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TopGear.com most-read car reviews of 2012

Among all the latest car reviews being pumped to your favourite spot on the interweb, these are the ones you read the most...

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Skoda Rapid

"Ride quality, however, on the Rapid is completely different from the Vento. The all forgiving, soft and wallowy ride makes way for stiffer springs and aggressive damping in the Rapid. It’s very similar to the sort of difference that you experience if you drive the Polo and the Fabia back-to-back."

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Mahindra XUV 500

"Which is where the dynamics come in. The XUV is packed for sure, and the dynamics are a big improvement over previous Mahindras, but we still won’t call this a sorted car. Sure, its wheels don’t point heavenward every time you take a corner hard, which is great. And while there is some body roll, it’s nothing alarming."

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Watch us take the XUV 500 through Rajasthan

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Renault Duster

"Ride in the Duster is excellent. It gobbles up the worse that our powers-that-be pass off as roads. You get no thuds, no jolts, and no levitating experiences over the worst of bumps. Even the big three from Germany don’t have cars that ride this well. Handling around corners isn’t as tight as a Yeti, but way better than many cars and light years ahead of Mahindras and Tatas and any of those truck-based off-roaders."

Read the Renault Duster 1.5 110bhp review here

Read the Renault Duster 84bhp RXL review here

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BMW 640d

"It’s a grand tourer. It’s well-appointed. It’s long-legged. It’s comfortable. It has loads of boot space. But it’s powered by the noisy, vibrating, unglamourous low-life of the internal combustion society. A diesel. And this diesel isn’t one of those mighty, torquey, orbit-changing, planet-tugging kind of an engines. It’s a mere 3.0-litre with a mere 308bhp and we doubt it can help an Airbus A380 into the hangar."

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Maruti Swift DZire

"Sure, the convenience of a slushbox can’t be matched. Especially in the city, which involves hours of first- and second-gear driving. The auto ’box sorts that out nicely. Like the SX4 AT, the DZire also comes with L, 2 and D modes. You slot into L and it sticks to first gear. In 2 though, unlike the name suggests, it doesn’t stay in second but keeps upshifting. On a crowded highway, the AT is not exactly what you want."

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Tata Safari Storme

"But the real gem part of this car is its off-road ability. The 4x4 system is a real one in this car and can make little work of most tricky situation. There is a 4H which you can shift on the fly and even a 4L for really horrible off-road situations."

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Lamborghini Aventador

"And it looks menacing from any angle, radiating power and speed without turning a wheel. Slip into the driver’s seat and sink into the best quality materials in the business. You know it’s going to be special even before you thumb the starter."

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Also read our Lamborghini Aventador Mumbai practicality test

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Volkswagen Jetta 1.4TSi petrol

"It can pull from 50kph just under 1,000rpm in sixth gear without any shuddering or vibrations. Besides, thanks to the lighter engine (as compared to the 2-litre diesel), the steering feels more alive with the reduced weight that it has to steer around. Ride is extremely comfortable and the rear passengers get AC vents just like in the diesel."

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