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Skoda Rapid Spaceback 1.6 TDI (2013) CAR review

Rated 3 out of 53

Ollie Kew, 29 November 2013 16:00

This is the Skoda Rapid Spaceback, which takes the elongated Audi Sportback hatch-cum-estate template and applies it to Skoda’s lacklustre Rapid. However, being 180mm shorter overall and 135L inferior in the bootspace department, it’s not an open-and-shut case that the Spaceback is the one to go for. After all, it has less space in the, ahem, back. And at £1435 ...

Ford Focus 1.6 TDCI Edge (2011) CAR review

Rated 3.5 out of 53.5

Tim Pollard, 02 August 2011 09:36

Rental cars. Not what they used to be. So when I touched down in Italy on my recent summer holiday, imagine my delight when my cheapest-possible-small-estate package turned out to be the new 2011 Ford Focus Estate – one of the few cars I've not driven. Ours was the popular 1.6 TDCI Focus in Studio trim, roughly equivalent in spec ...

VW Golf SE 1.4 TSI Estate (2010) CAR review

Rated 3.5 out of 53.5

Glen Waddington, 06 April 2010 15:29

Volkswagen hasn’t bothered to wreak the same transformation with the new Golf Estate as it did with the Golf hatchback, in the progression from Mk5 to Mk6. There are new engines, a new facia and a new nose, but the chassis and structure are pretty much left alone. So, should we feel cheated, or is a revamped old-shaped Golf estate ...

Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer 1.6T (2009) CAR review

Rated 3.5 out of 53.5

Glen Waddington, 15 June 2009 10:00

The Vectra estate majored on space but looked as sexy as a stack of bottle crates. The Insignia hatch and saloon have turned their backs on the functional nature of the old Vectra, and the new Sports Tourer does the same to such an extent that Vauxhall couldn’t bring itself to label it an estate. But if it’s now sexy, ...

Skoda Octavia Combi 1.8 TSI facelift CAR review

Rated 3 out of 53

Jed Maxwell, 29 January 2009 12:00

While Skoda’s Superb has been stealing headlines for the Czech firm lately, it’s easy to overlook the Octavia. But the smaller model remains Skoda’s best-seller and to ensure it stays that way it’s undergone a mid-life nip and tuck designed to prolong its appeal. But this is more than a cosmetic overhaul with mechanical improvements aimed at beefing up the ...

Mazda 6 2.0 D TS2 (2008) Estate CAR review

Rated 3.5 out of 53.5

Jesse Crosse, 23 April 2008 11:12

The last Mazda 6 launch held in Rome back in 2002 wasn’t just so much the launch of a new car but the relaunch of a brand. Did a pretty good job too, and left a bunch of bemused motoring journos wandering around muttering how good it was when actually they were secretly expecting something rather naff. Then, the emphasis ...

Peugeot 308 SW 1.6 HDi 110 SE (2008) CAR review

Rated 3 out of 53

Ben Pulman, 18 April 2008 06:42

Peugeot’s new 308 SW is piece three from the French manufacturer’s five-part mid-sized jigsaw. Coming after the three- and five-door 308 hatches launched in late 2007, and arriving before the CC and RC Z version is this estate bodystyle. It offers a high roofline and a stretched wheelbase over the regular 308, which means the SW majors on space and ...

Mini Clubman (2007) CAR review

Rated 3 out of 53

Tim Pollard, 07 September 2007 12:01

The new Mini Clubman: one weird-looking car It sure is. Devoted fans of all things Mini – and there have been more than a million buyers since BMW first unleashed its lesson in retro pastiche in July 2001 – may find it the coolest thing since having an RAF symbol on their roof, but many neutral observers will find the ...

VW Golf Estate 2.0 TDi (2007) CAR review

Rated 3.5 out of 53.5

Georg Kacher, 11 May 2007 06:22

Volkswagen took their time unleashing this handsome devil Yes, the previous VW management dithered, discussed and delayed the project until it was almost past its sell-by date. In July 2007, two full years behind the original schedule, the third-generation Golf Variant will finally appear in right-hand drive form. “Initially, we thought that the Touran and the Golf plus could together ...

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