Compact Family Cars

WHEN the latest generation of the Mazda3 compact family hatchback hit UK streets last spring its impact was instantaneous.Not only did the...

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THE 500X aims to appeal to buyers who like the retro styling of Fiat's hugely popular 500 but need family space and practicality.To look...

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REPLACING the relatively short-lived and somewhat mis-named Rapid in Skoda's line-up the Scala has arrived with some seriously big-hitters...

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THE Vauxhall Astra is one of the automotive world's great survivors - having been around in some shape or form for more than 40 years.Given...

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SKODA ended 2019 and started 2020 with major ‘family car' awards for its new Scala. Not that we should be surprised - Skoda has been...

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WHEN petrolheads talk about engines, you can be sure V8s, V12s or maybe even V6s are mentioned.However, in these days of ‘less is more',...

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AS the electric revolution moves on at pace, so the hybrid - for the time being at least - is now pretty mainstream.Becoming mainstream...

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THE pros and cons of electric cars are well-documented and the choice as to whether you drive one is, for the time being at least, largely...

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THE name will be familiar to many, but I'm prepared to bet few people will remember what the Toyota Corolla looked like before it...

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IN a packed field of competitors, to stand out from the crowd takes a bit of doing.Step forward Mazda. The new Mazda3 is without doubt one...

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THE past few months have been on the busy side for the value for money gem in Volkswagen's crown, Skoda.Wedged between the arrival of the...

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SOMETIMES it takes a personal event to bring home the importance of robust safety measures.In a late evening phone call from Dubai, my...

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HEADING out of Cambridge at a steady - and legal - 30mph a dashboard tell-tale on the new Renault Clio told me the legal maximum was '100',...

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IT'S been quite a journey for Korean brands in this country, particularly Kia.From very much sideshow in the 1990s with some, shall we say,...

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LUCKY the car maker who can produce a model that sits equally classlessly outside a stately home or modest side street semi. Not many...

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AFTER the runaway success of its range of SUV models Skoda has taken a step in a different direction with a new traditional hatchback.The...

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THE world's best-selling car made a comeback earlier this year and it's better than ever.In fairness, Toyota replaced the popular Corolla...

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RANGE has always been the factor that puts doubt into the mind of potential electric car buyers.THE Nissa Leaf set the standard for...

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YOU couldn't make it up. Waiting for the water board team to mend the leak somewhere in our area I decide to check progress via my newly...

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I DON'T know if red is a lucky colour in Japan but every time I drive a Mazda car in the company's Soul Red Crystal metallic paint, I am...

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HOW new would you like your new car to be? Not such a daft question when it's the smallest Hyundai you're talking about.Because the i10...

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THIS is the latest offering from Czech manufacturer Skoda.It's called the Scala and it arrived in the UK in July.I have just spent a few...

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"A 95-year reputation built on sporty and distinctive cars, MGs are both affordable and a joy to drive," is the intro to the blurb...

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ON its launch, SEAT president Luca de Meo declared the latest Ibiza should be the ‘best small car in Europe'.With so many rivals, it's...

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