Road test – 2017 Subaru Forester 2.0D XC Premium

Subaru has built up a loyal following thanks to the tough, dependable nature of its four-wheel drive models. If it’s those traits you’re after, the Subaru Forester stands out, and it’s now in its fourth successive generation after the original

Long Term Report 2017 – Renault Grand Scenic Dynamique S dCi 130

First Report When the Grand Scenic arrived, I looked out of the window and thought wow, I love the colour. Itís a beautiful ice blue and a shade that isnít often seen on cars nowadays. Itís a pleasing change to

Long Term Report 2017 – Ford Edge Titanium 2.0 TDCi Automatic

Report 7 With the barbecue season in full swing, Iíve caught up with friends that Iíve lost track of during the winter months. Itís been a month of compliments for the Edge, with a couple of mates really impressed by

Long Term Report 2017 – DS 5 Prestige BlueHDi 180

Final Report Dear DS 5, when we first met, I was captivated. You had a beauty that no other car on the market could offer, something unique and distinctive. The contours around your entire body captured the eye, flowing from

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

Report 6 The last month or so has seen me sat in the Optima and noticing little things about it. No matter who you are or what you drive, there are these little ëthingsí that both annoy and please. I

Long Term Report 2017 – Mazda3 SE-L Nav 1.5

It’s a long time since buyers of new cars were urged to treat their engines with restraint during the initial period of ownership. Included in the glovebox was literature underlining the fact that a gentler approach to driving would result

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

Report 6 Mellow yellow A3 Sportback and I have been busy on our travels around the country this month. I have joined a small team of roving judges ñ just three of us ñ who are visiting car dealers, sales

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

Report 5 My thoughts have been distracted from the day-to-day driving of the L200 by some bigger issues. By the time you read this, itís likely that we will have upped sticks for a new home. All of which has

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