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First drive: Nissan X-trail – on sale now
13/12/2007 in First Drive

Nissan is selling the new X-Trail on its abilities rather than its price. It may be a soft-roader compared to the 4x4 old guard, but it proves its worth on rough terrain as well as on undulating tarmac.

First drive: Audi A4 – on sale February
29/11/2007 in First Drive

The A4 is a crucial model for Audi, so it will be a relief for dealers that the new generation car is better in every aspect than the current model.

First drive: Seat Altea Freetrack 4 – on sale now
02/11/2007 in First Drive

The family crossover market has been flooded with so many models that manufacturers have to concentrate on features which set their model apart from the rest.

First drive: Mini Clubman – on sale November 10
23/10/2007 in First Drive

Clubman will be a real test of the strength of the Mini brand in the UK. On the face of it, the car appears to be a self-inflicted injury. But it’s bound to be a winner.

First drive: Volkswagen Polo Bluemotion – on sale now
22/10/2007 in First Drive

Volkswagen has taken a slightly different route to other carmakers in its quest to reduce environmental impact.

First drive: Mitsubishi i – on sale now
05/10/2007 in First Drive

The Mitsubishi i has been available in the UK since July and has already sold its entire allocation of 300 units.

First drive: Daihatsu Materia – on sale now
05/10/2007 in First Drive

The Materia is no car for the shy and retiring. Its boxy styling is unlike any other mini-MPV on the market. As Japan’s answer to the Mini, the Materia will boost the brand’s image among the young and trendy, given the right marketing support.

First drive: Audi A5/S5 – on sale now
05/10/2007 in First Drive

Audi’s product offensive is steamrolling through the premium sector.

First drive: Dodge Avenger – on sale now
05/10/2007 in First Drive

Dealers have taken a generally favourable view of the Dodge brand – as long as their expectations were not too ambitious to begin with.

First drive: BMW X5 – on sale now
25/09/2007 in First Drive

Before the BMW X5 was launched in 2000, sports utility vehicles were more utility than sport: on-road performance was compromised by attempts to fulfil a perceived need for off-road abilities.

First drive: Kia Cee’d SW – on sale now
25/09/2007 in First Drive

Kia is steadily broadening its Cee’d range with additional variants. The newest addition is the Cee’d SW.

First drive: Peugeot 4007 – on sale September
14/09/2007 in First Drive

It’s often said that the second product to market has an advantage over the original because it can learn from its mistakes.

First drive: Jeep Patriot – on sale now
14/09/2007 in First Drive

Jeep has always had strong credibility as a brand and its newest offering, the Patriot, has everything that a customer will want and expect from the badge – authentic looks, four-wheel drive and a utilitarian interior.

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