BMW 630d

BMW 630d Gran Turismo xDrive MSport

By Mark Bursa | 30 November 2018

The BMW 5-series Gran Turismo was well received when launched in 2010. Combining a tall hatchback body with the running gear of the standard-wheelbase 7-Series, it was seen as a bit of an oddball, but in a good way. The car has found its way on to a lot of chauffeur fleets, especially when a…

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DS7 Crossback Prestige BlueHDi 180 Automatic

By Mark Bursa | 1 May 2018

How France must envy the German luxury car industry. Chic brands such as Christian Dior and Yves St Laurent rule the high-class end of the fashion industry, but French cars remain workaday volume models.

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Renault Trafic SpaceClass Prestige dCi 145 L1

By Mark Bursa | 31 January 2018

Once upon a time, when the launch of the Ford Galaxy was far, far away, Renault bestrode the MPV universe like a colossus. The Espace, the car that invented the modern MPV, had few rivals, and for many chauffeurs, was the go-to car for hotel and airport business shuttle work.

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Audi A8L 50 TDI quattro

By Mark Bursa | 8 December 2017

The 2010 Audi A8 has been a fine car, but it’s starting to show its age. That pop-up satnav screen was impressive on launch, but now its 4:3 format looks small and outdated compared to the vast digital panels of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. And while it’s still a comfortable car, it lacks the immersive opulence…

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Mercedes-Benz E220d SE 9G-Tronic Estate

By Mark Bursa | 1 March 2017

The new Mercedes-Benz E-Class has hit the ground running in the chauffeur market, winning the Executive Car of the Year award in last November’s Professional Driver awards.

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Seat Alhambra SE Lux 2.0 TDI auto

By Mark Bursa | 17 February 2017

The Seat Alhambra was born out of convenience in the late 1990s, to boost capacity at the Portuguese plant that makes the VW Sharan and, at the time, the Ford Galaxy. Ford soon split from the venture and made its own Galaxy, but the remaining twins have survived, with an all-new range launching in 2010.

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Ford S-MAX 2.0TDCi 150PS Zetec

By Mark Bursa | 16 May 2016

The third vehicle to derive form the new Ford Mondeo platform is the S-MAX. Overshadowed by the Galaxy as a Private Hire Vehicle, the more family-oriented S-MAX is nonetheless a highly competent people-mover.

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Toyota Prius 1.8VVT iHybrid

By Mark Bursa | 4 May 2016

It’s hard to believe that 20 years have passed since the world took its first glimpse of the Toyota Prius. Within two years, a 1995 Tokyo Show concept would be a production reality, and the hybrid revolution was under way.

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Mercedes E220d SE 9G-Tronic

By Mark Bursa | 16 March 2016

It’s undoubtedly the benchmark car for executive chauffeur work, but the Mercedes-Benz E-Class has recently found itself under threat.

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Volvo XC90 D5 Inscription

By Mark Bursa | 24 February 2016

Volvo’s advertising rather grandly bills the arrival of its new XC90 SUV as “a new beginning” for the company.

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Ford Mondeo Vignale 2.0 TDCi PowerShift

By Mark Bursa | 3 February 2016

The launch of the new Ford Mondeo has been a long and rather tortuous one. Initially shown at the 2012 Paris Motor Show, the car didn’t go on sale until this year after Ford decided to close a plant and shift all production to Valencia in Spain.

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Ford Galaxy

Ford Galaxy 180PS 2.0 TDCi Titanium

By Mark Bursa | 13 October 2015

Hard to believe that the Ford Galaxy has been around for almost 20 years. And in that time, over two distinctive generations, the big Ford seven-seater has established itself as one of the most significant private hire cars on the market.

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