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Car Choice: You do the maths: 3 teenagers + 5 seats = 4x4

Alan Corsie wants to replace his old Honda CRV. On family trips he has three teenage children in the back, and is struggling to find any alternatives that have a decent middle seat and a flat rear floor without a transmission tunnel. The vehicle, preferably with a diesel engine, must have some 4x4 capability for occasional driving on rough tracks and over fields. Reliability is important too, and his budget is £15,000-£20,000.

BMW X1 sDrive20d SE

Price: £24,205
Top speed: 127mph 0-62mph 8.1 seconds
Consumption: 53mpg (combined cycle)
CO2 emissions: 139g/km
Best for: those too embarrassed to own a proper SUV
Also worth considering? Ford Kuga, Nissan Qashqai, Volkswagen Tiguan

Car Choice: Three humans and a dog seek comfort and practicality

Simon White would like to replace his ageing Honda Jazz, which also lacks the space to cope with a growing 12 year old and the family's golden retriever, Rosie.

Porsche Cayenne

The new Porsche Cayenne range has plenty of surprises on offer – including a 150mph hybrid

How the fuels of the future will find their rightful places

As Kia demonstrates its hydrogen fuel cell SUV, Sean O'Grady explains that each class of vehicle, from city car to long-distance lorry, could be powered by a different fuel

Armed suspects arrested at US Air Force base

The US military said two heavily armed people were in custody after trying to enter MacDill Air Force Base outside Tampa.

Car Choice: A country estate that can also hack it in the city

Jacqueline Tompkins returns to Car Choice after a change of circumstances – her partner Nicholas is now not able to drive. So the choice of car will be Jacqueline's, because she will be the sole driver for the foreseeable future. She is looking at the Toyota RAV4, but would consider any other small 4x4. The budget is £5,000 and the only other requirement is that the car should have four doors.

BMW's X5 reaches the million mark

BMW has now produced a million X5 luxury 4x4s at its US plant in Spartanburg in South Carolina.

Porn star falls to death after suspected sword attack

A porn actor suspected of killing a colleague died after falling some 40 feet from a rocky hillside after a stand-off with police, officials said.

Furry Vengeance (PG)

Brendan Fraser, once a promising talent, has somehow crash landed in the comedy graveyard known as Family Entertainment.

Chevrolet adds new top version of Captiva SUV

Chevrolet has added a new top-of-the-range variant to its Captiva SUV range, the LTZ. This has a long list of standard equipment that includes full leather upholstery, climate control, a reverse parking camera and touch-screen sat-nav.

Police defuse improvised car bomb in Times Square

Police in the US found an "amateurish" but potentially powerful bomb in a smoking sport utility vehicle in New York's Times Square, then cleared the streets of thousands of tourists milling through the landmark district so they could dismantle it, authorities said today.

Giant balloon crashes on launch

A giant Nasa research balloon crashed on take-off in the Australian outback yesterday, overturning an SUV and narrowly missing bystanders.

An old Mercedes favourite returns to the UK

Mercedes has announced that its super-tough G-Class 4x4 will once more be sold in the UK from this autumn after a ten-year break.

Dom Joly: Small is beautiful, except when it's a car in LA

I'm in LA. I managed to take the last plane out of Europe before it was covered in metres of volcanic ash and everyone ran screaming into the sea. I've been watching Fox News, so I'm totally up on what's been happening. I can't believe that the Icelandic commies had this volcano power all the time and never declared it. Never trust an Eskimo. That's what Bill O'Reilly says anyway, and he's in a "no-spin" zone.

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