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

Report 3 Any excuse, right? Iím sure both our editor and Optima guardian, Sue thought exactly that when my request to ëborrowí the Optima Sportswagon came in ñ the excuse being a sleep deprived, cross-continental work trip to Barcelona. And

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

Report 3 Any excuse, right? Iím sure both our editor and Optima guardian, Sue thought exactly that when my request to ëborrowí the Optima Sportswagon came in ñ the excuse being a sleep deprived, cross-continental work trip to Barcelona. And I

Long Term Report 2017 – Ford Edge Titanium 2.0 TDCi Automatic

Report 4 As I pen this report, Iím waving goodbye to my long-term Edge for a couple of weeks, as itís being pressed into service to compete in the annual Tow Car of the Year awards. You see my car

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

Report 4 I’m unlikely to get a call from Frank Skinner inviting me to make an appearance on Room 101, but until recently, the continuously variable transmission (CVT) would be one of the first things Iíd have sent to oblivion.

Long Term Report 2017 – SEAT Ateca SE 1.6 TDI Ecomotive

Report 6 I saw my first Ateca on the road today, a white example in SE trim. It didnít look as well appointed as my car, as it didnít have rear privacy glass, LED headlights or the larger 17-inch wheels. But

Long Term Report 2017 – DS 5 Prestige BlueHDi 180 Automatic

Report 10 If the big DS was ever going to find a way into my heart, this was the week it was going to happen. Seven days on the road, most of it spent driving across the rolling hills and

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

One of lifeís great mysteries is the due date for Land Roverís reborn Defender. Like Brexit, the fine detail is as slippery as a farmerís track. And in the meanwhile, Mitsubishi salesmen sleep easy, knowing thereís little to knock this

Long Term Report 2017 – Ford Edge Titanium 2.0 TDCi Automatic

With the use of a common platform across the Mondeo, S-MAX, Galaxy and Edge, with it brings a suite of technology that can be utilised across all of the products. One of these pieces of kit is an all-wheel-drive system,

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

First it rained. Then it rained again. Then it rained some more. In fact, I donít think it has stopped raining since the last update, so apologies if these words are a little soggy. Ideal Subaru Outback weather, then? Well,

Long Term Report 2017 – Mazda3 SE-L Nav 1.5

Go back seventy years or so and you’d be likely to find the average family car came equipped with a gearbox that had just three ratios. By the 1960s, an extra ratio had become the norm and 20 years later,

Long Term Report 2017 – SEAT Ateca SE 1.6 TDI Ecomotive

In the last episode of the SEAT Ateca story, it was carted off on the back of an AA truck, immobilised due to one of the most commonplace problems in everyday motoring. The lack of a proper spare wheel meant

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

When our Optima Sportswagon had newly arrived on the fleet, it was not just the size of the boot that immediately impressed us. Snugly at home in the car’s glovebox was one of the fattest and heaviest car handbooks we’ve

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

It’s time to take the Honda CR-V on a big adventure. Sitting in a cafÈ on the eve of the trip, the anticipation of whatís to come is both exciting and slightly nerve wracking. In almost exactly 24 hours from

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

I’m gradually getting to grips with my A3, and comments in last monthís ëhelloí report about the MMI (Multi Media Interface) being awkward to fathom out and taking up far too much concentration away from eyes on the road is,

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

Following my last report, the tabloid-esque headline-grabbing split with the Jaguarís Eco mode promoted a last-ditch attempt at reconciliation. The result was an economy performance closer to the XFís official figure than Iíd previously been able to achieve. A route