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MG ZS 180

2 Jun, 2004

The engineers at MG Rover are a talented bunch, and the current MG range is proof.

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Smart Roadster-Coupe Brabus

26 May, 2004

Few cars have caused as much tension in our office as the Smart Roadster-Coupe Brabus. After a lukewarm review of the left-hand-drive version, we've been after a right hooker for weeks. But now we have one, the water is muddier than ever.

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Mazda 3

26 May, 2004

Less than a decade ago, diesel engines were found in only 10 per cent of all small hatchbacks. Mostly French and German models, they were fairly good, but not great. Today, more than half of the cars sold in this sector come with an oil-burner.

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Volkswagen Golf

26 May, 2004

The death of the MkIV Golf also meant that a legendary hot hatch was put out to pasture. And although the new MkV is alive and kicking, there won't be a GTI variant until at least the end of the year.

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Vauxhall Astra

26 May, 2004

Entry-level models are too often viewed as the poor relation in a car's range. Usually lacking in equipment and short of power, but frugal, they are frequently included in the brochure simply to give an attractive starting price in advertising.

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Audi RS6 Avant Plus

26 May, 2004

To most people, 444bhp is more than enough power. But Audi is building a new A6, so it's decided to send the old car out on a high note - 473bhp to be precise. That's more muscle than an Aston Martin Vanquish, in an estate car!

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Audi A6

26 May, 2004

You could be forgiven for thinking that the battle for honours in the UK's executive car market is a two-horse race, with BMW's 5-Series and the Mercedes E-Class dominating group tests and headlines alike.

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SsangYong Rodius 2.7 CDTi

18 May, 2004

Is beauty really skin deep? To find out, we jumped behind the wheel of the startling new SsangYong Rodius MPV.

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Jeep Grand Cherokee

18 May, 2004

It's a chirpy, chirpy cheap Jeep! The US's legendary 4x4 firm has launched a new base version of its largest SUV, the Grand Cherokee, in a bid to boost sales as it enters its twilight years.

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Kia Picanto

18 May, 2004

It's no exaggeration to say that Kia dealers cried when the Pride supermini was killed off in 1998. The Mazda-based hatch was their bread and butter, and there has not been a small car in the Korean manufacturer's line-up since then.