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Long Term Report 2017 – Skoda Rapid Spaceback SE Sport 1.4 TDI

I’ve been enjoying an affair this month. In the last issue you may recall that Iíd written about the Rapid needing some TLC thanks to a warning on the dashboard flashing up to say an oil change was due. I

Long Term Report 2017 – Subaru Outback 2.0D SE Premium Lineartronic

Report 6 If Subaru had the marketing spend of some of its rivals, it would be able to make a bigger song and dance about its excellent EyeSight technology. Itís standard on Outback Lineartronic models and uses two cameras mounted

Long Term Report 2017 – Ford Edge Titanium 2.0 TDCi Automatic

After a two-week holiday for my Edge, while it competed against a long list of rivals in the annual Tow Car of the Year awards, thereís still no word on how it performed. Did it show a clean pair of

Long Term Report 2017 – Kia Optima Sportswagon GT-Line S 1.7 CRDi Automatic

This month was looking to be a fairly easy one for the Optima after the intense trip to Barcelona last month; it narrowly missed out on another work trip to Dortmund in Germany, but instead spent a few days parked

Long Term Report 2017 – Audi A3 Sportback S line 2.0 TDI

Report 4 A favourite song from my youth was Donovan’s ‘Mellow Yellow’ ñ remember that? ñ crooning about a cheery colour that appeals to my sunny nature. It was only years later that I learned of the lyrics being rumoured to

60 second On Test Report 2017 – Mercedes-Benz GLC 220 d 4Matic AMG Line Coupé

Most car makers have had an SUV explosion in their model line-ups, keen to fill any gaps in the repertoire with ever more off-road focused products. And while few of them will ever venture across terrain that is more demanding

Long Term Report 2017 – Mazda3 SE-L Nav 1.5

Report 6 Cars have changed a lot over the last 20 years to make driving easier, safer and more convenient. Wind-up windows are now obsolete, brakes designed to operate on drums have all but disappeared, and even the cheapest cars

Long Term Report 2017 – Mitsubishi L200 Double Cab 2.4 DI-D Barbarian Automatic

Report 3 This monthís tale is one of divorce, isolation and, finally, family harmony. Given the gripes voiced over practical living space, we decided to book our wheels back into Mitsubishiís fettling department for a few days. In the end,

Long Term Report 2017 – DS 5 Prestige BlueHDi 180 Automatic

Report 11 It’s been a bit of a tough month for the DS 5, although not all issues have been the fault of the car. In fact one issue was very much my fault; those glorious 19-inch wheels are very

Long Term Report 2017 – Jaguar XF R-Sport 2.0d Automatic

Report 11 Call me old fashioned, but I rather like my premium motor cars to have more than four cylinders under the bonnet. The recent downsizing trend has seen some fantastically clever engineering solutions ñ three-cylinder petrol engines, multiple turbo

Long Term Report 2017 – Renault Kadjar Dynamique Nav dCi 110 EDC

Final test As the year flies by, itís now more than nine months since the Renault Kadjar arrived on the Diesel Car long-term test fleet. Simon Thompson, photographer extraordinaire, was the first custodian, and he racked up a huge mileage

Long Term Report 2017 – Honda CR-V 1.6 i-DTEC EX 4WD

Report 8 After last monthís adventure, our CR-V might have gone back to shorter trips, but its interior was still showing all the hallmarks of being ëwell-usedí. A thorough clean was needed to get the cabin back to being tidy

Long Term Report 2017 – SEAT Ateca SE 1.6 TDI Ecomotive

Report 7 It wasnít too long ago that cars were much simpler. If anything was amiss, a keen DIYer could get his tool box and spanners from the shed, lift the bonnet and take a look at the problem himself.

Long Term Report 2017 – Renault Kadjar Dynamique Nav dCi 110 EDC Automatic

Report 8 It’s been a rather quiet month in the Edge household. Iíd love to tell you that Iíve been meandering up and down the country on various missions to attend events and new car launches, but most of this

Long Term Report 2017 – Skoda Rapid Spaceback SE Sport 1.4 TDI

Report 8 It’s amazing what a difference a day can make. There I was, driving out of Kidderminster one evening when the Skodaís stop/start system threw a strop. Having to go to Kidderminster is enough to put anyone in a