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+

Range Rover Evoque Convertible

Range Rover Evoque Convertible heads off-road

We take the Range Rover Evoque Convertible on an off-road workout to test out how capable it is, then head to not-so sunny Brighton

21 August 2016
Ferrari 488 Spider

2016 Ferrari 488 Spider UK review

The 488's incredible engine and handling and open-top experience make for something very special indeed.

9 August 2016
First Drive
Range Rover Evoque Convertible

2016 Range Rover Evoque 2.0 TD4 180 Convertible review

The Land Rover Evoque Convertible is an odd fish - although the firm has battered, fried and served it up appropriately enough.

5 August 2016
First Drive
Mercedes-AMG C63 S Coupé vs BMW M4 Competition Pack

Mercedes-AMG C63 S Coupé vs BMW M4 Competition Pack - twin test

The BMW M4 Competition Pack and Mercedes-AMG C63 S Coupé promise a greater capacity for attacking a Welsh B-road than ever. We let them loose and decided upon a winner

23 July 2016
Renault Clio RS 220 Trophy

2016 Renault Clio RS 220 Trophy review

The Renault Clio RS 220 Trophy is now an official and permanent part of the Renault Sport line-up.

15 July 2016
First Drive
Mercedes-AMG C 63 S Coupé drifting

2016 Mercedes-AMG C 63 S Coupé review

New C63 S Coupé develops more torque than a Lambo - but is it enough to banish memory of the '63' V8? Our first UK drive decides

8 July 2016
First Drive
Ford Fiesta ST200

2016 Ford Fiesta ST200 review

More grunt, shorter gearing and revised suspension make an already outstanding hot hatchback even better. It's pricey but still great value

15 June 2016
First Drive
Renault Megane RS 275 Cup-S

2016 Renault Mégane RS 275 Cup-S - why it marks the end of an era

Production of the current Renault Mégane RS ends imminently, but the 275 Cup-S celebrates the dusk of a memorable model

12 June 2016
Abarth 595 Competizione

2016 Abarth 595 Competizione review

The Abarth 595 gets treated to a light refresh as part of the 500's facelift. We've driven the Competizione on Italian roads

7 June 2016
First Drive
honda civic type r

Honda Civic Type R long term test report: better than the previous gen?

We compare how the hot Civic fares on a road trip versus its predecessor

2 June 2016


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    First Drive
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    New Kia estate looks the part, has good space and handles tidily, but its engine's flexibility and refinement let it down
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    First Drive
    25 August 2016
    Plug-in hybrid Optima is a practical, tax-efficient PHEV that undercuts rivals and fulfils its main remit well, but keen drivers need not apply
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    First Drive
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    Awful driving position aside, drop-top Huracán handles UK roads well. It's more dynamically rounded than its rangemates, but lacks rivals' handling bite