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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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Rapide

Aston Martin hydrogen hybrid Rapide world first

  Aston Martin’s Rapide S hydrogen hybrid will set a world first. BRITISH sports car builder Aston Martin will be celebrating another world first in this, its centenary, year, with its Rapide S hybrid. The company is ripping up the record books at the 41st ADAC Zurich 24 Hours of Nürburgring next month as the famous […]

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Mercedes-Benz E300 BlueTEC Hybrid

REVIEW: Mercedes-Benz E300 BlueTEC Hybrid

ROAD TEST REPORT AND REVIEW: Mercedes-Benz E300 BlueTEC Hybrid During his Mercedes-Benz E300 BlueTEC Hybrid road test, DAVID HOOPER considers the pros and cons of owning and running a hybrid car. HYBRID cars are a bit like Marmite – you either love them or hate them. I’m generally in the latter camp because they are […]

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Dacia Sandero

New Dacia Sandero review is no laughing matter!

ROAD TEST REPORT AND REVIEW: Dacia Sandero range With bargain basement pricing, this budget Romanian offering has been the butt of Top Gear’s jokes, but as Motoring journalist MARTYN COLLINS discovered during his Dacia Sandero roadtest, it’s no laughing matter! Butt of Top Gear’s James May’s jokes for over a year, Renault’s budget brand Dacia […]

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Dacia Duster

Dacia Duster road test – motoring on a budget

ROAD TEST REPORT AND REVIEW: Dacia Duster range With budget prices and no haggle pricing, Dacia has arrived in the UK. Motoring journalist MARTYN COLLINS has a first drive of the Duster SUV. THIS Romanian Renault is set to shake up the SUV market with its no-haggle pricing. The Dacia Duster is a tough, no-nonsense […]

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Mazda5 Venture

Mazda5 Ventures to offer more style and value

MAZDA has launched two enhanced versions of its popular Mazda5 Venture models – priced from £19,995 for the petrol variant and from £21,290 for the diesel. The pair feature 17-inch bright finish alloy wheels, black mirror covers, black cloth trim with red stitching, chrome exhaust tailpipe trim and power-folding door mirrors and a choice of […]

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Fiat Panda 4x4 wading

Fiat Panda 4×4 road test made Syd wish he had one!

ROAD TEST REPORT AND REVIEW: Fiat Panda 4×4 and Panda Trekking Following his Fiat Panda 4×4 review, SYD TAYLOR finds himself wishing he owned one when the weather turned nasty. I pen these words during the last half of the first month of the new year. I look out onto my residential boulevard and wonder […]

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Fiat Panda 4x4 wading

Fiat Panda 4×4 review – when going gets tough…

ROAD TEST REPORT AND REVIEW: Fiat Panda 4×4 and 2WD Trekking A little car with a big appetite for fun, KEITH WARD reviews the new Fiat Panda 4×4 and 2WD Trekking MY love affair with the Fiat Panda 4×4 goes back 25 years to a package holiday on the romantic Costa Brava. Without knowing much […]

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