Vicky Parrott Staff writer

Vicky started as picture editor in 2006, before becoming web reporter, road tester and staff writer. Believes that a bland car is the worst kind. A Metro 6R4, a Caterham Supersport and a Nissan GT-R are on her ‘to own one day’ list. Appreciates great packaging in an MPV as much as outstanding performance in a supercar and is particularly partial to featherweight track specials. Prefers Goodwood Revival to the Festival of Speed, and not just because of the outfits.
Ford Focus RS

Ford Focus RS Mk1 buying guide

Where the Focus ST feels like a family hatch with lots of grunt, the RS feels like a rally car

11 December 2014
News
Ford Fiesta XR2

Ford Fiesta XR2 buying guide

Of all the rapturous delights featured here, the XR2 caused the most raised eyebrows

11 December 2014
News
2015 Mazda 2 UK review

2015 Mazda 2 UK review

If it can better the old model, the new Mazda 2 has the potential to unseat the established leaders of the supermini pack

10 December 2014
First Drive

Meet the ancestors: Porsche Boxster

We drive the original and latest Boxsters back-to-back

21 November 2012
Video

Volkswagen Golf Mk7 video review

Does the all-new VW Golf Mk7 have what it takes to succeed?

2 October 2012
Video

Bentley Continental ISR high-speed run

How composed is the Bentley Continental ISR roof-down at high speed?

10 September 2012
Video

What’s the new Volkswagen Golf like inside?

The new Volkswagen Golf has a cabin that befits a premium car, regardless of whether its an entry-level or range-topping model

4 September 2012
Blog

Prescott: 1127 yards of fun

We're heading up to Prescott hillclimb next week – and a couple of you could come along too

31 August 2012
Blog

First drive review: Volvo V40 D4 SE Nav

The Volvo V40 represents a huge leap forward for the company, and comes close to offering everything that the more established rivals manage

13 July 2012
First Drive

Volvo "in serious discussions" to make S60 Polestar

The 500bhp Volvo S60 Polestar concept could yet see the light of day, according to the boss at Volvo UK

13 July 2012
News

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  • First Drive
    22 December 2014
    Entry-level diesel MPV shares its three-cylinder engine with Mini but, due to long gearing, lacks the authoritative punch of a convincing premium product
  • Car review
    17 December 2014
    The replacement for the CL grand tourer has some big boots to fill
  • Mercedes-Benz CLS 350 AMG Line Shooting Brake review
    First Drive
    16 December 2014
    Elegant, alluring and with some welcome improvements, but not good enough to lead the class
  • First Drive
    15 December 2014
    Hushed, flexible and remarkable value for money. Arguably more fit-for-purpose than any other ‘S’.
  • 2015 Mazda CX-3 review
    First Drive
    12 December 2014
    The Mazda CX-3 has style and substance, and deserves consideration for anyone wanting a compact urban SUV. Here’s hoping Mazda gets the price and equipment right