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Darren Wilson

As Creative director, Darren predominantly looks after the Auto Express magazine; whilst consulting for LRM, Evo and Enzo. He manages everything from photography briefs to layout and logo design. Darren has worked in the motoring industry for over 25 years and loves it.

Hyundai Kona Electric Ultimate long-term test: our Car of the Year continues to impress
Auto Express creative director Darren Wilson's family standing next to the Hyundai Kona
Long-term tests

Hyundai Kona Electric Ultimate long-term test: our Car of the Year continues to impress

Final report: our electric SUV again shows why it was our Car of the Year in 2023
24 May 2024
Lexus RZ 450e long-term test: high quality at a high price
Auto Express creative director Darren Wilson standing with the Lexus RZ in a charging bay
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Lexus RZ 450e long-term test: high quality at a high price

Final report: we bid farewell to our impressive electric crossover
21 Dec 2023
Nuna Todl NEXT child car seat review
Nuna Todl NEXT
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Nuna Todl NEXT child car seat review

The Nuna Todl and NEXT base are a good combination for parents looking for a versatile child car seat, but it does have some limitations
30 Oct 2023
Citroen C5 X Shine: long-term test review
Auto Express creative director Darren Wilson's family standing next to the Citroen C5 X
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Citroen C5 X Shine: long-term test review

Final report: comfort-focused hatchback is perfect for our creative director and his family
3 Aug 2023
Dacia Jogger: long-term test review
Dacia Jogger long termer - standing next to Jogger
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Dacia Jogger: long-term test review

Final report: We’ll miss our practical, value-for-money budget seven-seater
20 Jan 2023
Citroen e-Berlingo: long-term test review
Citroen e-Berlingo long term test - serving ice cream
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Citroen e-Berlingo: long-term test review

Final report: We’ve learned to love our pure-electric MPV
22 Jul 2022
Toyota RAV4 PHEV: long-term test review
Toyota RAV4 long term third report - 1
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Toyota RAV4 PHEV: long-term test review

Final report: our Toyota RAV4 plug-in hybrid is put to good use as an ambulance
11 Mar 2022

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SEAT Leon e-Hybrid: long-term test review
SEAT Leon e-Hybrid long termer - second report static
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SEAT Leon e-Hybrid: long-term test review

Final report: Staycation displays our hybrid hatch’s strengths perfectly
11 Oct 2021
Renault Clio Iconic: long-term test review
Renault
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Renault Clio Iconic: long-term test review

Final report: the virus limited our time in the French ’mini, but its qualities still shone through
8 Feb 2021
Toyota Corolla Hybrid Excel: long-term test review
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Toyota Corolla Hybrid Excel: long-term test review

Fourth report: Toyota Corolla family hatchback’s credentials get put to test with a new arrival in Wilson clan
21 May 2020
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Mercedes A 200 AMG Line: long-term test review
Mercedes A 200 AMG Line long termer - final report header
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Mercedes A 200 AMG Line: long-term test review

Final report: We’re going to miss our sporty, tech-packed Mercedes A-Class hatchback
5 Apr 2019
Peugeot 5008 GT Line: long-term test review
peugeot 5008 long termer static
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Peugeot 5008 GT Line: long-term test review

Final report: Seven-seat Peugeot 5008 SUV saddles up for rural break, and is more at home than in town
26 Oct 2018
Long-term test review: Volvo S90
Volvo S90 long-term - second report front
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Long-term test review: Volvo S90

Final report: it’s time to say goodbye to our classy luxury Volvo S90 saloon, and we’re really going to miss it
17 Apr 2018
Long-term test review: Suzuki Ignis
Suzuki Ignis - parked
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Long-term test review: Suzuki Ignis

Final report: the Suzuki Ignis has departed our long-term fleet, and we’re already missing the little SUV
21 Feb 2018
Long-term test review: Citroen C4 Picasso
Citroen C4 Picasso long termer third report - header
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Long-term test review: Citroen C4 Picasso

Final report: Citroen C4 Picasso MPV evokes memories of much loved seven-seater
2 May 2017
Long-term test review: Volkswagen Passat Estate
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Long-term test review: Volkswagen Passat Estate

