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Volkswagen Up Review

Volkswagen Up Review Engine choices, ride and handling The Volkswagen Up has a choice of two 1.0 litre petrol engines, a 59bhp and a 74bhp. Being that both engines only have three cylinders, the Up can be a bit sluggish, but the faster 74bhp engine can cope with motorway speeds relatively well albeit slowly. The Up is a small car and drives like one. It’s nimble and accurate to drive and the ride does a good job of...

Citroën C4 Review

Citroën C4 Review Engine choices, ride and handling The Citroën C4 has a choice of three petrol engines and three diesel engines all of which are capable and economic to run. Here are the engine choices: •    1.4 VTi (95 PS) petrol •    1.6 VTi (120 PS) petrol •    1.6 THP (155 PS) petrol •    1.6 HDi (90 PS) diesel •    1.6 HDi 16v (110 PS) diesel •    2.0 HDi 16v (150 PS) diesel The 1.4 VTi...

Vauxhall Astra Review

Vauxhall Astra Review Engine choices and driving There are a ton of engine options with the new Astra from the 1.4 litre VVT (87PS) petrol engine to the exquisitely fast 2 litre CDTI (165PS) diesel powerhouse. We would recommend staying away from the 1.4 litre petrol engines as they can be tediously slow, and a better option is the 1.6i 16v VVT petrol or the flexible 1.7 CDTi ecoFLEX diesel. The Astra’s ride is smooth and...

Skoda Octavia Review

Skoda Octavia Review Engine choices The Skoda Octavia has a choice of two petrol engines and two diesel engines all of which are capable of lugging around this saloon car at decent speeds. Choices include: •    1.2 TSI (105PS) petrol •    1.4 TSI (140PS) petrol •    1.6 TDI (CR 105PS) diesel •    2.0 TDI (CR 150PS) diesel The petrol engines are quiet and smooth, although the diesel engines do suffer from...

Ford Focus Review

Ford Focus Review Engine choices The Ford Focus has a mind blowing amount of engines to choose from including seven petrol and five diesel engines, but for all round practicality and price we would go for the 1 litre (125PS) EcoBoost petrol or the 1.6 litre (115PS) diesel; both these engines are at home around town or on the motorway. Engine choices include: •    1.6 (85PS S5) petrol •    1.6 (105PS S5)...

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