Vicky Parrott Deputy reviews editor

Vicky started as picture editor in 2006, before becoming web reporter, road tester and staff writer, and then deputy road test editor for What Car? 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.
Volkswagen Scirocco GTS

2016 Volkswagen Scirocco GTS review

Still a really fun and likeable coupé but the extra power doesn't justify the VW Scirocco GTS's high price

23 June 2016
First Drive
Infiniti QX30

2016 Infiniti QX30 Premium Tech review

Likeable for its fair refinement and comfort, and that quirky rarity factor, but small inside and with merely adequate handling

21 June 2016
First Drive
Volvo V40 Cross Country D2

2016 Volvo V40 Cross Country D2 review

The 2.0-litre engine is a big improvement in the D2, but the Volvo V40 Cross Country remains unexceptional in most ways

16 June 2016
First Drive
Audi RS6 Avant Performance

2016 Audi RS6 Avant Performance UK review

Already monstrously fast Audi RS6 gets yet more power for even more hooliganism but is no more relevant on UK roads

13 June 2016
First Drive
Volvo S90 D4

2016 Volvo S90 D4 review

Entry-level Volvo S90 D4 is less poised than some rivals but still a thoroughly compelling and recommendable thing

9 June 2016
First Drive
Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0 TDI 150 4Motion DSG

2016 Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0 TDI 150 4Motion DSG review

It looks expensive, but with such impressive composure, equipment levels and fitness for purpose, the Tiguan is one of the best options in its class

2 June 2016
First Drive
Peugeot 2008 1.6 BlueHDi 120 GT Line

2016 Peugeot 2008 1.6 BlueHDi 120 GT Line review

It looks chunkier and more appealing than ever, but the Peugeot 2008 is still a middling option in a mediocre class of cars

1 June 2016
First Drive
Seat Leon 1.4 EcoTSI FR Titanium

2016 Seat Leon 1.4 EcoTSI FR Titanium review

High-spec new Titanium FR trim is temptingly good value, particularly on the semi-enthusiastic 1.4 EcoTSI petrol

27 May 2016
First Drive
Mercedes-Benz S500 Cabriolet

2016 Mercedes-Benz S 500 Cabriolet review

Stately yet faultlessly modern-feeling Mercedes S-Class Cabriolet is an indulgent delight even on UK roads

17 May 2016
First Drive
Audi S8 Plus

2016 Audi S8 Plus review

This is our first go in the storming Audi S8 Plus in the UK, where it has clear merits in this niche class but is still hard to recommend

11 May 2016
First Drive


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Driven this week

  •  Kia Optima PHEV
    First Drive
    25 August 2016
    Plug-in hybrid Optima is a practical, tax-efficient PHEV that undercuts rivals and fulfils its main remit well, but keen drivers need not apply
  • Kia Optima Sportwagon
    First Drive
    25 August 2016
    New Kia estate looks the part, has good space and handles tidly, but its engine's flexibility and refinement let it down
  • Lamborghini Huracán LP610-4 Spyder
    First Drive
    24 August 2016
    Awful driving position aside, drop-top Huracán handles UK roads well. It's more dynamically rounded than its rangemates, but lacks rivals' handling bite
  • Porsche Panamera 4S Diesel
    First Drive
    23 August 2016
    Its predecessor may have been a bit limp, but the Porsche Panamera 4S Diesel is crushingly rapid and suitably luxurious
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