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VW Up 1.0 (2013) long-term test review

Rated 2 out of 52

the CAR road test team, 14 March 2014 08:00

Month five running a VW Up: just how practical is VW's city car? For one month only I’m delivering my Up-date using the same delivery method favoured by Gordon Brown’s No10 advisors: the sh*t sandwich. You start with the good news, then the bad, and finally some encouragement to reanimate the smile-o-matic. First off, it ain’t half useful, the Up. ...

Jaguar XF Sportbrake Diesel S (2013) long-term test review

Rated 2.5 out of 52.5

the CAR road test team, 13 March 2014 15:00

Month running a Jaguar XF Sportbrake: using the Jag to live our very own Tour de France dream I'm not sure who I felt most sorry for, my 15-year-old son or my brother. My son Seth had to pedal 200 miles in 35 degree heat; my brother Paul had to drive so slowly the tedium was worse than watching granite ...

Aston Martin DB9 (2013) long-term test review

Rated 2 out of 52

the CAR road test team, 10 March 2014 15:00

Month 8 running an Aston Martin DB9: Anthony compares the Aston to his Mazda 6 long-termer Why is it, pray, that only the leather-upholstered interiors of wallet-meltingly pricey cars actually smell of leather? It takes seven Bridge of Weir hides to trim the cabin of a DB9. And, it being a five-seater rather than mere 2+Douglas Bader, I can’t imagine ...

Dacia Duster 1.5 DCi Laureate 4x4 (2013) long-term test review

Rated 2.5 out of 52.5

the CAR road test team, 04 December 2013 12:00

Month three running a Daica Duster: why the Duster is just as focused as a McLaren supercar (really) Maybe it's because it’s white, angular, rugged and (relatively) cheap. Whatever the reason, I’ve adopted a uniquely emotionless approach to the Duster, the first time I’ve done so with a long-term car. In much the same way as a fridge does its job ...

Ford Focus ST (2013) long-term test review

Rated 2 out of 52

the CAR road test team, 27 November 2013 09:00

Month seven running a Ford Focus ST: how does the Focus ST handle a track day-thrashing? I’ve been to a couple of track days before, and I know how a neatly driven hot hatch can embarrass a clumsy supercar, so a recent track day at Rockingham was going to be a big test for the powerful Focus ST: I was ...

Audi RS4 Avant (2013) long-term test review

Rated 2.5 out of 52.5

the CAR road test team, 04 November 2013 09:00

Month 6 running an Audi RS4 Avant: goodbye to CAR's 444bhp RS4 Avant Andy Green knows how it feels to come to a halt, breathless, at the end of a hyper-fast drive in a dead straight line. And now, after seven months behind the wheel of the RS4, so do I. Whatever else it is, this brutally quick estate car is ...

Fiat Panda 0.9 TwinAir (2013) long-term test review

Rated 2.5 out of 52.5

the CAR road test team, 23 October 2013 08:00

Month 6: goodbye to CAR's long-term Fiat Panda The gut-wrenching sound of rending metal brought on by an unsatisfactory skirmish with a heavily-armoured octogenarian aside, there have been three key characteristics to Fiat Panda 0.9 TwinAir 85hp Lounge tenureship, the memory of which will kinda linger… The first is the extraordinary discovery that, when the time comes for an update ...

Honda Civic 1.8 i-VTEC (2013) long-term test review

Rated 2.5 out of 52.5

the CAR road test team, 29 July 2013 07:00

Month 7 running a Honda Civic i-VTEC - goodbye to our Civic, and the final verdict So farewell, then, Honda Civic 1.8 VTEC ES. It’s been a slice. We must however, identify just the odd gripe nut in the ambrosia of what has largely been an amnesia-smooth experience… Firstly, I haven’t met anyone during my tenure who thinks this is ...

Volvo V40 D2 SE (2013) long-term test

Rated 2.5 out of 52.5

the CAR road test team, 15 July 2013 09:00

Month 7 running a Volvo V40: final verdict on Volvo's entry-level hatchback Seven of the ten best-selling cars of 2012 were hatchbacks – eight if you include the Nissan Qashqai, which is about as good off-road as a deflated Space Hopper, so let’s call that a hatchback too. Launching into this fiercely fought sector is a challenge for any manufacturer, but ...

Range Rover Evoque (2012) long-term test review

Rated 2.5 out of 52.5

the CAR road test team, 26 April 2013 09:30

Month 10 running a Range Rover Evaoue: thoughts on the Evoque's cabin What’s the inside story on the Evoque? Plump for the coupe, and you pay £1000 more than for the five-door and get two fewer doors. If you need frequent access to the rear, the glacial motorised slide of the front seats could drive you potty, and squeezing through ...

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