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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, ...

Audi TT RS Plus S-tronic (2014) CAR review

Rated 2.5 out of 52.5

the CAR road-test team, 08 April 2014 22:00

Though we’ve already clapped eyes on the new third-gen Audi TT, and its faster chum, the TTS, it’ll be a while yet until you can buy a new-shape (just-about) TT which will unwrinkle your furrowed brow like this car: the TT RS Plus. Costing a whopping £50,720 for this dual-clutch auto coupe, it’s bang in Porsche Cayman S and Jaguar ...

Ford Fiesta 1.0 Powershift automatic (2014) CAR review

Rated 5 out of 55

Ollie Kew, 07 April 2014 10:00

This is the Ford Fiesta 1.0 Ecoboost 100PS Powershift. That’s Ford’s complicated way of telling you it’s teamed the top-selling Fiesta supermini (and its popular 99bhp three-cylinder petrol engine) with a dual-clutch automatic gearbox. The fun-to-drive Fiesta is one of our favourite superminis, whether it’s in cooking everyday guise or the laugh-out-loud fast ST Mountune edition. But an automatic gearbox ...

Porsche 911 50th Anniversary Edition (2014) CAR review

Rated 2.5 out of 52.5

Damion Smy, 04 April 2014 16:00

Porsche shows us that it knows how to do retro with this home run It’s half-eight, I’m still 47 miles from home and my girlfriend has dinner waiting. I’m starving, but I just can’t bring myself to point the nose of the 911 down the motorway. Not tonight. Not when I’m sitting in superb looking houndstooth trimmed seats, perfectly positioned ...

Renault Megane Renaultsport 265 Cup (2014) CAR review

Rated 4 out of 54

Damion Smy, 03 April 2014 13:00

This is the facelifted version of the Megane Renaultsport 265. It is, without doubt, the best hot hatch currently on sale to punt around a racetrack. It’s the third evolution of this generation, which has gone from the 250 version to the 265 (for PS, or 261bhp) in 2012, and now this – a crook corporate nose that ensures you ...

McLaren 650S (2014) CAR review

Rated 3 out of 53

Mark Walton, 02 April 2014 14:30

This is the McLaren 650S, and McLaren is very keen you don’t pigeonhole it, thanks very much. This is not a lightened, stripped-out 12C ‘Speciale’ or ‘GT3’, and neither is it simply a facelifted 12C with the beak off a P1 and a token engine ECU tickle. A substantial 25% of parts are new, yet it only costs £24k more ...

Peugeot 308 SW Feline PureTech 1.2 e-THP 130 (2014) CAR review

Rated 4.5 out of 54.5

James Taylor, 02 April 2014 10:00

After the new Peugeot 308’s shock European Car of the Year award, we’re expecting good things from its large derrière’d estate spin-off: the 308 SW. Peugeot’s new wagon follows the same smart but subdued styling template as the regular 308, but carries a generous helping of extra bodywork behind the rear wheels to house a properly spacious load area. Is ...

Audi S3 Saloon S-tronic (2014) CAR review

Rated 3.5 out of 53.5

the CAR road-test team, 31 March 2014 06:00

With the new S3 Saloon, has Audi accidentally stumbled into making the best small sports saloon? We’re big fans of the punchy, tractable S3 Sportback hot hatch, and now we’ve a small, wieldy, handsome little three-box contender that’s actually quicker than its S4 big brother. Sounds promising. Can the Audi S3 Saloon really out-accelerate an S4? It’ll annihilate it. A ...

Audi RS7 vs BMW M5 vs Jaguar XFR-S vs Mercedes E63 AMG S (2014) CAR review

Rated 3.5 out of 53.5

Chris Chilton, 24 March 2014 23:05

Does the SAS have a company car list? If it does, it might look something like this collection of military grade hardware. Imagine being in charge of fleet procurement. Instead of bladder-busting mpg numbers, outrageous performance would be top priority, preferably matched by carbon-ceramic stoppers. And where regular reps might look for standard sat-nav and comfy chairs, SAS man would want ...

Mini Cooper (2014) CAR review

Rated 3.5 out of 53.5

Chris Chilton (photography by Daniel Byrne), 21 March 2014 17:00

We’ve come to Puerto Rico to drive the latest incarnation of BMW’s Mini, the third since the iconic small car was reinvented in 2001. In the 13 intervening years, more than 2m Minis have exited the Oxford plant, built on the site of the old Morris Cowley factory. But what appears at first glance to be nothing more than a ...

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