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Suzuki Jimny 1.3 SZ4 road test review by Oliver Hammond

Good grief – the last Suzuki Jimny experience I had was of the soft-top one we hired in Crete a few years ago! That brings back memories, including quite a few hair-raising moments on the country’s abundance of twisty and rocky country roads. Oh, and the beaches. Anyway, back to the point and here we have it, a facelifted Suzuki Jimny. No, you’re not the only one who thinks the Jimny has effectively remained unchanged for what feels like decades. But does it still carve any kind of place for itself in 2013?

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It’s the most compact 4×4 ‘SUV’ – if you can call it that – on the market and yes, the Jimny hasn’t changed much at all over the decades it’s been knocking around. The Jimny genealogy goes back all the way to 1968 but it was in 1997 when the version familiar to almost everyone was introduced.

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So what’s new now we’re in 2013? The Jimny’s lovable, cheery and characterful face has been mildly tweaked, with a groovy central air intake on the bonnet, a new grille and fog lights, plus alloy wheels. Yup, sorry to disappoint, but that really is about it as far as any styling updates on the outside. One day, I saw no less than eight Jimnys drive past me within 5 miles of leaving the house, so the Jimny’s army of cult followers are apparently still happy with its tried and tested styling.

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Taking it at face value, the Jimny does look quite cool, with its chunky wheels, rugged, contrasting bumpers, square silhouette and dinky little, round, beaming headlights, with the very basic, squat rear styling, side-hinged boot and spare tyre on the back giving it a mini-macho image. It would be great to see an all-new Jimny at some point in the near future – but for now, it seems Continue Reading →


Peugeot RCZ GT THP 200 Road Test Review by Oliver Hammond

What sets the RCZ apart in the Peugeot range, aside from it currently being the French firm’s only 2+2 sports coupé? While the other cars in the Peugeot range have numbers for names, the RCZ has letters. The ‘THP’ stands for Turbo High Pressure and the RCZ was originally launched with THP 156 petrol and HDi 163 diesel variants. The numbers do indeed indicate the horsepower, but don’t go thinking that the ‘200’ version I tested this week is simply different in that it has approximately 50 more horses than the other petrol model.

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Sex Sells – and so do sexy cars

During my week with the Peugeot RCZ GT THP 200, it’s fair to say that it attracted a lot of very positive looks and attention. First appearing as a jaw-dropping concept at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show, Peugeot announced at the Geneva Motor Show the following year that they would be turning the RCZ into a reality, set to hit the UK shores within a relatively short time-frame, via the production line at Magna Steyr in Austria. It’s no surprise that the RCZ has a captivating appearance. Just look at it. It’s gorgeous from almost every angle, from the sweeping side profile with its flared wheel arches to the wide, sporty bonnet and beautifully svelte rear. Sure, the RCZ does share some design similarities with Continue Reading →


2012 Volvo XC60 D3 163bhp SEL Lux Premium Geartronic AWD Road Test Review by Oliver Hammond

Having spent last week piloting an XC90 around rural Norfolk lanes and up and down Britain’s motorways, it was certainly going to be interesting stepping straight into an XC60. The XC90 has been around since 2003 whereas its little brother the XC60 is relatively new, having debuted in 2008. I was keen to put this 2012 AWD model with its tweaked D3 engine through its paces to see what it’s made of.

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On Trend

The Volvo XC60 is the XC90’s slightly smaller crossover SUV sibling, 180mm shorter in length and 71mm shorter in height. The width of the two vehicles is more or less the same, give or take a few millimetres. Launched five years into the XC90’s life, the XC60 sought to take on premium mid-sized SUVs like the Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Land Rover Freelander 2, which it actually shares its platform with. Friends and family of mine thought that the XC60 Continue Reading →


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