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

Rated 3.5 out of 53.5

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 ...

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

Rated 3 out of 53

the CAR road test team, 15 August 2014 14:58

Month 1 running a Caterham Seven 160: the long-term test review So then. I’ve gone from Dacia Duster to Caterham Seven 160. From a car that was all about logical and rational transport and nothing about driving, to a car that turns that equation on its head, and puts driving pleasure above every other consideration. We’ve always loved the Seven. ...

Ford Fiesta ST (2014) long-term test review

Rated 4 out of 54

the CAR road test team, 12 August 2014 15:10

Month 1 running a Ford Fiesta ST: the welcome So, in the latest phase of CAR’s time travelling experiment, in which they are attempting to turn a balding, 40-year-old man into somebody who knows what a twerk is, spends their entire life peering at their friends arses on a smartphone and gives some sort of shit what One Direction are ...

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

Rated 3.5 out of 53.5

the CAR road test team, 11 August 2014 09:41

Month 1 running a Seat Leon: welcoming CAR's new Spanish Golf Given that the majority of my creaking abode was built over 300 years ago, that all of my ailing British stereo equipment is at least third-hand, and that the missus had almost certainly been run under the duvet on at least a couple of occasions before we met, this ...

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

Rated 4.5 out of 54.5

the CAR road test team, 08 August 2014 09:53

Month 1 running a Citroen Grand Picasso: an introduction to CAR magazine's long-term test car Picasso. isn’t it still the strangest choice of name for a range of MPVs? It’s 15 years since the Xsara became the first Citroën to use that particular nomenclature. Never mind that Pablo’s estate gave their consent, it still begs the question ‘why?’, even today. ...

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

Rated 4 out of 54

the CAR road test team, 06 August 2014 12:30

Month 1 running a Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake: the welcome Before you can buy a McLaren P1 you have to have some tuition on how to drive it. Makes sense – it’s a complicated car. Before you buy a CLS Shooting Brake, however, you need tuition in explaining why you bought it. This also makes sense and is equally complicated. ...

Subaru BRZ (2014) long-term test review

Rated 3.5 out of 53.5

the CAR road-test team, 05 August 2014 11:00

Month 11 running a Subaru BRZ: the end of CAR's BRZ long-term test review After four months in my care, our long-term-test Subaru BRZ has gone back. The greatest compliment I can pay it is that it did exactly what Toyota and Subaru intended it to: namely to remind us of Toyota’s cultish AE86 coupe, usually known as the Hachi-Roku, ...

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

Rated 3.5 out of 53.5

the CAR road test team, 04 August 2014 09:31

Month 10 - the end of CAR magazine's Dacia Duster long-term test review So after 10 months and just over 16,000 miles the Duster has driven off my driveway for the last time. Will I miss it? Well, yes and certainly much more than I thought I would when it arrived. Frankly, the honeymoon period with the Duster – immediately ...

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 ...

CAR magazine September issue 626
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