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

Rated 3.5 out of 53.5

the CAR road test team, 27 August 2014 08:15

Month 2 running a Seat Leon: pondering Spanish design It’s no surprise that Walter de Silva struggled to hatch a cogent corporate identity for Seat whist heading up its design department. For, whilst a troll through the Alfa Romeo archives afforded him the delicious Villa d’Este grille, and similar rummaging at Audi unearthed the gaping maws of Auto Union monsters, all ...

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 ...

Mercedes A-class A200 CDI Sport (2013) long-term test review

Rated 3 out of 53

the CAR road-test team, 16 June 2014 12:27

Month 8 running a Mercedes A-class: CAR magazine's long-term test review conclusion From the moment the new Merc A-class concept broke cover back in April 2011 Mercedes made it clear that here was a step-change, a car to lower the average age of the Merc buyer by, ooh, 50 years or so. Out goes the dumpy ice-cream tub styling of ...

Lexus CT200h Advance (2014) CAR review

Rated 2.5 out of 52.5

Ollie Kew, 11 April 2014 13:00

Lexus claims to have made hundreds of changes to the facelifted CT200h, distinguished by its gurning ‘spindle grille’ and new alloy wheels. Not one of those tweaks heralds the arrival of something that’d make the CT more relevant to many UK buyers in one fell swoop: a turbodiesel engine. The range stretches from the £20,995 ‘S’ to the £29,495 ‘Premier’, ...

Subaru WRX STI (2014) CAR review

Rated 4 out of 54

Damion Smy, 10 April 2014 13:30

The Subaru WRX STI is back. Those three letters: W, R and X struck fear into the hearts of drivers of much more expensive machinery back in 1994 when the bargain pocket rocket first landed in showrooms, and still kicked up a fuss when the last version went off sale in 2012. While Mitsubishi is killing off the Lancer Evo, ...

Vauxhall Astra scoop (2015) first spy shot of new Astra

Rated 4 out of 54

Georg Kacher, 10 April 2014 11:45

Vauxhall is rearming its venerable Astra to take on the thorny issues of a class-leading VW Golf, sharper new Ford Focus and Peugeot’s Car of the Year: the 308. Luton will put the Astra on a strict diet, plumb in fresh engines, and offer a much-needed cabin update as the Astra and new Corsa supermini ride to Vauxhall’s rescue in ...

VW e-Golf (2014) CAR review

Rated 3 out of 53

the CAR road-test team, 01 April 2014 09:00

This is the VW e-Golf: a fully electric, production ready Golf that you can now buy in 24 specialist VW dealers dotted about the UK. Until now, the Nissan Leaf has had the C-segment EV market to itself, but now there’s a seriously competent, newer alternative. Is it as expensive as the Leaf? There's only a couple of hundred quid ...

Kia Soul 1.6 GDI (2014) CAR review

Rated 3 out of 53

Ollie Kew, 21 March 2014 16:00

Kia's new Soul won us over in its expected top-selling guise – the 1.6-litre CRDi turbodiesel paired with a satisfying six-speed manual gearbox. Now we're sampling the lighter, cheaper 1.6-litre petrol-powered Soul to see if it’s good enough to usurp the diesel. What’s the petrol Kia Soul’s engine spec? Incongruously christened ‘GDI’ for ‘gasoline direct injection’, the 1.6-litre four-cylinder does ...

Mazda 3 2.0 165PS Sport Nav (2014) CAR review

Rated 3.5 out of 53.5

Ollie Kew, 07 March 2014 07:30

Bad news: Mazda says it won’t build a GTI-rivalling hot ‘MPS’ version of the fine new 3. That means that this 163bhp-tune 2.0-litre model (notably free of forced induction) is the performance flagship. Is it enough to make the most of the new 3’s entertaining dynamics? How does the fastest Mazda 3 compare to its stablemates on paper? Behind the ...

Mercedes CLA220 CDI AMG Sport (2014) CAR review

Rated 3 out of 53

Ollie Kew, 06 February 2014 11:00

If your eyes have immediately flitted to this text, rather than drinking in CAR’s gallery of the Mercedes CLA 220 CDI, a cynic might claim this isn’t the car for you. Based on the current A-class hatch, wearing a mini-me CLS body with frameless doors and the angriest-looking snout of any current Merc, the CLA is a machine many will ...

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