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Audi S1 (2014) long-term test review

Rated 2.5 out of 52.5

the CAR road test team, 20 October 2014 15:21

Month 1 running an Audi S1: long-term test review I was still crawling and filling nappies (often simultaneously) when the Group B era of rallying was coming to a tragic end, but I know enough that the original Audi S1 was a fire-spitting, near-600bhp monster. This new S1? Not so much. Still, despite marketing sorts plundering Audi’s back catalogue to ...

Caterham Seven 160 (2014) long-term test review

Rated 3.5 out of 53.5

the CAR road test team, 16 October 2014 11:10

Month 2 running a Caterham Seven 160: less is more! Where do I start to begin explaining how wonderful this car is? Unlike every other Caterham I’ve driven, the 160 isn’t about outright pace and eyeball-flattening acceleration. It’s all about the sensation of speed, the impression of covering ground at a riotous rate. In most modern cars 60mph feels slug ...

Audi RS6 Avant (2014) long-term test review

Rated 3.5 out of 53.5

the CAR road test team, 13 October 2014 15:01

Month 3 running an Audi RS6: the brakes grumble At around 2000 miles, the RS6’s brakes – standard discs, not optional ceramics – started juddering. This wasn’t a wobble, it was a brake-disc earthquake. I hadn’t been on track, nor driven particularly hard. Odd. The great thing about having a new car is that problems are taken care of, but it’s ...

Seat Leon 1.4 TSI (2014) long-term test review

Rated 3.5 out of 53.5

the CAR road test team, 09 October 2014 09:15

Month 3 running a Seat Leon: inside the cabin Not only has the new Leon’s exterior design now come of age, but the interior is also far more appealing in its new-found homogeny. Still clearly cantering from the VAG stable albeit, it no longer feels like a hand-me-down from previous generations of Golf. The seat’s entirely comfortable, the driving position ...

Mercedes CLS Shooting Brake (2014) long-term test review

Rated 4 out of 54

the CAR road test team, 08 October 2014 12:30

Month 3 running a Mercedes CLS Shooting Brake: we meet a CLS63 AMG On reflection, the wheelspin should not have come as a surprise. With 557 horses stampeding towards the road through the tiny aperture offered by two rear wheels there was always going to be a bit of argy bargy. The figures however, weren’t readily to hand when I ...

Range Rover Vogue SE TDV6 (2014) long-term test review

Rated 2.5 out of 52.5

the CAR road-test team, 07 October 2014 09:23

Month 11 running a Range Rover: the split-screen TV and our first service The Range Rover’s understated dashboard – unadorned, leather-clad surfaces, very few buttons – disguises the lashings of tech it harbours. I’ve come to appreciate some luxurious, standard Vogue features: heated steering wheel, cooling seats which, though effective, feel a bit like sitting in a cold puddle, and ...

Ford Fiesta ST (2014) long-term test review

Rated 3.5 out of 53.5

the CAR road test team, 06 October 2014 11:21

Month 2 running a Ford Fiesta ST: an illicit encounter with an Audi S1 The Fiesta seems to be one of those special cars that make even the most dull journeys memorable. The other day I had to drive from home to Oxford in rush hour and torrential rain to have a go in the new Audi S1, and then ...

Porsche 911 Carrera: used 997 long-term test review (2014)

Rated 4 out of 54

the CAR road test team, 30 September 2014 09:30

Month 1 running a Porsche 911 (997) Carrera: introducing our second-hand 911 test As first drives in a new Porsche 911 go, this must rank pretty highly. Sun shining. Walk up to Guards Red 911, pop the front lid, throw in an overnight bag, then get behind the wheel and drive from Sussex to Le Mans to watch Porsche’s works ...

Citroen C4 Grand Picasso (2014) long-term test review

Rated 3.5 out of 53.5

the CAR road test team, 22 September 2014 11:12

Month 3 running a Citroen C4 Grand Picasso: the clutter-free dashboard In a car likely to spend its existence rammed to its high-sided gunnels with the flotsam and jetsam of family life – baby-changing bags, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, discarded pretzels, kids themselves – the Grand Picasso’s decluttered dashboard is very welcome. At least visually. Problems arise when you use ...

VW Golf GTI (2014) long-term test review of Mk7 GTI

Rated 3.5 out of 53.5

the CAR road test team, 19 September 2014 12:31

Month 6 running a VW Golf GTI: someone's bashed the bumper Sadly our Golf GTI has been damaged up the back bumper. More cynical readers will accuse me of reversing into something, despite the fact that our car is fitted with the standard parking sensors. (front and rear beepers, plus a graphic representation on the dashboard. A rear-view camera is ...

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