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+

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

2016 BMW M2 review

We've finally sampled the brilliant new M2 on British roads. Find out how it fared

22 April 2016
First Drive
Ferrari 488 GTB

2016 Ferrari 488 GTB review

A first drive of Ferrari's mid-engined V8 488 GTB in right-hand drive configuration confirms our suspicion that it's the new act to beat

15 April 2016
First Drive
152mph Audi A4 Allroad

2016 Audi A4 Allroad quattro review

The all-new A4 version of Audi's muddy-lane Allroad sports a new generation of quattro – but doesn't fall far from the tree

4 April 2016
First Drive
DS 3 Performance

2016 DS 3 Performance review

The returning DS3 hot hatch is decent enough - but too many of its rivals have moved the game on for it to lead the class

18 March 2016
First Drive
Land Rover Evoque Convertible

2016 Range Rover Evoque Convertible 2.0 TD4 180 review

Land Rover hasn't solved all the problems of removing the ​Evoque's roof, but the result will grab the attention of a growing niche of SUV fashionista

12 March 2016
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