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BMW M235i (2014) long-term test review

Rated 3.5 out of 53.5

the CAR road test team, 12 September 2014 09:32

Month 1 running a BMW M235i: the introduction Days just haven’t been quite so sunny in the Our Cars pages since we lost the old 1-series M Coupe a couple of years back. Eschewing the tech overkill that blights the M5, there were no buttons to adjust steering or damping, just a simple six-speed manual gearbox, and a packet of ...

Caterham Seven 160 (2014): long-term test review

Rated 3.5 out of 53.5

the CAR road test team, 09 September 2014 11:25

Caterham Seven 160 diary notes: learning to climb in Confession time: the taller members of the CAR team are struggling to get in and out of the Kei-terham. I'm 6ft 2in and cannot physically contort myself into the snug cabin with the roof up. My flailing limbs and long back are simply too inflexible to get in. It's like an extremely ...

Audi RS6 Avant (2014) long-term test review

Rated 3.5 out of 53.5

the CAR road test team, 08 September 2014 10:51

Month 2 running an Audi RS6: the road-test review bit Hot Audis blow a bit, well, hot and cold, you know that. But the RS6 is definitely hot. I love the way it looks both understated and impossible to mistake for a TDI, how special the interior feels, the way the doors phut shut like a silenced revolver. But mostly ...

Ford Fiesta ST (2014) long-term test review

Rated 3.5 out of 53.5

the CAR road test team, 01 September 2014 09:31

Ford Fiesta ST diary notes: the seat's mounted too high! Drove our new Fiesta ST pocket rocket at the weekend and noticed how an old Ford bugbear has struck again: the driver's seat is mounted way too high. You end up feeling like you're on the car, not nestling in it. You do adapt, but other hot hatches give you a more hunkered ...

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

Rated 3.5 out of 53.5

the CAR road test team, 28 August 2014 11:12

Month 2 running a Citroen C4 Grand Picasso: the practical test Just enjoyed a weekend with the family at a Very Expensive Hotel in Surrey. In the car park we counted 17 Range/Land Rovers of various persuasions (94.1% were black); seven Cayennes (black paintjob hit rate: 100%); three Bentley Continentals (have a guess); a 911 GTS cabrio (white, annoyingly) and ...

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

Rated 3.5 out of 53.5

the CAR road test team, 27 August 2014 08:15

Month 2 running a Seat Leon: pondering Spanish design It’s no surprise that Walter de Silva struggled to hatch a cogent corporate identity for Seat whist heading up its design department. For, whilst a troll through the Alfa Romeo archives afforded him the delicious Villa d’Este grille, and similar rummaging at Audi unearthed the gaping maws of Auto Union monsters, all ...

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

Rated 4 out of 54

the CAR road test team, 22 August 2014 10:30

Month 2 running a Mercedes CLS Shooting Brake: wonky DAB radio, otherwise shining Manchester United 0 Liverp… ottenham 0 Ars… Hull… ester City… 2 Cardiff… Ful……… ston Villa 1 Chel…… Annoying, isn’t it? But this is the wonderful world of DAB radio in the CLS Shooting Brake. Before you say ‘don’t blame the car, it’s DAB that’s rubbish,’ may I ...

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

Rated 2.5 out of 52.5

the CAR road-test team, 21 August 2014 09:37

Month 10 running a Range Rover TDV6: it’s too big for car parks! Car parks are supposed to be a safe haven, so why do so many gleefully attack cars with hidden kerbs and terrifyingly narrow gullies? My local – at The Maltings mall in St Albans – is a trademark anti-car park. You enter through a channel as narrow ...

Skoda Octavia vRS Estate diesel (2014) long-term test review

Rated 4 out of 54

the CAR road test team, 20 August 2014 14:50

Month 2 running a Skoda Octavia vRS Estate diesel: Damion Smy is not a fan of DSG Let me unequivocally state: I hate DSG. Gasp. Shock. Horror. How could you? That’s right: while most swallow the PR spin, I still find the Direct Shift Gearbox a hazard, an inconvenience and occasionally sinful. A few generations ago, you could buy a ...

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

Rated 3.5 out of 53.5

the CAR road test team, 18 August 2014 09:11

Month 4 running a VW Golf GTI: the fab multi-media screen Readers who followed my reports on our long-term-test Ford Kuga last year will no doubt remember how much I hated its old-fashioned Sony music and navigation system, with a million tiny buttons and a screen the size of a Bourbon biscuit. One of the very best things about stepping ...

CAR magazine September issue 626
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