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Long Term Report 2020 – Kia XCeed 3 1.6 CRDi

Report 4 I’m struggling to truly gel with our long-term XCeed. I know it’s been mentioned before, but with me spending the majority of my time pounding the country’s motorways, the problem is literally staring me in the face. It’s

Long Term Report 2020 – Citroën C5 Aircross Flair Plus BlueHDi 130 Automatic

Report 6 I love my TomTom. I get to drive all sorts of cars, and while an integrated navigation system is nice to have, few of them can compare with the user interface of my large-screen GO6200. Take our Citroën’s built-in

Long Term Report 2020 – Renault Kadjar S Edition Blue dCi 115

Report 8 This month, let’s freeze-frame a moment. Early February. Drizzle. Post-Christmas glummery abounds as we stare down a calendar of school, work and trudgery. But I’m happy. New Order’s True Faith is on the radio (“I feel so extraordinary,

Long Term Report 2020 – Ford Focus Estate ST-Line X 2.0 EcoBlue Automatic

Report 9 There’s some really nice touches on my long-term Focus, none more so than when refueling. With most other cars, once you’ve opened the fuel door towards the back of the car, you’ve got a cap to undo, sometimes

Long Term Report 2020 – Skoda Superb Estate SportLine Plus 2.0 TDI DSG Automatic

First Report If space truly is the final frontier, Captain James T. Kirk would very much approve of DieselCar’s latest addition to its Long-term test fleet. Meet our new Skoda Superb Estate, a family wagon that boasts more interior space

Long Term Report 2020 – Kia XCeed 3 1.6 CRDi

Report 3 New year, new ankle. Sort of. Walking got the green light again, but the clutch was a step too far, so a brief stint in Mr Dredge’s C5 Aircross – with its lovely automatic gearbox – was the

Long Term Report 2020 – Ford Focus Estate ST-Line X 2.0 EcoBlue Automatic

Report 9 Whenever I come back to the Focus after driving other cars solidly for an extended period of time, it gives me a sharp reminder of how brilliant the medium-sized Ford is. From the beautifully chunky steering wheel to

Long Term Report 2020 – Renault Kadjar S Edition Blue dCi 115

Report 7 Dogs. There’s just too many of them. Apparently, us pooch-craved Brits can’t get enough of them. But I despair nonetheless at the apparent criteria for qualifying for dog ownership, which is apparently none. Against that unenthusiastic backdrop, the

Long Term Report 2020 – Honda Civic EX 1.6 i-DTEC Automatic

Report 6 The evenings are really dark as I write this, with a seemingly endless gloom descending on Cambridgeshire as early as 2pm, before darkness finally settles at the end of the workday. As I spend a lot of my

Long Term Report 2020 – Citroën C5 Aircross Flair Plus BlueHDi 130 Automatic

Report 5 Never under-estimate the power of Diesel Car & Eco Car magazine. For several months we’ve been printing positive reports of what it’s like to live with our C5 Aircross, and we can now confirm that in less than

Long Term Report 2020 – Volvo XC60 B4 AWD R-Design Automatic

First Report Last year was a notable one for Volvo. The Swedish manufacturer sold over 700,000 cars around the world, for the first time in its 93-year history. Here in the UK it registered 56,208 new Volvos in 2019, up

Long Term Report 2019 – SEAT Tarraco Xcellence 2.0 TDI 4Drive DSG Automatic

Final Report We haven’t had a single dry day since the last update. Indeed, as I write this, we’re just emerging from some of the worst weather of the year, which is why the photographs show a particularly filthy SEAT

Long Term Report 2019 – Skoda Scala SE 1.6 TDI

Final Report Last month I mentioned the Scala had a few bugs in its infotainment system, leading it to misbehave most times I plugged in my Android smartphone. This wasn’t ideal – after all, with no built-in navigation system, I

Long Term Report 2019 – Ford Focus Estate ST-Line X 2.0 EcoBlue Automatic

Report 8 One of the most pleasing aspects of running an estate car, is the fact that you don’t have to think twice when going out shopping. Whether it be flat packed furniture, a week’s worth of groceries, or this

Long Term Report 2019 – Renault Kadjar S Edition Blue dCi 115

Report 6 Sudden diminution of daylight suggested this month of Kadjar ownership might entail more time groping in the dark for that elusive, key rack-hating remote fob. But having read my endless carping about this chink in the car’s practical