Ford Tourneo PHEV

Ford Tourneo Custom Titanium PHEV

By Mark Bursa | 6 August 2020

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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VW Caravelle

Volkswagen Caravelle Executive 2.0 TDI 150PS 7spd DSG

By Mark Bursa | 23 July 2020

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 Estate

Skoda Octavia Laurin & Klement Estate 2.0 TDI 150PS

By Mark Bursa | 23 July 2020

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

Vauxhall Vivaro Life Elite 2.0 Turbo D

By Mark Bursa | 23 July 2020

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

BMW X7 xDrive 30d MSport

By Mark Bursa | 23 July 2020

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

Audi A6 40 TDI 204PS S line S Tronic

By Mark Bursa | 23 July 2020

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

Seat Tarraco SE Technology 2.0 TDI NR 150PS

By Mark Bursa | 23 July 2020

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

Audi e-tron

By Mark Bursa | 23 July 2020

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

Ford Tourneo Custom Titanium 310 LWB

By Mark Bursa | 22 July 2020

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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Toyota Camry

Toyota Camry Excel Hybrid

By Mark Bursa | 22 July 2020

It wasn’t that long ago that mainstream volume manufacturers all offered big, luxurious range-topping saloons. And inevitably those Ford Scorpios, Rover 800s and Vauxhall Omegas found favour among 1990s chauffeurs. Factor in Japanese reliability and you had a winning formula – and of course Toyota was a player in this sector with its Camry, a…

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hyundai nexo

Hyundai Nexo FCEV

By Mark Bursa | 22 July 2020

In the race for the most convincing zero-emissions solution, battery-electric cars have been the front runners. With the latest Lithium Ion battery packs giving cars a range well in excess of 200 miles, the electric car is touted as the long-term solution to air quality. But EVs are not without their problems. Battery technology is…

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BMW 730Ld

BMW 730Ld MSport

By Mark Bursa | 22 July 2020

It’s rare that a mid-life facelift should get so much attention as the makeover BMW has given to its 7-series. The striking enlarged grille certainly drew a reaction – not all positive, it must be said. But when you see the car in the flesh, new look seems to make sense. Remember, the “big grille”…

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Mercedes S560e

Mercedes-Benz S560eL EQ Power AMG Line

By Mark Bursa | 21 July 2020

As facelifts go, the 2017 upgrade for the Mercedes-Benz S-Class was a subtle one. A new radiator grille and some super-powerful multibeam LED headlights – but beyond that, it was business as usual for the Stuttgart flagship. But the big changes are under the bonnet. Not only were petrol and diesel engines upgraded, but a…

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PD website road test VW Passat GTE

Volkswagen Passat GTE Advance Estate

By Mark Bursa | 21 July 2020

Volkswagen is entering its “third age”, the company has rather grandly announced. The launch of its first all-electric ID model, the ID3, is seen as the symbol of a new approach, and as vital to the company’s history as the original Beetle and the 1973 VW Golf. There’s even a new look to the VW…

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Mercedes-Benz V220d AMG Line Long

By Mark Bursa | 21 July 2020

The Mercedes-Benz V-Class retains a unique position in the market – a large and luxurious MPV with a prestige brand that’s ideal for corporate shuttle and “mobile boardroom” jobs. The V-Class is a more up-market vehicle than the car it replaced back in 2014, the Viano. And it has just received a significant mid-life facelift,…

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Kia Soul EV First Edition 64 kWh

By Mark Bursa | 21 July 2020

Korean car manufacturers are establishing themselves at the vanguard of moves toward electrification. Helped by a buoyant hi-tech sector, with companies such as LG at the forefront of battery technology, it’s no surprise to see Kia, and its sister company Hyundai, among the first automakers to offer practical and competent EVs. Kia hit the sweet…

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Vauxhall Grandland X Hybrid4

By Mark Bursa | 21 July 2020

Ever been off-roading in an electric car? Piloting the new Grandland X Hybrid4 through rutted tracks and muddy pools was a first – and it’s one way Vauxhall feels the car can show its capabilities. And I guess if we’re heading for an electric future, even the joy of off-roading will have to be powered…

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VW Arteon

Volkswagen Arteon Elegance 1.5 TSI EVO 150PS manual

By Mark Bursa | 19 February 2019

Volkswagen’s CC four-door coupe turned out to be a surprise hit in the executive chauffeuring market. A stylish, low-roofed derivative of the previous-generation Passat its good looks won it some orders – though in truth, it was a little restricted in the back seats.

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