING COASTAL roads and large Mercedes coupes traditionally go together like the yips and a title-deciding 18thhole putt. But the E400 Coupe is keeping its composure on the roads that lead from Barcelona towards the Pyrenees. Sport Plus mode selected, air suspension flexing its muscles, the Merc’s body deftly follows every steering input like a choreographed dancer. The composure is maintained at surprisingly high speed thanks to the standard 4Matic allwheel drive; more power is going to the front wheels than you’d experience with an xDrive BMW, but it’s still a rear-biased feel. When understeer creeps in, you just feed in throttle and ping out of the bend. This is no out-and-out sports car, but for a four-seat coupe that should cosset and pamper first and foremost, the broad grin on my face is unexpected.

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SKODA OCTAVIA SCOUT 2017 REVIEW

You may have noticed that road test reviews of the Skoda Octavia have dominated these pages over last few issues, and there’s a good reason for that. Not only are there a vast number of different versions, but also the Octavia is the best-selling car in the firm’s model line-up.

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SSANGYONG KORANDO REVIEW

To anyone other than a car enthusiast, the mention of SsangYong is likely to be met by a blank look. The vehicle maker, mainly known for buildings SUVs, can trace its roots back 63 years, but it is only the last few years, with the launch of capable vehicles like the Tivoli, that the firm has begun to make inroads into the UK market. In 2016, the South Korean car maker sold 4,444 cars in the UK, more than Subaru and MG, and management hopes that with the launch of this enhanced Korando and the all-new Rexton later this year, that the results will continue on an upward trajectory.

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SKODA RAPID REVIEW

While Skoda might be chasing SUV sales with its Kodiaq and forthcoming Karoq, it’s not forgotten that a smaller number of buyers want nothing more than a sensible hatchback. An even smaller number want one that’s a bit bigger than a Fabia but a little smaller than an Octavia, which is where this Rapid model fits in.

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BMW 4 SERIES COUPE REVIEW

It’s hard to keep up with BMW’s model range, with what seems like a constant avalanche of new products. Whether that be an all-new model or a life-cycle impulse, to use BMW’s fancy words, which basically means a nip and a tuck here and there, which is more commonly referred to as a facelift.

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RENAULT CAPTUR REVIEW

When Renault launched its compact crossover model, the Captur, four years ago, it was quickly onto a winner. Last year the friendly-looking Captur was Europe's best-selling urban crossover, known in motor industry jargon as a B-SUV, with a tally of over 215,000 sales.

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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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BMW 5 SERIES 2017 REVIEW

BMW FOCUSED ON reducing weight, adding technology, and reducing cabin noise with its 2017 5 Series redesign. The new car is essentially the same size as the outgoing model, but BMW says it’s lighter by 220 pounds and the rear seat and trunk are marginally roomier.

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KIA NIRO REVIEW

KIA IS ATTEMPTING something that no other automaker has done successfully: challenge Toyota in the dedicated-hybrid market. But, unlike the Prius, the 2017 Kia Niro does it without styling that screams “I’m driving a ‘green’ machine.”

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CHEVROLET BOLT REVIEW

ELECTRIC VEHICLES WERE typically good for less than 100 miles of range–unless you have the $100,000-plus for a Tesla. That was until now.

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TOYOTA PRIUS PRIME REVIEW

FOR PEOPLE WHO think the regular Toyota Prius relies too much on gas, yet aren’t ready to fully embrace a dedicated EV, the 2017 Prius Prime provides a bridge. Much like the Chevrolet Volt, the Prime can go electric for short distances and rely on its hybrid powertrain for longer trips, with no range worries.

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2017 DUCATI SUPERSPORT REVIEW

When we talk about sportbikes, we’re almost always talking about motorcycles built with one goal in mind: excellence on a racetrack. Most of the sportbikes purchased, however, never see the billiardssmooth pavement or corner coping they were designed to slay.

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2017 YAMAHA FZ-09 REVIEW

Parked on a Latigo Canyon overlook during the Yamaha FZ-09 press ride, looking down at the Malibu mansions high above the Pacific, I couldn’t help but remember the first time I came here.

