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Toyota RAV4 XT-R 2.2 D4D 5 Door Manual

Toyota RAV4 XT-R 2.2 D4D 5 Door Manual

Toyota RAV4 XT-R 2.2 D4D snow road testThe Toyota RAV4 comes with Toyota Optimal Drive, so making it one of the most efficient 4x4s, but how did it perform when tested at one of the UK's leading mountain biking trail centres - in a foot of snow?

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Toyota Prius

Toyota Prius

Toyota Prius hybridThe new, third generation Toyota Prius hybrid has even lower emissions than the previous car - either 89 or 92g/km CO2 depending on the model - but the key question has to be, is it any better to drive?

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BMW X1 xDrive23d SE

BMW X1 xDrive23d SE

Everyone wants the traction of a 4x4 at the moment, but 4x4s are perceived as being completely unacceptable from a green point of view, so surely the new BMW X1, with four-wheel drive and low emissions, sounds like an ideal solution - however can it cope with snow and ice?

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ECC C1 ev’ie

ECC C1 ev’ie

ECC C1 ev'ieThe ECC C1 ev'ie is a Citroen C1 with the petrol engine removed and replaced with an electric motor, and it's available now, so it's the first proper four-seat electric car available in the UK.

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Vauxhall Astra 1.7 CDTI

Vauxhall Astra 1.7 CDTIThe all-new Vauxhall Astra is an incredibly important car for the company, and it has to show a huge leap forward - so does it achieve the necessary progress?

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Kia Cee’d EcoDynamics

Kia Cee’d EcoDynamics

The new Kia cee’d EcoDynamicsThe new Kia cee’d EcoDynamics comes with Intelligent Stop & Go (ISG) which brings its emissions down to 110 g/km CO2 – so should you consider this car?

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Land Rover Freelander TD4_e Stop/Start

Land Rover Freelander TD4_e Stop/StartLand Rover has an off-road brand image to be proud of, but the company certainly has a lot of work to do in terms of greening its product range; so is the TD4_e Stop/Start really a green machine?

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Tesla Roadster

Tesla Roadster

Any motorist out there who is not convinced by the potential of electric cars should be made to drive the Tesla.

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Volvo XC70 DRIVe

Volvo XC70 DRIVeThe Volvo XC70 DRIVe may look like an off-roader, but in the quest to reduce emissions this model is front-wheel drive only; so does this idea work?

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Lexus RX 450h SE-L Premium

Lexus RX 450h SE-L Premium

The Lexus 400h was the first premium SUV to be offered as a hybrid; its successor, the RX450h, is now out and it still has no rivals, but does it represent real progress?

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