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Peugeot RCZ R (2015) long-term test review

Rated 4.5 out of 54.5

the CAR road test team, 19 December 2014 14:50

Month 1 running a Peugeot RCZ R: the introduction I don’t know. I’ve been at CAR six weeks and already I’m upsetting the photographers. But honestly, the unavoidable fact that this Peugeot RCZ R is hyper-reflective Nera Black is absolutely nothing to do with me: it was on its way to the magazine before I was. So this is two ...

Audi RS6 Avant (2014) long-term test review

Rated 4 out of 54

the CAR road test team, 18 December 2014 10:47

Month 5 running an Audi RS6: Greg Fountain swaps his Merc CLS Shooting Brake for the fast Avant Life may be a rollercoaster but there’s no more literal way of experiencing it than by swapping a six-cylinder diesel for a twin-turbo V8. Okay, there is the option of popping over to Alton Towers for a spot of organ rearrangement, but ...

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

Rated 3.5 out of 53.5

the CAR road test team, 17 December 2014 17:07

Month 7 running a VW Golf GTI Mk7: this or a Golf R? Normally you’d expect the price to be the headline: at £30,555, the new Golf R is almost double the cost of a boggo-basic entry-level Golf (a snip at £16,975). But if, like me, you’re lucky enough to be driving a GTI that’s been optioned up to the ...

Nissan Qashqai 1.5 dCi Tekna (2015) long-term test review

Rated 3 out of 53

the CAR road test team, 17 December 2014 09:19

Month 1 running a Nissan Qashqai: the introduction Cut to the quick by that paean to sartorial elegance Ben Oliver’s recent Facebook pasting over my relentlessly clothes hippo wardrobe, I have deliberately expunged my ‘I Beat Anorexia’ T-shirt (bought specially for the occasion) from these first images of the new ff-C biffabout in order that nothing may distract you from ...

BMW M235i (2014) long-term test review

Rated 4 out of 54

the CAR road test team, 16 December 2014 09:11

Month 5 running a BMW M235i: Mark Walton compares it with his Mk7 VW Golf GTI Ten or 20 years ago, there would have been no competition – a Golf versus an M car? I would have taken the hardcore, bare-chested, rear-wheel-drive Beemer every time, and laughed in the face of the front-drive shopping trolley, as my hellish burnout spat ...

Lexus IS300h hybrid (2014) long-term test review

Rated 4 out of 54

the CAR road test team, 12 December 2014 10:33

Month 6 running a Lexus IS: is it parking proof? I sat, still tensed, in the IS’s supportive, comfy driver’s seat in disbelief. The car was silent – in Park, running in EV mode – but my brain was whirring. You know how it is, when your mind enters ‘HD Record’ mode. You’re taking in the time and location, noting ...

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

Rated 3.5 out of 53.5

the CAR road test team, 11 December 2014 15:23

Month 5 running a Skoda Octavia vRS: why England's cricketers ought to trade their Jags for a vRS like ours  Here’s a curveball. Our Octavia vRS had a surprise summer encounter with a ruby red Jaguar F-type, belonging to cricketing legend Graeme Swann, who was helping out at my club’s net practice. Turns out he retains an ambassadorial role with England despite having ...

Audi S1 Sportback (2014) long-term test review

Rated 4 out of 54

the CAR road test team, 10 December 2014 10:41

Audi S1 Sportback diary notes: it’s the perfect winter GTI My first proper outing in our S1 Sportback: an overnight December dash to a work function near Taplow, Berkshire. Maps suggested an hour-and-three-quarters drive and 97 miles, so I asked keeper James Taylor if I could borrow Audi’s high-performance A1 yesterday. I came away quite charmed. The S1 feels like ...

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

Rated 3.5 out of 53.5

the CAR road test team, 09 December 2014 11:22

Month 5 running a Seat Leon: not enjoying the eco-tips served up by the car Bit of a nanny, the Leon, it transpires. Beneath an exterior at which one of the missus’s MILF chums incessantly gushes ‘the most beautiful blue I’ve ever seen on a car’ beats a heart of pure Hattie Jacques’s matron. Constantly interrupting the chosen instrument binnacle ...

Caterham Seven 160 (2014) long-term test review

Rated 3.5 out of 53.5

the CAR road test team, 08 December 2014 11:31

Month 4 running a Caterham Seven: a trip to the Top Gear test track We’ve been getting out and about, the 160 and I. Caterham has a devout following, so I wangled an invite to one of the Lotus Seven Club’s key summer meets. The event was held at Dunsfold airfield which, apparently, is used for some obscure TV show. ...

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