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With Volkswagen’s new Polo is now available to order, Ryan Hirons tries out the latest generation of this popular supermini.

Nissan pioneered the crossover market with its best-selling Qashqai – motoring editor Andy Russell checks out the changes aimed at keeping it top of its game.

As its first sport utility vehicle, the Stelvio is a hugely important car for Alfa Romeo. Simon Davis finds out if it has what it takes.

Citroen’s new C3 Aircross is a colourful character joining the compact SUV market. Motoring editor Andy Russell finds out if this ‘supermini on stilts’ lives up to its looks.

MG has raised its game with the ZS compact SUV – style, value, good to drive and a seven-year warranty. No wonder it aims to double sales, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

Peugeot is set to become a key player in the seven-seat SUV sector after reinventing its 5008. It’s stylish, roomy and pleasing to drive, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

Lexus has entered the large luxury coupe segment with a car that plays by its own rules. Darren Cassey finds out what makes it so special.

The compact crossover market is booming, and Kia hopes to cash in on this growth with the new Stonic. Simon Davis gets behind the wheel.

When it comes to compact people-carriers, you can’t ignore Citroen’s Grand C4 Picasso… or this laudable load-lugger’s wealth of awards, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

My first car

Dusty Miller’s Vauxhall 14 steamed along but it helped put him on the road to some ‘big old beasts’ of motors.

Grant Whillance’s first car was shared with a shipmate and kept in a garage near the docks so it was available when home on leave.

Tim Adams’s first car, a Vauxhall Viva HA, had six years of rough treatment being rallied. Now, 41 years after its last rally, he is restoring it.

Ian Hooper took to the track for spints and high-speed reliability trials in his Morgan three-wheeler with mixed fortunes.

Graham Maidlow had an eventful 18 months with his Austin A40 Devon – wet legs, a seized engine, a close encounter with a pristine lawn and generally winging it.

Terry Patrick’s Isetta bubble car came to an oily end and he still has the manual to remind how the bubble really did burst!

Jack Luxon’s first car was a 10-year-old Mercedes-Benz, with some unusual electrical issues, which he bought while serving in Germany.

Trevor Morgan build one good Austin Seven out of two that he bought in 1957 for £26 and later sold it for a profit. Happy motoring!

Barbara Hardiman’s Mini van was a big part of her life, carrying loads of rubbish to the dump and full of happy memories over 45 years of ownership.

It was crash – and nearly bang, wallop – when Norman Willoughby went to confront youths who had deluged him with buckets of water and sent him off the road.

Clive Dyball’s luck ran out when his polished, but unserviced, Ford Prefect ran into problems in the Australian Outback.

Colin Clarke was a Messerschmitt three-wheeler fan and still drives a modern equivalent. Here he tells of some of the delights and drawbacks of the ’Schmitt.

Dulcie was a bit of a drinker and smoker when Michael Horne met her. But he soon sorted the 1951 Morris Minor’s thirst for oil.

Jonathan Mayfield had his fair share of minor niggles with his Fiat Punto but travelled in style.

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