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

A few weeks ago, on a very sodden and miserable day, two blokes met in the car park of a well-known budget hotel (conveniently located next to the M6) to make an exchange. I arrived in a maroon Nissan Qashqai, while

Long Term Report 2018 – Renault Scenic Dynamique S dCi 130

Report 5 All the way back in 1984, I remember one of my favourite films was Gremlins. During the festive season, these little creatures seem to have attacked the Scenicís inner core. The first evidence was the appearance of an

Long Term Report 2018 – Citroën C3 Flair BlueHDi 100

Report 6 The bright blue CitroÎn has been with me for six months now and has, thus far, cost me nothing more than a small fortune in diesel, although that says more about UK fuel prices than it does about

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

Report 4 We’re swiftly approaching a temporary fleet retirement for the ASX since, according to Mitsubishi, it needs to be recalled for an interim 7,767-mile service. If that sounds odd, it equates to 12,500 kilometres. I wondered initially if they

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

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

Report 2 Two months into its time with us, the A5 Sportback is already proving its worth as a roomy and practical family car that looks good, performs well, and has a very commodious capacity as a load-lugger. There is

Long Term Report 2018 – Peugeot 3008 Allure BlueHDi 120

Report 7 I’m old enough to remember the early days of engine stop-start technology, which if Iím being honest was not a great time to be alive. The concept might have been a sound one, but the implementation was often

Long Term Report 2018 – MINI Countryman Cooper D

Report 3 Autumn has quickly changed to winter and with the dark nights and mornings, Iím appreciating more of the kit fitted to my Countryman. Along with the change of season, has come longer trips, one of which was a

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

Report 3 This month, Iím going to break with convention and talk about music. Iím no expert on the subject ñ Iíve no idea how to tell the difference between Bach and Tchaikovsky, or even between Justin Bieber and Taylor

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

First Report We motoring journos are an impartial bunch, of course, always keen to review every car we drive at a launch event fairly and squarely. But when weíre looking to buy a car ourselves, or even running one as

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

Report 2 A month in from the arrival of our top-of-the-range Kuga and itís settling in nicely on the driveway. In fact, the only difficulty we seem to be having is the way that friends and family pronounce the name. Apart

60 second On Test Report 2018 – SEAT Leon X-Perience SE Lux 2.0 TDI 4Drive

When the Leon was facelifted a year ago, most of the focus was placed upon the hatchback, three-door and estate editions, while the quirkily named Leon X-Perience largely went ignored. It benefits from a standard four-wheel-drive system and is a

60 second On Test Report 2018 – Jaguar F-Pace R-Sport 2.0 D AWD

When the F-Pace was launched a couple of years ago, there seemed to be a yawning chasm in the modelís line-up. Sure there was the barnstorming 296bhp 3.0-litre diesel engine crowning the top of the range, but the next most

60 second On Test Report 2018 – BMW 520d M Sport Touring

The traditional market sectors long been popular with buyers are shrinking, with buyers of traditional saloon and estate cars seemingly moving towards more fashionable SUVs. But with top-notch estate cars like this 5 Series Touring on offer, we canít help

Long Term Report 2017 – Mazda CX-5 AWD Sport Nav

Report 2 Last month I may have made a mistake. This error was not something I said, or the misreporting of some poignant fact, but rather something I failed to mention when welcoming the Mazda CX-5 to our fleet. While