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
Jaguar Land Rover plans more Special Operations vehicles

Jaguar Land Rover plans more Special Operations vehicles

With the Range Rover Sport SVR now on sale, JLR's new tuning division has turned its attention to the Defender

20 October 2014
News
Ford Mondeo Estate 1.5T EcoBoost Titanium first drive review

2014 Ford Mondeo Estate 1.5T EcoBoost first drive review

In larger estate form the new Ford Mondeo continues to impress, offering increased practicality and passenger comfort

9 October 2014
First Drive
New SUV will bring long-term sustainability, says boss

Seat plots Nissan Juke rival to follow its first SUV

Chief executive Jürgen Stackmann says Spanish firm's inaugural SUV is unlikely to be its last, with a smaller model already under consideration

3 October 2014
News
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: Ford Fiesta Red Edition versus Mini Cooper and Seat Ibiza FR

Comparison: Ford Fiesta Red Edition versus Mini Cooper and Seat Ibiza FR

Accessible, everyday fun with enough zip to make you grin – that’s what warm superminis like these should deliver. Which does it best: Fiesta, Ibiza or Mini?

26 September 2014
News
Comparison: Renault Twingo versus Volkswagen Up

Comparison: Renault Twingo versus Volkswagen Up

Is the Gallic flair of the innovative new Renault Twingo a match for the sophistication of Volkswagen’s Up?

22 September 2014
News
Volvo V40 D4 SE Nav first drive review

Volvo V40 D4 SE Nav first drive review

Volvo's Drive-E family of engines finds its way into the firm's V40, lifting the comfort and refinement bar even higher for premium hatchbacks

10 September 2014
First Drive

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