Monday, January 20, 2020

2020 MG ZS EV Review & Road Test

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The brand new MG ZS EV, this is one seriously teched out car.
It has an electric motor that generates 143ps a 44.5 kW watercooled lithium battery and pulls 0-62 in 8.5 seconds.
Now when I say tech this is far advanced to the previous version, for a start the previous model was NCAP 3, this is aimed at being 4 to 5.
It has something called MG pilot which gives you active cruise control with traffic jam assist, cross traffic, pedestrian detection amongst other things.
It’s comfortable looks great and can perform too, it features an all new cockpit style layout with a floating dashboard.
When it comes to range you have 163 miles on urban adventures which increases to 231 in city environments.
Lots of charging options too with a home charger, fast charger and a rapid charger it's got 3 driving modes Eco, Normal and Sport also it features regen too, KERS - 3 levels.
With grants and MG matched the excite is around £21,500
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The Subaru Levorg starts at just under £30,000 however this model that we have is the 2L i GT model powered by a flat for Boxer engine coupled to a lineartronic gearbox, an economical impressive drive, as you know by now the lineartronic has advanced since the earlier models this is a great looking practical estate car.



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Tesla Model S P100D 2017 Review

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Tesla Model S P100D Road Test and review

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MG3 Form Sport Review

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MG3 Form Sport 

As you probably gather we do like where MG is heading, having already experienced the GS and thoroughly put it through it's paces, we thought it was time to grab the MG3 and head off on an adventure. That being the journey to Goodwood Revival, we received the aptly named Form Sport in bright yellow with black gloss and promptly started our 1000 mile round trip, your maybe thinking this a long stretch for a supermini, in a word no, this car performed admirably through on this adventure and a half.
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2017 Volvo V40 D3 Inscription review

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Volvo V40 D3 Inscription

Volvo have been synonymous with safety for many years, building boxy but good cars in the 70's, 80's and 90's, vehicles like the 240 and the 850, however their latest cars hark back to the early years of Swedish manufacturer Volvo's, pretty cars. These were the times when the P1800 and P1900 were the real lookers, with a look as well as a style.
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2017 Nissan Micra Review

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Nissan Micra 2017

The Nissan Micra -  the iconic hatchback, which became bland, bubbly and unappealing to the masses, well that's about to change. For years the Ford Fiesta, Volkswagen Polo and Vauxhall Corsa have dominated the small car market, however Nissan want it back.
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2017 MG GS Review

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MG GS 1.5 Turbo

When you think of MG you are unlikely to think of a reasonably priced crossover built to take on the likes of the Nissan Qashqai and Kia Sportage. However realign your thinking, that's about to change! Over one week we have extensively tested the manual MG GS, covering in excess of 800 miles travelling everywhere from the Wembley Stadium, London to Ambleside in The Lake District. 
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2017 Vauxhall Corsa 1.0T Review

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Vauxhall Corsa 1.0L Turbo

Courtesy of Vauxhall we were able to review the Corsa 1.0L Turbo - the small hatch back with a punch, as we found out and it's a review unlike any other as it's our first. 
At first glance we were genuinely surprised by the calibre of the car, especially for its size and the market it is targeted at. The first thing you have to ask yourself is why choose the Vauxhall Corsa over say the Fiesta EcoBoost? Well that's what we're here to find out.
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Navman Mio Traffic review

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Car Gadget reviews

Car GPS :- Navman Mio Spirit 500 Traffic

In the sptlight today is Navman's mid level Car GPS unit the Navman Mio Spirit 500 Traffic, ok the Names a bit of a mouthful, however the unit is pretty awesome.

A brief overview

I blogged about receiving theMIO Spirit earlier in the week, its looks its feel etc, well after actually testing this GPS on a journey, I thought it deserved it's on review, and yes it's that good.

What a great unit, as soon as I got it out of the box and attached it to the windscreen it already looked the part. The box came with various adapters Cigar lighter adaptor USB etc, as well as a suction cup to mount it upon the windscreen.

Firstly I attached the GPS to the windscreen, easily and it felt strong. I then plugged the usb (universal serial bus) into the unit and it burst into life. The first thing I was faced with was a menu of coloured boxes, Search, My Places meaning favourites, explore, Trafic, Map, Capture, Travel book and another sub menu arrow. I also could see how much battery power the unit had, if it was connected to a satellite and the date and time. Basically, everything you need in a GPS unit.

I clicked find and set my location, I could do this using Postcode, Street, City, Keyword etc I opted for postcode, the Mio Traffic found my address and gave me a list of parameters to set, Tolls, Motorways etc. After the initial setup I hit go and a map appeared with a waypoint and a chequered flag, I zoomed in and then set off - almost immediatley she spoke, she being the Navman Mio, telling me to turn right and then proceed. The voice was very clear and precise, however like all GPS units it did confuse bear a direction and turn a direction.

After various road driving, I ended up heading for the M6, and I could see the GPS showing me which way i was heading realtime, as well as updates of what was coming up and which lane to be in. After 5 or so mins, the car GPS pinged and a Traffic Alert popped up telling me that 5 or so miles ahead traffic was averaging around 30 mph. Now this amazed me as I hadn't set the traffic alerts, this gave me the time to prepare either another route or to be aware there was congestion and I would be delayed.

After getting home I became inquisitive and found that I could have had experienced a simulated drive down my route, meaning I could see where the Navman S500 was going to take me without even starting the car, now thats cool and I didn't have that on my previous Sat Nav. Another cool thing about the car GPS unit was that it could be used as a handheld GPS device, if its internal battery was charged.

The Verdict

Does exactly what you want and need from this type of Global Positioning Satellite car device, and does it well. It's great far more advanced than my previous Car GPS units, easy to use, looks good, lots of options such as Traffic updates, chosen type of route but not too many that it bewilders you.

My only problem now is, I'm now wondering whether or not to upgrade to the version with a TV, hmmm well I love my gadgets.


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