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Long Term Report 2016 – Citroën C4 Cactus Feel BlueHDi 100 (Airdream Pack)

It’s still here! It won’t take Sherlock-levels of detective work to discover the C4 Cactus is still part of the Diesel Car fleet, with the Citroën mothership seemingly reluctant to take it back. Alright, that’s not strictly true and I’m

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60 second On Test Report 2016 – Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 d 4MATIC AMG Line Coupé

When Mercedes-Benz set about facelifting the M-Class, not only did it give it a nip and a tuck to make sure that it stayed fresh compared to newer competition, it also gave it a new name. The GLE badge has

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60 second On Test Report 2016 – Skoda Octavia vRS 2.0 TDI 4×4

One of the biggest benefits of basing cars on a common platform that is shared across a wide range of different models, is that you have access to a toolkit that allows you to produce a diverse range of derivatives.

our cars ford

Long Term Report 2016 – Ford Mondeo Estate Titanium 2.0 TDCi Automatic

When our bright red Mondeo made an appearance last May, acceptance by the Robertson family was expected to be tough. After almost two years driving machines that had a more upright stance, in this case the Ford Kuga SUV and

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60 second On Test Report 2016 – Volkswagen Golf Estate Alltrack 2.0 TDI 4MOTION

Hatchbacks, estates, electric power, plug-in hybrids and performance derivatives, as well as chunky four-wheel-drive editions make up a Golf range that is incredibly diverse. Thanks to the versatile MQB platform that underpins VW’s best-selling medium car, the company can truly


Long Term Report 2016 – MITSUBISHI Outlander PHEV 2.0 MIVEC GX4h

Seeing as this is the greenest car on our fleet, it seems only right to do green things with it. So this month finds me driving along with a monstrously large Ikea sofa bed on board. No, we’re not having

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Long Term Report 2016 – Volvo V60 Cross Country D3 Lux Nav automatic

My mother describes the Volvo V60 Cross Country as nice, which always strikes me as saying that the car has a perfectly acceptable level of competence, but lacks anything to make you go wow. She’s probably not far from the

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60 second On Test Report 2016 – Lexus RC 300h Premier

Glance through the data files towards the back of the magazine and you’ll notice that there’s all manner of low CO2 hybrid vehicles listed, but apart from the Lexus RC 300h tested here, you’ll struggle to find any coupés. The

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

It’s funny how the little things matter. You can have a long list of standard equipment on a car, but it’s just one feature that can make your day. When we decided upon the specification of our long-term Q3 last

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Long Term Report 2016 – Citroën C4 Cactus Feel BlueHDi 100 (Airdream Pack)

Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but inside the Cactus it’s so delightful. OK, so it’s a little late – or indeed, early – to be referencing Christmas songs, but over the past four weeks the Citroën has been subjected

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Long Term Report 2016 – Peugeot 308 GT BlueHDi 180 Automatic

Trying to ascertain the pluses and the minuses of owning a car can be a long-winded business; hence the virtue of Diesel Car’s ‘Our Cars’ fleet. There are some issues that you simply don’t notice in the early stages, until

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60 second On Test Report 2016 – Audi A3 Sportback e-tron 1.4 TFSI

Recent changes to the structure of the Government’s plug-in car grant has meant that buyers of cars like the Audi A3 e-tron don’t benefit as much from the subsidy as before. Previously there was a blanket £5k grant, but that

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

Time to come clean about my car ownership habits. I’m not a huge fan of keeping cars looking pristine; you can’t maintain that showroom-fresh look forever, so why bust a gut trying. Don’t worry, I’m not advocating a cleaning amnesty,

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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