Wednesday, July 06, 2022

MG5 SW Review and Road Test

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Welcome to our full review and road test of the MG5 SW EV, this is the first electric station wagon in Europe, and yes it doesn't really look like an MG, mind you that's not surprising as it's based on the Roewe ei5.
 
The electric estate car offers a combined range of 214 miles - which increases to a rather healthy 276 in a city environment, and don't forget you can regen and recoup miles too - the new 5 SWEV offers great economy, style and versatility, as well as rather engaging drive.
 
This car suits so many people, whether it's due to you heading into ULEZ zones or you wnat a cost effective way to carry cargo, passengers or simply for active sports, you need to drive the MG5 SW to find out for yourself.
 
What amazed us, was how easily it coped with steep climbs & descents, hairpins, chilly temperature and far more, just watch our Road Trip to find out more. 
 
Prices for the MG5 range start at £24,495.00 for the Excite and £26,495.00 for the Exclusive - both after the OLEV Grant has been applied.
 
 
 
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New Renault Clio 2021 RS Line

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The all new Renault Clio, the perfect supermini?

The Clio has been being made for over 30 years, and this latest generation really ups the game.

The model we have is the RS Line in magnificient celadon blue, and a number packs including the Motorway pack and Luxury pack.

We have a 130bhp 1.3 litre 4 cylinder engine coupled to a 7 speed dual clutch gearbox and this warm hatch will hot 60 in around 9 seconds.

There is a range of engines to choose from as well as various power outputs with the petrol variant, there is a diesel and even a hybrid, which can run on pure electric.

Our model with packs retails for £22,705.

 

The car is one of the best handling cars we've driven in some time, and offers a dynamic driving experience, we obviuosly don't wnat to give too much away,

we can also say the combo of the 1.3 and the gearbox is pretty unbeatable, lightining changes, no turbo lag to speak of and decent performance, and even driven by Ben still offering 42mpg.

Find out more in the video.

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New SsangYong Tivoli 2020 Review and Road test

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The new SsangYong Tivoli may not look too different to the previous gen, however there are changes to the front, back and even the interior - for example there is new styling round the LED front fogs, grille and headlamps as well as some shaping on the rear bumper and that's just exterior.

The interior is where you'll see the biggest changes, it has a new cluster and if you go for the ultimate you get a full digital cluster which has multiple displays some of the styling has changed on the dash, including the shaping, position of things like vents, you still have rotary dials but the central one for the air-conditioning has now gone, overall its more minimalist and flows better, and it's not just styling that has changed either, we now have new engines.

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MG5 SW Road Trip to Wrynose and HardKnott Pass

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The new MG5 is the first fully Electric estate car in Europe, it's well priced, has more range than the ZS EV and offers a rather engaging drive, yes it may resemble what you picture an MG as or have as much safety, however its fantastic value.

The first thing you notice is that the MG 5 doesn't follow the currnet design language of the brand, mind you there's a good reason for that, it's based on the Roewe ei5, meaning it also doesn't have all the safety you see in the new ZS, ZS ev and HS.

The electric estate car has 214m range which increases to around 270m in the city, and hits 60 in rather nippy 7.7 seconds, it's roomy, versatile and practical.

We thought we'd see how the MG5 would fair on treacherous mountain roads, hair raising hairpins and steep hills.

Where better than on our doorstep, well kind of... the Rynose Pass and HardKnot Pass, our journey takes us just 100 miles on a round trip, we also utilise the M6 to see how speed affects the car.

Part 2 coming soon.

 

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New Mitsubishi L200 Series 6 Barbarian X Review, Road Test and Offroading

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The Mitsubishi L200 Series 6 is a formidable beast, this latest model comes with a brand-new all aluminium 2.2 four-cylinder turbocharged engine with intercooler, we have a 6 speed automatic gearbox as well as descent control you can also get six speed manual.

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Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross 2020 SUV Review and Road Test

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The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross with six trims in the range to choose from, and the option of 2WD and 4WD, means this new mid-sized SUV from Mitsubishi has lots to offer:

It's powered by a 1.5 Litre Turbocharged petrol engine that feels and performs like a 2L, engaging, and feels powerful when you coax it, there is no diesel engine, the powertrain is coupled to a CVT, you can get a manual though with the 2WD.

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New MG HS Hybrid PHEV 2021

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The MG HS Plug in Hybrid Electric Vehicle is here, and it's quite something, the HS Hybrid as we've dubbed it starts at just under £30k.

Now this may sound high, but compared to similar PHEV SUV's it's extremely well priced, the Exclusive trim which adds LEDs, trim options etc starts at just under £32500.

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Salon Prive 2020 Blenheim Palace

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Welcome to Salon Prive, a prestigious event that comprises of 4 days of automotive delight, each day offers something different whether it's Ladies day with Boodles or Supercars and Classics with Pirelli, this sadly is one of the only shows to run this year.
 
This was the media day, meaning very few people and perfect for Annabelles vulnerabilities.
 
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Suzuki S Cross SX4 Hybrid SZ5 Review and Road test

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Our long-awaited new Suzuki S Cross review is now here, and yes this features the new power train the hybrid system which combines the fantastic Boosterjet engine and a 48V electric motor battery system, we have the SX4 and it's in the SZ5 trim.
 
This latest model looks different to the previous gen, new vertical grille, more safety and more economy.
 
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New MG ZS 2021 1 Litre Auto Review and Road Test

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It's here the all new MG ZS, ok technically it's a facelift meaning no powertrain tweaks, or chassis changes, however as you'll see from our new MG ZS review, alot has changed.
 
This is the 2021 ZS in the Exclusive trim, with the 1 litre turbo engine and 6 speed automatic gearbox.
 
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Mercedes Benz eVito Review and Road Test

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The Mercedes Benz Vito has been a staple for many years in the commercial world. Well the world has started to change a little, and emissions are the hot topic, meaning you've likely seen that diesel is a non starter in todays world.

This means commercial vehicle manufacturers have had to look elsewhere, enter the eVito.

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New Honda Jazz Crosstar Review and Road Test 2020

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The brand new Honda Jazz Crosstar has been alongtime coming courtesy of global events, but was it worth the wait? 

Oh yes.

This is not your stereotypical Jazz, and may well attract a younger audience with it's funky looks and impressive styling and of course the addition an offroad style bodykit.

It's a bit of a beast and looks quite a bit different to the standard Jazz.

It's powered by the same powertrain, yes like the Jazz there is one to choose from the e:HEV which comprises of a 1.5 iVTEC engine, 2 high energy electric motors -one to charge and one to propel and an eCVT.

It does have a range of additions for the extra price including water repellant funky interior, 30mm higher ride height allowing you to be alittle more adventurous on your extreme picniccing and of course uprated infotainment system.

Safety has also been notched up with the Honda sensing suite which includes adaptive cruise control, collision detection and hanow has 10 airbags.

The baby crossover come Citycar retails for just over £22,600.

Please enjoy and we've just had a Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross delivered, sadly one the last cars we'll ever get from the Colt Car Company due to Mitsubishi pulling out of Europe.

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