First drive Archive

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New convenience and safety gadgets, plus a great new TSI engine, help keep the Polo close to the top of the class


As the adverts proclaim, this is “the new Polo”. That seems a bit of a stretch when you consider that the latest revisions to Volk...

    Volkswagen Polo SE 1.2 TSI first drive review

    New convenience and safety gadgets, plus a great new TSI engine, help keep the Polo close to the top of the class As the adverts proclaim, this is “the new Polo”. That seems a bit of a stretch when you consider that the latest revisions to Volk...

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The appeal of the A7, which offers smart looks, refinement and luxury, has now been bolstered by the improved economy of a new Ultra version


When the Audi A7 was introduced in 2010 its fastback coupé styling and five-door package proved to be a co...

    Audi A7 Ultra first drive review

    The appeal of the A7, which offers smart looks, refinement and luxury, has now been bolstered by the improved economy of a new Ultra version When the Audi A7 was introduced in 2010 its fastback coupé styling and five-door package proved to be a co...

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  • 2015 Ford F-250 Super Duty Diesel Driven: The Meat in the Middle of Ford’s Truck Lineup

    Pickup buyers generally fall into one of two categories: Weekend Warriors and Heavy Haulers. While the former are primarily outdoorsy types, DIYers, and recreational-minded folks with toys to tug, people in the latter group rack up many thousands of miles trailering livestock, campers, and contracting or farm equipment. Weekend Warriors usually find all the capability […]

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  • 2015 Dodge Challenger V-6 First Drive: Updated Visuals, Hardware Make It More of a Challenger

    From the “how ’bout that?” department comes this interesting fact: Dodge Challenger retail sales have doubled since its early days on the market in 2009, according to Dodge. This is in spite of the car receiving basically zero visual updates to its 1970-inspired styling and packing a cut-buck interior dating back to the dark days […]

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  • Filed under: Coupe, Performance, Videos, Dodge, First Drives, New Car Reviews

Darrell Waltrip once said, "If the lion didn't bite the tamer every once in a while, it wouldn't be exciting." The sentiment behind that aphorism is causing my adrenal gland...

    2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat [w/videos]

    Filed under: Coupe, Performance, Videos, Dodge, First Drives, New Car Reviews Darrell Waltrip once said, "If the lion didn't bite the tamer every once in a while, it wouldn't be exciting." The sentiment behind that aphorism is causing my adrenal gland...

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  • Filed under: Coupe, Performance, Videos, Dodge, First Drives, New Car Reviews

Darrell Waltrip once said, "If the lion didn't bite the tamer every once in a while, it wouldn't be exciting." The sentiment behind that aphorism is causing my adrenal gland...

    2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat [w/videos]

    Filed under: Coupe, Performance, Videos, Dodge, First Drives, New Car Reviews Darrell Waltrip once said, "If the lion didn't bite the tamer every once in a while, it wouldn't be exciting." The sentiment behind that aphorism is causing my adrenal gland...

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Host of upgrades give Renault’s flagship hot hatchback the edge it needs to just stay ahead of an increasingly competitive pack


The Renault Mégane Renaultsport has long been lauded as one of the best hot hatchbacks available. That’s not a titl...

    Renault Megane Renaultsport 275 Trophy UK first drive review

    Host of upgrades give Renault’s flagship hot hatchback the edge it needs to just stay ahead of an increasingly competitive pack The Renault Mégane Renaultsport has long been lauded as one of the best hot hatchbacks available. That’s not a titl...

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  • 2015 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack and SRT 392 Driven: Not the Hellcat, but Still Hellacious

    Now that the wicked 707-hp Challenger SRT Hellcat is out of the bag, it’s pretty hard to imagine ordering the Challenger any other way. Yet there are several other paths to Mopar bad-assery in the 2015 Challenger lineup. There’s the 305-hp SXT V-6, the 372- or 375-hp R/T model powered by a 5.7-liter Hemi V-8, […]

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The high-performance Q50 Eau Rouge is more than just a concept and previews what could be an incredible sports saloon


Infiniti’s four-door retort to the likes of the Audi RS6, BMW M5, Jaguar XFR and Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG – the rapid Q50 Eau Rou...

    Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge prototype first drive review

    The high-performance Q50 Eau Rouge is more than just a concept and previews what could be an incredible sports saloon Infiniti’s four-door retort to the likes of the Audi RS6, BMW M5, Jaguar XFR and Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG – the rapid Q50 Eau Rou...

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New Panda Cross gets a range of off-road upgrades, resulting in an appealing proposition – but it comes at a price


The ‘Cross’ version of the current third generation Fiat Panda 4x4 offers additional off-road ability, a more overtly stylised ...

    Fiat Panda Cross Twinair Turbo first drive review

    New Panda Cross gets a range of off-road upgrades, resulting in an appealing proposition – but it comes at a price The ‘Cross’ version of the current third generation Fiat Panda 4x4 offers additional off-road ability, a more overtly stylised ...

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New Audi A4 Ultra combines low fuel consumption and emissions with good drivability


25 years after Audi launched its first TDI diesel engine, the company is still confident that there’s plenty of life left yet in conventional diesel technology.No...

    Audi A4 Ultra first drive review

    New Audi A4 Ultra combines low fuel consumption and emissions with good drivability 25 years after Audi launched its first TDI diesel engine, the company is still confident that there’s plenty of life left yet in conventional diesel technology.No...

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The 2-series Active Tourer feels like a premium product and should perform well on city streets, but this 218d model isn't the pick of the range


More than twenty years after BMW built a series of experimental front-wheel-drive 3-series models, the ...

    BMW 2-series Active Tourer 218d first drive review

    The 2-series Active Tourer feels like a premium product and should perform well on city streets, but this 218d model isn't the pick of the range More than twenty years after BMW built a series of experimental front-wheel-drive 3-series models, the ...

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