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2017 INDIAN CHIEFTAIN REVIEW

Indian Motorcycles is on the proverbial warpath of late, rolling out a handful of new models in the aftermath of Polaris Industries’ plans to “wind down” its Victory Motorcycles products. First came the Roadmaster Classic, followed with the Chieftain platform getting a pair of upscale additions.

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2017 SUZUKI GSX-R1000R REVIEW

Clouds arrive quickly then settle in above Phillip Island. Ominous and unsympathetic, they have the power to bring this day to an end, to dampen every inch of tarmac and force us back into the garage-test over. All I can do at this point is cross my fingers and pray that the worst of the storm is behind us.

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ALFA ROMEO GIULIA TURBO SUPER REVIEW

WE’VE ALREADY RAVED about the 503bhp Quadrifoglio. The question here is, do similar levels of ability and character flow through the genepool to models at the opposite end of the Giulia range?

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SEAT LEON CUPRA 300 REVIEW

THE CURRENT SEAT LEON Cupra began with either 261bhp or 276bhp, in models called ‘Cupra’ and ‘Cupra 280’ respectively. Then it moved to just one car at 286bhp – the Cupra 290. Now, well, go on, have a guess.

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SHARKWERKS CAYMAN GT4 REVIEW

CARS ARE LIKE canines. While a car won’t make a mess on your carpet, a year in automotive terms is like a dog year. Viewed in that context, the outgoing nine-year-old Audi A5 Cabriolet is something of a geriatric hound.

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BENTLEY CONTINENTAL SUPERSPORTS REVIEW

FOR THE FIRST century and a bit of the motorcar’s existence, it was an inalienable fact that the rate at which any given car could accelerate was determined, in part, by such things as load, surface conditions and incline, as well as more mechanical factors such as engine speed and which gear happened to be selected at the time.

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AUDI A5 CABRIOLET REVIEW

CARS ARE LIKE canines. While a car won’t make a mess on your carpet, a year in automotive terms is like a dog year. Viewed in that context, the outgoing nine-year-old Audi A5 Cabriolet is something of a geriatric hound.

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VAUXHALL INSIGNIA GRAND SPORT REVIEW

DRIVE DOWN ANY motorway for five minutes and we guarantee that you’ll see at least one Vauxhall Insignia; a combination of keen pricing, low running costs and plenty of kit makes it a firm favourite with company car drivers. However, times change, and after nine years the original Insignia was definitely ready for replacement.

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ALFA ROMEO STELVIO REVIEW

DESPITE THE FACT that ‘SUV’ stands for sport utility vehicle, not many manufacturers actually put the ‘sport’ into these cars. However, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio looks to buck that trend by promising to be every bit as fun to drive as the engaging Giulia saloon on which it’s based.

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MERCEDES-BENZ E-CLASS COUPE REVIEW

A CAR’S LOOKS are a subjective matter, but few would argue that Mercedes-Benz’s saloons aren’t sleek and interesting to behold. Its coupe versions are often even better, and we’d suggest that its latest E-Class Coupe is one of the firm’s best designs yet.

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SUZUKI SWIFT REVIEW

IF YOU’RE AFTER a little hatchback, you’re spoilt for choice. Want something that’s fun to drive? There’s the Ford Fiesta. Fancy a classy interior? That’ll be the Mini. Or, if you need a true all-rounder, the Skoda Fabia is our top choice. The outgoing Suzuki Swift, meanwhile, looks fairly funky, but it’s cramped inside and has a low-rent interior and engines that are some way behind the best turbocharged units out there. So, it’s time for a reboot, and here it is: the new Swift, a car that takes inspiration from its predecessor but improves on it in almost every area.

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AUDI RS3 SPORTBACK REVIEW

IN A QUEST to remain at the pointy end of the hot hatch horsepower pyramid, Audi and Mercedes- Benz have been locked in a battle of numbers for more than half a decade. The Audi RS3 packed 335bhp when it first appeared back in 2011, before being edged out by the even more powerful 355bhp Mercedes A45 AMG just two years later.

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FORD FIESTA ST REVIEW

FORD’S PINT-SIZED FIESTA ST hot hatchback has long been a favourite of ours. In fact, it’s been our overall top hot hatch for five years in a row. So this third-generation model is in a prime position to carry on that winning streak.

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