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Lexus IS300h hybrid (2014) long-term test review

Rated 4 out of 54

the CAR road test team, 25 November 2014 10:17

Month 5 running a Lexus IS300h: comparing it with a CT200h The Lexus CT200h should, having spent several months tooling around in our likeable IS300h, be a really appealing prospect. Yes, it’s a little older, having just been facelifted with the ‘spindle grille’, but you’re still expecting it to be a breath of fresh air for all those poor sods ...

Audi RS6 Avant (2014) long-term test review

Rated 4 out of 54

the CAR road test team, 24 November 2014 09:51

Month 4 running an Audi RS6: one of our children’s peed in it! Previously when my children have peed in the car, they’ve peed on child seats. Not this time. On arriving home, my two-year-old asked to stay in the RS6 and pretend to drive. I once did that, so I encouraged her while watching from the outside, hoping to ...

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

Rated 3.5 out of 53.5

the CAR road test team, 20 November 2014 12:12

Month 4 running a Skoda Octavia vRS: a French road trip What better way of getting to know a car than jumping in and driving 1500 miles? After 16 years of writing about cars, I’ve discovered no better way of getting under the skin of a new model than living in one for a sustained European road trip. And so ...

Audi S1 (2014) long-term test review

Rated 3.5 out of 53.5

the CAR road test team, 17 November 2014 10:07

Month 2 running an Audi S1: winding up BMW drivers The bloke in the E46 3-series Coupe (couldn’t tell you what engine – debadged, obviously) who came hooning up my chuff at the A43 Brackley roundabout really didn’t like the S1. He was driving like a tool, forcing other drivers to get out of his way by tailgating them and ...

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

Rated 3.5 out of 53.5

the CAR road test team, 14 November 2014 08:30

Month 4 running a Seat Leon: dog transport skills Evil smell, drool and enough shed hair to stuff a mattress aside, one of the major down-sides of transporting a large, slobbering dog anywhere in a small car is the requirement to first remove the parcel shelf from the canine kennelling  department. Ours being a particularly large dog, this procedure must ...

Caterham Seven 160 (2014) long-term test review

Rated 3 out of 53

the CAR road test team, 12 November 2014 08:32

Month 3 running a Caterham Seven 160: nine surprises Here are nine surprising things about the 160. 1) It’s highly susceptible to weight change, feeling quicker when running on fumes. Carry a passenger and a full tank and it’s like driving through treacle. 2) Its heater is searingly effective, instantly filling the cabin with volcanically hot air. 3) For all ...

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

Rated 4 out of 54

the CAR road test team, 10 November 2014 10:30

Month 4: the Mercedes CLS Active Tourer and annoying electro-nannies As someone who loathes ‘driver assistance’ systems there’s a fair chance I’m eventually going to fall out with any Mercedes I drive. After all, Merc pretty much invented the art of thinking it’s cleverer than the driver. Yet, while it’s probably just as well if I don’t meet the bloke ...

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

Rated 2.5 out of 52.5

the CAR road-test team, 07 November 2014 14:13

Month 12 running a Range Rover TDV6: camping! There was no question about my preferred car for this year’s camping trip, but as fellow contributor Ben Oliver discovered on a trip to France at the beginning of the Rangie’s loan, the boot fills up all too quickly. No, problem, I thought, I’ll hire a roofbox, and slapped down a deposit ...

Ford Fiesta ST (2014) long-term test review

Rated 3.5 out of 53.5

the CAR road test team, 04 November 2014 09:21

Month 3 running a Ford Fiesta ST: airport runs and the bane of DAB I’ve spent a lot of time going to and from Heathrow this month, which means the Fiesta has been in lots of queues on the M25, and this has given me the chance to finally defeat the radio. Why? I’m sure you will have seen a ...

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

Rated 4 out of 54

the CAR road test team, 03 November 2014 08:44

Month 2 running a Porsche 911 (997) Carrera: joining the village car show Long, hot summer days and Guards Red Porsche 911 ownership are seriously detrimental to the productivity of the self-employed. Fortunately, I can’t actually see it from the window of my office at home, or I’d get no work done at all. When you’re calculating the total cost ...

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