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Review: Jaguar’s first SUV is a classy contender

F-Pace is Jaguar’s first SUV and has been getting rave reviews and other clichés. Its other established rivals are the Land Rover Discovery Sport, BMW X3, Volvo XC60, Audi Q5, Porsche Macan and, the only one I haven’t driven, the Mercedes-Benz GLC. It is a tough field.

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Ford Mondeo Vignale is a motorway monarch

Ford Mondeo Vignale is a motorway monarch

When the luxury variant of the Ford Mondeo – the Vignale – was unveiled, we at Scotsman Motors oohed at the premium, 10-way adjustable leather massage seats, ahhed at the leather-wrapped dash, stroked the tuxedo-stitched leather door panels and marvelled at the silence in the cabin thanks to the acoustic side glass.

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The Golf Match BlueMotion TSI is super quiet, refined, quick and thoroughly pleasing.

Review: The sublime Golf Match BlueMotion TSI

Nothing alarming happened with the Pacific Blue Golf. This is pretty much the same car that has been impressing critics and customers since its debut four years ago. In the first seven months it was the UK’s fourth best-selling car.

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Amazon reveals launch date for ex-Top Gear team’s Grand Tour

Amazon reveals launch date for ex-Top Gear team’s Grand Tour

After months of teasing audiences, Amazon has finally announced the launch date for its Grand Tour show starring the former Top Gear presenting team.

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Nissan X-Trail long-term test month 2

Nissan X-Trail long-term test month 2

Month two of big-family motoring has confirmed many of my first impressions of the X-Trail.

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Used car dealers Britain’s least-trusted profession

Used car dealers Britain’s least-trusted profession

It’s been more than 20 years since George Cole graced our screens as the wheeler-dealer Arthur Daley but it seems that the image of used car salesmen as dodgy backstreet scammers is still alive and well.

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The Kia Niro has a decent amount of space inside a body thats smart but not stunning, with official fuel economy of 64.2mpg to 74.3mpg depending on the model

Review: Hybrid Kia Niro is fine in theory

Kia’s model offensive continues this autumn with the Niro, its first bespoke petrol/electric hybrid. Niro is also a “cross-over” vehicle – a vague term given to enhance image and appeal. You might otherwise confuse it for an estate car, which in most respects it is. It uses a one-off body design which Kia says will only ever be a hybrid or electric vehicle. Ergo, neither a petrol or diesel Niro will ever appear – though “never” is a tricky word.

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WATCH as Bear Grylls configures the new Land Rover Discovery from smartphone - while skydiving

WATCH as Bear Grylls configures the new Land Rover Discovery from smartphone - while skydiving

Bear Grylls put Land Rover’s new InControl smartphone app to the test recently - by using it to re-configure the seating arrangement of the new Land Rover Discovery while skydiving.

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Land Rover reveals all-new Discovery

Land Rover reveals all-new Discovery

Land Rover has revealed the first images of the all-new Discovery.

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The Polo BlueGT is a scorcher off the line and handles well, with excellent braking. It also uses VWs active cylinder system, which cuts out the middle pair of cylinders on a light throttle.

Review: Turbocharged Volkswagen Polo BlueGT may be the best car in its class

Whoosh. There goes another Audi scorching down the motorway. In a 300-mile trip four cars went past at excessive speeds at different times on busy sections, doing 100mph at least. All were late model silver Audis. Two of them had illegal number plates. They give the marque an image once bestowed on the “hot hatch”. Like the one I was in. A Volkswagen Polo BlueGT.

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Alfa Romeo Giulietta still turns heads

Alfa Romeo Giulietta still turns heads

The Giulietta is six years into its product cycle and set to be replaced next year, but there’s a lot to recommend about the stylish five-door hatch.

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Dacia proves that a reliable runaround need not break the bank

Review Dacia deal will save you dosh

Dacia burst on to the UK market three years ago after taunting us with low prices in mainland Europe. It is a sub brand of Renault, using Renault bits and made in Romania. Prices have risen but you can still get the family-sized Logan estate car for a fiver under £7,000. Wow. Or the capable and recently revised Duster SUV for less than £9,495 and a 4x4 version for another couple of grand. That’s a first for me, couple of grand indeed, flippantly allocating £2,000 of your dough, bread, dosh.

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You can take in the ruins of Ardvreck Castle on the NC500. Picture: TSPL

Everything you need to know about Scotland’s North Coast 500 road trip

DESCRIBED as ‘Scotland’s answer to Route 66’, the North Coast 500 stretches along Scotland’s northern coastline, taking in some of the most breathtaking views the country has to offer. Here is everything you need to about embarking on a trip along this magnificent route.

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The new Renault M�gane sports hill start assist, cruise and speed control, Bluetooth, capless fuel filler cover, power windows and air conditioning

Review: Renault Megane hatch is quite a catch

Renault launches its latest Mégane on the back of rising sales in most markets. In Britain it had its best June and sales for the first seven months are up 14 per cent as it regains lost ground.

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Ford's new Edge is a well built and handsome vehicle and offers a firm ride on fast bends

Review: Ford Edge estate with all-wheel drive

Ford has a new car. It is called Edge and is an SUV – a larger estate car with all-wheel drive and enough ground clearance and bulk to endorse its sports utility rating.

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X marks the spot as Tesla lands in Scotland

X marks the spot as Tesla lands in Scotland

Tesla’s bewinged Model X has touched down in Scotland as the manufacturer gears up for an assault on the SUV market.

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Flash looking to make a splash at Knockhill

Flash looking to make a splash at Knockhill

Knockhill Racing Circuit is gearing itselef up for another weekend of spectacular on-track action as the British Touring Car Championship returns to Fife.

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The Suzuki Baleno weighs less than a ton and feels quicker than its 11.4 seconds 0-62mph time

Review: Suzuki goes back to basics with Baleno

You would not accuse Suzuki of over-designing the Baleno. This new five-door hatchback from its Indian factory has a modern functionality. It is not endowed with extravagant creases (SEAT Ibiza) or a fabulous face (Ford Fiesta), nor is it is not as chunky as a Honda Jazz or as enduringly sensible as the Polo or the Corsa.

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Citroen C4 Cactus’ woes are an inside job

Citroen C4 Cactus’ woes are an inside job

I’d like to start this month’s test with a big thank you to DS Dalgleish Citroen in 
Coldstream.

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Ford Ecosport is a real city slicker

Ford Ecosport is a real city slicker

Sales of SUVs have quadrupled in Europe since 2005 and Ford have been getting in on the act with a range of models looking to tick all the boxes for ‘modern mums’, ‘millennials’ and 50-somethings – the groups Ford have identified as those driving growth in the sector.

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