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Lexus GS450h (2013) long-term test review

Rated 3 out of 53

the CAR road-test team, 18 March 2014 07:00

Month eight running a Lexus GS450h - how does petrol compare to diesel? In this green-obsessed age it feels odd to be apologising for not driving enough, especially when your car is a whooshy hybrid. But despite being nine months old now, my Lexus GS450h still hasn’t broken 5000 miles, the result of a few long overseas assignments that have ...

Kia Ceed GT (2014) CAR review

Rated 3 out of 53

Ben Whitworth, 14 March 2014 13:00

This is Kia’s new Ceed GT, the five-door sibling of the three-door Proceed GT that’s just joined our long-term fleet. It gingerly steps into the fast-hatch sector, one of the most fiercely contested arenas in the automotive market. Wisely, Kia hasn’t lobbed the fast Ceed directly into the bloodthirsty outright power war: with 201bhp to its name, the GT is ...

VW Up 1.0 (2013) long-term test review

Rated 1.5 out of 51.5

the CAR road test team, 14 March 2014 08:00

Month five running a VW Up: just how practical is VW's city car? For one month only I’m delivering my Up-date using the same delivery method favoured by Gordon Brown’s No10 advisors: the sh*t sandwich. You start with the good news, then the bad, and finally some encouragement to reanimate the smile-o-matic. First off, it ain’t half useful, the Up. ...

Jaguar XF Sportbrake Diesel S (2013) long-term test review

Rated 2.5 out of 52.5

the CAR road test team, 13 March 2014 15:00

Month running a Jaguar XF Sportbrake: using the Jag to live our very own Tour de France dream I'm not sure who I felt most sorry for, my 15-year-old son or my brother. My son Seth had to pedal 200 miles in 35 degree heat; my brother Paul had to drive so slowly the tedium was worse than watching granite ...

Range Rover Vogue SE TDV6 (2013) long-term test review

Rated 2 out of 52

the CAR road-test team, 12 March 2014 14:00

Month two running a Range Rover TDV6: just what is the perfect Rangie spec? We're still keeping the editor’s RR from him with various Continental jaunts, but here’s a rundown of the spec he can look forward to… It’s the world’s first aluminium SUV, and while its chunky predecessor was limited to V8 power, the new one is available with ...

Mercedes A-class A200 CDI Sport (2013) long-term test review

Rated 2.5 out of 52.5

the CAR road-test team, 11 March 2014 07:00

Month 7 running a Mercedes A-class: the Benz is reappraised after a 1000-mile road trip Car packed: check. P&O tickets booked: check. 500-mile route to south of France: check. The busiest driving day of the year in France: check! Every year, just like us, the French go on their summer holidays. All of them. On the same day. And back in ...

Aston Martin DB9 (2013) long-term test review

Rated 2 out of 52

the CAR road test team, 10 March 2014 15:00

Month 8 running an Aston Martin DB9: Anthony compares the Aston to his Mazda 6 long-termer Why is it, pray, that only the leather-upholstered interiors of wallet-meltingly pricey cars actually smell of leather? It takes seven Bridge of Weir hides to trim the cabin of a DB9. And, it being a five-seater rather than mere 2+Douglas Bader, I can’t imagine ...

Audi A3 Sportback 2.0 TDI (2013) long-term test review

Rated 3 out of 53

the CAR road-test team, 29 January 2014 07:00

Month five running an Audi A3 Sportback: the A3 takes on its sworn enemy from Mercedes There have been times recently when I’ve felt like I was back at school, such has been Phil’s incessant goading about how his A3 is so much more refined/prettier/quieter/cooler than my A-class. But at some point the bombardment of verbal stinkbombs from the back ...

Dacia Duster 1.5 DCi Laureate 4x4 (2013) long-term test review

Rated 2.5 out of 52.5

the CAR road test team, 04 December 2013 12:00

Month three running a Daica Duster: why the Duster is just as focused as a McLaren supercar (really) Maybe it's because it’s white, angular, rugged and (relatively) cheap. Whatever the reason, I’ve adopted a uniquely emotionless approach to the Duster, the first time I’ve done so with a long-term car. In much the same way as a fridge does its job ...

Ford Focus ST (2013) long-term test review

Rated 2 out of 52

the CAR road test team, 27 November 2013 09:00

Month seven running a Ford Focus ST: how does the Focus ST handle a track day-thrashing? I’ve been to a couple of track days before, and I know how a neatly driven hot hatch can embarrass a clumsy supercar, so a recent track day at Rockingham was going to be a big test for the powerful Focus ST: I was ...

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