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Olly’s First Drives in a Jaguar XF Sportbrake, Evoque 5dr auto & the New 2013 Range Rover SDV8

February 2013 Jaguar Land Rover JLR media day writeup review Oliver Hammond Simons Car Spots photo - Gaydon museum

Just because I’d already sampled the delights of Jaguar Land Rover’s wonderful cars and equally superb hospitality last year, didn’t mean I wasn’t equally as excited about visiting Gaydon again. Their cars and cakes are the kind one would never … finish reading Olly’s First Drives in a Jaguar XF Sportbrake, Evoque 5dr auto & the New 2013 Range Rover SDV8

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Alfa Romeo MiTo MultiAir Distinctive 1.4 Petrol 135BHP TCT road test review by Oliver Hammond

Alfa Romeo MiTo MultiAir Distinctive 1-4 Petrol 135BHP TCT road test review by Oliver Hammond - photo front 34b

There’s something about Italian stuff. Most people seem to have the perception that anything from Italy is somehow better – everything from food, wine, fashion and women to history, culture, fancy coffee machines and of course, cars. So what did … finish reading Alfa Romeo MiTo MultiAir Distinctive 1.4 Petrol 135BHP TCT road test review by Oliver Hammond

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BMW M3 spot

BMW M3 spot
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Toyota E-Four Estima Hybrid spot

Toyota E-Four Estima Hybrid spot
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Honda Accord Tourer 2-2 i-DTEC EX Automatic road test review by Oliver Hammond

Honda Accord Tourer 2-2 i-DTEC EX Automatic road test review by Oliver Hammond - photo - Manchester City Stadium Eastlands 9

Unless you happen to be an antiques dealer, someone who regularly hauls white goods around or the kind of person who doesn’t really care about cars as long as they’re practical, the majority of us are thankful that estate cars … finish reading Honda Accord Tourer 2-2 i-DTEC EX Automatic road test review by Oliver Hammond

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Corvette spot photo in Manchester

Corvette spot photo in Manchester
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MG ZT V8 spot photo

MG ZT V8 spot photo
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Ford Focus Zetec S EcoBoost 1-litre 125PS Hatchback road test review by Oliver Hammond

Ford Focus Zetec EcoBoost 125PS road test review by Oliver Hammond - photo - main

You’re right. Twelve months ago, we did indeed conduct a week-long test of another Ford with ‘Eco’ in its name. That was the 1.6-litre diesel ECOnetic Mondeo. You’re also quite right that we reviewed a Ford Focus earlier this year, … finish reading Ford Focus Zetec S EcoBoost 1-litre 125PS Hatchback road test review by Oliver Hammond

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Fiat 500 1.3 Multijet diesel Lounge road test review by Oliver Hammond

Fiat 500 1-3 diesel Multijet Lounge 3-door hatchback road test review by Oliver Hammond Simons Car Spots My Car Coach writer - photo - front 34 03

Go on – admit it. The Fiat 500 is one cute car. Even if you share my preference for large cars, you can’t deny that this little chap looks delightful. Many of my regular readers kept excitedly asking me when … finish reading Fiat 500 1.3 Multijet diesel Lounge road test review by Oliver Hammond

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SEAT Exeo Sport Tech 2.0 TDI 170PS road test review by Oliver Hammond

SEAT Exeo 2011 2012 facelift 2-0 TDI 170PS diesel Sport Tech road test review by Oliver Hammond - photo - external Ashton Tameside Enterprise 09

Don’t worry. You’re not going mad. If the SEAT Exeo looks strangely familiar to you, that’s because it’s based on the previous ‘B7’ generation (2005-2008) Audi A4. The Exeo was originally launched in 2008 and SEAT have now decided to … finish reading SEAT Exeo Sport Tech 2.0 TDI 170PS road test review by Oliver Hammond

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Oliver Hammond at SMMT North 2012

SMMT Test Day North Wetherby 2012 Oliver Hammond SimonsCarSpots road test review drive blogger writer photo - badge

The main SMMT Test Day at the iconic Millbrook Proving Ground back in May felt like an eternity ago, such is the way with modern life. Fortunately, SMMT hold smaller, regional Test Days, the ‘North’ day held at Wetherby Racecourse, … finish reading Oliver Hammond at SMMT North 2012

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New Kia Rio 1.4 CRDi 3 EcoDynamics 3-door road test review by Oliver Hammond

New Kia Rio 3 3-door 1-4 CRDi EcoDynamics diesel road test review by Oliver Hammond - photo - front grille

The new Rio marks the fourth generation in the lineage of this popular model from Korean firm Kia. For the first time in the Rio’s history, a 3-door is available. The all-new Rio faces stiff opposition from the Fiesta, Clio, … finish reading New Kia Rio 1.4 CRDi 3 EcoDynamics 3-door road test review by Oliver Hammond

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Citroen Ami spot photo from @renaultvelsatis

Citroen Ami spot photo
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