Episode 64 : SMMT Test Day North Raw Reactions Special Edition

On Tuesday 20 September 2016 both Alan and Andrew were in the same place at the same time. This momentous event occurred because the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) Test Day North was being held in York. This gave the opportunity for the chaps to try a variety of vehicles over either a 30 or 25-minute route.

As you will appreciate a short drive in a car cannot replace an in-depth review but Andrew and Alan give their Raw Reaction to each of the cars they were lucky enough to drive on the day.

Volvo S90 D4 Momentum

2.0 litre 190bhp 4 cylinder diesel auto (8 speed)

Starting Price: £32,555

Colour Tax: Flat black and white standards, nice colours £700

Isuzu D-Max Blade

2.5 litre 163ps 4 cylinder diesel auto (5 speed)

Starting Price: £26,999 +VAT (£32,342 for non-business owners)

Colour Tax: Metallic black and red standard, pearl white £250+VAT

Subaru WRX STi

2.5 litre 300ps 4 cylinder petrol manual (6 speed)

Starting Price: £28,995

Colour Tax: White standard. Other colours £500

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Infiniti Q30 1.6T 7DCT Business Edition

1.6 litre 156ps 4 cylinder petrol auto (7 speed)

Starting Price: £23,600 (£25,870 as tested)

Colour Tax: £670

Mercedes-AMG C43 4-matic Estate

3.0 litre 367hp V6 bi-turbo petrol auto (9 speed)

Starting Price: £45,660

Colour Tax: £645 (black and white standard)

Range Rover Evoque 5-door Autobiography

2.0 litre 180hp 4 cylinder diesel auto (9 speed)

Starting Price: £51,200

Colour Tax: None. Most colours included but “premium” are £625 (including Cheshire orange…)

DS Automobiles DS-3 Performance Cabrio

2.0 litre 210ps 4 cylinder petrol manual (6 speed)

Starting Price: £23,790

Colour Tax: Yellow included, more subdued tones £495

Bentley Turbo R

Here is the link to the Retro Road Test by @MR_AndrewBrady.

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