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The Japanese art of ‘less-is-more’

Mazda’s 100th anniversary edition CX-30 crossover was festooned with commemorative markings to celebrate the marque’s century in the business. My test car had a lovelyburgundy interior with the aforementioned ‘1920-2020’ markings in the headrests. There were also ‘100 years’ logos on the 18” bright silver alloy wheels and the f loor mats. As it’s a…

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Ford’s Puma will please both Jekyll and Hyde

If you’re facing a situation where practicality or family needs have steered you in the direction of a crossover SUV – but you don’t want to go too ‘sensible’ – fear not as Ford is here. In the new Puma ST, you can pootle around suburbia being Dr Jekyll to your heart’s content, comfortable in…

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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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