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Long Term Report 2016 – Skoda Superb Estate Laurin & Klement 2.0 TDI

Month one and I’m already mourning the departure of the Superb in six months time, and can you blame me? Just look at it. Design is incredibly subjective, but I’d argue the new Superb is one of the most aesthetically

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Long Term Report 2016 – Renault Captur Dynamique Nav dCi 110

We live in a day and age where personalisation options on cars include all manner of colour configurations, but be warned there can be a downside to this excess of limitless choice. It seems manufacturers are inviting customers to throw

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Long Term Report 2016 – Kia Sorento KX-3 2.2 CRDi

Recently I’ve been lending a hand to a friend who lives beside a fast, busy main road. Just to add to the fun, it’s near a particularly complicated junction, so leaving his house without causing a pile up means driving

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60 second On Test Report 2016 – Toyota RAV4 Icon 2.0 D-4D

Last month we tested the hybrid edition of the revitalised Toyota RAV4, and now it’s the turn of the diesel edition, powered by a brand new 2.0-litre diesel engine sourced from BMW. Power jumps from 122 to 141bhp, with an

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Long Term Report 2016 – Honda HR-V EX 1.6 i-DTEC

Honda really does know how to design some head-swivelling cars. I vividly recall the first time I saw the new-generation Civic that appeared a decade ago, and it snapped my head around when it strayed into my peripheral vision at

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60 second On Test Report 2016 – Ford EcoSport Titanium 1.5 TDCi

When the EcoSport made its European debut a couple of year ago, it’s fair to say that it didn’t exactly get an easy time in the hands of journalists, and garnered considerable criticism because it didn’t live up to the


60 second On Test Report 2016 – Mitsubishi Mirage Attivo Automatic

It’s very easy to get caught up with rating every car based on their driving prowess, but not everyone wants a car that delivers thrills and spills at every turn. For some, a long list of equipment, a keen price,


Long Term Report 2016 – Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV 2.0 MIVEC GX4h

Crunch. What was that? Before I see it, I know: it’s the sound of my ill-fated power management system for the PHEV coming to an abrupt and early demise. Let’s rewind. Not unusually, it was raining the night before, but


Long Term Report 2016 – Honda HR-V EX 1.6 i-DTEC

The West Country has always had a bit of a magic pull for me, dating back to childhood holidays that by family tradition always began in the early hours at home in south London, with Stonehenge as our breakfast stop


Long Term Report 2016 – Kia Sorento KX-3 2.2 CRDi

Around the time the Kia was delivered last summer, the newspapers started to publish their annual stories of the apocalyptic weather set to hit the UK over the winter. With the Sorento featuring four-wheel drive we would be sitting pretty,

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60 second On Test Report 2016 – Volvo S60 Cross Country D4 Lux Nav Automatic

There were more than a few raised eyebrows when Volvo took the wraps off the S60 Cross Country a year ago, as it was an answer to a question that no-one had asked. Volvo believed they were about to kick


Long Term Report 2016 – Suzuki Vitara 1.6 DDiS SZ5 Urban Allgrip

It’s not something you’d immediately notice in the middle of summer, but when you’re feeling your way around in the dark depths of winter, good quality, powerful headlights are essential. The Vitara’s high-power lights are great under normal circumstances; the


Long Term Report 2016 – Audi Q3 S line 2.0 TDI quattro Automatic

It’s rule one in the little book of sod’s laws – if you’re already late and in a real hurry, it’s the one time that your car is more likely to let you down. And so early that fateful morning,


Long Term Report 2016 – Renault Captur Dynamique Nav dCi 110

Annual pilgrimages to visit relatives over the New Year period means that I’ve put another 1,300 or so miles on the V60 in often difficult conditions, thanks to the seemingly non-stop battering Britain got from Desmond, Eva and Frank. And

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60 second On Test Report 2016 – Mazda3 Fastback Sport Nav Diesel

Mainstream car makers have all but abandoned the medium saloon car market, but an interesting move by Mazda when it introduced its new 3 a couple of years ago, saw the return of the traditional four-door, albeit wearing the more