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  • Renault Megane Coupe 2.0 TCe 180 (2008) review

    Price:  £18,145

    03 November 2008 by Anthony ffrench-Constant

    Though the front always struck me as a tad clunky and corporate, I’ve long admired the relentlessly shaken and gently stirring rump of this new Renault Megane’s predecessor. Trouble is, it seems that...

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  • Kia Ceed 1.4 ISG (2008) review

    Price:  £11,500

    24 September 2008 by Jesse Crosse

    Kia will go electric, in a small way at least, when it introduces the Ceed with a stop-start system early in 2009. The Ceed ISG (Idle Stop and Go) will be the first of a series of new, green,...

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  • VW Golf 2.0 TDI 140 DSG (2009) review

    Price:  £20,550

    23 September 2008 by Anthony ffrench-Constant

    Despite the residue of hundreds of kilted Scottish football supporters who were far too sloshed to find the airport after the World Cup qualifying match – and, for that matter, probably still are...

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  • Kia Ceed 1.6 Hybrid (2008) review

    22 September 2008 by Jesse Crosse

    Kia has changed almost beyond recognition over the last few years, from a low-cost Korean brand to a maker of well-made European-designed cars that can hold their own with the best of them. Now it’s...

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  • VW Golf 1.4 TSI (2009) review

    Price:  £14,500

    08 September 2008 by Georg Kacher

    This is the first drive of VW’s new-but-same-again Mk6 Golf, a car brought forward from 2010 to 2008 to counteract slow sales and a costly and lengthy build process. But with only mildly revised looks...

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  • Proton Gen-2 1.6 Ecologic (2008) review

    Price:  £10,995

    03 September 2008 by Matthew Proud

    Want to swap cheap thrills for cheap fuel? The Gen-2 Ecologic combines petrol power and low-cost LPG to force hard-up drivers to pay the Malaysian saloon a little more attention. Proton barely...

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  • VW Golf Bluemotion 1.9 TDI 5dr (2008) review

    Price:  £16,140

    08 July 2008 by Dan Trent

    Blue is the new green and Volkswagen's eco-friendly line-up continues to grow. Alongside the Polo and Passat, the Golf has now had the Bluemotion treatment – but at what price? If you want that silver...

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  • Mercedes B170 NGT (2008) gas powered review

    Price:  £22,791

    25 June 2008 by Christopher Hubbard

    The initials at the end of Mercedes-Benz B 170 NGT do not stand for No Green Technology. That’s just a rumour. BMW may be thrashing Mercedes in the environmental PR stakes just now, but it doesn’t mean the big M isn’t trying. The B 170 NGT is a B-Class with a conscience. And a boot full of Natural Gas… So, the...

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  • Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback Ralliart (2008) review

    Price:  £21,500

    23 June 2008 by Jed Maxwell

    Mitsubishi calls the Lancer Sportback Ralliart the ‘missing link’. Which doesn't sound too promising. The missing link is a usually a put-down used to describe someone perhaps not as developed as they...

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  • Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback 1.5 GS1 (2008) review

    Price:  £12,999

    23 June 2008 by Jed Maxwell

    One look at the Lancer Sportback and you might think that after styling the athletic and appealing Lancer Saloon, Mitsubishi’s designers suddenly ran short of talent. The hatch is  a bit of an...

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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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  • 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 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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    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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  • Ford Focus 1.6 Econetic (2008) review

    Price:  £16,550

    30 April 2008 by Glen Waddington

    Ford’s gone green with the Focus Econetic, so you can put that order for a Toyota Prius on hold. Stick a pair of sill extensions and narrow tyres on a Focus, lower it, and you get a drag factor of...

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  • Lotus Low CO2 test car (2008): first ride review

    18 March 2008 by Ben Pulman

    Lotus is a name you associate with sports cars from Norfolk. And in our eco-conscious times the light weight of the Elise et al makes Hethel's cars an increasingly environmentally friendly proposition...

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  • VW Golf 1.4 TSI 7spd DSG (2008) review

    Price:  £15,982

    28 January 2008 by Jesse Crosse

    If you subscribe to the theory that more is better, then you’ll like this. VW has just announced the latest version of its groundbreaking DSG dual-clutch gearbox with seven gears instead of six. It’s...

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