Long Term Report 2018 – MINI Countryman Cooper D

Report 4 It’s been another busy month of Countryman ownership, with around 800 miles added to the biggest MINI yet. One of the highlights and longest trips this month was a visit to Manchester with my wife. Katherine mainly drives

60 second On Test Report 2018 – Skoda Kodiaq Scout 2.0 TDI 4×4

Even with a limited model range available, Skodaís large SUV, the Kodiaq, has made a significant impact on the new car sales market. Last year, it sold 6,664 examples, outselling the Hyundai Santa Fe and Kia Sorento, as well as

60 second On Test Report 2018 – Peugeot 308 Allure BlueHDi 130

When the facelifted 308 arrived in Peugeot showrooms in September, the headline engine, the brand- new Euro-6.2 compliant 1.5-litre BlueHDi 130 unit wasnít available to order. The 16-valve unit makes its debut in the family hatchback before proliferating across the

Long Term Report 2018 – Mitsubishi ASX 4 1.6 DI-D 4WD

Report 5 We’re nearing the end of our relationship and, as the clichÈ goes, I wonder if any frustrations with the ASX are a case of ìitís not you, itís meî. Truth is, a thing with another vehicle has polluted

Long Term Report 2018 – Audi A5 Sportback S line 2.0 TDI ultra S tronic

Report 3 In the middle of a winter that has already shown its fangs in that post-Storm Caroline ‘snow bomb’ that blanketed most of the country in sub-zero whiteness, I’m enjoying the toasty features that make the big Audi such

60 second On Test Report 2018 – Renault Megane Sport Tourer GT Nav dCi 165

A year after the Megane hatchback and Sport Tourer went on sale in the UK, Renault has launched a flagship for its diesel line-up. Powered by a 1.6-litre twin-turbocharged diesel engine, the newcomer develops 161bhp and 280lb ft of torque, all

Long Term Report 2018 – Renault Scenic Dynamique S dCi 130

Report 6 After five months as part of the Wright household, our autumnal orange Scenic is still proving to be a great asset. With little drama to speak of, we simply get in and drive, enjoying its comfort, technology and

Long Term Report 2018 – Citroën C3 Flair BlueHDi 100

Report 7 Six months in, and I canít resist it any longer. Youíll know from my days of running the DS 5 that thereís one issue that really winds me up as I navigate my way around the nationís motorways.

Long Term Report 2018 – Mazda CX-5 AWD Sport Nav

Report 4 Regular readers may notice that our CX-5ís odometer reading has rocketed since last monthís update. What with various events, get-togethers and a short holiday in one of Englandís less populous (and less accessible) counties, Iíve put more than

Long Term Report 2018 – SEAT Leon ST SE Dynamic Technology 1.6 TDI DSG

Report 7 I’ve broken my own rule with our ëtardis-likeí SEAT, because I normally try and avoid reading any reviews, thoughts or opinions from the motoring press about my long-termer before enjoying a few months of touring the country together.

Long Term Report 2018 – Skoda Octavia Estate Laurin & Klement 2.0 TDI

Report 8 I’ve been a good boy this year (stop sniggering at the back), so when I asked Santa for an Octavia estate for Christmas, I was granted my wish (slightly early). The Fairy Godmother ñ Clare in the Skoda

Long Term Report 2018 – Peugeot 3008 Allure BlueHDi 120

Report 8 I recently sampled a new premium SUV which was touted as being an ëavant-gardeí alternative to the mainstream German and Swedish opposition. You could tell from the carís various design cues that its maker was trying really hard to

Long Term Report 2018 – Nissan Qashqai N-Connecta dCi 110

Report 2 It hasnít been the easiest start for the Qashqai, arriving in a rainy October, just before temperatures plummeted and we were treated to freezing conditions and snowy roads. Still, one of the reasons SUVs have become so popular,

Long Term Report 2018 – Ford Kuga Vignale 2.0 TDCi AWD PowerShift

Report 3 With the festive season now firmly in the rear-view mirror, our long-term Kuga has gone back to performing its usual functions as a family shuttle, covering mainly local journeys. Iím sure I should have ticked the box for

Long Term Report 2018 – Skoda Octavia SE L 2.0 TDI

Report 7 A press release landed in my inbox recently, from Glassís, the used car valuation experts. It was about LED and bi-xenon headlights and how they can have a positive impact on residual values. The thinking is that cars fitted