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

Rated 3.5 out of 53.5

the CAR road test team, 30 October 2014 14:42

Month 4 running a Citroen C4 Picasso: averaging 50mpg The other day my five-year-old said the Grand Picasso was ‘fat’. That’s as maybe, but it’s hardly big-boned. For example, which one of these CAR long-termers do you think’s eaten the fewest pies? Audi RS6, Merc CLS Shooting Brake, Lexus IS300h, BMW 420d, or my C4 Grand Pic. Hmmm? Well, kerbweights ...

BMW M235i (2014) long-term test review

Rated 4 out of 54

the CAR road test team, 29 October 2014 15:21

Month 3 running a BMW M235i: the noise of the turbo-six Every time I abandon the M235i at an airport I come back even more convinced of its brilliance. I love almost everything about this car, especially the 3.0-litre turbo six engine. In recent weeks I’ve found that neither Ferrari, with the California T, nor BMW’s own M Division, with ...

Lexus IS300h hybrid (2014) long-term test review

Rated 4 out of 54

the CAR road test team, 27 October 2014 10:37

Month 1 running a Lexus IS: the welcome It would be all too easy to waste 600 words introducing our new Lexus IS300h long-termer by focusing entirely on its looks. Unless you have ice coursing through your veins, who couldn’t be stirred by one of the most handsome devils committed to four wheels in recent years? But it’s going to ...

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

Rated 3.5 out of 53.5

the CAR road test team, 23 October 2014 12:31

Month 6 running a VW Golf GTI: someone's bashed the bumper Sadly our Golf GTI has been damaged up the back bumper. More cynical readers will accuse me of reversing into something, despite the fact that our car is fitted with the standard parking sensors. (front and rear beepers, plus a graphic representation on the dashboard. A rear-view camera is ...

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

Rated 3.5 out of 53.5

the CAR road test team, 22 October 2014 06:50

Month 3 running a Skoda Octavia vRS Estate diesel: change of hands So it’s my second stint back on CAR and, as you've probably gathered from the update below, I’ve landed back with a green slice of Czech real estate. I’ve always been a fan of big, spacious diesel wagons, so I was pleased when features ed Ben Pulman handed me ...

Audi S1 (2014) long-term test review

Rated 2.5 out of 52.5

the CAR road test team, 20 October 2014 15:21

Month 1 running an Audi S1: long-term test review I was still crawling and filling nappies (often simultaneously) when the Group B era of rallying was coming to a tragic end, but I know enough that the original Audi S1 was a fire-spitting, near-600bhp monster. This new S1? Not so much. Still, despite marketing sorts plundering Audi’s back catalogue to ...

Caterham Seven 160 (2014) long-term test review

Rated 3.5 out of 53.5

the CAR road test team, 16 October 2014 11:10

Month 2 running a Caterham Seven 160: less is more! Where do I start to begin explaining how wonderful this car is? Unlike every other Caterham I’ve driven, the 160 isn’t about outright pace and eyeball-flattening acceleration. It’s all about the sensation of speed, the impression of covering ground at a riotous rate. In most modern cars 60mph feels slug ...

Audi RS6 Avant (2014) long-term test review

Rated 3.5 out of 53.5

the CAR road test team, 13 October 2014 15:01

Month 3 running an Audi RS6: the brakes grumble At around 2000 miles, the RS6’s brakes – standard discs, not optional ceramics – started juddering. This wasn’t a wobble, it was a brake-disc earthquake. I hadn’t been on track, nor driven particularly hard. Odd. The great thing about having a new car is that problems are taken care of, but it’s ...

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

Rated 3.5 out of 53.5

the CAR road test team, 09 October 2014 09:15

Month 3 running a Seat Leon: inside the cabin Not only has the new Leon’s exterior design now come of age, but the interior is also far more appealing in its new-found homogeny. Still clearly cantering from the VAG stable albeit, it no longer feels like a hand-me-down from previous generations of Golf. The seat’s entirely comfortable, the driving position ...

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

Rated 4 out of 54

the CAR road test team, 08 October 2014 12:30

Month 3 running a Mercedes CLS Shooting Brake: we meet a CLS63 AMG On reflection, the wheelspin should not have come as a surprise. With 557 horses stampeding towards the road through the tiny aperture offered by two rear wheels there was always going to be a bit of argy bargy. The figures however, weren’t readily to hand when I ...

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