From short term tests and extended review periods, you’ll find here what we think of the cars we drive and live with each month.

Business class upgrade: Audi A6 40 TDI long term review 2

By |2019-02-15T10:59:12+00:00February 15th, 2019|Audi Reviews, Car news and reviews, Company car and business car reviews, Our business cars|

IF YOU want to elevate your business driving to another level: try the new Audi A6. This smart, sophisticated executive saloon is the epitome of business travel: quick, efficient, economical, stress-free. And classy. But in this latest Audi A6 saloon, that business travel has been upgraded. There’s no longer an SE specification with the latest A6 range of saloons and [...]

Relax and just drive – Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV 4h long term review 2

By |2019-01-22T12:09:56+00:00January 25th, 2019|Car news and reviews, Company car and business car reviews, Mitsubishi Reviews, Our business cars|

THE updated Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV features a new 2.4-litre petrol engine. That’s up from 2.0-litres on the previous model. This latest engine in the 2019 Outlander PHEV provides greater economy thanks to sophisticated switching between Otto and Atkinson cycle modes. You won’t notice the changeover except in your wallet thanks to the improved mpg. The new engine certainly makes the [...]

Company car tax star – Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV 4h long term review 1

By |2021-07-21T11:51:20+01:00January 22nd, 2019|Car news and reviews, Company car and business car reviews, Company car tax, Mitsubishi Reviews, Our business cars|

IF you were to ask most business motorists what PHEV stood for - we reckon they’d probably point at the Mitsubishi Outlander. The Outlander SUV was at the forefront of the PHEV revolution: Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle. PHEVs give you a great combination of economy and low company car tax thanks to a supplementary battery that means the car can [...]

Marathon machine – Audi A6 40 TDI long term review 1

By |2019-01-21T11:28:55+00:00January 21st, 2019|Audi Reviews, Car news and reviews, Company car and business car reviews, Our business cars|

IF you want a long-distance machine, an automotive marathon runner, an executive express, then this is it: the all-new Audi A6. It dismisses distance without a backwards glance; strides with security the UK’s motorways; makes miles simply...disappear. This is the real trick of this brilliant new executive from Audi, the brand’s rival to the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes E-Class [...]

Electric cars are app-driven, part 2 – VW e-Golf long term review 4

By |2021-07-21T11:44:02+01:00January 21st, 2019|Car news and reviews, Company car and business car reviews, Electric Vehicles, Our business cars, Owning and operating an EV, Volkswagen Reviews|

SO I’m back on apps again. My apologies. But it’s a big part of life with an electric car. And the Volkswagen e-Golf is no different. I have a Pod Point 7kWh charger at home. It connects to the home wifi system and lets you know the cost of the electricity consumed by your electric car. Except at the time [...]

Electric cars are app-driven, part 1 – VW e-Golf long term review 3

By |2021-07-21T11:44:03+01:00January 16th, 2019|Car news and reviews, Company car and business car reviews, Electric Vehicles, Our business cars, Owning and operating an EV, Volkswagen Reviews|

IF there’s one thing I’ve learnt about electric motoring with the VW e-Golf, it’s this. You need a smartphone. And a smartphone with enough memory to carry a plurality of apps. Particularly when you’re on the road. And you need to top up the battery. (The car’s, not the phone’s.) My wife Alison had an appointment at Brighton Marina. As [...]

Regenerating power on the go: VW e-Golf long term review 2

By |2019-01-16T13:02:07+00:00December 11th, 2018|Car news and reviews, Company car and business car reviews, Newsletter, Our business cars, Owning and operating an EV, Volkswagen Reviews|

HOW far can you go? What's the range? These are typical and expected reactions when people ask what do you drive - and the answer is an electric Golf. And the answer is - it depends. The official range on the NEDC cycle is 186 miles. VW quotes the usable range as 124. I work on a 130 miles rule [...]

Audi A5 Sportback – the Product Manager’s view: Audi A5 Sportback long term review 3

By |2018-08-11T17:52:33+01:00August 13th, 2018|Audi Reviews, Car news and reviews, Company car and business car reviews, Our business cars|

We've been driving the Audi A5 Sportback as one of our business cars on long term review. What does Audi A5 Sportback Product Manager Marios Alexandrou think are the key features of the Sportback?

