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Volvo S40 T5 SE

Volvo S40 T5 SE

Volvo’s best effort in this sector by a mile. Retains essential Volvo character despite being closely related to the Ford Focus

21 October 2003
First Drive
Mazda 3 2.0 TS2

Mazda 3 2.0 TS2

A comfortable and attractive car, but a little underpowered; the engine is coarse and the steering overlight, making its sport badge slightly fanciful

21 October 2003
First Drive
Jaguar X-type 3.0 V6 estate

Jaguar X-Type 3.0 V6 estate

First-ever Jag load lugger is stylish, roomy and engaging to drive. Audi dealers: start worrying now.

14 October 2003
First Drive
Big brother's little brother

BMW X3 2004 review

Destined to be hugely popular, because it wears the blue and white propeller, but less than convincing in petrol form. We’d wait for next summer’s 3.0 diesel

14 October 2003
First Drive
Fiat Panda 1.2 Dynamic

Fiat Panda 1.2 Dynamic

Neat, capabale but not very radical small car with high standards of comfort and refinement; deserves to be successful

9 October 2003
First Drive
VW Golf 2.0 FSI

VW Golf 2.0 FSI

Best petrol Golf — more refined and more powerful than the 1.6 — but it still can’t compete on the same level as a diesel

7 October 2003
First Drive
Saab 9-5 2.3T

Saab 9-5 2.3T

An interesting leftfield choice for exec buyers breaking from the crowd, but still dynamically off the pace of the Germans

7 October 2003
First Drive
Type-R's mechanicals get less maniacal

Honda Civic Type R first drive review

Revisions to the styling, chassis and steering finally give the rest of the package a chance to keep up with the phenomenal drivetrain

7 October 2003
First Drive
VW Golf 2.0 TDi SE

VW Golf 2.0 TDi SE

The complete hatch adds refinement in every area, apart from the gruff engine. A car most hatch buyers will and should aspire to.

7 October 2003
First Drive
Mazda 3 1.6

Mazda 3 1.6

Impressive advance over outgoing 323, but faces talented new rivals from Ford, Vauxhall and Volkswagen in near future

25 September 2003
First Drive
Lexus LS430

Lexus LS430

Mid-term freshening adds vital six-speed auto to the LS430's inventory, giving livelier performance and only strengthening its luxury car appeal

23 September 2003
First Drive
Renault Megane CC 2.0 VVT

Renault Megane CC 2.0 VVT

Accept the C-C for what it is — a stylish cruiser with a very up-market roof — and it doesn’t disappoint. Thrill seekers look elsewhere

23 September 2003
First Drive

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