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 Audi A1 1.0 TFSI SE review

2015 Audi A1 1.0 TFSI SE review

Tiny new engine feels brisk and refined, but the new electric steering and bouncy ride spoil the fun

5 December 2014
First Drive
2015 Audi RS Q3 review

2015 Audi RS Q3 review

More of an expensive oddity than a range-topping performance SUV, and an ultimately unsatisfying oddity at that

18 November 2014
First Drive
Mazda 2 first drive review

Mazda 2 first drive review

Mazda's rival to the Ford Fiesta and Volkswagen Polo is plusher and more grown-up than the model it replaces

4 November 2014
First Drive
Land Rover Discovery Sport revealed

Ignore the hoopla - the Land Rover Discovery Sport looks devilishly good

A bizarre and colourful Paris launch demonstrated just how much enthusiasm and capital the Land Rover brand has at the moment

2 October 2014
Blog

Comparison: Nissan X-Trail versus seven-seat MPV competition

Can the new Nissan X-Trail win favour over conventional MPVs and rival crossovers as a means of seating seven in comfort and style? We find out

6 September 2014
News

New versus used: Ford Fiesta ST or Ford Focus RS

It's a battle of the hot hatchbacks as two of the Blue Oval's finest clash

5 September 2014
News
A supercar for the weekend? You'd better think twice

A supercar for the weekend? You'd better think twice

Taking a Lamborghini Huracán for the weekend might be your idea of heaven, but it requires special considerations to be used in the real world

1 September 2014
Blog
Mercedes-Benz C220 Bluetec Sport estate UK first drive review

Mercedes-Benz C220 Bluetec Sport estate UK first drive review

Luxurious load-lugger offers generous amounts of room and only loses out to the BMW 3-series Touring on dynamic ability

19 August 2014
First Drive
Nissan X-Trail 1.6 dCi UK first drive review

Nissan X-Trail 1.6 dCi UK first drive review

Crossover lessons have been put into practice with the X-Trail, resulting in a near class-leading SUV

30 July 2014
First Drive
BMW X4 UK first drive review

BMW X4 UK first drive review

The new X4 makes a more usable proposition for British roads than the larger X6, but this SUV lacks all-round ability

24 July 2014
First Drive

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