It might look like a coupe, but Audi A5 Sportback can shift the loads too: Audi A5 Sportback 2.0 TDI ultra S line S tronic 190PS long term review 2

By |2018-01-15T10:19:54+00:00January 15th, 2018|Audi Reviews, Car news and reviews, Company car and business car reviews, Our business cars|

Audi A5 Sportback long term review - it might look like a crisp coupe with its sportback styling but it's also capable of carrying a load too. And then there's the ride and handling too

Seven reasons to lease an Audi Q7

By |2017-11-20T12:36:29+00:00October 10th, 2017|Audi Reviews, Car news and reviews, Company car and business car reviews, Our business cars|

I’VE been trying out Audi’s big Q7 recently – the largest SUV currently made by the company – and what with it being named the Q7, and having seven seats, I thought it might be a good idea to run through seven reasons to lease an Audi Q7. Well, why not? The model I’ve been trying is the Audi Q7 [...]

Ford Mondeo Vignale Estate 2.0 TDCI 180 Powershift: third long-term report

By |2017-11-20T12:36:20+00:00September 16th, 2017|Car news and reviews, Company car and business car reviews, Ford Reviews, Our business cars|

I HAD an interesting conversation recently with a fellow social media user on Twitter. It went along the lines of: He: I can’t believe who would want to pay so much money for an Edge Vignale model. It’s only a Ford. Should buy Audi/BMW/Mercedes etc. Me: Actually plenty of people do go for Vignale or top-end Titanium X Ford models [...]

Nissan Qashqai 1.6 dCi 130 Tekna+ 2WD review

By |2017-11-20T12:36:05+00:00August 21st, 2017|Car news and reviews, Company car and business car reviews, Nissan Reviews, Our business cars|

Nissan Qashqai 1.6 dCi 130 Tekna+ 2WD P11D Value / BIK: £30,615 /25% 5-door SUV 128bhp/320Nm 1.6 litre, 4cyl diesel/six-speed manual Economy (comb) / CO2: 64.2mpg / 116g/km 0-62mph/top speed: 9.9/118mph What is it? Celebrating 10 years of production this year, the very British, Japanese Nissan Qashqai was penned in Nissan’s Paddington design centre and developed at their European Technical [...]

MINI Countryman Cooper D First Report: Getting to know the biggest MINI

By |2017-11-20T12:36:01+00:00August 14th, 2017|Car news and reviews, Company car and business car reviews, MINI Reviews, Our business cars|

MINI Countryman Cooper D List price: £24,585 Five-door SUV 150bhp 2.0-litre turbo diesel/6-speed manual CO2 emissions/ BIK: 113g/km / 24% Performance: 8.9 secs/129mph Economy claimed/ours: 51.4mpg/41mpg   The weather might not be great, but I’ve still been making the most of getting behind the wheel of my new long-term MINI Countryman Cooper D. YE66RYH actually arrived the same day that my [...]

Audi Q7 3.0 TDI long term review 2: take a seat at Ronnie Scott’s

By |2020-06-01T09:07:53+01:00August 9th, 2017|Audi Reviews, Car news and reviews, Company car and business car reviews, Our business cars|

If you want to enjoy the sound of the real thing, then take a step inside our Audi Q7 with its stunning Bose 3D sound system. You'll be transported into the concert hall, jazz club, or music venue of your choice

MINI Cooper 1.5 five-door: sixth long-term report and reluctant farewell

By |2017-11-20T12:35:56+00:00July 26th, 2017|Car news and reviews, Company car and business car reviews, MINI Reviews, Our business cars|

MINI Cooper 1.5 five-door List price: £16,170 Five-door hatch 136bhp 1.5-litre 3-cyl Euro 6 turbo petrol/6-speed manual CO2; BIK: 109g/km; 20% Economy /ours: 60.1mpg/45mpg Performance: 8.2sec/129mph AS predicted in my last report, after almost 8,000 miles and eight-months, the call came through, then a man was despatched and the MINI Cooper 1.5 five-door collected. I feel quite melancholy as I [...]

Kia Optima 1.7 CRDi 3 Sportswagon Second Report

By |2017-11-20T12:35:50+00:00July 6th, 2017|Car news and reviews, Company car and business car reviews, Kia Reviews, Our business cars|

List price now: £24,655 Five-door estate 2017 BIK / CO2:  24% /113g/km 139bhp 1.7-litre turbo diesel /6-speed manual Performance: 9.8 secs/124mph Economy (official) /ours: 64.2mpg/43mpg       WE are over two months into our time with the Kia Optima Sportswagon and I’m pleased to report that after a mammoth month of driving, with over 1,000 miles added, that in [...]

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