The latest addition to the fleet has hidden depths, though finding them is proving difficult. Is a small SUV a realistic proposition as an everyday car for our much-travelled Motoring Correspondent? Our car: Skoda Karoq 1.5 TSI 150PS 6-speed manual Edition List price when new: £27,110 OTR Price as tested: £30,001 Official fuel economy: 51.4mpg (EU Combined) Read more long-term tests April 24th, 2018 Fuel economy this week: 35.4mpg It snowed the day they delivered our new long-term Skoda Karoq SUV. Oh good, we thought, a proper, go-anywhere off-roader, just the job for the days when the white stuff falls... Fat chance. Karoqs are available in 4x4, torquey turbodiesel form, but not mine. My Karoq is a 30-grand, gunmetal grey shopping-mall special, with a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine developing 148bhp @ 5,000rpm, a six-speed manual gearbox and front-wheel drive. That spec, together with 19-inch alloy wheels, may look fine and dandy … [Read more...] about Skoda Karoq – the smallest Czech SUV on long-term test
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Volvo is clearly on a roll, producing one of the best large SUVs (XC90) and now clinching the European Car of the Year title with the small XC40. We’re trying the mid-size XC60 to see whether its Swedish style is more than skin deep. Our car: Volvo XC60 D5 PowerPulse AWD R-design List price when new: £43,505 Price as tested: £53,580 Official fuel economy: 54.1mpg (EU Combined) Read more long-term tests June 5th, 2018 Fuel consumption this week: 38.7mpg For those who have been watching The Bridge unravel on BBC2, Sweden appears a rather dangerous place. The Nordic Noir police drama has a high body count and is eerily dark – like Midsummer Murders by moonlight. However, having driven across Scandinavia many times, I know it is remarkably safe. People adhere to the speed limits and nobody uses a mobile phone behind the wheel. There’s probably a campaign to fit wandering elks with high visibility vests. We’ve already … [Read more...] about Volvo XC60 – long-term test: the ultimate middle-class car?
The Jaguar XF has been around for a while but constant revisions have kept pace with its German rivals. But what is it like to live with day to day? Our car: Jaguar XF Portfolio 3.0 V6 Turbocharged Diesel 300ps RWD List price: from £47,600 Price as tested: £64,595 (includes £16,995 of extras) Official fuel economy: 51.4mpg (EU Combined) Read more long-term tests May 24th, 2018 Fuel economy this week: 34.9mpg At 7,670 miles a warning light appeared on the dash, indicating low exhaust cleansing fluid. The alert looks like an ice cream cone but, if ignored, the car will not restart after a certain number of miles – a figure also indicated on the dash. In common with many modern diesels, the XF’s exhaust system is fitted with Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) in which a solution of urea converts oxides of nitrogen into harmless water vapour and nitrogen. The filling point for the AdBlue urea solution is located on the left inside … [Read more...] about Jaguar XF 3.0 V6 diesel – long-term test: still a viable alternative to Audi, BMW and Mercedes?
As soon as the Arteon was announced, we thought it interesting. Could a volume manufacturer such as Volkswagen really produce a saloon to rival the big-hitters in the sector such as Audi, BMW, Jaguar and Mercedes-Benz? Our car: Volkswagen Arteon R-Line 2.0 TSI 190 PS 7spd DSG List price when new: £34,290 OTR Price as tested: £42,835 Official fuel economy: 47.1mpg (EU Combined) Read more long-term tests May 15th, 2018 Fuel economy this week: 35.2mpg At the risk of sounding like a stuck record, the Arteon hasn't seen much use over the past few weeks. However, a few test cars from Jaguar, Audi and BMW in that time have enabled a comparison between them and the Arteon's pretension to be a premium player. In terms of fit and finish, not to mention equipment, the Volkswagen compares well with a 2.0-litre petrol-engined Jaguar XF that I sampled. They have a similar starting price, too, but I'm afraid that although I've grown to … [Read more...] about Volkswagen Arteon – a stylish alternative to premium saloons on long-term test
Selflessly testing the widely-held theory that you can use Stuttgart’s finest as an everyday car, Kyle Fortune tries family life with a 911 Carrera Coupé Our car: Porsche 911 Carrera Coupé List price when new: £76,412 Price as tested: £84,891 Official fuel economy: 34.0mpg (EU Combined) Read more long-term tests March 13th, 2018 Fuel economy this week: 21.5mpg I’m not expecting any sympathy, but the Porsche 911 Carrera has gone. I’ll admit to being more than a little bit distraught when the man from Porsche came to collect it; still, better to have loved and lost and all that… And love it I did, which isn’t unusual for long-term test cars, but there’s usually a lengthy list of provisos attached to that. With the 911 there really wasn’t. I’d asked to borrow it out of a genuine interest to see if a sports car would work as a daily driver. Not just a car for selfish old me, … [Read more...] about Porsche 911 Carrera – long-term test: is a 911 really the best all-rounder?