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Ford Fiesta, supermini, Fiesta, hatchback, new cars, car review, Ecoboost, DriveWrite Automotive, motoring blog, car blog

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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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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Suzuki Swift: Great Value Supermini

All versions of the good-looking Suzuki Swift tip the scales at well under 1000kg thus delivering a lively and fun driving experience from the available economic engines. I liked the previous model a lot and this new one improves on that across the board. The test car, in top-of-the-range SZ5 trim, came loaded with extras (see the full spec below) and still cost under £16k, making this supermini tremendous value. Continue reading

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The Audi A1 Is Just That.

I am of the firm belief that if you took all the variants of all the Audi cars on sale today and lined them up, they would girdle the earth; there’s that much choice from the German brand’s catalogue. At the start of the line observers will see the tiny Audi A1. According to a dictionary (Yup. Still using one), A1 means ‘Very good or well. Excellent’. If a ship is described as A1 it means it is equipped to the highest standard. The definition applies here. Continue reading

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Nissan – Finger On The Pulsar

There’s a whole flotilla of quality small cars on the market these days so the Nissan Pulsar has its work cut out to impress in the highly competitive family hatchback market. The good news is that, like its bigger brothers the Qashqai and the X-Trail, the Pulsar impresses. Continue reading

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Peugeot 208 – A Good Run For Your Money

Well, it has been a long fortnight hasn’t it? The Olympics. It’s a tense period when one member of the household (She) is an avid sports fan glued to the widescreen: “Quick! Quick! There’s cockroaches racing up the side of a Rio restaurant in the heat! We must get out there for the final”. The other member (He) is like a dead owl when it comes to most sports. He couldn’t give a hoot. Continue reading

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Infiniti Q30 – First Drive

Let’s get one thing straight from the outset. I am not going to do any ‘To infinity and beyond!’ jokes; I only went to Reading. So it was that, bright and early with the weather staying mercifully dry, I rolled up at the Infiniti premises in the aforementioned town to trial the new Infiniti Q30 Active Compact hatchback and cast a stern, discerning eye over the showroom stock. Continue reading

Suzuki Swift Dualjet – Neat And Nimble.

Suzuki SwiftYou may have noticed in the past that when I reviewed a Suzuki I usually sang its praises. Well, guess what? There’s no change today with the new Suzuki Swift. I’ve often made the point that when I review a car I feel it is important to take the price into account. I do not expect, by a long measure, that a car that costs £13,129 (including fitted options) like this one will, by some parameters, match up to a car that costs £10k more. Continue reading