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2018 Chevrolet CruzeThe 2018 Chevrolet Cruze is a compact car offered in an especially wide array of configurations: sedan or hatchback, automatic or manual, gas or diesel. No competitor offers quite as many choices as the easy-going Cruze, which helps boost its score to a 6.8 out of 10 in our testing. (Read more about how we rate cars.) The Chevy Cruze is available...
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India vs West Indies: Shikhar Dhawan says fight to return to starting XI has made him a stronger person

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India's left-handed opener Shikhar Dhawan says he is a stronger person and sportsperson after working hard to make a comeback in the squad.

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Suresh Prabhu promises glass-roofed ‘Vistadom’ trains to Kashmir Valley soon

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Aiming to provide a delightful travelling experience to the picturesque Kashmir valley, the Railways on Thursday announced a Vistadome train which would also serve the famous Kashmiri 'Wazwan' to the tourists.

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EC should be given contempt of court powers against parties questioning its neutrality, says Nasim Zaidi

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The Election Commission on Thursday defended its decision to seek powers to initiate contempt proceedings against political parties

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Darjeeling unrest: Mamata Banerjee says ‘will not allow division of West Bengal’

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Amid the ongoing stir in the Darjeeling hills for carving out a separate 'Gorkhaland' out of West Bengal, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday firmly ruled out the further division of the state.

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China’s latest 10,000-tonne Type 055 destroyer, a step above India’s ‘Visakhapatnam’ class vessels

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China's increasingly powerful navy launched its most advanced domestically produced destroyer on Wednesday, taking a giant stride in building complex naval platforms indigenously at a time of rising competition with other naval powers such as the United States, Japan and India.

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China warns India to withdraw from border zone, says it is ‘precondition for meaningful dialogue’

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China on Thursday warned India it will escalate the current border row if it did not withdraw troops from "Chinese territory" and said this was a "precondition" for a "meaningful dialogue" with New Delhi

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For Chinese gays, ‘coming out’ is a family affair, new generation willing to take a stand on sexuality

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Deep-seated cultural expectations for each generation to produce a male heir — heightened by China's "one-child policy", which expanded to two in 2015 — added to the pressure to conform. But a new generation is more willing to take a stand on their sexuality, despite what their relatives may think.

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FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: Cesc Fabregas, Toni Kroos and other stars who shone at past youth events

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Check out the players who shone at the FIFA U-17 World Cup and then went on to claim the biggest trophies and accolades for club and country.

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Antalya Open: Ramkumar Ramanathan goes down fighting to Marcos Baghdatis in quarter-finals

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In the previous round, Ramkumar had stunned World No 8 Dominic Thiem in straight sets to advance to the quarter-finals.

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Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer 1.5 petrol 2017 review

29 Jun, 2017 12:30pm Richard Ingram

We get behind the wheel of the petrol-powered new Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer to see if it's a viable alternative to diesel

We drove the new Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer last month, and came away impressed by its breadth of ability. We praised everything from the spacious cabin to its punchy engine and high-quality interior – but what if you're after a petrol-powered estate? Can the turbocharged Insignia satisfy those wanting to ditch diesel

The first thing you notice is how quiet and refined the new car is. We rated the new 1.5 turbo highly in the Grand Sport hatchback, and it's a suitable fit for the wagon, too. Push the starter button and there's barely a murmur from under the bonnet, while pulling away from a standstill is an equally relaxed affair. It can feel strained at high revs, but a welcome slug of torque means you'll rarely find yourself stretching it that far. 

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In fact, this higher-power 163bhp version feels plenty quick enough on UK roads. It costs just £300 more than the equivalent 138bhp car, yet slashes a full second from the 0-62mph dash. It'll cost around the same to run, too, given the 139g/km CO2 emissions put it in the same 26 per cent Benefit in Kind tax bracket for company car drivers. That's only one percentage point higher than the 1.6 diesel, too, though combined economy of 47.1mpg means you'll spend more on fuel.

But for those spending a lot of time making short trips around town, the petrol Insignia Sports Tourer makes a lot of sense. The stop-start system works well, preventing the engine from reengaging until you lift off the brake. Other makers restart the engine when you depress the clutch, wasting unnecessary fuel before you're ready to move off.

We've not tried the car with a full load, but its composed low-speed ride is matched by fine motorway manners. The cabin is well insulated from wind and road noise, and the soft suspension soaks up all but the worst lumps and bumps. In fact, if you can live with the less favourable fuel consumption, it's a fine long-distance cruiser. It's not the most fun to drive, however, with light steering and a somewhat baggy long-throw gearbox. Body control is good, though.

Of course, it gets the same spacious 560-litre boot, which expands to 1,665 litres with the rear seats folded flat. There's plenty of room in the back, too, with the clever silver exterior trim giving the illusion of a low roofline, without the interior compromises associated with a swooping shooting brake. Neat touches like the handy luggage nets and easy-to-access seat levers add another level of versatility.

