Car Review – Suzuki Baleno

Suzuki has revived an old name for its new small hatchback. But this new car is a very different proposition from the Baleno of the 1990s, writes Ian Strachan. The 2016 Baleno is a practical and good-looking, economical hatchback which is surprisingly sprightly. You don’t expect sparkling performance from a three-cylinder One litre engine, but thanks to the addition of a turbocharger this engine has some guts. The Baleno is elegant … Continue reading

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Car Review – Subaru XV 2.0D SE Premium

Subaru has developed an attractive range of vehicles which offer solid and dependable alternatives to some of the mainstream manufacturers. The company has launched well-made cars into a variety of sectors at competitive prices. The Subaru XV is pitched into the lucrative and growing 4×4 SUV market. The range has been updated, with softer lines and a higher spec. But prices for the XV are still very competitive, with the … Continue reading

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Is your vehicle ready for Summer?

With summer quickly approaching, it is essential that your vehicle is in tip top condition. Maybe you’ll be taking a trip to the coast, or even visiting distant relatives. Wouldn’t it be an inconvenience if you broke down? What should I look out for? Firstly, you must ensure your vehicle has perfectly working brakes, and tyres with enough tread (minimum depth of 1.6mm). It is also important that your car has … Continue reading

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Vehicle Review – Volkswagen Caddy

The vehicle I’ve just been road-testing has air conditioning, heated front screen, satnav, alloy wheels, cruise control and assisted emergency braking. Could be any upmarket family car. But it’s not. It’s a van. The latest Volkswagen Caddy proves that just because it’s a van, it doesn’t have to be noisy, uncomfortable or short on creature comforts. Van drivers often spend most of their working day in their vehicles, which means … Continue reading

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Car Review – Peugeot 2008 – 2016

No one can accuse Peugeot of not making the most out of a floor pan. Flushed with the success of the 3008 – a crossover vehicle based on the 308 – they have now performed the same trick with the 208 writes Ian Strachan. That was in 2013 and the result was the excellent 2008 compact crossover. Now it’s had a makeover, with a new front-end, more aggressive styling and new … Continue reading

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Car Review – Jaguar F-PACE

If you want to get behind the wheel of Jaguar’s first ever SUV – the eye-catching F-PACE, then you better be quick. It’s already become the fastest-selling Jaguar ever, and the waiting list is getting longer writes Ian Strachan. Hardly surprising, this award-winning car is creating a sector all of its own – the practical luxury sports car. Don’t be fooled by its off-roader looks. This is not a Land Rover, … Continue reading

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Ultimate Van security locks supplied & fitted at Birway

For van owners worried about the security of your vehicle, we are now supplying and fitting the ultimate visual deterrent – the Ultimate Courier Slamlock. The Ultimate Courier Slamlock fits both rear and side doors, has a robust “Pyramidal” profile and a hardened steel locking bolt that protectcs hammer attacks and completely enlcosed to protect it from any tampering. The locks are also designed to prevent thieves ripping the locks … Continue reading

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Winter driving tips from your local garage

Winter driving can sometimes be a skill all of its own. Being well prepared is key to ensuring you can cope with any eventuality if you’re out on the road in a cold snap. Here are a few tips from Birway to help you on your way. Winter driving preparation Prepare properly for winter driving by packing some essentials in your vehicle. Think about ensuring you have warm clothing, blanket, … Continue reading

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Car Review – Volvo XC90 T6 Inscription

The new Volvo XC90 is picking up awards all over the place. Not surprising. This large 4×4 is a great option in the sector – particularly in seven-seat T6 guise. The  XC90 is the real deal when it comes to 4x4s. Big and muscular, it has all-wheel drive and a host of features to keep you motoring safely in all terrains. The XC90 also looks good. I tested the 320 … Continue reading

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Car review – Volkswagen Tiguan

Volkswagen’s Tiguan was the company’s first offering in the compact sports utility vehicle sector, and as you’d expect from the German manufacturer, it quickly got a reputation as a very good vehicle indeed. And the latest generation of the award-winning Tiguan is even better writes Ian Strachan With muscular and rugged good looks but still unmistakably a Volkswagen, the Tiguan is a genuine off-road performer, with the firm’s 4MOTION four wheel … Continue reading

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