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Car choice: Can a safe car be stylish?

Anna wants a reliable and spacious car that's also interesting. So, can she have it all? James Ruppert weighs the options

The verdict: Seat Altea 2.0

A clever hi-tech gearbox and two clutches keep this chunky Seat's diesel powerplant in the sweet rev zone. David Wilkins likes what he feels...

Harley Davidson XL 1200N Nightster - Darkness looms

The latest Harley Davidson's lack of power does nothing to diminish its appeal for Tim Luckhurst

Sean O'Grady: Camper vans - All the home comforts, not too bad to drive

I never knew you could plug a camper van into the mains. Did you? The revelation came to me in the Carlyon Bay Caravan and Camping Park, Cornwall. All I had done on taking delivery of our test vehicle, a new Volkswagen California camper van, was hop in it and drive down there, slightly dreading the idea of living in the thing.

Abarth puts soul back into Fiat

Once, Abarth turned Italian 600s into little boy-racers. John Simister welcomes the famous marque back

Classic cars: Renault Dauphine

The Renault Dauphine looked elegant, but its idiosyncratic handling was not for the faint-hearted, says Andrew Roberts

Road Test: Mercedes-Benz C-class estate

Everything you'd expect from a Benz is here in this sophisticated beast of burden, says John Simister

Last chance to buy: Proton Gen-2

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Game on - Can Sega keep up with a real race

The 1990s arcade classic 'Sega Rally' is back. Simon Usborne takes it for a test drive, but can the computer game compare with the white-knuckle thrills of a genuine World Rally car?

Car Choice: It's the automatic choice

It's easy to identify the right car for this reader, says James Ruppert, but not so easy to work out where to get it from

Czech carmakers: and you thought they only made Skodas?

Czech carmakers were once known for their style and innovation. Now those glory days are coming back. Mark Piesing reports

Mercedes' latest AMG puts F1 pace at your feet

It's a Mercedes, but not as we know it. Daniel Cobb drives the beast that sets the pace in F1 racing

The Verdict: Saab 9-3 Biopower Vector Sport Estate

Saab's bioethanol flagship is full of useful and unusual detail, but needs a stronger nudge from the Chancellor to take off, says David Wilkins

James Daley: Make mine a double, I'm catching a cab

While there are many great things about cycling to work – and it'll take incapacitation for me to give it up – it can sometimes prove to be quite a headache logistically. If you're planning to go out for a few drinks in town after work, you have to make a decision to either leave your bike at the office, not cycle at all that day, or take your wheels with you and risk riding home tipsy.

James Daley: The Cycling Column

The boys in blue see red and go critical. Why?
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