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A Ryan Landscapes have joined Recommended Sutton Coldfield

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

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A Ryan Landscapes have over 23 years of experience creating beautifull gardens and driveways.  They can bring your dream garden in to a reality, starting with detailed drawings and completing all work in a clean and tidy manner with no compromising on quality.

Customer service is a priority and references from previous satisfied customers are available.  Why not give them a call today to discuss you landscaping, gardening or driveway requirements, whether it is a major project or a small job, they will be happy to provide a free quotation for you.

For more information about A Ryan Landscapes, please click here.

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Customer service is a priority and references from previous satisfied customers are available.  Why not give them a call today to discuss you landscaping, gardening or driveway requirements, whether it is a major project or a small job, they will be happy to provide a

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K C Electrical have just joined Recommended Online

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

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Sutton Coldfield based K C Electrical have a wealth of experience when it comes to all types of electrical work.  The friendly staff at K C Electrical are happy to arrange a free, no obligation quotation for any electrical work you may need, whether you are located in Sutton Coldfield or the surrounding areas of the West Midlands.  For further information about K C Electrical or to contact them, please click here.

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Road Test – Citroen DS4

Sunday, September 11th, 2011

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Citroen struck gold last year with the DS3, a stylish compact hot hatch that rivals the Mini. They hit upon a clever trick: take a humdrum run of the mill hatchback, the C3 in this case, add a funky and attractive body, tune the suspension and add a hot engine – you wind up with a big seller that you can charge a premium price for and it even adds a bit of allure to the rest of the range.

The latest car to

get the DS treatment is the DS4, based on Citroen’s ho-hum family hatch, the C4. Citroen are billing it as a five door coupe but this car is really that current fad, the crossover.

Visually it has the sloping roofline of a coupe and the look is accentuated by the concealed rear door handles and the way the rear window juts back into the C pillar. Below this, though, lie the tall sides, big wheels and jacked up ride height of an SUV. The gaping grill sits well with the chunky proportions and the panoramic windscreen, curvaceous rear and bulging wheel arches combine to make the design both distinctive and easy on the eye. The rear of the car bears the brunt of the compromises caused by the coupe styling; you take your life in your hands trying to get past that jutting rear window and, once installed in the back seats, you’ll find it decidedly claustrophobic, a situation that is not helped by the fact that the rear windows don’t wind down. Thankfully, things are much better in the front; the seats are big and comfortable, the dash is curvy and well laid out and the three instrument pods behind the wheel look great, even if they are difficult to read. There are lots of nice design touches too; it feels like a lot of thought has gone into the interior.

So far, so good but, as with the DS3, the proof of the pudding lies in what it’s like to drive. Let’s start with the engine; I was driving the top of the range 1.6 turbo with a hefty 200bhp to be had. This delivers pretty peppy performance with 62mph coming up in 7.9 seconds and a more than adequate top speed of 146. The engine has to be worked hard to get the best out of it but this is no great hardship, thanks to the slick 6 speed gearbox and the lovely rasp from the exhaust when you pile some revs on. The claimed combined MPG of 44.1 sounds impressive but I doubt that you’d see that in real world driving. There is nothing particularly exotic about the suspension but, once again, the engineers have applied themselves and the result is taut handling with minimal body roll and bags of grip. The steering is nice and precise, too, with plenty of feedback – this really is a car you can have some fun in. That driving pleasure doesn’t come at the expense of the ride either; while not as satin smooth as a Citroen C6 it absorbs the bumps commendably well, even on our third world standard town centre roads.

What is perhaps most remarkable about the DS4 is how much better it is than the C4 upon which it is based. It is not a triumph of style over substance; it is a genuinely good car in virtually every respect. Yes, there are a couple of drawbacks; the boot is pretty titchy and some of the styling cues, the rear windows in particular, come at too high a price in terms of practicality, but this is still a very good effort by Citroen. The DS brand proves that they are still capable of producing cars that are stylish, innovative and a little bit out of the ordinary. I’m already looking forward to the DS5 which should come out later this year.

Just one thing, though; I can’t help thinking that the DS4 would have been better still if it truly was a five door coupe rather than yet another crossover.
K Johnson
Car as tested Citroen DS4 DSport THP 200  £23,650 OTR

Article from Recommeded Magazine – Sutton Coldfield – Delivered to over 40,000 Sutton Coldfield residents.

Paragraph Citroen struck gold last year with the DS3, a stylish compact hot hatch that rivals the Mini. They hit upon a clever trick: take a humdrum run of the mill hatchback, the C3 in this case, add a funky and attractive body, tune the suspension and add a hot engine – you wind up with a big seller that you can charge a premium price for and it even adds a bit of allure to the rest of the range. The latest car to get the DS treatment is the DS4, based on Citroen’s ho-hum family hatch, the C4. Citroen are billing it as a five door coupe but this car is really that current fad, the crossover.
Visually it has the sloping roofline of a coupe and the look is accentuated by the concealed rear door handles and the way the rear window juts back into the C pillar. Below this, though, lie the tall sides, big wheels and jacked up ride height of an SUV. The gaping grill sits well with the chunky proportions and the panoramic windscreen, curvaceous rear and bulging wheel arches combine to make the design both distinctive and easy on the eye. The rear of the car bears the brunt of the compromises caused by the coupe styling; you take your life in your hands trying to get past that jutting rear window and, once installed in the back seats, you’ll find it decidedly claustrophobic, a situation that is not helped by the fact that the rear windows don’t wind down. Thankfully, things are much better in the front; the seats are big and comfortable, the dash is curvy and well laid out and the three instrument pods behind the wheel look great, even if they are difficult to read. There are lots of nice design touches too; it feels like a lot of thought has gone into the interior.
So far, so good but, as with the DS3, the proof of the pudding lies in what it’s like

to drive. Let’s start with the engine; I was driving the top of the range 1.6 turbo with a hefty 200bhp to be had. This delivers pretty peppy performance with 62mph coming up in 7.9 seconds and a more than adequate top speed of 146. The engine has to be worked hard to get the best out of it but this is no great hardship, thanks to the slick 6 speed gearbox and the lovely rasp from the exhaust when you pile some revs on. The claimed combined MPG of 44.1 sounds impressive but I doubt that you’d see that in real world driving. There is nothing particularly exotic about the suspension but, once again, the engineers have applied themselves and the result is taut handling with minimal body roll and bags of grip. The steering is nice and precise, too, with plenty of feedback – this really is a car you can have some fun in. That driving pleasure doesn’t come at the expense of the ride either; while not as satin smooth as a Citroen C6 it absorbs the bumps commendably well, even on our third world standard town centre roads.
What is perhaps most remarkable about the DS4 is how much better it is than the C4 upon which it is based. It is not a triumph of style over substance; it is a genuinely good car in virtually every respect. Yes, there are a couple of drawbacks; the boot is pretty titchy and some of the styling cues, the rear windows in particular, come at too high a price in terms of practicality, but this is still a very good effort by Citroen. The DS brand proves that they are still capable of producing cars that are stylish, innovative and a little bit out of the ordinary. I’m already looking forward to the DS5 which should come out later this year.
Just one thing, though; I can’t help thinking that the DS4 would have been better still if it truly was a five door coupe rather than yet another crossover.
K Johnson
Car as tested Citroen DS4 DSport THP 200  £23,650 OTR
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IT and Media – Email Marketing

Thursday, September 1st, 2011