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Darren Wilson
As Group Automotive Art director, Darren predominantly looks after Auto Express, Carbuyer and Driving Electric magazines; 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.  e-mail: darren_wilson@dennis.co.uk
Toyota Corolla Hybrid Excel: long-term test review
Toyota Corolla Hatchback

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
Mercedes A 200 AMG Line: long-term test review
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Mercedes A-Class Hatchback

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
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Peugeot 5008 SUV

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
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Volvo S90 saloon

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
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Long-term test review: Suzuki Ignis
Suzuki Ignis - parked
Suzuki Ignis SUV

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
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Citroen C4 Picasso MPV

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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Volkswagen Passat Estate

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

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Long-term test review: Suzuki Vitara
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Suzuki Vitara SUV

Long-term test review: Suzuki Vitara

Final report: Practical and efficient Suzuki Vitara SUV has proven a smash hit for all the family
21 Apr 2016
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New MINI Cooper 5-door: long-term test review
MINI MINI Hatchback

New MINI Cooper 5-door: long-term test review

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

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
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VW Jetta: Fifth report
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Volkswagen Jetta Saloon

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
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Volkswagen Jetta Saloon

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
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Volkswagen Jetta Saloon

Volkswagen Jetta: Third report

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

Volkswagen Jetta: Second report

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

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
Ford Focus Hatchback

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
Ford Focus Hatchback

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
Ford Focus Hatchback

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
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Ford Focus Hatchback

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
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Ford Focus Hatchback

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
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MINI Countryman Cooper D ALL4: Final report
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MINI Countryman SUV

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
MINI Countryman SUV

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
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Mitsubishi ASX
Mitsubishi ASX final report
Mitsubishi ASX SUV

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
Peugeot 3008 SUV

Peugeot 3008

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

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
Peugeot Partner Tepee: 5,860 miles
Peugeot Partner Tepee MPV

Peugeot Partner Tepee: 5,860 miles

Final report: People carrier is pitched into battle for a camping trip. Does it uphold scout’s honour?
2 Jul 2009
Peugeot Partner Tepee: 4,406 miles
Peugeot Partner Tepee
Peugeot Partner Tepee MPV

Peugeot Partner Tepee: 4,406 miles

Second Report: Is running the budget MPV proving to be a tall order?
1 May 2009
Peugeot Partner Tepee
Peugeot Partner Tepee MPV

Peugeot Partner Tepee

Van-styled people carrier has replaced our 207 SW – and it’s standing up well to the rigours of daily family use...
13 Mar 2009
Peugeot 207 SW
Peugeot 207 SW SW

Peugeot 207 SW

After 9,577 miles we send off our supermini estate with a tour of the UK and a bit of tlc...
1 Dec 2008
Peugeot 207 SW: 6,148 miles
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Peugeot 207 SW SW

Peugeot 207 SW: 6,148 miles

Second report: Our compact load-lugger is wearing well under the constant pressure of a pair of mucky pups
23 Jul 2008
Peugeot 207 SW
Peugeot 307 SW
Peugeot 207 Hatchback

Peugeot 207 SW

Our 207 sw was forced off the road weeks after joining the fleet – so only now it’s been fixed are we really starting to appreciate it.
17 Apr 2008
Long-term Toyota Auris 2.0 D-4D T3
Toyota Auris
Toyota Auris Hatchback

Long-term Toyota Auris 2.0 D-4D T3

First impressions don’t always count! We weren’t big fans of the Toyota Auris when it arrived on our fleet. but we’ve stuck with it, and it’s now prov…
31 Oct 2007
Toyota Auris 2.0 D-4D T3
Toyota Auris Hatchback

Toyota Auris 2.0 D-4D T3

First time out, our Toyota Auris didn’t quite come up to scratch. But, 4,000 miles later, it’s beginning to prove itself
17 Jul 2007
Toyota Auris 2.0 D-4D T3
Toyota Auris 2.0 D-4D T3
Toyota Auris Hatchback

Toyota Auris 2.0 D-4D T3

First impressions of our new Toyota Auris are that it's very similar to the brand's old Corolla
27 Feb 2007