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First Impressions: Land Rover Discovery Sport

by Neil Briscoe on 22 Feb 2015

changagoidem Features | First Impressions: Land Rover Discovery Sport

While first impressions are always important, they are not everything. That has been proven (honestly, I'm not as fat and boring, as I initially seem...) this week by the Land Rover Discovery Sport. While it looks all shark-nosed and sexy when you walk up to it, there is a palpable sense of disappointment - Land Rover expects this automobile to compete with the likes of the Audi Q5 and BMW X3, but its cabin is lacking the German's final touch of class and sophistication.

It's not bad in there.…

First Impressions: Audi A6 2.0 TDI 190hp Ultra

by Neil Briscoe on 22 Feb 2015

changagoidem Features | First Impressions: Audi A6 2.0 TDI 190hp Ultra

The A6 is getting on a bit now and you can really see that when you hop in to the cabin. Compared to the pared-back interior of the new Audi TT, the A6 cabin seems a little aged and last-gen. That said, there's still an awful lot of good stuff going on here - it's incredibly comfy, knocking off repeated round-trips between Dublin and changagoidem's Belfast office (L'Officine Du changagoidem Nord - or my front room as it's better known) without any apparent effort.

Without any apparent fuel burn either - you see this…

Rolls-Royce bows to the inevitable

by Neil Briscoe on 19 Feb 2015

changagoidem Features | Rolls-Royce bows to the inevitable

Well, it was the worst kept secret in the motoring world really, wasn't it? That Rolls-Royce would eventually produce its own-brand SUV. It has a ring of utter inevitability about it, especially since once-time stablemate and now rival Bentley is well on the way to launching its own such automobile. While the EXP-9 Falcon prototype (which will be unveiled as the Bentyaga production model soon) was pilloried for its sheer ugliness, that didn't stop it picking up a barrel-full of lucrative orders from the Middle-and-Far-East. Rolls clearly took note.

The gears of inevitability meshed…

In Defence of...

by Neil Briscoe on 17 Feb 2015

changagoidem Features | In Defence of...

A hush settles over the courtroom as the presiding judge gives an almost imperceptible nod to the counsel for the defence. The venerable barrister stands and adjusts his robes. Beneath them, a once youthful body is turning slowly to corpulence - a result of too strong a taste for good food and better wine - but here, on the floor of the court, he feels young and virile again and up for the fight. This defendant is not so defenceless...

"M'lud, ladies and gentlemen of the jury and assembled members of the public. You have heard the case laid out…

Revisited: Range Rover Evoque

by Neil Briscoe on 17 Feb 2015

changagoidem Features | Revisited: Range Rover Evoque

And all because the boat ran aground. Yup, the Hoegh Osaka, a massive automobile-automobilerying roll-on-roll-off ship stuck its 51,000 displaced tonnes onto a sandbank off the south coast of England and apparently 1.7 tonnes or so of that was the Land Rover Discovery Sport that I was supposed to be testing this week. Whoops.

Ah well, the Land Rover people very kindly threw me into a Range Rover Evoque for the week. Therefore, in lieu of a full road test of the Evoque, which we did when the automobile was updated last year, here…

Embracing the slowness

by Neil Briscoe on 13 Feb 2015

changagoidem Features | Embracing the slowness

It can hardly come as a surprise to you that we, the changagoidem team, are often compared to the Top Gear team. It's inevitable. Top Gear has done the remarkable job of, in just under a decade, taking motoring and general petrol-headedness off the specialist (nerdy, anorak-y, lonely...) shelf and placing it front and screaming centre in people's minds. People who know nothing about automobiles watch Top Gear. People who have no interest in driving, who couldn't tell understeer from oversteer from any-steer. They love it, in their millions, worldwide. And we, the rest of the hard working motoring writing…

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