Sports Saloons and Hatches

WHEN Mercedes-Benz launch a car, you'd better take notice, particularly if you are looking at the A-Class.As the oldest car-maker it knows...

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WITH an enviable history in the Monte Carlo Rally over several decades it's hardly surprising that Skoda chose the rally name for its...

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THE sports utility vehicle - or SUV - is a modern-day motoring marvel and motorists have taken to them in the millions.They are so popular...

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HONDA is best known for its sensible family cars - and then there is the rebel Civic Type R.In my experience, every family has a rebel in...

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IT'S a tried and trusted formula. Ever since the first Mini Cooper - that was more than half a century ago - we've loved fiery small...

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THE latest Ford Fiesta ST has downsized in the engine department.It could be a recipe for disappointment - but fortunately it isn't.The...

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COMPILE a list of the top firecracker hatchbacks over the decades and it would indeed be an elite group.From the Golf GTI to the 205 GTi,...

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IT may be owned by a German company but MINI has always been proud of its British heritage and it doesn't take long with the latest version...

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SEAT'S Leon Cupra has always been there or thereabouts when it comes to desirable hot hatches and the latest version is no exception.A...

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BRITAIN'S best selling family car has just got better, and it's going to get better still.The newest Ford Focus had barely arrived last...

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WHEN it comes to hot hatches, you could hardly accuse the firecracker Honda Civic Type R of being subtle.A full-fat hot hatch and not...

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FOR a lot of people a car is just a means of getting from A to B, no more no less.But most of them have probably never driven a new Suzuki...

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IN a market bulging with hot hatches Renault's latest Megane R.S. manages to stand out from the crowd.From the noise of a beating heart...

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THE arrival of an Alfa Romeo for evaluation always fills me with a sense of excitement - possibly because you never really know what you're...

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IF I could make a new version of myself, a lightweight construction with a dynamite power source would be a good place to start.Suzuki have...

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THE hot hatch scene is awash with models these days - and for very good reason.There's a strong argument in favour of these fun and fiery...

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IF fortunate enough to buy a high performance coupe, the Aston Martin Rapide S will surprise and must be on your list.Not only does it...

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THIS is one for the purists. The BMW M5 Competition is the latest saloon from Munich - a touch more of everything for those who sigh in...

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MENTION hot hatches and Hyundai is not a name that immediately springs to mind.The Veloster arrived amid high hopes and fizzled out fairly...

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CHOOSE champion yellow for your new Suzuki Swift Sport and it will make crowded car parks less of a challenge when you look for your wheels...

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IT'S tough out there on the mean streets...especially for traditional saloons.Elbowed out by a tide of SUVs and muscled in on by...

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SOUND engineering allied to good value...that's the mantra of the South Korean car giants Hyundai and Kia.Finely chiselled lines and...

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THE day was miserable as I headed out in the Honda Civic Type R GT.Yes, the countryside looked beautiful in its autumn livery but sadly...

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THE Suzuki Swift Sport is a handsome little hatch, which might not be in the hot category but is certainly super warm.With a top speed of...

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