Used Skoda Kodiaq (Mk1, 2017-date) review

Used Skoda Kodiaq (Mk1, 2017-date) review

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VerdictSkoda has a habit of producing great cars that put an emphasis on usability and affordability, and while its products used to be bought with the head rather than the heart, that’s no longer necessarily the case. The Kodiaq is proof of this; when it arrived we were so impressed that it scooped Best Large SUV in our 2017 New Car Awards. At the time we proclaimed: “The new Kodiaq offers family-friendly practicality in a more stylish body than a conventional MPV, while features such as the slick infotainment system and all of the brand’s usual ‘Simply Clever’ touches combine with Skoda’s affordable pricing to make the Kodiaq the best large SUV on sale”. A year later the Kodiaq scooped the same award. and today this multi-talented family car remains…
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Used Alfa Romeo Giulia (Mk1, 2016-date) review

Used Alfa Romeo Giulia (Mk1, 2016-date) review

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VerdictIf our Driver Power survey results are anything to go by, the Alfa Romeo Giulia has been an extremely capable and popular car right from the get-go. And no wonder: Alfa spared no expense developing the Giulia, making the most of lightweight construction tech and a cutting-edge drivetrain to make sure it hit the ground running. Then you have to factor in the interior and exterior styling, which was fresh when it arrived and remains the most distinctive in the class today. By the time you’ve turned your attention to the equipment levels, driving experience, reliability and the asking price, the Giulia will have swayed many potential suitors already. There’s no manual gearbox, but that’s not a deal-breaker as the standard auto is very good.With over a century passing since…
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Used Suzuki Baleno (Mk4, 2015-2020) review

Used Suzuki Baleno (Mk4, 2015-2020) review

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VerdictSuzuki models are often overlooked in the UK; in fact in October 2021 they accounted for just 1.2% of total sales. New-car buyers invariably turn to Ford, Renault, Peugeot, Vauxhall or other bigger firms rather than head to a Suzuki dealer, and it’s the same on the used market, where mainstream brands also get most of the attention. The Suzuki Baleno should indeed be on your shortlist, though. Value and reliability are the headline attractions, but excellent practicality is another Baleno trait. However, you might be put off by the car’s anonymous exterior design, or its lacklustre performance in Euro NCAP crash tests; top-spec models achieved four stars out of five, while lesser models without autonomous emergency braking got a three-star score. If that doesn’t concern you unduly, we’d suggest…
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Volkswagen ID.3 Pro S Tour: long-term test review

Volkswagen ID.3 Pro S Tour: long-term test review

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VerdictComparing our ID.3 with the Beetle threw up more similarities than we’d expected. But in everyday use, the electric hatch is proving easy to drive. And its big battery is keeping charging stops to a minimum, too.Mileage: 6,824Efficiency: 3.5 miles/kWhVolkswagen translates from German to English as “People’s Car” – a concept dreamt up in Germany in the years before World War II. The idea was, in short, to manufacture a cheap, simple-to-produce runaround for the country’s then-new road network.That car was the “Type 1”, latterly and more commonly known as the Beetle. It was designed and engineered under Ferdinand Porsche, and went on to sell more than 21 million units over the model’s 65-year uninterrupted production run – a figure that doesn’t include  either of the two “New Beetles”, launched…
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New Porsche Taycan GTS 2021 review

New Porsche Taycan GTS 2021 review

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VerdictIn adding the new GTS model to the Taycan line-up Porsche has created its best-driving EV. As you’d expect, the performance is superb, but it’s how the Taycan GTS rides, handles and steers that makes it such a lovely car to drive. With genuinely usable range, advanced charging, strong practicality and some great tech, it’s no surprise the Taycan is one of Porsche’s best-selling models.It’s the Porsche way to roll out a GTS model a few years into a car’s life, and it often turns out to be the one to have, due to the variant’s focus on driving dynamics with concessions to luxury and everyday usability. And so it is with the new Taycan GTS.The GTS slots in between the Taycan 4S and the Taycan Turbo and uses the…
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New Pininfarina Battista 2021 review

