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BMW quote up to 148mpg, battery mileage up to 25 miles for my BMW 330e. I can only attain 58 mpg and battery range between 6.8 and 12 miles. I feel I have been misled badly by BMW. I would value your opinion...
I want to buy a Skoda Octavia for a taxi. I'm looking at the DSG in the 1.6 TDI or 2.0 TDI. Which would you recommend in terms of reliability as I would be covering in excess of 20,000 miles per year (mainly...
What is the expected lifespan for the battery on a hybrid car e.g. the Lexus CT200?
I am in the process of buying a 2010 Toyota Auris Hybrid but I notice there is no indication of when you are running on electric and when you are running on petrol. Is there any way of adding a unit or...
I'm thinking of purchasing an SUV, or similar to replace my Saab 9-3. I have narrowed it down to Kia, Honda, Ford and Nissan. I'm tempted by the Kia Niro. I do around 20,000 - 24,000 miles a year, should...
I bought a new Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Sep 2015 and it has done 9600 miles so far. Charging of the battery was okay, with around 29/30mpg showing after a full charge. These last few months I have been...
Please can you help to clarify the cost of buying a nearly new (less than one year old) electric vehicle. Does the price indicated assume that you own the battery or is there a hidden cost due to battery...
We have a 2010 Citroen C4 Grand Picasso. It's the family wagon that takes us on holiday trips and ferries the kids,dog and parents around with no issues. It's "ours" this summer and I'm concerned that...
I'm 75 and I need a car for both short journeys around London and long journeys in France. What would you recommend: the Honda Jazz hybrid which looks reliable and easy to get into, the Toyota Yaris Hybrid...
I'm currently running a 2009 Volkswagen Golf Plus 2.0 TDI that I've had for almost five trouble-free years. It'll be at 90,000 miles soon and I think I should get out before I have to spend money on it....