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2024 Skoda Octavia facelift shown in new sketches
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2024 Skoda Octavia facelift shown in new sketches

The evergreen Skoda Octavia’s subtle facelift will be revealed in full on Feb 14th
6 Feb 2024
Top 10 best cars for dog owners to buy 2024
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Top 10 best cars for dog owners to buy 2024

Our dogs deserve the best, so here are the cars that’ll keep their tails wagging.
1 Jan 2024
Best new cars 2023: our road test review of the year
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Best new cars 2023: our road test review of the year

The best and most significant cars that we tested in 2023…
29 Dec 2023
Best used hatchbacks 2024
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Best used hatchbacks 2024

Hatchbacks offer great practicality, low running costs and comfort – these are the best used hatchbacks currently on the UK market
6 Dec 2023
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New Volkswagen Golf Black Edition on sale from £31,985
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New Volkswagen Golf Black Edition on sale from £31,985

The VW Golf Black Edition comes with some bespoke design tweaks and the option of hybrid power
7 Sep 2023
Dacia Sandero Stepway review
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Dacia Sandero Stepway review

The Dacia Sandero Stepway adds an essence of SUV style to the budget-friendly supermini
30 Aug 2023
New 2023 Mazda 3 goes on sale from £23,945
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New 2023 Mazda 3 goes on sale from £23,945

Mazda’s family hatchback receives subtle mid-life refresh
2 Aug 2023

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SEAT Leon review
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SEAT Leon review

The SEAT Leon offers the tech and driving experience of the VW Golf, but for a lower price
18 Jul 2023
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Mercedes A-Class review
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Mercedes A-Class review

The Mercedes A-Class is a premium hatch that is full of quality, with great on-board technology and a range of frugal engines
26 Jun 2023
New Vauxhall Astra GSe 2023 UK review
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New Vauxhall Astra GSe 2023 UK review

A first UK drive in the Vauxhall Astra GSe doesn’t change our perception of the car
16 Jun 2023
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Ford Focus review
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Ford Focus review

The Ford Focus is a great-handling family hatchback that matches its rivals on interior quality and cabin space
2 Jun 2023
New 2023 Vauxhall Astra Electric to start from £39,995
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New 2023 Vauxhall Astra Electric to start from £39,995

All-electric version of Vauxhall’s family hatchback offers a range of up to 258 miles
2 Jun 2023
New 2023 Volkswagen ID.3 facelift on sale from £37,115
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New 2023 Volkswagen ID.3 facelift on sale from £37,115

Volkswagen’s all-electric alternative to the Golf has been given a refresh
26 Apr 2023
BMW 1 Series review
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BMW 1 Series review

The BMW 1 Series is an outstanding premium hatchback, offering an enticing combination of performance, efficiency and driver thrills
3 Apr 2023
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Plush new DS 4 and DS 7 Esprit de Voyage special editions revealed
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Plush new DS 4 and DS 7 Esprit de Voyage special editions revealed

Special edition DS Automobiles SUV and crossover to feature bespoke high-end finishes and unique styling treatments
9 Mar 2023
2023 Renault Megane E-Tech Iconic lands as range-topping version
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2023 Renault Megane E-Tech Iconic lands as range-topping version

The main benefit of the Iconic is the standard-fit heat pump to improve efficiency
1 Feb 2023
Best new cars 2022: our road test reviews of the year
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Best new cars 2022: our road test reviews of the year

We look back at the stand-out cars from the past 12 months
24 Dec 2022
MG4 crowned 2023 DrivingElectric Car of the Year
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MG4 crowned 2023 DrivingElectric Car of the Year

MG’s budget-focussed family hatchback wins big in our sister title’s celebration of the best electric and hybrid cars
7 Dec 2022
Renault Megane E-Tech vs Cupra Born: 2022 twin test review
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Renault Megane E-Tech vs Cupra Born: 2022 twin test review

The Renault Megane goes electric – does it have an edge over the Cupra Born?
5 Nov 2022
New Mercedes A-Class facelift: specs, pricing and powertrains
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New Mercedes A-Class facelift: specs, pricing and powertrains

Mercedes’s premium hatchback has been given an mid-life update for 2022
27 Oct 2022
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Hyundai i30 review
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Hyundai i30 review

The Hyundai i30 is a well-built and refined family car, but it fails to excite in a class with plenty of dynamic and stylish rivals
21 Sep 2022
New Toyota Yaris Cross GR Sport unveiled
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New Toyota Yaris Cross GR Sport unveiled

Sales of new GR Sport variant of the Toyota Yaris Cross will commence in September
30 Aug 2022
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Best new cars coming in 2022 - Kia to Nissan
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Best new cars coming in 2022 - Kia to Nissan

From electric crossovers to hatchbacks, these are the new models set for debut in 2022
28 Jul 2022
Best new cars coming in 2022 - Ora to Volvo
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Best new cars coming in 2022 - Ora to Volvo

From electric crossovers to hatchbacks, these are the new models set for debut in 2022
28 Jul 2022
Best new cars coming in 2022 - Dacia to Jeep
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Best new cars coming in 2022 - Dacia to Jeep

From electric crossovers to hatchbacks, these are the new models set for debut in 2022
28 Jul 2022
Safest cars for sale in the UK
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Safest cars for sale in the UK

We look at the cars Euro NCAP has named as the safest cars on sale
13 Jan 2022
Skoda Octavia 1.5 TSI: long-term test review
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Skoda Octavia 1.5 TSI: long-term test review

Second report: Skoda Octavia is now a permanent fixture for our man
28 Jun 2021
SEAT Leon hatchback and estate get new engine options for 2021
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SEAT Leon hatchback and estate get new engine options for 2021

The SEAT Leon range has been bolstered for 2021 with the addition of new petrol and diesel engine choices
6 Apr 2021
New Audi A3 40 TFSI e 2021 review
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Road tests

New Audi A3 40 TFSI e 2021 review

Is the Audi A3 40 TFSI e plug-in hybrid the best variant of the premium hatch?
11 Feb 2021
New Skoda Scala 1.5 TSI DSG 2021 review
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New Skoda Scala 1.5 TSI DSG 2021 review

We try the Skoda Scala DSG to see if a new automatic gearbox can improve the Czech family hatch
1 Feb 2021
Hyundai i30 vs Volkswagen Golf
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Hyundai i30 vs Volkswagen Golf

Can the updated Hyundai i30 provide tough competition for the latest Volkswagen Golf?
16 Jan 2021
New Renault Megane 2021 review
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New Renault Megane 2021 review

The revised Renault Megane hatch tries to catch up with its rivals
8 Jan 2021
New Skoda Octavia vRS line-up completed with arrival of new diesel variant
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New Skoda Octavia vRS line-up completed with arrival of new diesel variant

Trio of hot Skoda Octavia vRS models offer choice of petrol, plug-in hybrid or diesel power for UK buyers
6 Jan 2021
Mazda 3 Skyactiv-X: long-term test review
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Mazda 3 Skyactiv-X: long-term test review

Final report: the Mazda 3 may not have been perfect, but we’ll miss our good-looking family hatch
5 Jan 2021