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  • Mercedes CLC 220 CDI (2008) review

    Price:  £22,260

    11 June 2008 by Christopher Hubbard

    Previously the C-class Sports Coupe, now the Mercedes-Benz CLC, this is the junior coupe in the three-pointed star’s line-up. Some 1100 modifications underline the change to the bootbadge. But is...

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  • Lancia Delta CAR (2008) review

    10 June 2008 by Gavin Green

    Lancia is set to return to the UK midway through 2009, having departed ignominiously 14 years ago, its range of tinselled Fiats proving about as popular as gelato in a London winter. The car that...

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  • Volvo S40 2.0D SE Powershift (2008) review

    Price:  £20,570

    10 June 2008 by Colin Overland

    Volvo has joined the twin-clutch brigade with the arrival of this, the S40 2.0D with the Powershift transmission option. Powershift is Ford and Volvo’s take on the DSG idea that came to the fore with...

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  • Vauxhall Astra VXR Nurburgring (2008) review

    Price:  £21,295

    09 June 2008 by Ben Oliver

    The new Vauxhall Astra VXR Nurburgring Edition costs over £1500 more than the standard – and already excellent – VXR. The changes seem limited to some new wheels and tyres, another 15bhp and endless...

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  • Brabus Bullit (2008) review

    Price:  £277,000

    06 June 2008 by Georg Kacher

    The Brabus Bullit is for those people who look at fast German saloons and just see underpowered four-doors. If you want the Bullit, you’re the sort of person who reckons the Mercedes C63 AMG is...

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  • Mazda 2 1.3 TS2 3dr (2008) review

    Price:  £9,509

    05 June 2008 by Adam Towler

    The Mazda 2 was a breath of fresh air when it launched in 2007. Its clever design and careful reduction in mass pointed to a lighter, hence cleaner, and also more entertaining future for the segment.

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  • Seat Ibiza 1.4 TDI Ecomotive (2008) review

    Price:  £11,630

    04 June 2008 by Tim Pollard

    The Seat Ibiza Ecomotive is one of the most smile-inducing cars I’ve driven this year. It’s not very powerful (79bhp) or expensive (£11k), but it does deliver a knock-out blow to your pocket – and...

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  • Audi S5 7-speed S-tronic (2008) review

    Price:  £41,715

    03 June 2008 by Tim Pollard

    Audi has just about the most bewildering array of transmissions of any car maker – and it’s about to get more confusing, with the launch of a twin-clutch version of the S5 coupe. We’ve just driven the...

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  • Mercedes S320 CDI LWB (2008) review

    Price:  £59,885

    02 June 2008 by Ben Pulman

    The best car Mercedes makes? Surely it’s got to be the S320 CDI. The S-class absolutely dominates its market segment and, according to Merc, nearly 25 percent of all limos sold in the UK are the...

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  • Mercedes B180 CDI 5dr (2008) review

    Price:  £20,850

    30 May 2008 by Guy Bird

    Plaudits for the Mercedes B-class were thin on the ground back in 2005 when the car first launched, pitched as a ‘Compact Sports Tourer’. To drive it was nothing of the sort – not as ‘compact’ or...

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  • Mercedes A170 ECO Stop/start 5dr (2008) review

    Price:  £18,830

    30 May 2008 by Guy Bird

    Luckily for the Mercedes A-class, its otherwise dull 2008 facelift has been saved from obscurity by interesting new engine and powertrain developments. Ignore the forgettable visual exterior and...

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  • VW Passat R36 (2008) review

    Price:  £30,990

    29 May 2008 by Ben Barry

    This is Volkswagen’s most powerful production Passat yet - the new R36, a car that trumps the last generation’s unloved W8 in the power stakes. Big deal, you might think, but bear with us.

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  • Fiat Bravo 1.6 16v Multijet Dynamic Eco (2008) review

    Price:  £15,150

    29 May 2008 by Jesse Crosse

    Establishing whether or not a car is fun to drive is entirely subjective and what some might find an absolute blast, others may think is dull as ditch water. So the boys and girls at Fiat Powertrain...

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  • Ford Mondeo 2.2 TDCI Titanium X Estate (2008) review

    Price:  £24,405

    27 May 2008 by Ben Pulman

    Is there anything actually wrong with the Ford Mondeo? Sure, a few people may grumble about drive being sent to the front wheels, or the fact that the badge on the front is a blue oval and not a blue...

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  • Ford Focus 2.0 TDCI Powershift (2008) review

    Price:  £20,050

    27 May 2008 by Ben Pulman

    Finally a mainstream manufacturer is offering an alternative to VW’s DSG twin-clutch gearbox. No, it’s not Seat, or Skoda or Audi or any other member of the Volkswagen Group, but Ford. The Blue Oval’s...

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  • Hyundai i30 Estate 1.6 CRDi Premium (2008) review

    Price:  £16,305

    26 May 2008 by Keith Adams

    Along with its Kia Ceed kissing cousin, the Hyundai i30 has been quietly playing an important part in the Korean car industry’s plan to gain mainstream global acceptance. The hatchback has...

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    Jaguar XKR-S (2008) review

    Price:  £79,995

    23 May 2008 by Ben Barry

    Here’s the car Jaguar fans have been waiting for: the XKR-S, the fastest, hardest-looking XK so far. Available only in Ultimate Black as a limited run of 200 in right- or left-hand drive for...

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  • Aston Martin V8 Vantage Coupe (2008) review

    Price:  £85,000

    22 May 2008 by Ben Barry

    It might look exactly the same, but there's a new 4.7-litre V8 in this Aston Martin Vantage. The suspension, steering, interior and transmission  of the V8 Vantage has also been significantly...

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    Audi A3 2.0 TDI SE 170 (2008) review

    Price:  £20,165

    22 May 2008 by Adam Towler

    Audi has given the A3 a mid-life facelift, and the revised 2.0-litre TDI engine heads the oil-burning line-up in 168bhp form. Audi promises this diesel A3 is cleaner and quieter than the car it...

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