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Ford Focus ST 2.0 Ecoboost Estate (2015) review

Rated 4 out of 54

James Taylor, 26 January 2015 10:56

All eyes were on the new diesel TDCi model at the facelifted Ford Focus ST launch, leaving the trusty petrol Ecoboost-engined version somewhat overlooked. Make no mistake though, the green-pump ST is the more rewarding car to drive. What’s more, the myriad improvements made to the ST as part of the facelift have quietly turned it from something of a ...

Vauxhall Adam Grand Slam (2015) review

Rated 3.5 out of 53.5

CJ Hubbard, 22 January 2015 07:00

The Vauxhall Adam Grand Slam is a new halo model for the Vauxhall Adam city car range, aiming to give the existing fashion-orientated Jam, Glam and Slam line up a bit of a performance boost. Not that they particularly need it as far as sales are concerned. 125,000 Adams have found homes since the car went on sale two years ...

VW Golf GTI (2015) long-term test review of Mk7 GTI

Rated 3.5 out of 53.5

the CAR road test team, 21 January 2015 08:07

Month 8 running a Volkswagen Golf GTI Mk7: how economical is it? A weekend in North Yorkshire to see my family (see picture) meant a Friday night blast up the A1. It’s a pretty frustrating journey – the ‘Great North Road’ is gradually being widened to three lanes, but the old two-lane sections through Notts and South Yorks are always ...

Smart ForTwo (2015) review

Rated 3.5 out of 53.5

Steve Moody, 19 January 2015 17:15

Innovation is rarely cheap, but for such a small car, the Smart ForTwo has been a mind-bendingly expensive good idea. An exact figure has never been publicly disclosed, but this little tub of a thing has lost Daimler many billions since it launched the first one in 1998. So it would have been easy for the board to lose their ...

Peugeot 308 GT (2015) review

Rated 4 out of 54

CJ Hubbard, 16 January 2015 09:15

Think of the Peugeot 308 GT as the warm-up act for the 308 R, a car that should finally see the RCZ R’s bonkers drivetrain transplanted into a more practical bodystyle whenever the powers that be finally deign to release it. And if the 308 R carries on in the same vein, a warm-up is the least you’ll be needing ...

Audi RS6 Avant (2015) long-term test review

Rated 4 out of 54

the CAR road test team, 14 January 2015 08:43

Month 7 running an Audi RS6 Avant: whoops, we’ve been done speeding! Drive 400 miles to Spa, put a photographer in the boot, drive him around to take pictures of supercars, drive home. Can you think of a better car than the RS6? Greg’s CLS350 CDI wins the mpg war, but as I discovered last month, it can’t compete dynamically ...

Ford Fiesta ST (2015) long-term test review

Rated 3.5 out of 53.5

the CAR road test team, 06 January 2015 10:53

Month 5 running a Ford Fiesta ST: can a modern hot hatch still slide? When I was slightly less bad at skiing than I am now, I had an instructor who would bleat on, all day every day: ‘You must accept ze slide, accept ze slide’. He meant that only once you had allowed yourself to go beyond the limit ...

Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II (2015) review

Rated 4 out of 54

Anthony ffrench-Constant, 05 January 2015 16:40

I once found myself armed with a Silver Seraph, crossing the Channel en route to Agincourt. Sadly, the car was so new that Rolls had duct taped it to death, and insisted the Spirit of Ecstasy should remain under wraps. Eleanor Thornton was duly sheathed in a bright yellow Marigold, stuffed with tissues in a manner that proved most provocative ...

BMW M235i (2015) long-term test review

Rated 4 out of 54

the CAR road test team, 05 January 2015 12:17

Month 6 running a BMW M235i: the half-way report While I spent some of the last couple of months holed up in editor Mac’s Range Rover and Walton’s Golf GTI, the M235i has been passed around the office like a teenage bimbo at a premiership footballer’s birthday party. Job one was taking art director Matt Tarrant and clobber on a ...

Audi A7 3.0 TDI Ultra (2014) review

Rated 2.5 out of 52.5

Greg Fountain, 02 January 2015 07:00

The A7, which came swooping along in 2010 as Audi’s riposte to the Mercedes CLS, has had a bit of a facelift in 2014, crucially including the adoption of the super-efficient ‘Ultra’ diesel engine already available on the A4, A5 and naturally the A6 on which the A7 is based. Audi’s Ultra brand is pitched as a way of ‘getting ...

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