SEAT Leon SE Dynamic 2.0 TDI

Third Report   Two months in with our long-term Leon and I’m really starting to get to grips with it. It still seems a bit weird having such a low-specification car on the press fleet; we’re so used to having something packed with all of the bells and whistles that our optionless SE Dynamic edition […]

SSANGYONG MUSSO RHINO LWB AUTOMATIC

Report four   The driving year began with a looming cliff-edge – not from behind the wheel, but vis-a-vis the SsangYong brand itself, given news of bankruptcy in South Korea. We soon learned subsequent restructuring should not affect UK operations and, for me, that was a relief: among all the pickups I’ve fostered over the […]

CITROËN C3 FLAIR PLUS BLUEHDI 100

Second test   Typically when trawling the motorways, you want a big cosseting car to settle down for the journey ahead. Being at the centre of an automotive cocoon sets you up well for mile-munching without the backache and fatigue. Much to my surprise, our C3 long-termer is proving to be an impressive motorway hauler. […]

FORD KUGA VIGNALE 2.0 ECOBLUE AWD AUTOMATIC

The third lockdown hasn’t given us an awful lot of opportunities to get ourselves familiar with our Kuga Vignale, with recent journeys confined to essential shopping only. Even so, we’ve managed to take note of a few differences between the plushest specification of our car and other models in the Kuga line-up.   The first, […]

SUZUKI IGNIS 1.2 DUALJET HYBRID SZ5 ALLGRIP

As the number of local miles driven have increased, I’ve become more impressed by the agility of Suzuki’s mighty little Ignis. I was concerned that small might not be beautiful when the car was delivered – it’s tasked with carrying more than just a modest weekly shop and occasional passenger. It has, however, managed to […]

VOLVO XC90 RECHARGE T8 AWD INSCRIPTION

Second Test   Well, that’s just typical. Our XC90 touched down in Cardiff at the start of December; a safe, wool-lined oasis of calm, shielded from the unpredictability of life in 2020. Two weeks later, Wales had been locked down again. Within a month, England had followed suit. Restricted travel has curtailed opportunities to enjoy […]

SUZUKI IGNIS 1.2 DUALJET HYBRID SZ5 ALLGRIP

Second Report   I have some bad news this month: I managed to dent the Ignis’ otherwise impressive fuel economy performance. The good news is I had fun doing it. Yes, the Ignis is already proving to be an entertaining little car. And if the penalty for having some fun is knocking a few miles […]

SKODA OCTAVIA ESTATE SE-L FIRST EDITION 2.0 TDI

Second Report   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 gone into limp mode, like the Peugeot 508 we ran last year […]

SSANGYONG MUSSO RHINO LWB AUTOMATIC

Report 3   I used to think the Exeter University chore, a 100-mile taxi run on the M5, was that and nothing more. And to be honest, I dreaded how it might tally in our new pickup. We’ve evolved in the age of Covid-19 to short, mundane journeys and the Rhino has taken to this […]

Mitsubishi L200 Double Cab Barbarian X 2.3 DI-D Automatic

Final Report   I’ll say from the outset that I don’t think I’ve done the Mitsubishi L200 justice. Aside from the Subaru Outback, I can’t think of another Diesel Car long-termer better suited to our life in Devon. It’s why I jumped at the chance to run the L200 for the magazine, as I felt […]