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Space and safety in SEAT’s family-friendly Tarraco

I’m writing this feature from the back seat of SEAT’s terrific seven-seat Tarraco FR in a car park overlooking the lightly lapping waves of a calm Dublin bay. Not only is this SUV exceptionally comfortable, it’s also proven large enough to be a more than adequate home office. The Tarraco is a full-size SUV, so…

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Refreshed Ateca for all your family car needs

Back in 2017 I road-tested the SEAT Ateca FR for the Medical Independent. It was a sporty affair, with huge wheels, Alcantara seats, a sleek body and a very responsive, sprightly motor. At the time I found it to be a real ‘blow your skirt up’ introduction to SEAT’s first crossover. Now, five years after…

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Hybrid Renault estate is great crossover alternative

The plug-in hybrid, Renault Megane Sport Tourer I tested last week is a very well-priced new car. It’s spacious, comfortable, quiet and most importantly, it’s partially propelled by electricity. The Megane is my favourite car in Renault’s range and in an earlier review for the Medical Independent, I described it as a Swiss army knife.…

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VW’s entry into the compact SUV market is refined, smooth, and stable

For many years saloon cars have dominated the car market. Whether it is the VW Beetle Golf, Ford Escort, Focus or otherwise, it is generally a saloon or more recently (in the grand scheme of things) the hatchback. Golf was VW’s bestseller, but now the Tiguan, aka – the SUV Golf – has taken over.…

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The Hybrid BMW Conundrum

I fell in love with BMW’s 330e last year after my road test for the Medical Independent. So you will understand my excitement when I found out that I was to be given the keys to the new 530e. BMW’s flagship executive saloon, the 5-Series, is considered the cream of the crop by many, while…

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Electric love – e-bikes

Dr Alan Moran looks at the increasingly popular world of e-bikes About four years ago I wrote an article on e-bikes that made me a big fish in a small pond. Normally I write about cars (did I tell anyone I love cars?) and have been doing so for over 20 years. But I decided…

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Facelift for the new MINI on its 20th anniversary

The new Mini has been around for 20 years now. Doesn’t that just make you feel ancient? Maturing years aside, the retro-styled supermini has sold very well over the past two decades, so it comes as no surprise that another facelift has been organised. “With the current model revision, the MINI has reached a level…

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Forever in electric dreams with the ID.4

Dr Alan Moran reviews VW’s new all-electric SUV offering For many years, saloon cars have dominated the car market. Whether it is the VW Beetle, Golf, Ford Escort, Focus or otherwise, it is generally a saloon or more recently (in the grand scheme of things) the hatchback. Golf was VW’s bestseller, but now the Tiguan,…

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Mercedes Benz’s new sprightly seven-seater

The new GLB crossover SUV from Mercedes Benz looks like the lovechild of an A-Class hatchback and that posterboy for rugged luxury, the G-Wagon. It’s a crossover SUV with a little more to offer than its rivals in the seating department, as it comes with a seven-seat option. That’s right boys and girls, a seven-seater…

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The Swiss army knife of cars

Renault’s versatile Megane range gets a new look for 2021 Renault’s Megane, as a car, reminds me of the Swiss army knife stand you would see at any jewellers. The range varies from a blade and a corkscrew, through a broad range of options and iterations, until you get all the way to the top…

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