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Mini Cooper D
3.0 stars Mini Cooper D By Jonathan Goddard

Let’s get something important out the way. The diesel Mini is no where near as good as the Cooper, S or even the One. But a small diesel will never (well Read more

Skoda Octavia 2.0 TDi Laurin & Klement
4.5 stars Skoda Octavia 2.0 TDi Laurin & Klement By Jonathan Goddard

Skoda has been getting a lot of good press in the past few years. As a manufacturer it has topped customer the JD Power and Top Gear satisfaction surveys, Read more

Route 66 Chicago 6000 GPS receiver
3.0 stars Route 66 Chicago 6000 GPS receiver By Jonathan Goddard

Portable in-car satnav systems have come a long way in a short time. Budget models have shown particular improvement. Garmin's woeful Streetpilot, launched Read more

Peugeot 407 SW HDi 136 SE
2.0 stars Peugeot 407 SW HDi 136 SE By Jonathan Goddard

I used to own a 307. It was without doubt the worst car I have owned and coupled with the experience I have had in testing a multitude of French cars, Read more

BMW Z4 Coupe 3.0si SE
2.5 stars BMW Z4 Coupe 3.0si SE By Jonathan Goddard

When I first drove the Z4 a few years back, I really loved it. Its challenging looks won me over, it's supremely quick and its roof mechanism is first Read more

Honda CR-V 2.0 i-VTEC
3.0 stars Honda CR-V 2.0 i-VTEC By Jonathan Goddard

The CR-V has always been a cracking machine, offering a truly car-like driving experience with the ride height and practicality of a 4x4. The last version Read more

Honda Accord Tourer 2.4 EX Auto
4.5 stars Honda Accord Tourer 2.4 EX Auto By Jonathan Goddard

I'll make something clear up front: I'm currently working out what company car I can afford to run, and I was close to discounting the Accord Tourer because Read more

BMW 320d M Sport Touring
3.5 stars BMW 320d M Sport Touring By Jonathan Goddard

I own a 1989 BMW 320i Touring. I love it, despite its foibles. Sitting at the helm somehow makes you feel that little bit special. Sitting in the cabin Read more

BMW X3 2.0d SE
3.0 stars BMW X3 2.0d SE By Jonathan Goddard

I’ve never really understood why anyone would buy a BMW X3. It’s by no means a bad car – far from it, in fact. Sure, early ones looked a bit funny, Read more

Kia Sedona 2.9 CRDi people carrier
3.5 stars Kia Sedona 2.9 CRDi people carrier By Jonathan Goddard

If you ever feel the need to buy a car with seven seats, it’s time to take yourself to the shed, put some Cure on the stereo and blow yourself away with Read more

Mini Cooper S
4.0 stars Mini Cooper S By Jonathan Goddard

Even though the old (new) Mini was a blast, it always failed the acid test, which for almost any car is the answer to the following question: "Would I Read more

Chrysler 300C CRD Touring
3.0 stars Chrysler 300C CRD Touring By Jonathan Goddard

Chrysler, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Dodge ... no, we’re not on the long straight highways that criss-cross the USA. We’re on sedate country lanes in Berkshire, Read more

Porsche 997 Carrera S cabrio
4.0 stars Porsche 997 Carrera S cabrio By Jonathan Goddard

Remember the old car sticker, usually stuck in the rear window of a banged up old Rover that read: "My other car’s a Porsche"? That was back in the day Read more

Vauxhall Astra Twin Top 1.6 16v Sport
2.5 stars Vauxhall Astra Twin Top 1.6 16v Sport By Jonathan Goddard

Peugeot did it first, and now everyone seems to be having a crack. No, we're not talking about building cars that fall apart in a brisk wind, but the current Read more