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Suzuki’s third-generation Swift Sport is a souped-up supermini that’s big on fun. Motoring editor Andy Russell says it’s fully-loaded and hard to fault.

Honda still sees a future for diesel power and has just launched a significantly revised engine in its Civic. Motoring editor Andy Russell says there’s still a valuable role for such engines.

Motoring editor Andy Russell is pleasantly surprised by the all-round abilities of Subaru’s new XV, now much better placed to get to grips with compact crossover rivals and rough terrain.

Vauxhall’s large Grandland X has a new Ultimate flagship. Motoring editor Andy Russell says it’s loaded with kit but comes at a hefty price.

Volvo has found another winning formula with the XC40, its first compact SUV, and it’s really found favour with customers, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

Honda’s new Jazz Sport is music to the ears of anyone looking for more fun out of this super-spacious supermini, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

Hyundai has expanded its SUV range with the compact Kona. Fun and funky, it certainly gets noticed and lives up to the promise in the way it drives, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

Mazda’s updated 3 family hatchback. Tom Wiltshire gets behind the wheel of the Mazda 3 to find out if it’s got what it takes.

My first car

The end of the road for Charles Drake’s 1947 Standard 10 Tourer was something of a moving experience on a foggy, frosty morning.

Tony Hewlett had some explaining to do when his 1962 Ford Popular was used by criminals and he did not know it was missing. But it didn’t fare so well as a tow car.

More than 60 cars later, David Woodhouse’s favourite is still his first – a 1949 Triumph Dolomite Roadster.

Peter Lane bought a year-old Ford 100E van in 1961 and he and a school friend enjoyed some memorable, and eventful, camping trips in Scoland with it.

Richard Batson tells how the Triumph Herald’s looks belied its dodgy driveability but an engine compartment you could almost walk into made it easy to maintain.

A 1960 Ford ‘Anglebox’ Anglia 105E put Eamonn Harvey on the road to enjoying owning classic cars and he still has an Austin A35.

Perry Parsons had a lot of fun in his 1954 two-seater Morgan Plus 4 sports car which, unfortunately came to an untimely end when hit by a bus.

Michael Redgrave shared many exciting and hairy moments with Paula – his 1929 Morris Cowley.

Alan Payne’s 19-year-old Morris 8 would not go up steep hills forwards so he had to go up them backwards.

Repainting Romany Poppitt-Price’s first car, a Hillman Hunter, went with military precision and the help of a tin of Dulux!

Martin Cooper’s first car really was a family car – he bought it from his grandfather and later sold it to his cousin... for a profit.

Russell Whipps worked for a Ford dealer when he bought his Anglia which made it handy when it needed repairs.

Victor Bennett tells how Betsy the Morris Minor’s engine was flooded, along with the interior, by the high tide which also left it with a slight smell of salty fish.

This 1966 Mini pick-up was love at first sight for Josephine Stecak but it was a relationship that didn’t always run smoothly. Pictures: Josephine Stecak

Motor trade apprentice John Smith faced a serious challenge to bring his first car, a Ford Taunus 12M, up to his standards. But, unfortunately, his labour of love did not last long.

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