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Mitsubishi Evo VIII

4 Nov, 2003

It's early August, and our brand new Mitsubishi Evo VIII FQ-300 is missing. Where its bright yellow bodywork once sat in the street, there's now a huge gap.

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Audi A4

28 Oct, 2003

It was a perfect summer for drop-top owners. Day after day of cloudless blue skies meant there was no excuse for keeping the roof raised. And so our Audi A4's fully automatic hood mechanism was put to good use.

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Toyota RAV4

21 Oct, 2003

It's hard to believe that the RAV4 has been with us for a year; it seems like only last week it bounced into our car park, full of the joys of... er, autumn. So has it been a rewarding 12 months with GX52EEM? You bet.

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Ford Fiesta

7 Oct, 2003

If you'd rather keep your money in your wallet than in your fuel tank, you should take a look at Ford's most frugal Fiesta. Over our one-year test, we've found the TDCi LX to be one of the most economical long-termers we have ever had.

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7 Oct, 2003

They say motorsport is expensive, but our paddock bus for this year's Uniroyal Team Challenge proves that not every aspect has to be - our VW Sharan made the annual pilgrimage to Spa in Belgium and back on little more than a tank of fuel.

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Honda Accord Tourer

24 Sep, 2003

There's something therapeutic about cleaning a car; you get a real satisfaction from washing away grime and restoring your motor to pristine condition.

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Leon Cupra R

9 Sep, 2003

This was supposed to be the final long-term test report on our SEAT Leon Cupra R. As we have now had the keys to GJ52 KHB for more than nine months, the manufacturer decided it was high time we gave them back.

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Honda Jazz

2 Sep, 2003

It's always nice when you make the right decision, isn't it? Just over a year ago, Auto Express awarded Honda's Jazz the accolade of Car of the Year.

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Nissan X-trail

27 Aug, 2003

Before Nissan's latest 4x4 came into my life, I have to admit that off-roaders were a mystery to me. Heavy, ugly and usually with agricultural steering, I couldn't understand what all the fuss was about.

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Vauxhall VX220 Turbo

4 Aug, 2003

Funny how small things can cause big hassles. Only four days into our tenure with the Vauxhall VX220 Turbo and we have spotted the first flaw about driving a brilliant yellow roadster in high summer: insects.