Category Archives: Car reviews

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Cycling vs Driving Lament: It’s Not Getting Better

As a motorist and car owner I am acutely aware of all the possible infractions that a driver can be had up in front of The Beak for. Also, traps abound: near to me, just around a blind corner, what appears to be a local urban road suddenly turns into a ‘bus only’ lane for a distance of about one hundred metres. The signage is low and often obscured by parked cars. Locals are aware of this piece of council vindictiveness but strangers are not. A couple of the good chaps who bring press vehicles to me, including the poor innocent who brought me the Ford Fiesta (here), have fallen foul recently. Continue reading

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Ford Fiesta: Ahead Of The Race

Way, way back in the dark, coal-burning pre-internet days of the Twentieth Century when we purchased cars from local dealers or out of the newspaper small ads, the Ford Motor Company introduced a vehicle to get into the burgeoning small car market that followed the 1973 fuel crisis. It was revealed in 1975 as the Ford Fiesta and from 1976 began to sell like hot cakes. Many versions on, it still does. Continue reading

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Why the Ford Focus Remains Such A Reliable Family Car

The Ford Focus is an iconic automobile in this country and one that seems to dominate the roads since it was unveiled back in 1998. Nearly 20 years on and now on its third generation (with the fourth due in 2019), the Focus is one of the best-selling cars in the UK and is popular with a variety of motorists. In particular, it is popular with families thanks to its famous reliability, practicality and affordability. Continue reading

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Top 10 Diesel Cars We Don’t Want To Scrap

These are the top 10 diesel cars that need saving from the scrappage scheme crusher – with some motors destined for ‘future classic’ status. British motorists are currently being encouraged to trade their older, diesel powered cars for low-emissions, petrol models instead.

Manufacturers like Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Mini and Renault have all recently launched scrappage schemes, with incentives ranging from between £2000 and £7000 off a new, more efficient, car. Continue reading

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Artisan Cars

First there was wheat. Then someone said, “I know, let’s grind it up, mix it with water and yeast and cook it. We could call it ‘bread’. And that’s pretty much how things stood for centuries, until someone decided that it would be better if they removed most of the nutritional value, cooked it over water so that is was steamed, slice it, wrap it and stick it on a shelf where it will last for ages and thus be more cost effective. Welcome to the modern world. Continue reading

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5 Reasons You Should Buy A Used Car Over A New One

It’s easy to go out and buy a new car because you’ve been accepted for finance, but sometimes, it’s not the best option. At the same time, going out and buying a used vehicle is also easy, but sometimes, that’s not a viable option either. However, there are multiple reasons why a used car should be considered over a new one, and here are a few reasons why. Continue reading

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New Nissan Micra: Super Supermini

Five generations of the Nissan Micra have shown the car to be a worthy, if dull, contender in the small car stakes. It sold very well and was sound and reliable and all that but couldn’t really shake of that fuddy-duddy image. That’s all changed now. Ignore the rather silly ‘accomplice’ TV ad and instead concentrate on the many good points of this very attractive car. Continue reading

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The Best City Cars 2017

City cars aren’t for everyone. You’d struggle to fit a large family in one, and they’re not the best for long commutes or frequent long journeys. But, for travelling around busy cities, there’s nothing better. City cars have grown in popularity over the last few years as an alternative to small family cars, for single commuters, looking for a fun, easy and cost-effective way to travel around cities and through sometimes ridiculous congestion. Continue reading

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Ford Focus RS: It’s A Hot Hatch Love-In!

If you are prone to nausea then please look away now as this article is a prime example of an over-the-top automotive love-in. You see, the word that immediately springs to my mind here is, Wow! I had to keep telling himself that this car is, after all, a Focus, the mainstay of the mainstream market. But this is no ordinary Ford, oh no. It is very special yet the vehicle in the images, with its special Ford Focus RS sparkly paint and a number of must-have extras, like those awesome wheels, costs just £36,545 in the UK which in my opinion is a bit of a bargain that sets new benchmarks for driving at this price point. See the full spec below. Continue reading

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Why I Choose An Independent Garage

Although I have the privilege of driving many and various cars I still enjoy my own wheels and ensure that my vehicle is always in tip-top working order and, crucially, clean and waxed. This is how it should be. I bought the car new from a main dealership that was poor from the off. Rightly, it no longer exists. Nevertheless, for the first three warranty years, I dutifully took my car along for its annual service at the garage for which I was billed at main dealer prices. I know I could have had it maintained elsewhere but I was idle and could not be bothered to do my research. Continue reading