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Long Term Report 2020 – Peugeot 508 SW GT Line BlueHDi 130 Automatic

First & Final Report The silhouette of the typical family car has changed a lot since I was growing up. In the 1980s, a lift home from school in the third row of a Volvo would have involved peering out

Long Term Report 2020 – Peugeot 508 SW GT Line BlueHDi 130 Automatic

Report 9 Did you spot the somewhat tricked out and lime green highlighted 508 SW in last month’s Eco Car section of the magazine? Have a look at the bottom of the page for a little reminder of the Peugeot

Long Term Report 2020 – Renault Clio Iconic dCi 85

Report 6 With summer trips now a distant memory, the Clio has been occupied with the daily grind this month, and getting increasingly covered in road grime. As autumn arrived, the heavens opened for days in a row, and then

Long Term Report 2020 – Mitsubishi L200 Double Cab Barbarian X 2.3 DI-D Automatic

Report 5 It’s the season of mist and mellow slipperiness, when the combination of wet leaves and mud dragged onto the roads by tractors emerging from fields turns the local lanes into something resembling narrow ribbons of grease. Not the

Long Term Report 2020 – Range Rover Evoque R-Dynamic HSE D180 AWD Automatic

Report 3 It’s not every day that Range Rover gets to celebrate its 50th anniversary, and it’s certainly not every day you get to star in the celebrations. But that’s what happened when – as temporary keeper of the Evoque

Long Term Report 2020 – Skoda Octavia Estate SE-L First Edition 2.0 TDI

When the Skoda Superb left the Diesel Car fleet, I spoke of the build quality of its interior and reliability. However, the Superb’s replacement is proving a somewhat less bulletproof proposition. It’s not that the Octavia has broken down or

Long Term Report 2020 – Skoda Octavia Estate SE-L First Edition 2.0 TDI

First Report When you’re renovating your house, a roomy estate car is pretty much ideal. That’s why I had mixed feelings when I handed over the keys to the enormous Skoda Superb and replaced it with the slightly smaller Octavia.

Long Term Report 2020 – Volvo XC60 R-DESIGN B4 AWD GEARTRONIC

Final Report Boo and double boo. The time has come to say goodbye to a car that has been a well-liked and highly respected long-term resident with Diesel Car. We’ll be sad to see it depart for so many reasons,

Long Term Report 2020 – Peugeot 508 SW GT Line BlueHDi 130 Automatic

Report 8 As it stands, the 508 is now 750 miles away from running out of AdBlue and ceasing to start, so it’s booked into my local dealer – Robins & Day Birmingham Central – next week for a top

Long Term Report 2020 – Ford Kuga ST-Line X 2.5 PHEV Automatic

Final Report When I turned up at Ford’s press garage to collect my new long-term Kuga plug-in hybrid, just a couple of weeks after the lockdown was lifted, I wasn’t convinced that it would fit my lifestyle. As a determined

Long Term Report 2020 – Renault Clio Iconic dCi 85

Report Five After the impressive 79mpg eco-run I reported on last month, the Clio’s fuel economy has plummeted somewhat of late. I fear it’s my driving, rather than the car’s hypermiling potential that’s to blame, as I’ve been rather enjoying

Long Term Report 2020 – SsangYong Rexton Ultimate 4×4

Final Report Within hours of arrival, that pesky virus mothballed the prospects for driving the ‘Rex’ so, as the final innings suggests, my distance covered has been not quite epic. Not that Rex isn’t. Welcome to a beast that’s big,

Long Term Report 2020 – Mitsubishi L200 Double Cab Barbarian X 2.3 DI-D Automatic

Report Four The L200 came to our rescue this month when ‘Elaine Beige’ threatened to leave us in the lurch. ‘Elaine Beige’ is the name of our retro motorhome: an FFB Classic from the early 90s with a 2.5-litre turbodiesel

Long Term Report 2020 – Range Rover Evoque R-Dynamic HSE D180 AWD Automatic

Report 2 When the alarm went off at 23.07 (precisely), I had just dozed off. So, it seems, had my neighbours. It had been a long, hot, sticky, sleepless week in central London during a punishing heat wave. Half-dreaming, I

Long Term Report 2020 – Ford Kuga ST-Line X 2.5 PHEV Automatic

Report 3 One of my major criticisms of the previous generation Kuga was that the equipment levels didn’t seem that congruous. Safety equipment like autonomous emergency braking and adaptive cruise control was on the options list, whereas an automated parking