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  • Mercedes C63 AMG Performance Package (2008) CAR review

    Mercedes C63 AMG Performance Package (2008) review

    Price:  £54,645

    24 September 2008 by Ben Barry

    The Mercedes C63 AMG Performance Package costs £3210 and promises to turn the four-door saloon from Affalterbach into an M3 beater. For your money you get uprated brakes and suspension, a limited slip...

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  • Vauxhall VXR8 facelift (2008) review

    Price:  £35,695

    17 September 2008 by Ben Barry

    It might have only been launched a year ago, but the Australian-built Vauxhall VXR8 has already been upgraded. The big news is the new LS3 engine. Seems the 6.0-litre V8 LS2 was a bit weedy at 411bhp...

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  • BMW 335i facelift (2008) review

    Price:  £33,660

    16 September 2008 by Glen Waddington

    If you’ve already read what we’ve written about the revised 330d, you’ll know about the changes BMW has wrought on the 3-series. It looks a bit sharper, has a bit more presence, some new tech –...

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  • BMW 330d (2008) facelift review

    Price:  £30,930

    02 September 2008 by Glen Waddington

    Since the current BMW 3-series was introduced it’s faced new competition from the Mercedes C-class and the Audi A4. BMW is fighting back with a revised version that benefits from refreshed looks and a...

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  • Audi A4 2.0 TDI SE (2008) review

    Price:  £23,600

    09 July 2008 by Glen Waddington

    If you want an Audi A4 2.0 TDI there’s no way I’m going to be able to talk you into buying a Ford Mondeo, even though it’s cheaper and much more engaging to drive. If you want an Audi, you’re set on...

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  • Peugeot 407 1.6 HDI (2008) review

    07 July 2008 by Richard Aucock

    Peugeot doesn’t really do facelifts. Look at any model over the years, and there is rarely any mid-life new radicalism. But even by these standards, the ‘new’ 407 is hard to spot. New bumpers include...

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  • Jaguar X-type 2.2D (2008) review

    Price:  £23,950

    01 July 2008 by Richard Aucock

    The X-type isn’t dead. It’s been given another facelift. Should we care? Well, while it can’t hold a candle to a 3-series or A4, it is now becoming the car it always should’ve been. This latest...

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  • Citroen C5 Tourer 2.2 HDi Exclusive (2008) review

    Price:  £22,495

    30 June 2008 by Keith Adams

    The Citroen C5 has certainly attracted its fair share of attention recently thanks to that annoying advertising campaign. However, despite marketing that’s brimming with premium Teutonic rhetoric,...

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  • Ssangyong Rodius 270 S (2008) review

    Price:  £14,995

    12 June 2008 by Richard Aucock

    The Rodius is a well established winner... In ugly car awards, that is. So let’s look at the method in the madness, instead. Yes, it’s huge – stretching to over five metres in length – and that yields...

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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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  • 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. For £30,990...

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  • Audi A4 3.0 TDI SE Quattro (2008) review

    Price:  £29,500

    20 May 2008 by Glen Waddington

    Pick the optimum combo for a compact exec and the Audi A4 3.0 TDI SE Quattro might spring to mind: V6 diesel grunt and smoothness, the handling promise of four-wheel drive, suave looks and finish and...

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  • Skoda Superb 2.0 TDI Elegance (2008) review

    Price:  £19,000

    16 May 2008 by Ben Whitworth

    Skoda’s Superb flagship has always been a leftfield option among mainstream motorway fodder. It had two difficult names to overcome, generic Volkswagen-esque styling, a lot of hand-me-down componentry...

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  • Chevrolet Epica 2.0D LS (2008) driven review

    Price:  £14,595

    15 May 2008 by Richard Aucock

    The Chevrolet Epica probably isn’t a car review you’ve been waiting for, but the real appeal lies in what dealers stick to the windscreen: £13,595. A typo? No, a price that buys you a base Epica.

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  • BMW M3 saloon (2008) review

    Price:  £49,415

    22 April 2008 by Ben Barry

    The BMW M3 saloon has two more doors, weighs 25kg extra, features blander taillights and, at £49,415, costs £1415 less than its E92 coupe sibling. Anyone with an internet connection can work that out.

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  • Honda Accord 2.2 i-DTEC (2008) review

    Price:  £24,900

    07 April 2008 by Steve Moody

    Honda’s European-spec Accord has never really succeeded. It’s always been a humdrum family saloon with a mainstream badge, but with premium pretensions. So what to do with the new Accord? Give it a...

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  • Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X GSR FQ-360 (2008) review

    Price:  £37,999

    01 April 2008 by Nick Trott

    So here it is: the full loony-tune(d) Evo X. We’ve wondered what this car would feel like since we drove the standard model late last year. The new Evo X is a fine car, but its chassis is almost...

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  • Mitsubishi Lancer 2.0 DI-D GS4 (2008) review

    Price:  £18,499

    31 March 2008 by Nick Trott

    While the new Lancer Evo X hoovers up all the headlines, Mitsubishi’s ‘standard’ new Lancers are getting ignored. And it’s a pity because the diesel in particular is worth a closer look – and no we’re...

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  • Saab 9-3 Turbo X (2008) and Aero XWD (2008) review

    Price:  £32,495

    25 February 2008 by Glen Waddington

    Saab's been a bit cash-starved for a while, so the 9-3 Turbo X is the first new product from GM's Swedish outpost for some time. Don't get too excited: it's not a brand new car. But its advanced...

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  • Citroen C5 2.0 HDi (2008) review

    Price:  £17,500

    11 February 2008 by Georg Kacher

    Citroen caused a stir when it unveiled the new C5. This is a class where Renault admits to making the Laguna purposively conservative. Where Citroen’s sister company Peugeot makes the...

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