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Honda Insight

2009 - Honda is taking on the Toyota Prius with the latest version of the Insight, which is a huge advance on the original two-seater launched in 1999. The major selling point of the Insight is its hybrid powerplant, a petrol-electric unit that reduces CO2 emissions and provides a cleaner, greener way of m [...]

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SEAT Exeo

2.0 TDI CR 143 PS SE - Fellow VW Group manufacturer Audi provided a sound base for the latest Spanish model, enabling SEAT to take its first steps into the family car market. It’s feasible however that buying a second-hand Audi A4, the car on which the Exeo is based, would be a better proposition.

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Mercedes-Benz B-Class

B170 BlueEfficiency Sport - When it comes to building greener cars, everyone’s at it. Even premium carmakers like Mercedes-Benz are jumping on the bandwagon, with the launch of its Blue Efficiency range of cars. However, unlike most other manufacturers, Mercedes has decided to tweak its petrol-powered cars, rather than its die [...]

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Citroen C5

3.0 V6 HDi - A V6-engined Citroen saloon or estate is not destined to hold its value very well, so the generous discount you receive when buying new is necessary to offset the heavier than class norm depreciation. The upside to this is you get that creamy V6 turbodiesel and a C5 in the top spec Exclusive trim.

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Dodge Avenger

2.0 CRD - The Dodge Avenger looks pretty good and is generous with space. The Avenger will divide opinions; some will love it.....

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Renault Fluence ZE

The Fluence, a model which retails on the European continent, is about to arrive in the UK for the first time, as an electric vehicle. Essentially a Megane in saloon body shape, it was previously deemed unnecessary for the UK market thanks to our preference for hatchbacks. However as part of Renault [...]

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Audi A4 Saloon

2.0 TDIe 163PS SE - Audi’s ubiquitous A4 has been around since the mid ‘90s with over 430,000 sold in the UK. March 2012 saw the current fourth-generation A4 go on sale with styling enhancements and efficiency improvements to maintain competitiveness with its lifelong Teutonic rivals, the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes C-cl [...]

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SEAT Exeo

SE 2.0 TDI 143PS Multitronic - For those who can get over the whole old Audi A4 thing, the Exeo has plenty to offer with a pinsharp executive feel and burly performance.

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Kia Optima

1.7-litre CRDi 2 Tech Auto - Kia’s first D-segment saloon since the Magentis, the Optima is a huge sales success in native South Korea and the USA, so much so that they’re starting to build them in Georgia just to keep pace over that side of the pond. However, in the UK the Optima enters a crowded and ultra-competitive segment. [...]

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Toyota Prius

Plug-in - Joining the existing Prius and Prius+ in Toyota’s growing Prius stable is the new Prius Plug-in. The Plug-in is also a petrol/electric hybrid, but unlike the existing models, its batteries can be re-charged from the mains and it can drive much further in EV mode. And it can return over 100mpg, easy!

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Toyota Prius

+ 1.8-litre VVT-i petrol T Spirit - The base T4 model retains that notoriously green tailpipe, emitting 96g/km of CO2 to become the first seven-seater MPV to breach the 100g barrier while the higher spec T Spirit trim just misses out on the free tax disc with 101g/km.

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Suzuki Kizashi

2.4 4WD Sport - The Kizashi is Suzuki’s first medium-sized saloon and, having been on sale elsewhere for the past 18 months with some 23,000 already sold, it’s soon to arrive in the UK. Refreshingly, the sharp-looking Kizashi will be available with just one engine, one transmission and one spec level from early 201 [...]

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Toyota Avensis Saloon

2.0 D-4D - With few exceptions, Toyotas generally don’t set the world alight in matters of style. Yes, they’re good cars, and for the most part they more than live up to expectations, but aesthetic appeal isn’t their forté. Well that’s about to change, and the new-for-2012 Avensis is the first car with the ‘Ke [...]

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Volkswagen Passat

The Passat is the backbone of the Volkswagen range, accounting for generous sales and setting the benchmark in the family class for quality. A new seventh generation Passat may not get you all a-flutter with excitement, but this is a comprehensive update of the Passat with new safety and convenience [...]

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Ford Mondeo

2011 - Ford has lightly revised the exterior of its fleet and family favourite Mondeo to give it an appearance more in line with the latest S-Max and Galaxy. There’s also a refreshed cabin and some new tech, such as a blind spot recognition system. However, the most important changes are under the bonnet w [...]

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Volkswagen Passat

2.0 Tdi - Overall this is a good car, extremely fast but at times the ride can be hard. The inside is huge and safety and security is excellent.

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Peugeot 508

Peugeot is modest about its sales claims for the 508 as it hopes to avoid direct comparisons with the likes of the Ford Mondeo and Volkswagen Passat. The French firm mentions Audi and Mercedes in the same breath as the 508, but the reality is this family saloon must do battle with the mainstream of [...]

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Volkswagen Passat

Bluemotion 1.9TDi - One of the biggest selling cars in the business sector is the VW Passat and now the maker has introduced its Bluemotion to the line-up. Offering big savings in fuel economy and reduced emissions over previous models on paper, how will our VW Passat saloon test car get on?

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Mazda 6

2.0 diesel TS2 - The Mazda 6 is a competent performer that handles well. Quality interior and solid feel further add to give the newer model a more substantial feel. Auto-dimming rear view mirror fitted as standard is a real bonus. A strong contract hire and PCP contender.

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Skoda Superb

2.0-litre diesel DSG gearbox - The new Skoda Superb has arrived and is sure to woo fleet drivers with its competitive price, luxurious surroundings on the inside and wide range of engines. It also has a secret weapon under the body, if you need to parallel park the car will do it itself – we’ll explain all this further down the r [...]

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Toyota Avensis Saloon

1.8 Valvematic Multidrive saloon & 2.2 D-4D 150 manual Tourer - With new and highly accomplished Insignias, Lagunas, Mondeos, Passats and others in the class all already on sale, Toyota’s competent but slightly lacklustre Avensis was in need of a major revamp. It’s now got that, and more, but is the third generation of Toyota’s flagship model now up there with t [...]

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Renault Laguna Hatch

The new Laguna is the third generation of Renault's large family car and it has, at last, seemed to have evolved into a car that can compete with the best in its class. Renault has addressed the quality issues that plagued the previous generation, but there are still two major obstacles to overcome. [...]

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Family Cars consumer car reviews

Vauxhall Vectra

4 stars - average customer rating
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Ford Mondeo

4 stars - average customer rating
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Citroen C5

3.5 stars - average customer rating
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Mazda 6

3 stars - average customer rating
Average driver rating ( based on 49 reviews )

Vauxhall Insignia

2.5 stars - average customer rating
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Volkswagen Passat

3.5 stars - average customer rating
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Peugeot 407

3 stars - average customer rating
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Skoda Superb

4.5 stars - average customer rating
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Chrysler Sebring

4 stars - average customer rating
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Honda Accord Saloon

4.5 stars - average customer rating
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