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Pandemic prompts drive for pet-friendly cars

Dog in a car c/o of www.cargurus.co.uk

More than a third of new dog-owning motorists had to ‘pup-size’ their cars over the last year by buying a bigger or more practical motor to accommodate their pets, according to new research. The pandemic saw a surge in interest in canine companions, with online puppy searches soaring by 115 …

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Volkswagen Arteon Shooting Brake review

Volkswagen Arteon Shooting Brake review

The Volkswagen Arteon was one of the most elegant and distinctive big fastbacks when it originally went on sale in 2017. A few years on and it’s now also available as a rakish estate, except the German car giant’s decided to revive a label steeped in tradition and history for …

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Skoda Octavia Estate review

Skoda Octavia Estate review

Meet the estate version of Skoda’s best-selling car. Now in its fourth generation, the all-new Octavia has a fresh look and all the latest technology, but most of all – it moves the game on. Longer, wider and taller than its predecessor, the Octavia Estate is available with a choice …

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All-new Ford Focus breaks cover

2018 Ford Focus

Ford has unveiled the fourth-generation Focus family hatchback – “the most accomplished and technically advanced Focus ever”. Almost seven million Focus cars have been sold in Europe and more than 16 million around the world since the game-changing Focus was introduced in 1998. Available to order now in five-door and …

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New Volvo V60 breaks cover

New Volvo V60

Meet the handsome new Volvo V60 – a new family estate set to arrive in the UK towards the end of 2018. Looking not unlike a smaller scale V90, the new car will start at £31,810 and replace the current (very good) V60 which was launched in 2011. The new …

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Dacia celebrates five years in the UK

Happy Birthday Dacia! Celebrating five years in the UK

Renault’s budget brand Dacia has released a new disco inspired video, “Dacia Way I Like It!”, to mark its fifth anniversary in the UK. Since launching in 2013, Dacia has sold more than 120,000 vehicles in the UK. The UK’s most affordable SUV, the Dacia Duster, arrived in early 2013, soon to be …

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Meet the world’s fastest production estate

ALPINA B5 Bi-Turbo

Appearances can be deceptive – none more so than the 200mph-plus Alpina B5 Bi-Turbo Touring. The BMW 5 Series-based station wagon (also available as a saloon) offers a “sublime combination of performance, luxury, on-road comfort and driving pleasure”. At £89,000 for the saloon and £91,000 for the estate, Alpina claims the …

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Jaguar XF Sportbrake review

Jaguar XF Sportbrake

Cards on the table time. The first generation Jaguar XF Sportbrake (2012-16) was one of my all-time favourite estate cars, so the new model has a lot to live up to. I was one of the first journalists to get behind the wheel of the new Sportbrake, and the good …

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Which car? Costs compared for different models

Total cost of motoring revealed

How much does it costs to run different types of car every year based on tax, maintenance and fuel costs? Insurance giant Aviva compared the costs of running a hatchback, estate, convertible, SUV and electric car, along with Stuart Masson of The Car Expert website. The results are fascinating, because …

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Fiat Tipo review

Fiat Tipo

“Amore for less” – rarely has an advertising slogan summed up a new car so well as the 2016 Fiat Tipo. The all-new Tipo range starts at £12,995 (£159 a month in the PCP world), and at entry level it really is a lot of car for the money – …

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