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

Rated 2.5 out of 52.5

the CAR road-test team, 16 July 2014 16:53

Month 9 running a Range Rover TDV6: the big car’s small-car vibe One of my favourite road tester-phrases is saying an agile, big car feels like a smaller car. Well, the Range Rover feels like an enormous car, to which my driving style has adapted. My father-in-law, a handy, ex-grass-roots racer, spotted my method. You open up corners by going ...

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

Rated 3.5 out of 53.5

the CAR road test team, 14 July 2014 09:11

Month 2 running a VW Golf GTI (Mk7): the Golf turns family wagon Like many Golf GTI drivers, I want our new long-termer to be two cars in one: when I’m on my own I want it to be a hot hatch, all pointy and racy; but I also need it to be a practical family car that’s big enough ...

Subaru BRZ (2014) long-term test review

Rated 3 out of 53

the CAR road-test team, 11 July 2014 11:55

Month 9 running a Subaru BRZ: our BRZ takes to country roads Story so far: city-dwelling, A1-commuting previous keeper Damion Smy was exhilarated but infuriated by our long-term Subaru BRZ, and admitted he just didn’t get the chance to drive it often enough on the roads that suit it best. I live in the middle of such roads in deepest ...

Aston Martin DB9 (2014) long-term test review

Rated 2.5 out of 52.5

the CAR road test team, 08 July 2014 11:03

Month 10 a year in an Aston Martin DB9: the end of the love affair Who can remember what they did last summer? For most of us it’s a haze of half-recalled snippets, of faded holiday moments, of barbecue parties that might equally have been in early June or late August. But here at CAR we can remember last summer in ...

Dacia Duster 1.5 DCi Laureate 4x4 (2014) long-term test review

Rated 3 out of 53

the CAR road test team, 07 July 2014 10:15

Month 9 running a Dacia Duster: pure focus If you read my last half-dozen reports you’d think I wasn’t enjoying the Dacia. It takes a very generous soul to call it a looker. Frisky slugs would leave it for dead. It’s noisy at all speeds. It wallows through corners like a heavy liner in a hefty swell. And it has ...

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

Rated 3 out of 53

the CAR road-test team, 02 July 2014 11:40

Month 9 running an Audi A3 Sportback: the end of CAR magazine's A3 Sportback review The Audi A3 Sportback transported me through the most transformational year in my life. I turned 40, but no mid-life crisis sports car for me; after all, an F-type isn’t ideal for bringing your first baby home from hospital. And as children come with a ...

BMW 330d Touring (2014) long-term test review

Rated 4 out of 54

the CAR road test team, 01 July 2014 14:40

Month nine running a BMW 3-series Touring - the end of CAR's 330d Touring long-term test review Every one of the long-term test cars I’ve run over the last nine years at CAR has fallen into one of two camps. One comprises cars that made you feel good, that were great fun to sit in or drive, but you wouldn’t ...

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

Rated 3 out of 53

the CAR road test team, 30 June 2014 11:04

Month eight running a Jaguar XF Sportbrake: CAR magazine's long-term test XF Sportbrake review comes to an end Testament to the XF’s continuing popularity are the whopping 2870 miles it’s clocked up this month while pounding motorways, helping out on shoots, taking the family on holiday with a boot full of luggage… it hasn’t stopped. Alas, it’s soon to depart, leaving ...

Lexus GS450h (2013) long-term test review

Rated 3.5 out of 53.5

the CAR road-test team, 19 June 2014 12:00

Month 10 running a Lexus GS450h - the end of year conclusion Maserati should be more Lexus. I wrote a few issues ago that I was leaving my Lexus GS450h at the airport and flying to Italy to drive the new Ghibli. The comparison was interesting. Both cars will be successful if they can chip just a few per cent ...

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

Rated 3 out of 53

the CAR road-test team, 16 June 2014 12:27

Month 8 running a Mercedes A-class: CAR magazine's long-term test review conclusion From the moment the new Merc A-class concept broke cover back in April 2011 Mercedes made it clear that here was a step-change, a car to lower the average age of the Merc buyer by, ooh, 50 years or so. Out goes the dumpy ice-cream tub styling of ...

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