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Audi A3 Sportback e-tron road test report and review

Audi A3 Sportback e-tron road test report and review

AS premium class back-markers in the modern race to introduce electric models – great rivals BMW and Mercedes are already switched on – Audi will start to catch up in the New Year with the addition of this peppy plug-in hybrid version to their top-selling A3 range.

It marries the brand’s existing 150 PS 1.4 turbo petrol engine to a new 102 PS electric motor, sitting alongside it under the bonnet and energised remotely from a special high-voltage, lithium-ion battery pack in the floor under the rear bench seat. Housing that, plus the car’s normal 12v battery in that area has reduced boot volume by 100 litres, while adding 125 kg to the kerb weight, without drastically affecting the handling.

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SP:01

SP:01 sparks up electric car performance

ALWAYS thought that electric cars were a bit of a joke or something akin to a Noddy car? You can go five or six miles in an hour? Think again. The 100 per cent electric car has a new champion and it comes from the land of gas-guzzling V8 engines… America. The Detroit Electric SP:01 […]

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Lexus GS450h roadtest

Review: Lexus GS450h is a silky smooth hybrid

ROAD TEST REPORT AND REVIEW: Lexus GS450 Hybrid Effortless to drive and easy to live with, DAVID HOOPER, says this Lexus GS450h almost made him a convert to hybrid technology. HYBRID cars aren’t everyone’s cup of tea and certainly aren’t as “green” as the manufacturers would have you believe, but this impressive Lexus GS450h has […]

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Are you ready for the dangers of winter driving?

A DRIVING campaign to increase awareness of the potential dangers of winter driving on the roads this year has been launched by GEM Motoring Assist. The road safety organisation and breakdown cover company is aware that UK motorists continue to cut corners on car maintenance due to the economic pinch. And while stressing that it’s […]

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Will Renault Kangoo EV ease business costs?

It isn’t an easy time to be the owner of a business which relies upon a vehicle fleet to carry out its operations, with fuel prices becoming an increasingly painful problem. However, Renault is taking steps to ease this financial burden with the launch of the all-electric Renault Kangoo van which is set to be […]

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Vauxhall Ampera won’t run out of electric power

ROAD TEST REPORT AND REVIEW: Vauxhall Ampera Unlike other electric cars, Vauxhall’s new Ampera has a range-extending petrol engine, so you will never run out of power. DAVID HOOPER is one of the first to drive this unique new car which is on sale from May 1. With the launch of its new Ampera, Vauxhall […]

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Becoming fluent in French electric cars

ROAD TEST REPORT AND REVIEW: Renault Fluence ZE Charging around in an electric car, wheelworldreviews.co.uk editor DAVID HOOPER looks at the pros and cons of Renault’s battery-powered Fluence ZE. THERE’S been a bit of a buzz about electric cars in the last few years, but with few sales in the UK, it still seems to […]

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Is Peugeot’s 3008 HYbrid4 to be a roaring success?

REVIEW AND ROAD TEST REPORT: PEUGEOT 3008 HYbrid4 One of the first to drive a world first, wheelworldreviews editor DAVID HOOPER puts Peugeot’s 3008 Hybrid4 to the test at a Midlands safari park – but will this new car be a roaring success? IT’S not every day I get the chance to be one of […]

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