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Citroen Grand C4 SpaceTourer

By Mark Bursa | 19 May 2022, 07:24

When we last tested this car’s predecessor, the C4 Grand Picasso, eight years ago, the MPV already felt like an endangered species, replaced in the public’s want list by more aggressively styled SUVs. Now, it really does seem like the end of days for the one-box car-based people-mover. The VW Sharan and Touran have gone;…

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First Look – BMW i7 xDrive 60

By Mark Bursa | 17 May 2022, 16:00

Chauffeurs will finally be able to specify a fully-electric large saloon later this year when the new BMW i7 goes on sale. The i7 forms part of an all-new 7-series range, giving BMW a crucial advantage over rival Mercedes-Benz, whose new S-Class does not have a battery-electric option, only a plug-in hybrid. Mercedes offers the…

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Road Test – MG5 SW EV Exclusive

By Mark Bursa | 7 July 2021, 07:35

Every once in a while, a new car comes along that just hits the sweet spot for the private hire sector. The Chrysler 300C gave executive chauffeurs a winning and affordable combination of Mercedes reliability and Bentley looks. The Toyota Prius Mk2 ticked corporate clients’ “green” boxes back when hybrids were the cleanest game in…

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Mercedes-Benz GLE 350de 4Matic AMG Line

By Mark Bursa | 15 February 2021, 17:35

It’s perhaps predictable that a lot of manufacturers have gone down the SUV route for their first “proper” electric cars. After all, it’s where the hot spot of the market seems to be, and there are practical advantages too – a tall body design gives designers a nice underfloor area to stash the cumbersome battery…

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Mercedes-Benz S500L 4Matic

By Mark Bursa | 14 January 2021, 10:28

At last, it’s here. And it doesn’t disappoint. Covid-19 has played havoc with manufacturers’ launch schedules, and a second lockdown meant the scheduled October launch of the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class in Stuttgart was cancelled at the last minute, leaving us tantalisingly so near, yet so far from a first encounter with the last S-Class of…

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Hyundai Ioniq Electric Premium SE

By Tim Barnes-Clay | 12 November 2020, 10:39

Hyundai launched the Ioniq back in 2016. It came in three flavours: all-electric, a plug-in hybrid and a regular – or “self-charging” hybrid. That was a smart move, and still is. Having different power units in one body makes sense, and Ioniq started taking sales from its clearest rival, the Toyota Prius – especially as…

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Mercedes Benz EQV 300 Sport

By Mark Bursa | 29 October 2020, 13:59

It’s taken a while, but finally, ULEZ-compliant seven-seaters are starting to become available. Now, with the arrival in the UK of the Mercedes-Benz EQV, London chauffeurs looking to replace their tired diesel MPVs will before the end of the year have a genuine, practical, all-electric luxury shuttle they can buy. Of course, coronavirus has meant…

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Ford Tourneo Custom Active SWB 2.0TDCI 170PS

By Mark Bursa | 22 October 2020, 09:54

The Ford Transit Custom has been one of the real successes of the beleaguered 2020 car market. Light commercials are not included in the top 10 car sales charts, but if they were, the Transit, combined with its passenger-carrying sibling, the Tourneo Custom, would be in the top 10 overall. Indeed, in the first nine…

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Mercedes E300de AMG Line

By Mark Bursa | 18 September 2020, 09:57

Mercedes-Benz continues to refine and revise its best-selling E-Class range, the car it considers to be at the heart of its range. The current generation of E-Class was launched in 2016, and now the 10th-generation model is getting a final facelift to see it through to Gen-11. Professional Driver recently drove some early production German-spec…

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Ford Tourneo Custom Titanium PHEV

By Mark Bursa | 6 August 2020, 15:12

London ULEZ-compliant seven-seaters have been in serious short supply this year, regardless of Coronavirus. If you want an electric people-mover, the only vehicle available has been the Nissan e-NV200. Fortunately, the car companies are now getting their acts together. Vauxhall and Peugeot have unveiled battery-electric seven-seaters, while Mercedes-Benz’s EQ-V all-electric V-Class will be with us…

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Volkswagen Caravelle Executive 2.0 TDI 150PS 7spd DSG

By Mark Bursa | 23 July 2020, 16:56

Volkswagen continues to upgrade its Caravelle people-mover. Four years after the T6 version arrived here, the big, van-derived seven-seater has received another facelift, adding more style and better finishes, and reaffirming the Caravelle’s credentials as the closest competitor to the Mercedes-Benz V-Class, still the king of the class. The new T6.1 Caravelle was originally due…

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Skoda Octavia Laurin & Klement Estate 2.0 TDI 150PS

By Mark Bursa | 23 July 2020, 16:49

Hybrids, PHEVs and electric cars may be dominating the agenda for urban private hire operators, especially in London. But it’s easy to forget that not every operator needs to go electric just yet. Indeed, diesel still represents the best choice for many private hire operators. Fuel economy is better than all but the best hybrids,…

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Vauxhall Vivaro Life Elite 2.0 Turbo D

By Mark Bursa | 23 July 2020, 16:45

It’s been a rollercoaster ride for Vauxhall since General Motors sold the business to PSA Peugeot Citroen three years ago. Already Vauxhall has expanded its car range with SUVs based on Peugeot running gear, and last year the Fiat-sourced Combo small van was replaced with a PSA-based model. For Vauxhall’s UK operations, the big change…

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BMW X7 xDrive 30d MSport

By Mark Bursa | 23 July 2020, 16:41

Off-roaders are growing in popularity in our sector, especially at the top end of the market. There are a number of factors driving this trend. One is overseas visitors, especially those from the US or the Middle East, where SUVs are now the dominant big cars. So it makes sense that those people prefer to…

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Audi A6 40 TDI 204PS S line S Tronic

By Mark Bursa | 23 July 2020, 16:38

Audi’s latest A6 was launched toward the end of 2018 launch, and is aimed as a serious challenger to the executive chauffeur sector’s benchmark car, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class. It’s bigger, roomier and cleaner, and comes packed with the full suite of impressive safety and communications technology that has so impressed us on A8 and Q8.…

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Seat Tarraco SE Technology 2.0 TDI NR 150PS

By Mark Bursa | 23 July 2020, 16:32

Yes, it’s another SUV. It’s a stark reality of the world motor industry that, right now, everything is becoming SUV-shaped. Indeed, the saloon car as we know it is becoming an endangered species, outside the prestige brands, where the executive saloon is alive and well. But just as the big volume-brand cruisers such as Ford…

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Audi e-tron

By Mark Bursa | 23 July 2020, 16:27

How’s the future looking? Well, the hovercars and jetpacks we were promised in the 1950s and ’60s have so far failed to materialise, but at last we are starting to wean ourselves off fossil fuels as far as cars are concerned. Tesla might argue that the revolution started five years ago when it launched the…

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Ford Tourneo Custom Titanium 310 LWB

By Mark Bursa | 22 July 2020, 11:03

Ford started calling its passenger-carrying Transit the Tourneo back in 1995, and the vehicle is well established as a reliable urban seven-seater taxi. As successive versions of the Transit have been launched and facelifted, the Tourneo has slowly shifted up-market, to a point where it presents a serious alternative to the likes of Mercedes Vito…

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