Long-term test review: Mazda CX-5

First report: the arrival of the Mazda CX-5 SUV has injected some Japanese flair into our test fleet. Mileage: 5,277 Economy: 41.1mpg When I found out that the latest family SUV to join our test fleet would be the Mazda CX-5, I couldn’t help but think of all my favourite things about the country it comes from. From clothing to cuisine to comics, there’s so much to love about Japanese products. I’m always happy with a bento box for lunch, and my new running shoes make burning off the calories…

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SEAT Arona review

The SEAT Arona is an above-average offering amongst the burgeoning array of small SUVs currently on the market. It offers a composed and refined drive – albeit one that’s short on pure thrills or involvement – and SEAT’s decision to pitch it above the Ibiza means that all versions get pretty generous levels of standard equipment. It’s not the most practical car in the class but it is just about big enough to possibly serve as a small family car. For Refined petrol engines. Slick infotainment system with good connectivity.…

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New Porsche Cayenne 2017 review

The all-new Porsche Cayenne has arrived, and we try it out in range-topping Turbo guise. The Cayenne defined the large, sporty SUV market when it first appeared in 2003, and while the 911 remains the essence of the Porsche brand, it’s the big 4×4 that the maker simply has to get right from a cash-generating perspective. This new third-generation model is based on the same platform that underpins both the Bentley Bentayga and the current Audi Q7. Once again though, Porsche has spared no effort in adapting it to its…

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New Range Rover Velar 2017 review

We get behind the wheel of the sexy new Range Rover Velar, and it proves highly capable both on and off road. Everything Jaguar Land Rover touches seems to turn to gold. But with such award-winning success, and the sales growth to match, the expectation from each new launch continues to grow. So can the all-new Range Rover Velar prove the company still has the Midas touch? The Velar slots in between the Range Rover Evoque and Range Rover Sport models, and brings a fresh look to the family. Slim…

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New Mazda CX-5 2.2d Sport Nav review

The second generation of the Mazda CX-5 has arrived in the UK. How does it compare to its SUV rivals? Mazda’s ability to offer genuinely fun-to-drive mainstream models at modest prices is something we’ve admired for years. But perhaps the hardest test of that philosophy is with the CX-5 SUV, the Japanese firm’s largest and heaviest car for Europe. The second generation CX-5 has now arrived in the UK, and after being impressed with it abroad, we’re driving it on some of Scotland’s greatest roads to see if it’s retained…

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