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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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The Tuscon has a flashy grille, but its performance is as unexciting as its smart interior

Review: Tucson SUV’s merits lie in the small print

Hyundai UK sales have crept forward this year but not by as much as those of its sibling in South Korea’s Hyundai Group, Kia. The group make their cars around the world and give them exotic names like Sorento (sic) and Santa Fe and Tucson and odd names like ix35 and cee’d and Optima and Niro and Getz.

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2016 Volkswagen Tiguan with off-road pack (Volkswagen UK)

VW Tiguan is ready for a square go with rivals

Anyone who owns a TV must be aware that there’s a new VW Tiguan on sale. The film of a blinged-up R-Line turning heads outside the school gates certainly gets the message across that this is a new model here to make an impression.

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Easy to see why the Dacia Duster is cleaning up

Easy to see why the Dacia Duster is cleaning up

Last month, 11,000 Dacia enthusiasts — yes, that’s a thing — gathered in a park in Domaine de Courson, in France, for a picnic. It’s an annual event, but this one was special because it celebrated Dacia’s four millionth vehicle sale since the brand relaunched in 2004.

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The Discovery choice has now come down to two models, the Graphite at �47,505 and the Landmark, pictured, which costs �56,005

Review: last steel-bodied Land Rover Discovery is a superb all-rounder

Here’s a solid chunk from the English Midlands, the Discovery, the last steel-bodied Land Rover. The aluminium Discovery should have been here this autumn but has been put back until sometime next year, maybe to spring, or maybe to summer, maybe later, but order lists are building up with dealers.

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Colin McRae with his Subaru at Great Tew, Oxfordshire, in 1997. Picture: PA

Colin McRae’s Subaru rally car on the market

Scots rally fans have been offered the chance to own a classic rally car driven by two-time world rally champion Colin McRae, who died aged 39 in a helicopter accident which also claimed the lives of his son and two family friends near his home in 2007.

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The S-Max MPV is bearable as a seven-seater, with a scramble-though to reach the rear pair of seats. The cheapest model is the Zetec 1.5 at �24,795, its petrol engine producing 158bhp

Review: in seven heaven with new-look Ford S-Max

The last Ford I drove was the Mustang. It’s so special you can only buy it at what are called in a blue collar mode, Ford Stores – obtusely reserved for the brand’s high performers.

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VW Golf R Estate - practically perfect performance

VW Golf R Estate - practically perfect performance

Practical. It’s not a word that usually comes up when discussing performance cars. But then the Volkswagen Golf R isn’t your usual performance car.

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Pull up a seat in the Nissan X-Trail

Pull up a seat in the Nissan X-Trail

According to the latest figures the average UK family now has 1.9 children rather than the familiar 2.4 figure that has become the go-to stat.

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The HR-V bears a close resemblance to its larger cousin, the CR-V

Relaunch of crossover hatch feeds hunger for Honda

In the first quarter, Honda UK sales were up 17.45 per cent as the rejuvenated models started to come into showrooms in numbers. In spring last year it had one of the oldest model ranges. By the autumn it was the newest. The customers are hungry for the brand.

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Scots drivers prefer their first car to first love

Scots drivers prefer their first car to first love

For most of us, our first motor may not have been a £100,000 Audi R8 like Harry Styles, or a £90,000 Range Rover Evoque like Justin Bieber, but new research has revealed that our first car, even if an old banger, holds a very special place in our heart.

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Top Gear: car-crash telly or on the road to recovery?

Top Gear: car-crash telly or on the road to recovery?

Preceded by endless hype and rumour, and attacked within minutes of coming back on air, life was never going to be easy for the new incarnation of Top Gear.

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The new Tiguan is  slightly bigger and lower than its predecessor

Safety first for VW’s Tiguan makeover

SUVs are not the most economical of cars. That’s an awful lot of petrol and diesel fuel and emissions being spent on what, for most buyers, is more about lifestyle than necessity.

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