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Used Suzuki SX4 S-Cross review

Verdict The S-Cross isn’t the most obvious contender in its segment, but don’t let that put you off, because it’s well worth your consideration nonetheless. Earlier cars are rather awkwardly styled, and Suzuki probably over-compensated with the brash grille that arrived as part of the facelift. But, looks aside, the S-Cross has plenty to offer, with low running costs, reasonable reliability and generous kit. The availability of Allgrip models with part-time four-wheel drive is another major plus point. The S-Cross isn’t a car that you’d take off-roading, but that feature is still a handy one to have at your disposal. A lack of rear-seat space is perhaps the biggest downside to S-Cross ownership, but if that’s not a problem for you and you want a mid-sized SUV, the S-Cross might be just what you need. Suzuki has a long history of producing four-wheel-drive utility cars – it started making them many years before SUVs reached the popularity that they enjoy today. The original Jimny arr..

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Car insurance claims spike as rusty drivers return to roads

Car insurance claims for accidental damage have shot up by 39 per cent in England since lockdown was eased, a statistic that backs up previous warnings by safety experts that drivers could have got out of practice due to a lack of time on the road. The figure comes from the insurance firm Admiral, which compared claims between the weeks of 29 April to 12 May, and 13 May to 26 May. South-central England had the biggest increase over that period, at 48 per cent, followed by London and north-east England, which both saw 42 per cent rises. Compare car insurance: best comparison sites 2020 Previous Admiral research showed that 44 per cent of motorists have not gone more than a week without driving since their driving test. AreaIncrease in accidental damage claims as lockdown eased South-central England 48 per cent London 42 per cent North-east England 42 per cent Eastern England 39 per cent South-east England 39 per cent South-west England 38 per cent Midlands 36 per cent North-west Engl..

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New Volkswagen Golf 2020 UK review

Verdict The latest Golf brings worthy upgrades in lots of areas. The new mild-hybrid powertrain is exceptionally refined, the cabin materials and packaging are better than ever and even the geekiest buyer would find it hard to fault the gains in infotainment. But the tweaks to the chassis and cabin layout seem to have brought as many foibles as they have benefits. And that means that the gap between this car and its VW Group stablemates is closer than ever. Class domination is no longer a given. If you’re reaching out for a slice of ‘normal routine’ in these curious times, look no further: here is the new (eighth) generation of Volkswagen Golf, driven for the first time on UK roads. Plusher? Tick. More sophisticated? Sure. More efficient? You bet. Radically different? Don’t make us laugh; the world might be standing on its head right now but the Golf is ‘the Golf’. It evolves - no more than that. That is particularly true of the Mk8, which retains much of the base of its predecessor,..

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Bentley to cut 1,000 jobs as part of financial review

Bentley is planning to cut 1,000 jobs as part of a comprehensive review into its cost and investment structure. The Crewe-based luxury carmaker is looking for up to 1,000 voluntary redundancies and has sent letters to its 4,200 employees making them offers based on their length of service, age and salary. Financial support is also being offered towards career guidance for those who wish to change their career direction. Aston Martin to cut 500 jobs and scale back production In a statement outlining the terms, Bentley made clear that it “cannot rule out future compulsory redundancies”. The move is part of the Bentley100 strategy, which is set to “redefine” the century-old company for the next 100 years. The plans were due to be announced in March, but were pushed back as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Adrian Hallmark, chairman and CEO of Bentley Motors, said that COVID-19 was not the cause of the job cuts, but acted as a “hastener” due to a considerable forecast reduction in ..

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New Toyota Corolla Trek 2020 review

Verdict If you’re expecting any sort of added off-road ability from the Corolla Trek, then you’ll be disappointed; the extra cladding and raised ride height are purely for show. Having a price tag in excess of £29,000 also makes it look like something of a costly option against its competitors, especially when the level of standard kit isn’t that generous either. Nevertheless, like the regular Touring Sports, this is an excellent all-round family car, while its brilliant hybrid powertrain also makes it a genuine alternative to a model with a diesel engine. This is the Toyota Corolla Trek, a mildly beefed-up, off-road-inspired version of Toyota’s Ford Focus Estate rival. The Japanese firm says it’s aimed at those with “outdoor lifestyles”, apparently because of its raised ride height and chunky wheelarch surrounds. This new car follows the tried-and-tested formula set out by the likes of the Skoda Octavia Scout and Audi A4 Allroad. But unlike those models, which feature four-wheel d..

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