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  • Ford Fiesta ST500 (2008) review

    Price:  £15,000

    17 September 2008 by Glen Waddington

    Remember the old days when cars had steering feel? Well, get queuing up, because this could be your last chance to buy one. It’s the Fiesta ST500, Ford’s last hurrah with the old-gen car before...

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  • Renault Twingo Renaultsport 133 (2008) review

    Price:  £11,550

    29 August 2008 by Chris Chilton

    Renault has just unleashed the Twingo Renaultsport. It's the £11,500 little brother to the Clio 197, so it's a bargain, but is it any good? A new-to-the-range 1.6-litre engine provides decent grunt,...

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  • Fiat Grande Punto Abarth Esseesse: CAR drove it up the hillclimb at Harewood in West Yorkshire (pictured)

    Fiat Grande Punto Abarth Esseesse (2008) review

    Price:  £17,000

    01 August 2008 by Tim Pollard

    We've just driven Fiat's new Grande Punto Abarth pocket rocket on UK soil – and back to back with the Mini Cooper S – for CAR's definitive verdict. Has Fiat given the Abarth badge enough credibilitly...

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  • Mini John Cooper Works (2008) review

    Price:  £20,995

    14 July 2008 by Nick Trott

    Mini is attempting to create a sub-brand with JCW – think of it as the company’s own M Division – which means the John Cooper Works is more than the ultimate Mini. It's the first of many...

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  • Fiat 500 Abarth (2008) CAR review and video

    Price:  £13,500

    10 July 2008 by Steve Moody

    Can the Fiat 500 Abarth live up to the hype? Now we've driven it, we have the answer. In the last year, no car launched anywhere has had the same impact on the buying public as the Fiat 500. It seems...

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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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    Audi S3 Sportback (2008) review

    Price:  £27,720

    21 May 2008 by Adam Towler

    The Audi S3 Sportback is the latest Audi niche performance car - the mechanicals of the three-door S3 being shoehorned into the five-door Sportback A3 body. Its introduction coincides with a mild...

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  • Ford Focus ST (2008) review

    Price:  £20,850

    06 May 2008 by Ben Pulman

    The Ford Focus ST is back, and the good news is that alongside new looks inside and out, the excellent dynamics remain unchanged. Ford has spent the mid-life nip/tuck money freshening up the visuals...

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  • Peugeot 308 GT THP 175 (2008) review

    Price:  £18,995

    18 April 2008 by Ben Pulman

    The Peugeot 308 GT THP 175 is only a warm hatch, according to Peugeot. The pre-launch press conference was all about managing our expectations, telling us that the GT was meant to be dynamic but also...

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  • Subaru Impreza 2.5 WRX STi Type UK (2008) review

    Price:  £25,090

    08 April 2008 by Ben Oliver

    New Imprezas seem to arrive with the frequency of buses. But this one really is new, and important. It’s the UK-specification STi, so for us it’s the benchmark new Impreza: it gets the 2457cc, 297bhp...

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  • Kia Proceed 2.0 CRDi (2008) review

    Price:  £12,295

    28 January 2008 by Gavin Green

    Stupid names for cars aren’t new. We’re had the Nissan Gloria, the Ford Probe and the Mazda Bongo Brawny van after all. But in the long roll call of daft designations, the Kia pro_cee’d (note the...

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  • Vauxhall Corsa 1.6 SRi front

    Vauxhall Corsa 1.6 SRi (2007) review

    Price:  £13,625

    11 December 2007 by Richard Aucock

    Vauxhall has revived the boy racer’s machine of choice. But rather than Nova SR, it's now called Corsa SRi, and you can even get a diesel. But we've got the turbocharged car on test, with a detuned...

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  • Subaru Impreza WRX STi review

    Price:  £24,995

    09 November 2007 by Ben Oliver

    Please, please tell me the WRX STi is more impressive than the standard Impreza... It is, though the naturally aspirated 2.0-litre Scooby isn’t without merit. It provides a decent base for the WRX...

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  • Fiat Grande Punto Abarth (2007) review

    Price:  £13,000

    27 September 2007 by Simon Harris

    Abarth? Am I right in thinking the last time I saw that name it was on a Fiat Stilo? Wash your mouth out! We don’t talk about that. Abarth has now been launched as a new brand in the Fiat stable,...

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  • Honda Civic Type R Rally (2007) review

    26 April 2007 by Ben Whitworth

    What’s this – I didn't know Honda was going rallying? It’s not, well, not just yet. Let me explain. In 2005, the FIA World Council decided to create a new cost-effective rally championship for 2007,...

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  • Renaultsport Megane 2.0 dCi 175 (2007) review

    Price:  £19,450

    26 April 2007 by Richard Aucock

    Golf GT TDI, SEAT Leon FR TDI, Toyota Auris D-4D T180... there are a few diesel hot hatches around nowadays... Indeed, which is why the RenaultSport engineers built a concept fitted with the...

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  • Renault Clio 197 R27 (2007) review

    Price:  £17,250

    25 April 2007 by Richard Aucock

    The Clio F1 Team R27. That's the 197 special edition named after this year's slothful F1 car, right? Ooh, get you. We should be feeling sympathy for Renault. It wraps up the World Championship with...

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  • Peugeot 207 GTi (2007) review

    Price:  £15,395

    27 March 2007 by Chris Chilton

    Peugeot seems to have happily vacated its place at the top of the hot hatch pile in recent years. What’s the 207 GTi going to do to change our minds? Make the competition look expensive, for a start.

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  • Vauxhall Corsa VXR (2007) review

    Price:  £15,625

    13 March 2007 by Chris Chilton

    Not exactly the shy and retiring sort is it? Come on, this is a product of Vauxhall’s VXR division, a sub-marque that makes a point of being ruder, lairier and louder than any of its rivals. So while...

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  • Citroen C4 'By Loeb' (2007) review

    28 February 2007 by Chris Chilton

    Calling it C4 'by Loeb' makes it sounds like some sort of perfume. What's it for and did the world's greatest rally driver really have anything to do with it? The C4 by Loeb (wouldn't 'Loeb edition'...

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