Kia Optima Sportswagon Vs Skoda Superb Estate Vs VW Passat Estate

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Kia Optima Sportswagon Model tested: Kia Optima Sportswagon GT-Line S 1.7 CRDi DCT Price: £30,595 Engine: 1.7-litre 4cyl turbodiesel, 139bhp There’s only one engine available in the Optima Sportswagon, with the firm’s 1.7-litre CRDi diesel fitted to 2, 3 and GT-Line S models. It’s the latter we test here, which gets Kia’s DCT dual-clutch automatic … [Read more…]

Volkswagen’s 2017 Rally Car To Get Polo GTI Badge

VOLKSWAGEN PLANSTO rename its Polo R WRC (World Rally Championship) contender the Polo GTI, according to an official with close ties to the German car maker’s chairman, Herbert Diess. The move is intended to provide a closer link between VW’s motorsport engagement and its second best-selling model line. The renaming, to be made public at … [Read more…]

Volkswagen I.D. Has An Electrifying Identity

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One year after the emissions scandal, Volkswagen has set out its vision for an alternatively fuelled, autonomous future with the I.D. concept at the Paris Motor Show. The five-door previews a compact battery-powered car that will be the first of a fleet of “highly innovative” EVs, due from 2020. “I.D. can be charged wirelessly or … [Read more…]

Volkswagen High Up 1.0 75 BMT

It wasn’t long ago that we were on the streets of Milan singing the praises of the Volkswagen Up’s new turbocharged 1.0-litre petrol engine. That model retains everything that’s great about the Up’s chassis but injects a welcome turn of pace, even if its inflated price pushes it ever closer to supermini territory. Now we’re … [Read more…]

Volkswagen Scirocco GTS

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Eight years is usually more than enough time for a car to age dramatically, but that doesn’t seem to apply to the Volkswagen Scirocco. While the current model appeared back in 2008, even today it looks as fresh as it did on the designer’s sketch pad. This is the latest version: a limited- edition model … [Read more…]

Volkswagen Golf GTi Mk1

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Every decade or so a really great car comes along. In the Seventies it was the Golf. Like the Beetle before it, the Golf was designed to make inroads into world markets; yet while the Beetle evolved into the perfect consumer product, the Golf was planned that way. The idea of a “hot” Golf was … [Read more…]

Volkswagen Beetle Karmann

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Beetle purists may wax lyrical about the first-of-breed purity of the original splitrear- window Bugs and the oval window versions of 1953 to 1957, but there is one Beetle that everybody wants—the Karmann-built Cabriolet. Its development followed that of the sedans through a bewildering series of modifications, but it always stood apart.