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With the supermini sector hotting up with a host of new models, SEAT’s all-new, fifth-generation Ibiza’s sunny disposition shines through, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

Nissan’s facelifted X-Trail has landed in the UK. Ryan Hirons heads to Snowdonia to find out what it’s like.

Skoda’s Citigo is a little car that makes a big impression with motoring editor Andy Russell – an appealing package that puts your motoring needs into perspective.

The SQ5 is the hottest version of Audi’s Q5 currently on sale. Jack Evans finds out how hot it really is.

The Hyundai i30 Tourer adds better practicality levels to the successful hatchback. Has it changed the way it drives? Aidan Rennie-Jones finds out.

The all-new Kia Picanto is roomier, bolder and even more appealing but a new turbo engine will really deliver on the promise of sportier new models, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

Vauxhall’s growing SUV family has welcomed a new arrival with the compact Crossland X crossover replacing the Meriva multi-purpose vehicle. Motoring editor Andy Russell finds out if it’s family friendly.

Peugeot has updated the 308 family hatchback and estate, but can the revisions boost the range in a fiercely-competitive market? Dave Brown finds out.

My first car

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.

Ivan Rooke still owns the Morris Eight that took him on some great journeys and adventures but it’s now laid up in his shed.

Dave Barnard took to the road in a 1957 Ford Popular but with his new-found independence came the need to learn the art of motoring maintenance.

Fred Tooke is still driving his first car, a Morris Minor 1000 Traveller, 40 years later having bought it to transport the family labrador.

An Austin A30 not only put radio enthusiast Allan Papworth on the road to freedom but on the air as well.

After much welding and many new body parts, Brian Hampson’s ‘souped-up’ Ford Anglia was a head-turner for the right reason.

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