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Nissan Pulsar (2015) review

Rated 2 out of 52

Steve Moody, 26 November 2014 09:42

On a launch a few years ago, I drove a facelifted pea green Nissan Almera round greasy north-east streets in grimy fog. One of the most depressing cars I have ever driven, I thought that Nissan’s phalanx of genre-busting crossovers and bonkers Nismo cars had consigned such motoring nonentities to history. But I had not driven a Nissan Pulsar. Let’s ...

Audi RS6 Avant (2014) long-term test review

Rated 4 out of 54

the CAR road test team, 24 November 2014 09:51

Month 4 running an Audi RS6: one of our children’s peed in it! Previously when my children have peed in the car, they’ve peed on child seats. Not this time. On arriving home, my two-year-old asked to stay in the RS6 and pretend to drive. I once did that, so I encouraged her while watching from the outside, hoping to ...

Ferrari 458 Speciale Aperta (2015) review

Rated 4 out of 54

Ben Barry, 21 November 2014 11:47

The new 458 Speciale Aperta is the most hardcore V8 roadster that Ferrari has ever produced. In essence, Ferrari takes the 458 Spider and treats it to the same track-focussed upgrades that transform 458 Italia coupe into 458 Speciale. It then adds an A; it’s a reduction of Aperta, Italian for open. Performance goes up from the Italia and Spider’s 562bhp ...

Audi S1 (2014) long-term test review

Rated 3.5 out of 53.5

the CAR road test team, 17 November 2014 10:07

Month 2 running an Audi S1: winding up BMW drivers The bloke in the E46 3-series Coupe (couldn’t tell you what engine – debadged, obviously) who came hooning up my chuff at the A43 Brackley roundabout really didn’t like the S1. He was driving like a tool, forcing other drivers to get out of his way by tailgating them and ...

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

Rated 3.5 out of 53.5

the CAR road test team, 14 November 2014 08:30

Month 4 running a Seat Leon: dog transport skills Evil smell, drool and enough shed hair to stuff a mattress aside, one of the major down-sides of transporting a large, slobbering dog anywhere in a small car is the requirement to first remove the parcel shelf from the canine kennelling  department. Ours being a particularly large dog, this procedure must ...

Suzuki Swift 1.2 Dualjet SZ4 review (2014)

Rated 4 out of 54

Tim Pollard, 13 November 2014 09:37

We like the Suzuki Swift at CAR magazine. It’s a good, no-nonsense supermini that moved us so much at launch that we awarded it Car Of The Year in 2005. I ran CAR’s last long-termer, the Swift Sport back in 2012 and loved the fun-on-a-budget vibe. I was so smitten by its clever, underdone performance that I called for a ...

Caterham Seven 160 (2014) long-term test review

Rated 3 out of 53

the CAR road test team, 12 November 2014 08:32

Month 3 running a Caterham Seven 160: nine surprises Here are nine surprising things about the 160. 1) It’s highly susceptible to weight change, feeling quicker when running on fumes. Carry a passenger and a full tank and it’s like driving through treacle. 2) Its heater is searingly effective, instantly filling the cabin with volcanically hot air. 3) For all ...

Audi S6 saloon 2015 facelift review

Rated 4 out of 54

James Taylor, 12 November 2014 07:07

As the Audi A6 enjoys a subtle set of mid-life updates (we’ve driven the revamped A6 Avant Ultra – read the review here), that means a few tweaks in turn for the hot S6 version. Blink and you’ll miss them: there has been some facelift work on the exterior but it’s largely limited to a meaner-looking set of all-LED headlights ...

Fiat 500 review (2015)

Rated 3.5 out of 53.5

Tim Pollard, 06 November 2014 16:16

The Fiat 500 has been a mainstay at the top of the British best-seller’s chart for most of its life. Launched in 2007 to much fanfare - it was the cover star of CAR magazine in August that year - the 500 has become the lifeblood of the Fiat Group. No change there, then. Fiat has always relied on brilliant ...

Alfa Romeo 4C RHD Comfort spec (2014) CAR review

Rated 4 out of 54

CJ Hubbard, 04 November 2014 10:43

We need to talk about the Alfa Romeo 4C. So far every press car driven in the UK has been on Italian plates, left-hand drive and in ‘racing’ specification. This means bigger wheels – 18s at the front, 19s at the rear – stiffer springs and dampers, a rear anti-roll bar, a thicker front anti-roll bar and more aggressive front ...

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