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+

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By chasing the compact benchmark set by BMW and Audi, Mercedes has produced an equally hard-edged competitor

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First Drive
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The award-winning TwinAir does service in the Fiat Punto, but the aged supermini feels like a model too far for Fiat’s ingenious engine

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First Drive
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First Drive
The Maserati GranTurismo Sport boasts a Stradale-rivalling 453bhp

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The Maserati GranTurismo Sport competes against more rounded rivals, but offers plenty of compelling Maserati mystique

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First Drive
Unlike some faux Grand Tourers, the FF really does seat four – and in comfort too

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The Ferrari FF is a very different beast to the 599 or 458 Italia, and an impressive piece of technology

18 May 2012
First Drive
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Volvo’s decision to make the first plug-in diesel hybrid a range-topping high-performance model is a bold one, but doesn't quite pay off

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First Drive
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Despite its voracious thirst, it’s hard not fall head over heels for the Supersport

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First Drive
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The BMW 320d ED is an ideal machine for fleet managers and tax-shy execs

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First Drive
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Like the Boxster S, the standard version's ride, refinement and dazzling chassis make it easily the finest roadster within the reach of modest money

10 March 2012
First Drive
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The V12 Q7 is so out of step with its time, it exudes a charm unlike anything else on the road

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First Drive

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