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Audi RS6 Avant (2014) long-term test review

Rated 4 out of 54

the CAR road test team, 18 December 2014 10:47

Month 5 running an Audi RS6: Greg Fountain swaps his Merc CLS Shooting Brake for the fast Avant Life may be a rollercoaster but there’s no more literal way of experiencing it than by swapping a six-cylinder diesel for a twin-turbo V8. Okay, there is the option of popping over to Alton Towers for a spot of organ rearrangement, but ...

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

Rated 3.5 out of 53.5

the CAR road test team, 17 December 2014 17:07

Month 7 running a VW Golf GTI Mk7: this or a Golf R? Normally you’d expect the price to be the headline: at £30,555, the new Golf R is almost double the cost of a boggo-basic entry-level Golf (a snip at £16,975). But if, like me, you’re lucky enough to be driving a GTI that’s been optioned up to the ...

BMW M235i (2014) long-term test review

Rated 4 out of 54

the CAR road test team, 16 December 2014 09:11

Month 5 running a BMW M235i: Mark Walton compares it with his Mk7 VW Golf GTI Ten or 20 years ago, there would have been no competition – a Golf versus an M car? I would have taken the hardcore, bare-chested, rear-wheel-drive Beemer every time, and laughed in the face of the front-drive shopping trolley, as my hellish burnout spat ...

Audi S1 Sportback (2014) long-term test review

Rated 4 out of 54

the CAR road test team, 10 December 2014 10:41

Audi S1 Sportback diary notes: it’s the perfect winter GTI My first proper outing in our S1 Sportback: an overnight December dash to a work function near Taplow, Berkshire. Maps suggested an hour-and-three-quarters drive and 97 miles, so I asked keeper James Taylor if I could borrow Audi’s high-performance A1 yesterday. I came away quite charmed. The S1 feels like ...

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

Rated 3.5 out of 53.5

the CAR road test team, 09 December 2014 11:22

Month 5 running a Seat Leon: not enjoying the eco-tips served up by the car Bit of a nanny, the Leon, it transpires. Beneath an exterior at which one of the missus’s MILF chums incessantly gushes ‘the most beautiful blue I’ve ever seen on a car’ beats a heart of pure Hattie Jacques’s matron. Constantly interrupting the chosen instrument binnacle ...

Caterham Seven 160 (2014) long-term test review

Rated 3.5 out of 53.5

the CAR road test team, 08 December 2014 11:31

Month 4 running a Caterham Seven: a trip to the Top Gear test track We’ve been getting out and about, the 160 and I. Caterham has a devout following, so I wangled an invite to one of the Lotus Seven Club’s key summer meets. The event was held at Dunsfold airfield which, apparently, is used for some obscure TV show. ...

Ford Fiesta ST (2014) long-term test review

Rated 3.5 out of 53.5

the CAR road test team, 03 December 2014 12:27

Month 4 running a Ford Fiesta ST: a rumble with our Audi S1 For the past four weeks I’ve swapped into Steve Moody’s Fiesta ST from CAR’s Audi S1. They’re chalk and cheese in the hot hatch world - but an interesting comparison nonetheless. You sit higher in the ST than you do in the S1, but the Recaro seats ...

Porsche 911 Carrera: used 997 long-term test review (2014)

Rated 4 out of 54

the CAR road test team, 02 December 2014 09:23

Month 3 running a Porsche 911 (997) Carrera: some of the tech is 10 years old I am aware of how lucky I am to be driving a 911 every day. If any of the following observations seem churlish or spoiled, don’t hate me. The purpose of this test is to see what it’s like to live with a last-generation ...

Nissan 370Z Nismo (2015) review

Rated 4.5 out of 54.5

James Taylor, 01 December 2014 18:06

Not everyone loved the Nissan 370Z Nismo when it landed in 2013. Maybe Nismo took that to heart, because in the intervening year or so it’s rolled it back into the workshop, done some tinkering and sent it back out into the big wide world armed with a thorough set of updates. That means the 2015 model year Zed Nismo ...

Mercedes SL400 (2015) review

Rated 4 out of 54

Tim Pollard, 01 December 2014 12:09

The endless pursuit of automotive engineering perfection must be confusing for Top Trumps players. Take the Mercedes SL. We’re testing the box-fresh SL400 V6, which replaces 350 as the range entry point. A kind of retirement present on the cheap for those whose nest-egg hasn’t blossomed enough to bag a V8 or V12. Merc’s SL range now starts with a ...

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