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

Report 9 What’s that cliche about not appreciating what youíve got until itís gone? Well I know exactly how that feels, as I spent five days without my Optima this month. And those days without my faithful companion were tough.

60 second On Test Report 2016 – Land Rover Discovery Sport HSE Dynamic Luxury 2.0 TD4 4WD

We couldn’t produce an off-road special issue without including a Land Rover, and the Discovery Sport is the companyís second-best seller, marginally behind the popular Range Rover Evoque. Launched to much acclaim in 2014, itís the first time that weíve

Long Term Report 2017 – Ford Edge Titanium 2.0 TDCi Automatic

Report 10 There’s been a flurry of new entrants into the large SUV sector, with Skodaís Kodiaq one of the most high-profile additions. Thereís also the Renault Koleos, the revised Nissan X-Trail and the second-generation Volvo XC60, and at the

60 second On Test Report 2016 – Renault Kadjar Signature dCi 130 4WD

Regular readers will know that weíve tested most variants of the popular Renault Kadjar range, putting the entry-level 109bhp 1.5-litre dCi engine through its paces, both in manual and automatic guises, while at the carís launch we also drove the

Long Term Report 2017 – Peugeot 3008 Allure BlueHDi 120

Report 4 Recently, in the interests of fairness, I contemplated sampling a 2.0-litre version of the 3008. Iíve become more than satisfied with the performance of my 1.6-litre example, but I had a nagging feeling that more thrust would unlock

60 second On Test Report 2016 – Volvo V90 Cross Country D5 Powerpulse AWD

Volvo Cars is in rude health. Last year sales were up 7.5 per cent, and assuming that the new car market doesnít go into meltdown, Volvo should push past the 50,000 sales threshold. It is more than eight years since

Long Term Report 2017 – Skoda Octavia SE L 2.0 TDI

Report 4 I’m no technophobe. Indeed, I’m something of a gadget lover, even if Iím rarely an early adopter. Perhaps it was my enthusiasm for Sonyís ill-fated Minidisc tech, soon after its arrival, that put paid to me jumping onto

Long Term Report 2017 – Renault Scenic Dynamique S dCi 130

Report 2 While the Wright family have been relaxing in sunnier climes for a fortnight, the Scenic was left languishing on the driveway at home. Itís for that reason that only 547 miles have been added to the tally since

Long Term Report 2017 – Mitsubishi ASX 4 1.6 DI-D 4WD

First Report Fifty miles per gallon. Itís the make-believe level of achievement road testers like me can only dream about. As a seasoned Diesel Car L200 double cab tester, I can tell you with authority that 40mpg is data worthy

Long Term Report 2017 – Citroën C3 Flair BlueHDi 100

Report 3 There’s some really forward thinking technology built into the diminutive little CitroÎn C3. From the outside it might just be another supermini, albeit one endowed with chunky airbumps and pseudo off-road friendly plastic mouldings, but at some point

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

The renewal of the Octavia range has been phased, with the core models arriving in showrooms early this year, followed by sportier vRS editions and the rugged Scout four-wheel-drive. No doubt this was carefully planned to ensure maximum publicity for

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

Now here’s a thing. Someone recently mistook the vibrant A3 for an S3, the sports version that has ñ whisper it ñ a petrol engine. Perhaps we’d better cover our editor’s ears so he doesn’t hear such blasphemy. It is

Long Term Report 2017 – SEAT Leon ST SE Dynamic Technology 1.6 TDI DSG

Report 3 Since the last report, the Leon has been rather busy, and I couldnít be happier. Lots of trips, with all sorts of luggage, furniture and people on board have been the ideal test of this family workhorse. After

Long Term Report 2017 – Ford Edge Titanium 2.0 TDCi Automatic

Report 9 As I returned to the car after a shopping expedition trip to Sainsburyís, one of the car wash operatives approached me. The car was clean, so I was ready to say ìno thank youî to an impromptu wash,

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

Blimey, 20,000 miles ñ where did all those miles go? Over the past nine months, Kiaís largest estate car has taken a trip to Barcelona, while the rest of the time it has been seen darting around the British Isles,