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Lexus RX

The new Lexus RX is not just sleek, more comfy, and less polluting ... it has a computer system that's user-friendly

Peugeot 3008

Peugeot's 3008 thinks it's an SUV with knobs on

Nissan Qashqai +2

Nissan attempts to restart the engine with the +2

Freelander Td4_eA

The new Freelander is greener, and slightly urban

Police arrest Jennifer Hudson's brother-in-law

Police arrested the estranged brother-in-law of Jennifer Hudson in connection with the shooting deaths of the entertainer's mother, brother and young nephew, taking him from a prison where he had been held on a suspected parole violation.

Audi Q5

A tall off-road vehicle that can convince you it's a sleek, sporting saloon ... Audi deserves an award

Car Choice: Economy and 4x4 toughness aren’t such a tall order

Brendon Clare currently drives a Nissan X-Trail but wants something a bit more economical on fuel. Although he doesn’t necessarily need a full-time 4x4, the vehicle must have reasonable ground clearance as the family lives up a bumpy farm track. In all, Brendon travels about 75 miles a day to and from work. He has been considering a Subaru Forester, which was suggested by a friend and wonders whether this would be right.

Renault Koleos

Price £17,995

Top speed 114 mph 0-60mph 10 seconds

Consumption 39.2 mpg

CO2 emissions 221g/km

Best for fashion misfits

Also worth considering? Land Rover Freelander, Ford Kuga, Kia Sportage

Volvo XC60

This Volvo may be well rounded but it's no square deal

Man held in US on charge of threatening Obama

A man is being held in Florida by federal authorities on charges of threatening to assassinate Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.

Subaru Forester

The Subaru Forester is a great hit with the girls, but the new model, while oh-so-sleek, has lost some of its puritanical, functional charm

Subaru Forester 2.0XS

Here's a tough, chunky contender in the crowded 4x4 SUV class. Is it macho enough for David Wilkins and the panel?

Falling sales of SUVs hit autoparts maker Tomkins

Profits at the engineering group Tomkins plunged 80 per cent in the first half of the year, smashed by the $175m (£ 88.4m) writedown it made at its Canadian car parts business following falling sales of SUVs.

Dodge Journey

On the outside, the Dodge Journey flaunts its rough-boy brawn, but inside it's a bit of a softie and very child-friendly
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Where the spooks get their coffee fix: The busiest Starbucks in the US is also the most secretive

The secret CIA Starbucks

The coffee shop is deep inside the agency's forested Virginia compound
Revealed: How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Loch Ness Monster 'sighting'

How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Nessie 'sighting'

The Natural History Museum's chief scientist was dismissed for declaring he had found the monster
One million Britons using food banks, according to Trussell Trust

One million Britons using food banks

Huge surge in number of families dependent on emergency food aid
Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths 2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths trove
The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey, 25 years on

The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey 25 years on

The space telescope was seen as a costly flop on its first release
Did Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

Did Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

A document seen by The Independent shows that a week after he resigned from the Lords he sold 350,000 shares in an American company - netting him $11.2m
Apple's ethnic emojis are being used to make racist comments on social media

Ethnic emojis used in racist comments

They were intended to promote harmony, but have achieved the opposite
Sir Kenneth Branagh interview: 'My bones are in the theatre'

Sir Kenneth Branagh: 'My bones are in the theatre'

The actor-turned-director’s new company will stage five plays from October – including works by Shakespeare and John Osborne
The sloth is now the face (and furry body) of three big advertising campaigns

The sloth is the face of three ad campaigns

Priya Elan discovers why slow and sleepy wins the race for brands in need of a new image
How to run a restaurant: As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food

How to run a restaurant

As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food
Record Store Day: Remembering an era when buying and selling discs were labours of love

Record Store Day: The vinyl countdown

For Lois Pryce, working in a record shop was a dream job - until the bean counters ruined it
Usher, Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert as part of the Global Poverty Project

Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert

The concert in Washington is part of the Global Citizen project, which aims to encourage young people to donate to charity
10 best tote bags

Accessorise with a stylish shopper this spring: 10 best tote bags

We find carriers with room for all your essentials (and a bit more)
Paul Scholes column: I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England

Paul Scholes column

I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England
Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

The heptathlete has gone from the toast of the nation to being a sleep-deprived mum - but she’s ready to compete again. She just doesn't know how well she'll do...