New Pininfarina Battista 2021 review

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VerdictWith the Battista Pininfarina is becoming a car brand in its own right, and it’s emerging with its shape of the future when it comes to a luxury performance GT. It is incredibly quick, handles and rides sweetly, offers genuinely usable range and serves up the kind of bespoke build service and craftsmanship you’d expect of a car at this price.The future of the automotive industry is approaching silently. Electrification means no noise, but in the case of the new Pininfarina Battista, superb performance.Put your foot flat to the floor in this all-electric hypercar and the blow hits your neck out of nowhere. No wonder, because the Battista is the most powerful and fastest car ever built in Italy - and in the home of Maserati, Lamborghini and above all,…
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New Genesis G70 Shooting Brake 2021 review

New Genesis G70 Shooting Brake 2021 review

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VerdictThe Shooting Brake is our preferred version of the G70, offering additional style and boot space for a fairly modest outlay. It’s a distinctive and likeable car, but in a number of key areas – namely practicality, efficiency and performance – it’s found wanting compared to key rivals. The more up-to-date G80 and GV80 also offer nicer interiors, showing up the G70’s relative age.Like the old adage about London buses, we waited ages for Genesis to arrive in Europe and suddenly there’s a full range of six models (and even more on the way) to choose from.Bosses tell us they didn’t want a half-baked approach to launching the Hyundai Group’s luxury division in Europe. Rather than dipping its toes in the market with a couple of tarted-up Hyundais that go…
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Used Alfa Romeo Stelvio (Mk1, 2017-date) review

Used Alfa Romeo Stelvio (Mk1, 2017-date) review

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VerdictIt might have taken Alfa Romeo a long time to join the SUV party, but when it did arrive, the Stelvio offered something different from the norm. That was a car which looked stylish inside and out and was good to drive. The performance of Alfa’s dealer network is unknown because it hasn’t appeared in recent Driver Power Dealer surveys, but there’s no doubt that the Stelvio can match premium rivals in many ways, especially when it comes to dynamic ability, design, comfort and also reliability. There’s still a little way to go when it comes to practicality and build quality, but it’s clear that the Stelvio has plenty to offer.SUVs first became popular with the masses in the 1990s, but it wasn’t until the early 2000s that more overly…
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Used SEAT Arona (Mk1, 2017-date) review

Used SEAT Arona (Mk1, 2017-date) review

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VerdictWhile it’s fair to say the SEAT Arona isn’t the most characterful compact SUV you can buy on the second-hand market, it does offer strong value for money against its rivals. Not only that, it’s also composed and refined on the road, with generous standard equipment. If you like its style and are not particularly concerned with practicality – other alternatives do better in this area – then it’s a perfectly sensible used compact SUV to go for.When Nissan introduced the Juke in 2010, it was an obvious move. Superminis were the most popular type of car across Europe, and SUVs were increasingly sought-after. Combining the two segments made perfect sense, and sure enough, these mini-SUVs sold like hot cakes pretty much regardless of which badge was on the nose. By…
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BMW 3 Series Touring review

BMW 3 Series Touring review

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BMW’s brilliant 3 Series has been a strong performer in the compact executive class for ages, boasting fun driving dynamics, strong performance, low running costs and rock-solid build quality. In Touring form, the desirable German machine adds family-friendly practicality - it's BMW's response to the Audi A4 Avant and Mercedes C-Class estate.As with the 3 Series saloon, the Touring is the sharpest handling compact executive estate you can buy, but it doesn’t sacrifice economy in the process. Most versions are rear wheel drive, which is the enthusiast's choice for best handling, but BMW's xDrive four-wheel drive system is impressively smooth and we reckon turns the 3 Series Touring into a serious rival for the Porsche Macan and Range Rover Evoque. About the BMW 3 SeriesThe BMW 3 Series Touring looks the same as the…
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