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5 Features to Look For In a New Car

Buying a new car can be a frustrating process, especially figuring out what you will actually be using the new car for. These days there is a massive amount of options and extras to choose from and it can become quite overwhelming. Car sales sites like can help by showing what sort of vehicles are currently on the market as well as listing key features. Check out some of the extras that will take your new vehicle from cool cruiser to super sedan.

Bluetooth and USB connectivity comes in handy now that everyone is glued to their mobile phones. Being able to connect your phone to your car means that you can make calls safely, without having to use a hands free headset. It also means that you can connect and sync your music to your car. This is a great feature if you prefer to really customise your car for yourself, or if you spend a lot of time in it.

Gone are the days of driving dangerously with a map on your knee. These days GPS systems and navigation comes built in with the car, and it can be a very useful feature to have. Simply plug in the destination and the car will show you the quickest way to get there. If you’re new to a city or are driving to an unfamiliar area regularly, this is a great extra to look for in your new car.

Being able to tell if all passengers in the car have their seat belt on is a great feature, particularly if small children are travelling in the car regularly. The feature will warn you if a passenger does not have their seatbelt fastened, and in some models will beep continuously until the passenger buckles it or leaves the car.

This is a great extra to look for in a new car. It can help prevent reversing accidents, and provides that extra level of security around your vehicle. This is a great way to check for obstructions and other vehicles when reversing your car. Whilst sensors can pick up small objects like branches, the camera works well in tandem by allowing you to check what it is that is behind you, and covers any blind spots in your mirrors.

A 5-star safety rating is an absolute necessity when purchasing a new car. The best safety features should be installed in any new car, and the rating will provide you with that information instantly. Safety is not the part of the car that should be compromised on.

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Mitsubishi Outlander still a solid crossover option

There are plenty of good options in the compact crossover space, but the Mitsubishi Outlander remains a solid option. Not too much has changed for 2015 but overall this offers good value for the price.

Fist off, the styling is very appealing with an attractive front end. The interior is also clean and functional. Basically the designers aren't trying to win awards here. Instead they've created a sporty package that most consumers can appreciate.

The handling is fine, though it doesn't have much power. If you really want performance you'll have to look elsewhere are probably consider options outside the compact crossover segment. But this vehicle looks nice and is very practical with decent gas mileage, so it's an option worth checking out.

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Toyota Camry gets a new look

Here's a peak at the 2015 Toyota Camry, and you can see that the front end had a very distinctive, all-new design. The Camry and the Toyota brand in general has taken some heat for bland designs in recent years as the brand seemed to rest on its laurels while upstarts like Hyundai released compelling designs.

The new front end and grille for the Camry will definitely draw some attention. Let's see how buyers react.

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New Peugeot 108 review

The Peugeot 107 and its sister cars the Toyota Aygo and Citroen C1 were fantastic city cars for first-time drivers and downsizers. The low entry prices, keen three-cylinder engine and fun chassis sold the car well and even now years after they first came out they still feel rock solid. Replacing the 107 then is no easy task.

As is the way with the automotive industry, it has to be replaced though, and the new version is going to be called the 108. So, what's it like?

The first thing you notice about the 108 is that it's radically different to the 107 in design. This is still one of the shortest and lightest cars in the super mini class, although it is longer than the 107, to add extra boot space (the 108 has a 197-litre boot, the 107 a 139-litre boot) and rear leg room. Like the 107, the 108 will be rebranded as a Citroen and Toyota, but as before, it will be the Peugeot that offers the best deals such as those from .

The new styling includes LED daytime running lights as standard, alloy wheels, sporty bumpers all round and chrome detailing on the bottom bumper air vents.

The new 108 will also be available as a three-door and five-door. Both with share the exact same dimensions, although the five-door version will be around 5kg heavier.

Unlike in the 107 range, there will be two engines to choose from in the 108, a 1.0-litre three-cylinder unit and a 1.2-litre unit. Both are petrol powered and Peugeot have worked hard to ensure that they are smoother and more economical than before. The 1.0-litre engine is the same as before but has been modified for less friction to reduce thermal properties.

No diesel engines will be available at launch, although a 1.3-litre diesel would suit the character of this car in my opinion. In terms of equipment, the 108 will be more technologically capable than the 107. For the first time sat nav will be an optional extra and automatic headlights and wipers are on the card too.

Driving wise, Peugeot have said that the 108 maintains the playful character of the 107, yet delivers a more grown up and refined experience. In other words, the 108 will have go-kart handling characteristics but be quieter and smoother on the motorway and on uneven surfaces. This, I expect, will be a welcome improvement for owners of the 107.

Used Peugeot () have always been a good buy and the 108 looks like it will be too. New pricing has not yet been announced but you can expect the entry-level car to dip under the £10,000 mark, as this is what made the older version so accessible. It is this accessibility which will drive sales and so if Peugeot can get the equipment levels right and avoid any new engine issues and recalls like some manufacturers (ahem, Porsche), Peugeot, Citroen, and Toyota could be on to another winner.

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