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 Porsche Boxster Spyder review

Extra firepower and pared-down kerb weight conjure even greater brilliance from the Boxster's chassis. Pricey – but superb to drive

2 July 2015
First Drive

2015 Hyundai Tucson 2.0 CRDi review

Hyundai's new crossover has great potential and a winning character that should have Nissan and Ford worried

1 July 2015
First Drive

New Peugeot 308 GTi revealed at Goodwood Festival of Speed

Range-topping 308 GTi comes with 268bhp and will go on sale in September

25 June 2015
News

2015 BMW X5 xDrive40e review

Hybrid power increases the X5's weight but cuts its CO2 emissions to 77g/km and improves its combined economy to 85.6mpg

23 June 2015
First Drive

Mini John Cooper Works versus Audi S1 - comparison

Mini’s new John Cooper Works takes on Audi’s S1 in the City of London, and what follows is a 456bhp street fight

19 June 2015
News

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

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