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 Mercedes-AMG C63 UK review

The C63 may have lost its big V8, but its replacement makes it difficult to mourn

20 May 2015
First Drive
The 2015 Mazda 2 range is priced from £11,995

Mazda 2 versus Ford Fiesta and Skoda Fabia - comparison

Does the new Mazda 2, with its advanced tech, mark a step change for superminis? We pit it against two of its biggest rivals to find out

15 May 2015
News

2015 Audi Q7 3.0 TDI 218 SE review

Audi’s seven-seat SUV is revitalised at last – but is very big still beautiful?

14 May 2015
First Drive
Is the Ferrari California T a match for is drop-top rivals?

Ferrari California T vs Porsche 911 Turbo S, Aston V12 Vantage S

The California gains a new turbo V8 but has it retained its Ferrari soul? we pit it against its rivals to find out

27 February 2015
News
The RC F goes up against some tough competition

New Lexus RC F versus BMW M4 and Audi RS5 - comparison

The Lexus RC F has visual drama and a big, atmospheric V8. Should BMW and Audi be worried?

8 February 2015
News

2015 Porsche Cayenne GTS review

Latest GTS proves hyper smooth - but not necessarily soulful

4 February 2015
First Drive
This LMX is the last version of the current Audi R8 to be made

Saying goodbye to the Audi R8 - picture special

The first generation of Audi R8 is signing off with the limited-edition LMX model. Nic Cackett goes for a farewell drive

25 January 2015
News

2015 Audi RS3 Sportback review

Finnish ice-drive reveals real promise, if not the full extent, of new RS3's capabilities

22 January 2015
First Drive
New baby Seat SUV will rival the Nissan Juke
New baby Seat SUV will rival the Nissan Juke

Baby Seat crossover to rival Nissan Juke

Seat chief executive Jürgen Stackmann says smaller SUV under consideration to launch after Qashqai rival

22 January 2015
News

2015 Peugeot 308 GT 1.6 THP review

The 308 GT blends punchy performance with good looks, but there are better warm hatches to drive

14 January 2015
First Drive

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