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Driven: Ford Fiesta ST

Driven: Ford Fiesta ST

The top-spec factory Fiesta promises to be a driving delight for those who like hot hatch thrills, but does its power deficit compared to key rivals hold it back? Our man finds out We all know by now what the ST badge stands for – a fast Ford that’s not quite as focused as an [...]

February 21, 2014 Pete Taschendorf 1

Driven: Range Rover Sport SDV6

Driven: Range Rover Sport SDV6

While the first generation Range Rover Sport was a weighty impostor sat on a Discovery chassis, this new model is based on its aluminium big brother. In SDV6 format, the Sport badge suddenly makes sense Standing next to the Range Rover Sport SDV6, it remains a big thing. We all know that this second gen [...]

January 27, 2014 Pete Taschendorf 0

Driven: Mercedes-Benz CLA220 CDI AMG Sport

Driven: Mercedes-Benz CLA220 CDI AMG Sport

Potentially going to drive a CLA45 AMG, our man was instead shovelled into a CLA220 CDI AMG Sport – and wasn’t impressed by what he found Permit me to begin with some caveats. It’s not the Mercedes PR team’s fault that the 355bhp CLA45 AMG couldn’t make it to the wilds of West Yorkshire, and [...]

December 17, 2013 Pete Taschendorf 0

Driven: Clio Renaultsport 200 Turbo EDC LUX

Driven: Clio Renaultsport 200 Turbo EDC LUX

The Renaultsport Clio has grown up – no longer normally aspirated, now it’s a turbocharged, twin-clutch-equipped ultra-modern. But has it lost something in the translation? “Press the RS button for Race, and have the gearbox in manual,” said the man from Renault as I took the Clio’s slim keycard off him. I smiled back; clearly, he [...]

December 13, 2013 Pete Taschendorf 0

Driven: BMW 435i M Sport

Driven: BMW 435i M Sport

It might be only be an M Sport version, but this 4-Series is so good that our man worries for the full-fat M4’s future BMWs: time was when I could quote you any E-number you cared to choose, and would bore poor souls senseless with the evolution of a particular model series. However, in recent [...]

December 3, 2013 Pete Taschendorf 2

Driven: Jaguar XFR-S

Driven: Jaguar XFR-S

The Jag XFR has never quite lit our fire here at Dep-O, but can the extreme XFR-S version redeem that? Many moons ago, I once drove a Jaguar XFR. It was a brand new model then, the supercharged, screaming version of the stylish XF, a car which in normal trim was winning editorial plaudits left, [...]

November 11, 2013 Pete Taschendorf 0

Driven: Chevrolet Camaro 6.2 V8

Driven: Chevrolet Camaro 6.2 V8

There’s nothing about the Camaro that’s 21st century – this is classic muscle car entertainment, and it’s all the better for it I’ve got to get through this review of the Chevrolet Camaro 6.2 V8 without mentioning two words in conjunction – one of them is the antonym of ‘young’, and the other is a [...]

October 30, 2013 Pete Taschendorf 0

Driven: L405 Range Rover SDV8

Driven: L405 Range Rover SDV8

The Dep-O collective (minus 1), took the new L405 generation Range Rover for an unusual test drive involving Jaguar hunting, daytime TV and massages – but was there a happy ending come home time?  The sun was shining, editor Charlesworth and I were having our backs massaged and Matt was keeping us up to date [...]

June 26, 2013 Daniel Williams 2