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+

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
Porsche 718 Boxster S vs Lotus Elise

Porsche 718 Boxster S vs Lotus Elise: sports cars compared

Porsche's Boxster S fitted with a new four cylinder engine is stiff competition for Lotus' hardcore Elise Cup 250, but can it hold its own?

28 May 2016
Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport Edition 40

2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport Edition 40 review

The new Clubsport fits the anniversary GTI mould perfectly - but it's still not the best Golf on sale

25 May 2016
First Drive
Jaguar F-Pace S 3.0d AWD

2016 Jaguar F-Pace 3.0d S AWD review

First UK drive of V6 diesel F-Pace reminds us how good Jaguar's crossover can be - at a price

20 May 2016
First Drive
Renault Sport Megane 275 Cup-S

2016 Renault Mégane RS 275 Cup-S review

The current Renault Sport Mégane is finally facing the end – but it bows out in style

10 May 2016
First Drive
BMW M2 versus Ford Focus RS

Ford Focus RS vs BMW M2 - twin test

Four-wheel-drive mega-hatch thrills or the purity of a rear-drive, six-cylinder coupé? We take a Ford Focus RS and a BMW M2 to challenging roads in Wales to settle the argument

7 May 2016
Rolls-Royce Dawn

2016 Rolls-Royce Dawn review

The Rolls-Royce Dawn is back in the UK after its South African debut. Our second look doesn't disappoint

6 May 2016
First Drive


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