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Long Term Report 2017 – Peugeot 3008 Allure BlueHDi 120

First Report I’m not someone who pays a huge amount of attention to awards ceremonies. Sure, it’s good to be recognised for important achievements, but in many industries, it’s more of a subjective appraisal than empirical assessment. Which is ironic

Long Term Report 2017 – Skoda Octavia SE L 2.0 TDI

First Report I’ve been writing about cars for 20 years and in that time Iíve seen Skodaís products go from worthy but dull, to class leading. Owners love them and even reviewers, a notoriously difficult bunch to satisfy, write very

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

So, Iím still smiling after my last drive in the Optima Sportswagon; one of those journeys where you take a step back and just enjoy where you are, what youíre doing and indeed what youíre doing it in. In this

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

Taking the long-termer to France has become a tradition, so this farewell to the Subaru Outback is being penned from the middle of the English Channel, somewhere between Roscoff and Plymouth. Itís a tad choppy, so seasickness pills might be

Long Term Report 2017 – Jaguar XF R-Sport 2.0 Diesel

Final Report Left with a Jaguar XF-shaped hole in my motoring life, it’s time to reflect on what was an enlightening, engaging, sometimes mildly puzzling, yet mostly a rather refined ownership period. But first a confession; my preference has always

Long Term Report 2017 – SEAT Ateca SE 1.6 TDI Ecomotive

Report 8 Donít adjust the dial, Iíve swapped from our Honda CR-V long-termer into the SEAT Ateca this month for another European trip. I guess you could say the snowboarding bug bit hard this year, so a cheap last-minute deal

Long Term Report 2017 – Ford Edge Titanium 2.0 TDCi Automatic

Our wee jaunt to Scotland turned into a 2,000 mile road trip, and weíre pleased to say that we are all back in one piece, even if the front of the Edge is covered in bugs. Itíll take more than

Long Term Report 2017 – Mazda3 SE-L Nav 1.5

Not that long ago, coaxing the family car to make the most of every drop of fuel meant drivers had to accept substantial reductions in performance, as low powered engines were hard put to cope with the higher gear ratios

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

Final Report Typical, isnít it. Just as soon as Iíve got my mitts on the key to our long-term Honda, itís time for it to go back. It took some prising to get the ignition key away from Andy Goodwin,

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

I love what I do for a living. Friends who observe the kaleidoscope of cars appearing on my driveway seem to think that we motoring journalists live something of a charmed life. They’re right. The tally of test cars for review

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

At the recent Geneva motor show a revised Rapid Spaceback was shown, making our long-term test car obsolete. Well thatís what Skoda would have you believe, but in reality, the changes arenít exactly far-reaching. However, after more than nine months

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