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New Mercedes-Benz CLA Coupe

ercedes-Benz CLA Coupé — Available to order now, with first cars arriving this summer…

THE NEW MERCEDES-BENZ CLA COUPÉ is now on sale, with prices starting from £30,550 for the entry-level CLA 180 AMG Line. The CLA 200 is available from £32,100, while the CLA 220 costs £32,865 or £34,465 for the CLA 220 4MATIC. The range-topping CLA 250 is priced from £33,640.

The CLA 180 and CLA 200 both use a 1.3-litre petrol engine capable of producing 136hp or 163hp respectively. The 180 and 200 can deliver up to 47.9mpg on the combined cycle, while the 180 emits 123g/km of CO2 and the 200 emits 124g/km.

Available in both two-wheel and four-wheel drive, the CLA 220 features a 2.0-litre petrol engine with an output of 190hp. It can deliver up to 41.5mpg and emits 139g/km of CO2 — the 220 4MATIC delivers 40.4mpg and emits 149g/km.

The petrol-powered CLA 250
which uses a 2.0-litre engine can generate 224hp and return up to 41.5mpg with 139g/km of CO2.

All models will be initially available with a 7G-DCT seven-speed automatic transmission, with a manual gearbox coming later. The diesel-powered CLA 200d and CLA 220d will also be added to the line-up later in the year. The CLA Shooting Brake, just unveiled at the recent Geneva Motor Show, will be going on sale in May.

AMG Line models come as standard with MBUX multimedia system, including 'Hey Mercedes' voice recognition, 10.25-inch digital touchscreen infotainment display, seven-inch digital cockpit display, navigation with three years live services, LED high performance headlights, privacy glass, Thermotronic luxury two-zone automatic climate control, Keyless-Go starting function, DAB radio, smartphone integration including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, wireless charging, heated front seats, leather upholstery with a choice of four colour options, Parking package, Mirror package, Active Lane Keeping Assist, and Speed Limit Assist.

AMG Line Premium trim adds a 10.25-inch digital cockpit display, augmented navigation, a dash cam, ambient lighting with a choice of 64 colours, 225-watt illuminated door sills with 'Mercedes-Benz' lettering, rear armrest, Keyless-Go including keyless lock and unlock.

AMG Line Premium Plus features all of the above equipment, and adds a panoramic sliding sunroof, Multibeam LED headlights and Adaptive Highbeam Assist Plus, memory seats for the driver and front passenger, Energizing pack
uses a number of the car's systems to boost driver fitness and wellbeing.

A Driving Assistance package is available for £1,495 and includes Active Blind Spot Assist, Active Braking Assist with cross-traffic function, Active Distance Assist Distronic, Active Emergency Stop Assist, Active Lane-change Assist, Active Speed Limit Assist, Active Steering Assist, Evasive Steering Assist, Pre-Safe Plus, and route-based speed adjustment.

Check it out!

Healthy Hydration...

WHENEVER YOU'RE FEELING THIRSTY we can all be guilty of reaching for more flavourful beverages such as coffee or juices, all full of high levels of sugar which can have an adverse effect on our health.

So the next time you reach for a canned fizzy drink, think again. Swap it for a hydrating glass of water and reap the rewards of ZeroWater, the only water filter brand that delivers the equivalent to purified bottled water in your home.

2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

By making this alternative lifestyle choice you will soon begin to visibly notice a positive difference to your wellbeing. But where is the proof?

Here is just a few ways drinking more water can put a pep in your step

* Just like your body, the brain is made up of mostly water. So when you don’t drink enough water you begin to feel sluggish, and struggle to focus. Though coffee is a quick fix, drinking more water will achieve the same result without the unnecessary added sugars.

* If your day is primarily absorbed by long periods of stationary work, drink more water to help lubricate your joints keeping those inevitable joint pains at bay until much later in life.

* Put a stop to those premature fine lines and wrinkles — staying hydrated with plenty of water leaves your skin feeling much fresher with a healthy complexion.

* If early morning alarms are a particular struggle leaving you feeling rather low in energy, drinking a couple of glasses of water will see your mood and energy levels begin to slowly increase so you’re ready to take on the day fighting fit.

* But you don't need to spend heavily for bottled water because the Zero Water Filtration Jug offers first rate affordability, design, practicality and usage. It will fit easily into your household fridge so a refreshing thirst-quenching glass of filtered water is not as far away as you think.

