Nic Cackett Road tester

Nic heralds from Surrey where he misspent a youth by lavishing ever-larger sums of money on secondhand hot hatches. Finally got a proper job as a firefighter removing other people’s wing mirrors with a Mercedes-Benz Atego DPL. Disgruntled with the strenuous shift pattern, he downshifted into automotive journalism and has been at the coalface ever since. Still has a lingering affection large motors squeezed into small cars, but is happiest when left to day dream with a Caterham brochure. Follow Nic on Google+

2015 Peugeot 308 GTi 270 review

Peugeot desperately wants to be taken seriously as a hot hatch maker again; the new 308 GTi signals its ambition.

22 September 2015
First Drive

Everyday handling heroes - Caterham 270R versus Mazda MX-5 and Toyota GT86

Mazda's MX-5 is the new kid on the block here - can it hold its own against the giants of Toyota and Caterham?

11 September 2015

2016 Bentley Continental GT Speed review

Go-faster Bentley Continental feels effortlessly quick despite its considerable weight

26 August 2015
First Drive

Lamborghini Aventador Superveloce review

Make no mistake, this lighter, harder Superveloce is the car the Aventador was always meant to be

19 August 2015
First Drive

2015 Jaguar XF 2.0 i4D 180 R-Sport auto review

If the first-generation XF was an indication of where an evolving Jaguar was heading, this second-generation model is evidence that it chose the right path

15 August 2015
First Drive

2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport TD4 180 review

Land Rover has finally got its hands on the new Ingenium engine. Has it been worth waiting for?

6 August 2015
First Drive

2015 Hyundai Tucson 2.0 CRDi review

Hyundai's new crossover has great potential and a winning character that should have Nissan and Ford worried

1 July 2015
First Drive

New Peugeot 308 GTi revealed at Goodwood Festival of Speed

Range-topping 308 GTi comes with 268bhp and will go on sale in September

25 June 2015

2015 BMW X5 xDrive40e review

Hybrid power increases the X5's weight but cuts its CO2 emissions to 77g/km and improves its combined economy to 85.6mpg

23 June 2015
First Drive

Mini John Cooper Works versus Audi S1 - comparison

Mini’s new John Cooper Works takes on Audi’s S1 in the City of London, and what follows is a 456bhp street fight

19 June 2015


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