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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 ...

Renault Twingo Expression SCe 70 (2014) review

Rated 4.5 out of 54.5

Steve Moody, 28 October 2014 09:06

Have you had those experiences in restaurants where the menu sounds like a cavalcade of Heston-cooked gastronomy, but when tasted is more Heston Services greasy spoon? Well, a few miles into driving the new Twingo I was starting to think that Renault’s chefs had been on the sauce. After all, it’s a little city car with a short wheelbase, rear-wheel ...

Skoda Fabia (2015) 1.2 TSI 90 CAR review

Rated 3 out of 53

James Taylor, 24 October 2014 17:28

Having batted on for a sterling seven years, the outgoing Skoda Fabia is preparing to walk off with its head held high and waiting in the wings is this, its fighting-fit replacement. New from the ground up, the 2015 Skoda Fabia’s styling rigidly toes the corporate line with an Octavia-esque snout and the same kind of crisp Corby trouser press ...

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 ...

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 ...

BMW M3 E30 vs Mercedes 190E 2.5-16 Cosworth

BMW M3 E30 vs Mercedes 190E 2.5-16 Cosworth
E30 BMW M3. Mercedes 190E 2.5-16 Cosworth. Two poster boy heroes for any boy growing up in the 1980s. Our sister newspaper Classic Car Weekly this week pitted two striking examples against each other for a feature – and two CAR writers hopped along for the ride. Here they swap notes. From: Tim PollardTo: CJ HubbardSubject: E30 M3 and 190E ...

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Vauxhall Corsa 1.0T SRi VXLine (2015) CAR review

Rated 3.5 out of 53.5

James Taylor, 15 October 2014 14:38

Do you feel a nagging sense of déjà vu when you look at the new Vauxhall Corsa? If you do, it’s hardly surprising, for while this is said to be an all-new car, there are bits of it that aren’t quite, well, all new. Those windows look familiar because, aside from the addition of a dark plastic flick on the ...

Ford Ecosport 1.0 Ecoboost Titanium (2014) CAR review

Rated 2.5 out of 52.5

CJ Hubbard, 14 October 2014 14:18

Fair to say we weren’t particularly impressed with the Ford Ecosport when we drove the 1.5-litre diesel version back in January. So here we are in the UK with the keys to the 1.0-litre Ecoboost petrol alternative. Has time and distance made the heart – or even the head – grow fonder? Don’t bank on it. The Ecosport – that's ...

Ferrari 458 Speciale vs Porsche 911 GT3 video twin test (2014)

Ferrari 458 Speciale vs Porsche 911 GT3 video twin test (2014)
brightcove.createExperiences(); Here's the full video road test of the Ferrari 458 Speciale and Porsche 911 GT3. It's a behind-the-scenes film of our twin test in Wales, first featured in the October 2014 issue of CAR magazine. Each month, our iPad edition features videos such as this and you can read more about the CAR magazine app and our best deals ...

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  • 13 October 2014
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