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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, 28 July 2014 11:00

Month 1: welcome to CAR magazine’s Skoda Octavia vRS Estate diesel Green. Bright green. It’s not a default colour, and nor is the Skoda Octavia vRS a default car. For that, there’s the VW Golf GTI (which I am a sucker for), the kind of car that non-car people buy because other people tell them to. Shame is, it’s just ...

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 ...

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

Rated 3 out of 53

the CAR road test team, 14 July 2014 09:11

Month 3 running a VW Golf GTI: the tartan seats When did German manufacturers start using tartan fabric for their seats? Even more importantly, why? I’ve tried to find out, but I don’t have a definitive answer; certainly it dates back to the 1950s, when Mercedes-Benz used different coloured tartan trim for each of its drivers: Stirling Moss’s race seat ...

Subaru BRZ (2014) long-term test review

Rated 3 out of 53

the CAR road-test team, 11 July 2014 11:55

Month 10 running a Subaru BRZ: the racing spec No, I haven’t decided to race my Subaru BRZ. And anyway, this isn’t a Subaru. It’s a Scion FR-S, the marque and name under which the BRZ/GT86 is sold by Toyota in the US and Canada. But not all Scion versions run that wing: this is the car that Ken Gushi ...

Aston Martin DB9 (2014) long-term test review

Rated 2 out of 52

the CAR road test team, 08 July 2014 11:03

Month 10 a year in an Aston Martin DB9: the end of the love affair Who can remember what they did last summer? For most of us it’s a haze of half-recalled snippets, of faded holiday moments, of barbecue parties that might equally have been in early June or late August. But here at CAR we can remember last summer in ...

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

Rated 3 out of 53

the CAR road test team, 07 July 2014 10:15

Month 9 running a Dacia Duster: pure focus If you read my last half-dozen reports you’d think I wasn’t enjoying the Dacia. It takes a very generous soul to call it a looker. Frisky slugs would leave it for dead. It’s noisy at all speeds. It wallows through corners like a heavy liner in a hefty swell. And it has ...

Audi A3 Sportback 2.0 TDI (2013) long-term test review

Rated 3 out of 53

the CAR road-test team, 02 July 2014 11:40

Month 9 running an Audi A3 Sportback: the end of CAR magazine's A3 Sportback review The Audi A3 Sportback transported me through the most transformational year in my life. I turned 40, but no mid-life crisis sports car for me; after all, an F-type isn’t ideal for bringing your first baby home from hospital. And as children come with a ...

BMW 330d Touring (2014) long-term test review

Rated 4 out of 54

the CAR road test team, 01 July 2014 14:40

Month nine running a BMW 3-series Touring - the end of CAR's 330d Touring long-term test review Every one of the long-term test cars I’ve run over the last nine years at CAR has fallen into one of two camps. One comprises cars that made you feel good, that were great fun to sit in or drive, but you wouldn’t ...

Jaguar XF Sportbrake Diesel S (2013) long-term test review

Rated 3 out of 53

the CAR road test team, 30 June 2014 11:04

Month eight running a Jaguar XF Sportbrake: CAR magazine's long-term test XF Sportbrake review comes to an end Testament to the XF’s continuing popularity are the whopping 2870 miles it’s clocked up this month while pounding motorways, helping out on shoots, taking the family on holiday with a boot full of luggage… it hasn’t stopped. Alas, it’s soon to depart, leaving ...

Lexus GS450h (2013) long-term test review

Rated 3.5 out of 53.5

the CAR road-test team, 19 June 2014 12:00

Month 10 running a Lexus GS450h - the end of year conclusion Maserati should be more Lexus. I wrote a few issues ago that I was leaving my Lexus GS450h at the airport and flying to Italy to drive the new Ghibli. The comparison was interesting. Both cars will be successful if they can chip just a few per cent ...

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