New Volkswagen T-Roc 2017 review

The new VW T-Roc has arrived to take on the growing number of small SUVs. Is it a contender? As far as safe bets go a small, Golf-sized Volkswagen SUV has to be among the best. In fact, you might well wonder what took them so long. Volkswagen, of course, has had plenty on its mind recently, but with the SUV bandwagon showing no signs of slowing, there’s still plenty of time to jump on. And jump on Volkswagen has with the T-Roc, a car that’s also supposed to usher…

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New Kia Niro PHEV 2017 review

The Kia Niro hybrid crossover has impressed, but now we’ve got our hands on the plug-in version. Kia launched its first dedicated hybrid last year. Unlike many of the brand’s current models, the Niro was designed for electrification from the outset. It arrived only as a hybrid, before a plug-in version was revealed at March’s Geneva Motor Show. Offering all the tax benefits of Toyota’s latest Prius PHV, but in a more desirable, crossover-style package, the Niro PHEV has an 8.9kWh lithium-polymer battery teamed with a 1.6-litre GDi petrol engine.…

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Volkswagen Passat 1.4 TSI 2017 review

We try the Volkswagen Passat with the brand’s latest 1.4 TSI petrol engine to see if it’s a worthy diesel alternative. Petrol family saloons have been out of favour for more than a decade, thanks to taxation and company car rules designed to favour diesel models. But recent events have forced a rethink and have made products such as the latest petrol-powered Volkswagen Passat more relevant again. This isn’t just a regular turbo petrol engine, either. The 148bhp 1.4-litre unit has VW’s cylinder-deactivation technology, so it shuts down two cylinders…

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Mercedes GLA AMG Line 2017 facelift review

We try the facelifted Mercedes GLA SUV in top AMG Line trim. Is it worth the extra money? Mercedes didn’t really pull up any tree stumps when it facelifted its GLA small SUV earlier this year. Based on the A-Class, the company’s rival for the Audi Q3 and BMW X1 got a chunkier look and, for the UK at least, comfort suspension, plus a raised ride height. However, when we drove the car back in April, we concluded that it was still more of a crossover or a beefed-up version…

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New Jaguar XE 2.0T review

We drive entry-level Jaguar XE with its new 2.0-litre turbo Ingenium petrol engine. It’s hard to believe it’s been two years since the Jaguar XE burst on to the compact executive scene waving the Union Flag with pride. But the most important Jag in a generation has passed its second birthday, and in this time it has picked up three Auto Express awards and firmly banished memories of the X-Type. Back in 2015 the XE was launched with just a small handful of engines, with the big news being the…

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