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BMW X5

10 Feb, 2004

For all the criticism of BMW's stylist Chris Bangle, the facelifted X5 arrived in the UK to a surprisingly polite round of applause.

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Lotus 111R

10 Feb, 2004

Americans haven't got the best environmental credentials, so it could come as a surprise to learn Lotus's Elise has never been allowed there because it didn't meet exhaust emissions regulations.

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Ford Focus

10 Feb, 2004

Brushed Alcantara and leather bucket seats might look great in the showroom, but it's a well known fact that luxury trim and hide are no match for a young family.

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Toyota Avensis Verso T3 D-4D

10 Feb, 2004

According to the English dictionary, Verso means the flip-side of a coin.

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Jaguar X-Type

10 Feb, 2004

As late arrivals go, Jaguar's long-awaited entry into the estate car market leaves Britain's notoriously unpredictable railway system looking punctual!

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Mercedes C-Class

10 Feb, 2004

With BMW upsetting the traditionalists with its outrageous approach to styling, it looks as though rivals are treading a softer design path, hoping to pick up those disillusioned buyers.

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Audi A8L 6.0 quattro

3 Feb, 2004

It takes a while to realise just how refined the Audi A8 W12 really is. It's not when you first turn the key and hear the faint rumble ahead of you, or even when you hit 70mph for the first time.

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Chrysler PT Cruiser Cabrio

3 Feb, 2004

It's a fair bet that practicality is much lower down a convertible buyer's list of priorities than characterful styling.

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Hyundai Getz 1.5 CRTD GSi

3 Feb, 2004

A five-year warranty and three years' free servicing until the end of next month already make the Hyundai Getz an attractive proposition for those looking for a no-hassle budget runabout.

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SEAT Ibiza

3 Feb, 2004

Sporty SEAT's have acquired a cult following over recent years, with the Cupra badge a byword for performance and value.