Final report: as the VW Passat Estate leaves our fleet, we reflect on how much else it had to offer beyond style and practicality
17 Feb 2017
Long-term test: Suzuki Vitara
Suzuki Vitara (long term) - final report header
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Long-term test: Suzuki Vitara

Final report: Practical and efficient Suzuki Vitara SUV has proven a smash hit for all the family
21 Apr 2016
MINI Cooper 5-door (2014-2024): long-term test
MINI Cooper 5-door (2014-2024) - goodbye header image
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MINI Cooper 5-door (2014-2024): long-term test

Final report: Reluctant farewell to blooming brilliant family hatch
27 May 2015
Long-term test review: Citroen Grand C4 Picasso
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Long-term test review: Citroen Grand C4 Picasso

Final report: We say au revoir to stylish MPV after 8,000 miles, two countries and countless passengers
28 Oct 2014
VW Jetta: Fifth report
VW Jetta header
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VW Jetta: Fifth report

The VW Jetta deserves more recognition, says our man after nine months and 8,000 miles
18 Mar 2013
VW Jetta: Fourth report
Volkswagen Jetta front static
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VW Jetta: Fourth report

Our man has been spending hours behind the wheel of the Volkswagen Jetta – and he loves it...
24 Dec 2012
Volkswagen Jetta: Third report
Volkswagen Jetta front static header
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Volkswagen Jetta: Third report

Family camping trip is an ideal test of our VW Jetta saloon’s practicality
24 Oct 2012
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Volkswagen Jetta: Second report
Volkswagen Jetta profile
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Volkswagen Jetta: Second report

Practical, classy VW Jetta saloon has really grown on our family man
5 Sep 2012
Volkswagen Jetta: First report
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Volkswagen Jetta: First report

The new VW Jetta joins our fleet, but will it be as easy to live with as a hatch for our family man?
18 Jul 2012
Ford Focus: Final report
Ford Escort Mexico and Ford Focus
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Ford Focus: Final report

We travel back in time to rate seventies star against the latest Ford Focus hatch
4 Jul 2012
Ford Focus EcoBoost: Fifth report
Ford Focus EcoBoost
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Ford Focus EcoBoost: Fifth report

Hatch’s hi-tech safety kit has helped us avoid prangs – plus, it’s saving us money
16 Apr 2012
Ford Focus: Fourth report
Ford Focus and Grand C-MAX
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Ford Focus: Fourth report

Family man traded up from hatch to seven-seater for festive break. Has he been persuaded to make the switch permanent?
6 Feb 2012
Ford Focus: Third report
Ford Focus front tracking
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Ford Focus: Third report

Five-door Focus has won over our family man with its entertaining drive as well as its gadgetry
16 Nov 2011
Ford Focus: Second report
Ford Focus Darren Wilson
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Ford Focus: Second report

Hatch packs in a lot of technology, but is it too clever for its own good? Even we were stumped...
19 Sep 2011
MINI Countryman Cooper D ALL4: Final report
MINI Countryman Cooper D All4 rear tracking
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MINI Countryman Cooper D ALL4: Final report

It’s a fond farewell to our MINI, which has wowed young and old alike...
29 Aug 2011
MINI Countryman Cooper D
MINI Countryman Cooper D
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MINI Countryman Cooper D

Four-wheel-drive Brit arrived on fleet just in time for big freeze – and there was ‘snow’ stopping it...
11 Feb 2011
Mitsubishi ASX
Mitsubishi ASX final report
Long-term tests

Mitsubishi ASX

Final Report: With its Evo looks and strong pace, crossover makes us feel like a rally star – even in the middle of town!
29 Oct 2010
Peugeot 3008
Peugeot 3008
Long-term tests

Peugeot 3008

Does irritating puncture take the polish off Lion’s versatile crossover?
29 Jan 2010
Toyota Avensis Tourer: 9,156 miles
Long-term tests

Toyota Avensis Tourer: 9,156 miles

Final REPORT: Sharp to look at, easy to live with... and that’s just the car! Estate is a great load carrier, too, as our family man can testify
4 Sep 2009