We've previously driven a Design Nav car in Grand Sport guise, and an identical spec sheet makes this Sports Tourer estate the best value model in the range. Vauxhall's clever 17-inch alloy-look wheel trims are indistinguishable from the real deal, while auto lights, keyless entry and air-con are all standard. An eight-inch colour touchscreen is also included, and if you can live without a built-in sat-nav, the entry-level Design spec's Apple CarPlay and Android Auto setup allows map access through a suitably equipped smartphone.

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Whether you opt for a petrol or diesel-powered Insignia Sports Tourer comes down to circumstance and personal preference. Both versions are practical, refined and cheap to run, and should offer enough poke to successfully transport heavier loads without issue. Higher mileage drivers are better served by the 1.6-litre Turbo D, but this petrol car will suit town dwellers after a spacious, stylish and well-equipped family estate.
  • Model: Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer Design Nav 1.5 165PS Turbo
  • Price: £19,780
  • Engine: 1.5-litre 4cyl turbo petrol
  • Power/torque: 163bhp/250Nm
  • Transmission: Six-speed manual, front-wheel drive
  • 0-62mph: 8.6 seconds
  • Top speed: 138mph
  • Economy/CO2: 46.3mpg/139g/km
  • On sale: Now
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29 Jun, 2017 12:30pm Richard Ingram

We get behind the wheel of the petrol-powered new Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer to see if it's a viable alternative to diesel

We drove the new Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer last month, and came away impressed by its breadth of ability. We praised everything from the spacious cabin to its punchy engine and high-quality interior – but what if you're after a petrol-powered estate? Can the turbocharged Insignia satisfy those wanting to ditch diesel

The first thing you notice is how quiet and refined the new car is. We rated the new 1.5 turbo highly in the Grand Sport hatchback, and it's a suitable fit for the wagon, too. Push the starter button and there's barely a murmur from under the bonnet, while pulling away from a standstill is an equally relaxed affair. It can feel strained at high revs, but a welcome slug of torque means you'll rarely find yourself stretching it that far. 

Best estate cars on sale

In fact, this higher-power 163bhp version feels plenty quick enough on UK roads. It costs just £300 more than the equivalent 138bhp car, yet slashes a full second from the 0-62mph dash. It'll cost around the same to run, too, given the 139g/km CO2 emissions put it in the same 26 per cent Benefit in Kind tax bracket for company car drivers. That's only one percentage point higher than the 1.6 diesel, too, though combined economy of 47.1mpg means you'll spend more on fuel.

But for those spending a lot of time making short trips around town, the petrol Insignia Sports Tourer makes a lot of sense. The stop-start system works well, preventing the engine from reengaging until you lift off the brake. Other makers restart the engine when you depress the clutch, wasting unnecessary fuel before you're ready to move off.

We've not tried the car with a full load, but its composed low-speed ride is matched by fine motorway manners. The cabin is well insulated from wind and road noise, and the soft suspension soaks up all but the worst lumps and bumps. In fact, if you can live with the less favourable fuel consumption, it's a fine long-distance cruiser. It's not the most fun to drive, however, with light steering and a somewhat baggy long-throw gearbox. Body control is good, though.

Of course, it gets the same spacious 560-litre boot, which expands to 1,665 litres with the rear seats folded flat. There's plenty of room in the back, too, with the clever silver exterior trim giving the illusion of a low roofline, without the interior compromises associated with a swooping shooting brake. Neat touches like the handy luggage nets and easy-to-access seat levers add another level of versatility.

We've previously driven a Design Nav car in Grand Sport guise, and an identical spec sheet makes this Sports Tourer estate the best value model in the range. Vauxhall's clever 17-inch alloy-look wheel trims are indistinguishable from the real deal, while auto lights, keyless entry and air-con are all standard. An eight-inch colour touchscreen is also included, and if you can live without a built-in sat-nav, the entry-level Design spec's Apple CarPlay and Android Auto setup allows map access through a suitably equipped smartphone.

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Whether you opt for a petrol or diesel-powered Insignia Sports Tourer comes down to circumstance and personal preference. Both versions are practical, refined and cheap to run, and should offer enough poke to successfully transport heavier loads without issue. Higher mileage drivers are better served by the 1.6-litre Turbo D, but this petrol car will suit town dwellers after a spacious, stylish and well-equipped family estate.
  • Model: Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer Design Nav 1.5 165PS Turbo
  • Price: £19,780
  • Engine: 1.5-litre 4cyl turbo petrol
  • Power/torque: 163bhp/250Nm
  • Transmission: Six-speed manual, front-wheel drive
  • 0-62mph: 8.6 seconds
  • Top speed: 138mph
  • Economy/CO2: 46.3mpg/139g/km
  • On sale: Now
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Mustafa Dossa’s family saddened by his death, but says he was ‘spared a dishonourable death’

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At least the way Dossa's relatives recount snatches of conversation with the man, he appears to be thoroughly dispirited and broken.

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MASUKA law: National Campaign Against Mob Lynching drafts bill to address rising violence

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The National Campaign Against Mob Lynching has drafted a bill, Manav Suraksha Kanoon (MASUKA), to begin a legal conversation against lynch mobs

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Chinese Army rejects General Rawat’s two-front war comment, calls it ‘irresponsible’

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The Chinese military asked General Bipin Rawat to "stop clamouring for war".

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