Prices range from €26,495 - €35,245 Jaguar XE Launched in 2015, the XE was designed to fill a gap in the Jaguar range left since the demise of the X-type some years before. The signature honeycomb grille, distinctive air vents and clean, smooth lines add to the aggressive and sporty stance, while the rear light cluster pays homage to the iconic Jaguar E-type. Inside, it is smart and uncluttered, blending old-world with new technology. Space in the front is good but headroom is a little tight and head and knee room are not overly generous for back-seat passengers. Engines include a range of petrol (200hp, 250hp, 300hp, 350hp) and diesel options (163hp, 180hp, 240hp). Fuel efficiency is not as close to the official figure of 4.4 litres per 100km as we would like, the engine is noisy and it's not quite as practical as some rivals but despite this Jaguar's XE is a serious sports car with sharp steering and great driving dynamics. Prices range from: €41,160 - … [Read more...] about Executive decisions
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The government is pushing energy suppliers to ramp up the installation of energy smart meters; while around seven million have been fitted so far, by 2020 around 26 million homes are expected to be fitted with one. The Queen’s Speech even included confirmation that there will be a dedicated Smart Meter Bill in this parliament. But what are they? And will they really mean lower energy bills? How does a smart meter work? At the moment, energy bills rely on meter readings, often supplied by us the customers. It’s not exactly the most rigorous, accurate system since without meter readings you supplier will essentially guess how much energy you are using and so what they should be charging you. Smart meters should remove that uncertainty, automatically taking readings on a daily basis and then sending them onto your supplier. You will then only be sent accurate bills, and from 2020 the idea is that suppliers will be able to offer you tariffs based on your actual usage. You will … [Read more...] about Pros and cons of energy smart meters
The joy of the cordless machine (and if you’re doing chores like vacuuming, you need all the joy you can find) is you don’t have to keep plugging and unplugging the cleaner as you move from room to room. The downside is that if it’s battery-powered, it will lack the suction power of a corded machine and it’s going to run out of charge sooner or later. Usually sooner. As such, cordless cleaners have mostly been restricted to spot cleaning rather than as your main machine, though, as we’ll see, Dyson aims to change all that with its latest model which is, the company claims, as powerful as a regular, corded upright or canister (also called a cylinder).There are two kinds of cordless: handhelds which are compact, extra-lightweight and have spot cleaning written all over them, and larger, stick vacuums with full-length wands. The wand is the long, tube that connects from the bit in your hand to the floor tool. All the models here have a longer wand (though the … [Read more...] about 10 best cordless vacuum cleaners
SponsoredHome / Lifestyle / Motoring by Courier Commercial February 15 2018, 10.49am FacebookTwitterWhatsAppLinkedInEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter Want to read more?Subscribe today from £1 a week Is 2018 the year you are going to get yourself a new car? Not sure what to go for? With so many cars on the market, trying to find the right one for your needs – and more importantly, your budget – can be a daunting task. That’s where the Courier’s Car of the Year guide comes in handy. Whether you are looking for a zippy runaround for in town, or a family-friendly SUV, or even making the switch to electric, these cars are some of those to have been voted top by the Courier. Click the links to find out more, or visit the dealer’s website. City Hybrid of the Year – Toyota Yaris Our City Hybrid of the Year is the Toyota Yaris. Hybrid technology features in every Toyota Yaris trim level and a recent package of improvements has … [Read more...] about Sponsored: Courier’s Car of the Year 2018 – choose your new vehicle
AS a rule, politicians should select holiday destinations wisely. Remember the furore when David Cameron breezed into party isle Ibiza, and the all-round thumbs up for Jeremy Corbyn's cycling break across Croatia? Choice of location says a lot about a leader, so I'm not surprised to discover Finland's longest serving president liked to spend his downtime high above the Arctic Circle, in a fairy-tale Narnia caked half the year in snow. When I arrive in Finnish Saariselka, a cluster of blocky hotels and log cabins claiming to be Europe's most northerly ski resort, it's surprisingly warm at -5C – although a thick frozen duvet now snuggles the landscape. With no sun to speak of (the golden orb returns this month), candles flickering in frosted windows are the only illuminations; in fading blue light, bold streaks of pine forest are smudged into charcoal etchings. Former Finnish president Urho Kekkonen was clearly taken with the place, and in the 1970s purchased a sturdy pine … [Read more...] about Travel: Javri Lodge, is this the most luxurious hotel in Lapland?