60 second On Test Report 2016 – Jaguar XE R-Sport 2.0 AWD

If ever there was a Jaguar to banish the old-fashioned view of the brand, the XE is it. Remove all thoughts of the X-Type from your mind, as this time around, the Midlands-based firm has hit a bullseye. Launched last


Long Term Report 2016 – Skoda Rapid Spaceback SE Sport 1.4 TDI

After two months with our Rapid Spaceback, perhaps the most striking thing about the car is the number of others we’re seeing on the roads. The usual state of affairs with our long-termers is to see pretty much no others,


60 second On Test Report 2016 – Ford S-MAX Vignale 2.0 TDCi

Don’t write this test off as unrepresentative of a UK car, because despite wearing German registration plates, this flagship S-MAX Vignale is actually right hand drive, with the same specification as the cars arriving now at Ford stores. This new


Long Term Report 2016 – Jaguar XF R-Sport 2.0

Currently Diesel Car Magazine’s ‘Best Executive Car’ and second only to Kia’s Sportage in the magazine’s top 50 rankings, it’s abundantly clear that Jaguar’s latest generation XF has quickly established itself as a respected performer in the short time since


60 Second On Test Report – Mercedes-Benz C 220 d AMG Line Cabriolet

Despite the C-Class being in its fourth generation (fifth if you include its predecessor, the 190), it has never before been offered in Cabriolet guise. Sure there’s been a multitude of different bodystyles, including saloon, estate and coupé, but it’s


Long Term Report 2016 – DS 5 Prestige BlueHDi 180

It is the detail of something special that holds the beauty. The Mona Lisa is just a picture of a woman until you get close and see the intricacies on the canvas, the strokes of a brush in the paint.


Long Term Report 2016 – Seat Ibiza FR 1.4 TDI

Itís been a removal van, airport taxi and dependable hospital transport in the last month, and SEATís Ibiza never let me down. Iíll admit that it doesnít read like the most exciting of times with whatís supposed to be SEATís


Long Term Report 2016 – DS 5 Prestige BlueHDi 180

One of the most popular misconceptions about the DS 5 is what underpinnings it utilises. With the DS 3 being based on the C3 chassis, and the DS 4 sitting on the C4 platform, you would expect the DS 5


Long Term Report 2016 – Skoda Rapid Spaceback SE Sport 1.4 TDI

Audis and BMWs are for brash middle managers, Fords and Vauxhalls are for junior sales reps while Volvos are driven by school teachers and the retired. Alright, so that last one is an outdated observation, but we just love to


Long Term Report 2016 – Ford S-MAX Titanium Sport 2.0 TDCi AWD PowerShift

The introduction of flagship Vignale specification cars has already been discussed at length in terms of the Mondeo, with the merits often pooh-poohed because commentators reckon it’s poor value for money. This month the debate intensifies with the introduction of


Long Term Report 2016 – MINI Clubman Cooper D

The last month of Clubman ownership probably involved the biggest test of the ‘big’ MINI in the six-months we had it on loan – a family holiday. Despite my wife’s claims that all our luggage for a week away wouldn’t


Long Term Report 2016 – Audi a4 S line 3.0 V6 TDI Quattro

I’ve yet to find a touchscreen infotainment system that has been good enough to convince me that a future without buttons is something to look forward to. More often than not, you’re forced into spending more time with your eyes


Long Term Report 2016 – Kia Optima 3 1.7 CRDi

Our Optima has acquired a semi-permanent passenger. There’s a badger in the back. No, not a real one, or there would doubtless be similar scratch marks and excavations to those that currently adorn our garden patio and lawn. My trip


Long Term Report 2016 – Peugeot 508 SW GT Line BlueHDi 150

We’re getting to know our new motor pretty well now, and forming a mental list of its ‘Hot’ and ‘Not’ qualities. For anyone who has owned a Peugeot, of whatever vintage, I reckon that this month’s hot property will come


Long Term Report 2016 – Renault Kadjar Dynamique Nav dCi 110 EDC

Okay, a few firsts for me with the Renault Kadjar. The first time behind the wheel of a car in the seriously ‘en-vogue’ and ever-increasing crossover segment, and this Renault is ‘my’ first French car. There are a few reservations,