Porsche Panamera Diesel 2013 665x297

[button link=”http://www.frontseatdriver.co.uk/2014/01/driven-porsche-panamera-diesel-road-test/” color=”orange”]Road Test[/button] [button link=”http://www.frontseatdriver.co.uk/2014/01/porsche-panamera-diesel-2014-gallery/” color=”orange”]Gallery[/button] [button window=”yes” link=”http://www.porsche.com/uk/dealersearch/?m-01-dealer-search-field=”]Find a Dealer[/button] Model Tested: Porsche Panamera Diesel Price: £71,985 including optional metallic paint (£801), 19” Turbo wheels (£1,214), automatic dimming rear view and side mirrors (£251), Espresso natural leather interior (£4,443), Bluetooth phone connectivity with cordless handset (£963), universal audioContinue Reading

Honda started producing its own diesel engine for the UK in 2003, something that many other manufacturers had long thought was an essential offering in the European car market. Some would say that that is quite late, but the newcomer – once it finally arrived – was built to anContinue Reading

[button link=”http://www.frontseatdriver.co.uk/2013/12/driven-honda-civic-1-6-i-dtec-diesel-road-test/” color=”orange”]Road Test[/button] [button window=”yes” link=”http://www.honda.co.uk/cars/findashowroom/”]Find a Dealer[/button] [button window=”yes” link=”http://www.honda.co.uk/cars/getabrochure/”]Request a Brochure[/button] [button window=”yes” link=”http://www.honda.co.uk/cars/bookatestdrive/”]Book a Test Drive[/button] Model Tested: Honda Civic ES 1.6 i-DTEC Diesel Road Test Price: £20,780 (£21,280 as tested). The Honda Civic range starts at £16,995 for the 1.4 i-VTEC SE, rising to £27,090Continue Reading

Honda has persevered with the petrol engine longer than most manufacturers, only introducing its first diesel engine in 2009. That 2.2-litre unit was an exceptionally good start, but it was always just a bit too big, a bit too heavy, to sit well in the Civic. Fortunately the Japanese firmContinue Reading

Nissan’s Note was a worthy if unremarkable small MPV. Easy to drive, but lacking any kind of wow factor, it was exactly the sort of car that a power-hungry, oversteer-loving road tester would avoid. Now there’s a new Note, so does this one strike a chord or is serving upContinue Reading

It might look like a van with windows, but the Peugeot Partner Tepee shares more with the 308 hatchback than it does with any commercial load-lugger. Those van-like looks actually mask what is a surprisingly capable car. Granted, you won’t want to be looking in this direction if high performanceContinue Reading

Kia has been busy transforming itself over the last few years, almost completely replacing their range in the last few years. Most in need of a refresh was the unloved Rio, a bland and anonymous car that redefined the word generic, and that is what I have here. And whatContinue Reading

I’m a big fan of Americana. Regular readers will know that there is an imported Chevrolet Corvette adorning my driveway, while the banger-money Lexus LS400 has been remodelled in to a reasonably acceptable copy of the General Lee.

When MG launched the MG6 last year, its first all new car in more than ten years, it was missing one vital ingredient – a diesel engine. In the Focus/Mondeo market segment that the car straddles, where only 12% of cars purchased were fitted with a petrol engine, that wasContinue Reading

The most economical cars on the road, at least according to official economy figures, are almost invariably diesel powered superminis. However, petrol engines are getting ever more efficient, cost less to fuel and quieter, and they’re generally less bad for the environment in an urban setting than diesels. So whatContinue Reading

The Front Seat Driver Test Route has been specially designed to represent normal driving conditions. This is not a test created to produce incredible economy figures, but instead puts each car through a number of different road types. Roughly speaking, there’s an almost equal split between high speed motorway, twistyContinue Reading

Every car we get to test goes round our specially designed Test Route to record its real life fuel economy, more details of which you can find here.