* Developed with a 5-Stage Filtration System, you can be rest assured the TSD reader will display an accurate reading of 0.00PPM, always! The Zero Water 12 Cup is available to buy online for £39.99 from ZeroWater.

Polestar 2

olestar 2 all-vegan interiors nab PETA award...

VOLVO'S FIRST FULLY ELECTRIC mass-production vehicle will feature innovative 'Weave Tech' material.

A Compassionate Business Award is on its way from PETA to Volvo-affiliated Polestar, whose highly anticipated Polestar 2 — its first fully electric mass-production vehicle, shown recently at the Geneva International Motor Show — will include sumptuous all-vegan interiors as a standard feature.

In the Polestar 2 launch presentation, Polestar Chief Executive Officer Thomas Ingenlath said he'd spare attendees the "disturbing video of mass production of leather" and explained the company's decision: "Our care for the environment goes beyond the electric drive chain. With the Polestar 2, we designed our interior offer to promote and accelerate the shift of the car industry towards leather-free interiors." These interiors include Weave Tech, a water- and dirt-repellent material inspired by scuba diving sportswear.

"The leather industry is as toxic to the Earth as it is cruel to cows," says PETA Director of Corporate Projects Yvonne Taylor. "The Polestar 2's innovative interiors will appeal to all compassionate, eco-minded consumers, and PETA looks forward to a day when animal-free fabrics are the go-to materials for all car manufacturers."

A PETA video exposé revealed that calves are branded on the face and gentle cows and bulls are electroshocked and beaten before finally being slaughtered to be made into the leather interiors offered by the world's largest car companies. It takes an average of three cows' hides to cover the interior of one standard car, turning animals' skin into leather requires the use of 130 different chemicals — including cyanide — and leather production produces massive amounts of the carbon emissions that contribute to climate change.

Polestar joins several other luxury carmakers — including Tesla, Ferrari, and Mercedes-Benz — in offering plush, high-performing vegan leather interiors.

PETA's motto reads, in part, that "animals are not ours to abuse in any way", and the group opposes speciesism, a supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit

Stormtrooper gin Official Stormtrooper gin that can’t miss...

THIS NEW GIN is true to the original. A set of stand-out masterpieces that strike the perfect balance. Crafted in West London by an award-winning micro distillery, each gin delivers the individual character of specialist botanicals for a smooth, balanced taste.

These Stormtrooper bottles come in a twin-pack and are collectableand each bottle has a unique and different gin: 1 x 25cl London Dry Gin has predominant juniper aromas with some peppery spices. Pleasantly dry, followed by spices and earthy notes with light sweet with citrus finish (40% ABV). The 1 x 25cl Sloe Gin, is full of flavour with juniper aromas with a burst of fresh berry accompanied by a hint of black pepper. It is sweet against the tangy sour, slightly creamy with soft hints and a rounded fruitiness (30% ABV).

The bottle is designed and officially licensed by Andrew Ainsworth. In 1976 prop-maker Andrew Ainsworth of Shepperton Design Studios created the original Stormtrooper helmets and armour for the first movie. These bottles are based on the original moulds Andrew produced, as close as it is possible to get to the original film props. The Original Stormtrooper Gin Set comes in a pack of two — 2 x 25cl bottles, it costs £49.99 from

Talk Back Unicorm Say What?

FOR A NOVELTY GIFT this Easter look no further than the rather fun and fabulous Talk Back Unicorn from ThumbsUp.

As chocolate is bound to only last a couple of minutes why not swap it for something a little more special, that is sure to see you through even more Easter tidings.

Did you know unicorns can talk! Well now you do thanks to the creators at ThumbsUp for this super chatty model, who will repeat EVERYTHING you say to him, yes that's EVERYTHING!

So watch what you're saying when this little fella is in the room! As you converse with this friendly little unicorn watch as his head bobs up and down to make the experience even more realistic.

Yes, his voice is a tiny bit grating and could get a little repetitive at times, but surely you couldn't stay mad at this fella for long with that adorable little face. Flaunting white and neon pink tufts of fur, mane and fetlocks, with a rather majestic unicorn horn, this fella is truly splendid from head to toe!

Where you go he goes, an adorable plushie companion for your little one's bedroom or playroom. All you need is just 3xAAA batteries to watch this unicorn in action. Suitable for 3YRS+, this unicorn sits proudly at 22cm tall, beautifully presented in cardboard housing, perfect for gifting to any unicorn lover.

The Talk Back Unicorn is available to buy online for £14.99 from ThumbsUp.