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Ford shrinks SUV style into supermini package with 139bhp EcoSport

IT'S not easy to combine some of the more desirable elements of a big car with the footprint of a supermini but the Ford EcoSport shows just how it can be done. Some of the appeal of larger SUV and...

No Surprises Living In Devizes: Teenage rampage or Wiltshire Youth Assembly?

“AW my gawd,” Nan howled, “Reg; come an ‘ave a butcher’s at this!” I recall my Grandad sauntering into the front room as ordered, tea towel in hand. He examined the content on television and stood aghast in the doorway....

Seat’s speedy SUV 4×4 takes Salisbury Plain in its stride

IT will outpace a Mark II Jag, still seen as the epitome of the British sports saloon, yet runs on diesel fuel, offers proper family space, and even offers four-wheel drive. Yet an important part of the test for the...

No Surprises Living In Devizes: First Birthday Smash!

THE model of all which is traditional about our humble town was enveloped in one fantastic Gazette article this week; Basil Brush was found safe. Scholar’s archaic charity collection box in the shape of the popular TV character Basil Brush,...

Eye-catching Mazda CX-3 is as great to drive as it is to look at

THESE days people imagine they have to justify everything they buy with some sensible explanation as to why it’s important in their lives. But what happened to the good, old-fashioned idea that when it comes to buying a car you...

No Surprises Living In Devizes: Do we tar youth with the wrong brush?

RECOGNISED I’m getting on a bit while peeking out of the imaginary net-curtains at teenagers suspiciously hanging around the children’s playpark. My senior mind began to speculate the malice “bored minds” were scheming, only to realise moments later they...

Can demon diesel survive Kia’s sustained battery?

DIESEL has become a demon, a bête noire for campaigners. Despite their lower fuel consumption, there are concerns many of us wheeze because of the soot particles diesels pump out. True there are particulate filters in their exhaust systems designed...

No Surprises Living In Devizes: MP flabbergasts and mesmerises

YOU lucky people; been cutting a fine deadline, writing your least favourite causerie as I’ve been gallivanting again; so I hope you appreciate the last minute blood and guts I’ve emptied over it. The question being, whose guts are...

Peugeot lion is roaring with 3008 launch

AFTER years of being fed a diet of industry-wide “evolutionary” car updates – in other words tweaks rather than a real effort to give us something new – Peugeot 3008 owners can be forgiven if their jaws hit the...

Award-winning folk duo take to Corsham stage

WINNERS of 2014's BBC Radio Two Folk Award for Best Duo, Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin, who have come a long way since busking on a seafront, will be performing in Corsham on February 16. In 2009, Phillip, one of the...

No Surprises Living in Devizes: Return of the Mac

YEP, I’m back like a bad smell on your shoe rack. Apologies for the temporary strike; there were personal hurdles, and to add to the general misery, the laptop gave up the ghost. The PC Doctor of Rowde came...

New C3 is a winner for Citroen

FOR those who have grown up thinking Formula One, and maybe British Touring Cars, are the only forms of motor sport it may come as something of a shock to know that Citroen is literally hard at it in...

Agile on and off road, Volvo’s V60 Cross Country lives up to its name

FOR every nonagenarian who would like to feel more like a 20-year-old, there is hope. It comes courtesy of Volvo, 90 this year yet celebrating its 20 years of all-wheel- drive cars that will go anywhere even when they don’t...

Volvo S90 has a great deal you won’t find on classic Amazon

NON-Volvo enthusiasts may never have heard of Jan Wilsgaard. But, aged 26, he designed the car known the world over as the Volvo Amazon. That was 60 years ago and although Volvo had been a significant presence in the motoring...

Subaru’s Outback is wizard in Oz… and closer to home

MANUFACTURERS spend a great deal of time and effort, not to mention money, when it comes to choosing model names for their range. Even so, it didn’t stop Proton sheepishly coming up with Jumbuck for its pick-up truck – like...