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    Renault Captur
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    By Tim Barnes-Clay, Motoring Journalist  Twitter: @carwriteups

    The Renault Captur lies in a heaving market of urban crossovers, like the Citroen C4 Cactus and Nissan Juke. However, it carries with it some undeniably neat cabin touches and ladles of style.

    The Renault Captur's lineage can't really be doubted. Its structure and powertrains are well proven – none more so than the Dynamique Nav dCi 90 five-door model I drove.

    BMW 3 Series Review (320d xDrive M Sport Saloon)
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    By Tim Barnes-Clay – Motoring Journalist - Tweeting @carwriteups

    The BMW 3 Series has always been an awesome car to lease. Take, for example, the BWW 3 Series xDrive. It’s got the same 190PS four-cylinder diesel unit as the standard 320d saloon, but it has the added advantage of four-wheel drive.

    You might suspect that four-wheel-grip means this BMW guzzles fuel. Well, I’ve got news for you - it doesn’t. The 320d xDrive M Sport returns a very respectable 58.9mpg, while CO2 emissions are low at 126g/km.

    Range Rover Evoque
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    By Tim Barnes-Clay, Motoring Journalist

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    Visually, the Evoque certainly marks an intrepid progression of Range Rover design.

    With an arresting rising beltline, a strapping shoulder running the length of the SUV, and a distinct taper to the low-slung floating roofline, the Evoque espouses a bubbly profile with an authoritative and strong deportment.

    Inside, the cabin delivers just what you would expect; splendid surroundings with good quality materials.

    Volvo XC60 D5 Geartronic SE Lux Nav
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    By Tim Barnes-Clay, Motoring Journalist

    Twitter @carwriteups

     Introduced to the UK market in 2008, the XC60 was the wide-eyed newcomer that heralded Volvo’s strategy to make its vehicles more tempting to a wider age group.

     The plan worked because the XC60’s fashionable styling and condensed size has seen sales soar year-on-year.

     Nine years on, the car has had a nip and a tuck here and there, but it is largely unchanged. I decided to test drive an XC60 D5 Geartronic SE Lux Nav to remind myself why we British have taken this car to our hearts.

    Mercedes-Benz GLC 250d 4MATIC AMG Line
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    The Mercedes-Benz GLC 250d 4MATIC AMG Line isn’t the quickest of cars – but who says it was ever intending to be? This is not going for out and out speed – it’s going for low down grunt and high-riding road presence.

    It’s a car that’s hard to miss; it’s big and heavy but has masses of kerbside appeal. It also has a sensible side – achieving 56.5mpg, thanks to its efficient 2,143cc turbo diesel unit. What’s more, the Mercedes-Benz only emits 129g/km of CO2, so road tax isn’t expensive, either. While we’re on figures, the car will do 0-62mph in 7.6 seconds – and has a top speed of 138mph.

    Mercedes C-Class Coupe C250d AMG Line
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    The latest C-Class Coupe from Mercedes-Benz is the two-door version of the sought-after C-Class four-door saloon.

    The 2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe C250d AMG Line is the version I drove. While space in the rear is compromised due to the rakish coupe roofline, the front rocks when it comes to roominess. The German car’s seats are accommodating, too, making the journey (for occupants up front), comfortable.

    Mercedes-Benz E-Class Review
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    Mercedes-Benz is a master at producing stylish, luxury cars.

    The E-Class is a benchmark of prestige. You only have to visit the Sofitel at Heathrow Terminal Five to see chauffeurs driving the model.

    There’s a reason for this – the E-Class is designed with the happiness of passengers in mind. It’s also born to cruise miles of motorway effortlessly, leaving whoever’s behind the wheel free of fatigue.

    2017 Maserati Ghibli Diesel Review
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    The Maserati Ghibli arrived on the scene in 2013, and this is the most significant revision it’s had in that time. Although, you wouldn’t know by looking at the car – nearly all the alterations are underneath the metal, so, looks-wise, the Ghibli is the same as before. And that’s a good thing, because why change an already handsome car?

    It’s inside where things have been noticeably improved. The 2017 Ghibli’s cabin makes Germany’s top sellers look rather austere in comparison. The dashboard is wrapped in elegantly stitched leather, and, crucially, Maserati has done an excellent job in offering comfortable and accommodating seats. These, too, are encased in beautiful hide and come with highly adjustable electronic controls.

    New Toyota Prius
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    Reviewed by Tim Barnes-Clay, Motoring Journalist - tweeting @carwriteups 

    Toyota’s Prius doesn’t come across as a star – but it is one – kind of. Let’s face it, the petrol-electric model fearlessly blazed the trail for hybrid cars when it took to Britain’s roads nearly two decades ago.

    The Prius has never been leased or purchased for its stunning looks. Yes, it’s slicker looking than it was 20 years ago, but the latest Prius’ fortes are found in its use of the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA). This fresh platform increases room in the cabin and makes the Prius lower. And that is secret to how the eco-friendly Toyota conducts itself so well on the road.

    New Ford Kuga
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    Reviewed by Tim Barnes-Clay, Motoring Journalist - tweeting @carwriteups 

    The fresh Ford Kuga is a lovely car to drive. I’m qualified to say that, after driving from Poland to Lithuania in one. And, to be fair, Eastern Europe’s highways and byways are not as nice to cars as the UK’s are – which is saying something!

    The new Kuga made easy work of Poland’s potholes, and Lithuania’s lumpy lanes, due to its good suspension and well-cushioned seats.

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