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Long-term tests

We put our cars through the rigours of family life across thousands of miles of driving – here's what's on our long-term fleet at the moment

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Our long term test cars

What Car?'s road tests are the most thorough in the business, and if you read our new car reviews you can be sure you're getting the best buying advice around. But what will those cars be like to live with? We answer that question by running cars for up to nine months at a time, and putting them through the ultimate test – everyday life.

Be it tackling city commutes, challenging weekend drives on country roads, long motorway journeys or family holidays, we test our long-term fleet over thousands of miles to make sure our verdicts stand the test of time. We're a varied bunch, too, and we drive each other's cars regularly, so we find out what they're like from a variety of perspectives.

Below you'll find links to all of our current long-term test cars, and keep checking back to this page as the fleet expands. And, don't forget, if you're interesting in buying any of these cars then you can find a great deal by using What Car? New Car Buying.

Latest long-term test updates:

Volkswagen e-Golf

Run by: Jimi Beckwith, special contributor


Volvo XC40

Run by: Steve Huntingford, editor


BMW X2

Run by: Darren Moss, deputy editor


Seat Arona

Run by: Kris Culmer, sub-editor


Volkswagen T-Roc

Run by: Alastair Clements, special contributor


Also on our long-term test fleet:

Peugeot 5008

Run by: Jim Holder, editorial director


Used Seat Leon

Run by: Max Adams, used cars reporter


Nissan Leaf

Run by: Allan Muir, managing editor


Vauxhall Grandland X

Run by: John Bradshaw, chief photographer


Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer

Run by: Mitch McCabe, head of video


Skoda Karoq

Run by: Will Williams, photographer


Used Volvo XC60

Run by: Mark Pearson, deputy used cars editor


Subaru XV

Run by: Claire Evans, cosumer editor


Former long-term test cars

Volkswagen Golf GTI

Run by: Mark Tisshaw, contributor


Used Volkswagen Polo

Run by: Max Adams, used cars reporter


Skoda Kodiaq

Run by: Jim Holder, editorial director


Used Mercedes C-Class

Run by: Alex Robbins, used cars editor


Ford Fiesta

Run by: Ben Davies, sub-editor


Kia Optima Sportswagon

Run by: Will Williams, photographer


Dacia Sandero

Run by: Jimi Beckwith, special contributor


Mazda CX-5

Run by: Darren Moss, deputy editor


BMW 5 Series

Run by: Steve Huntingford, editor


Renault Zoe

Run by: Rory White, new cars editor


Used Peugeot 406

Run by: What Car? used cars team


Nissan Qashqai

Run by: Alan Taylor-Jones, senior reviewer


Used Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Run by: Mark Pearson, deputy used cars editor


Peugeot 3008

Run by: Claire Evans, consumer editor


Suzuki Ignis

Run by: Kris Culmer, sub-editor


Volvo S90

Run by: Steve Huntingford, editor


Skoda Octavia

Run by: John Bradshaw, chief photographer


Hyundai Ioniq

Run by: Will Williams, photographer


Renault Scenic

Run by: Luc Lacey, photographer


Honda Civic

Run by: Mark Pearson, deputy used cars editor


Audi Q5

Run by: Darren Moss, deputy editor


Used Vauxhall Insignia (08-17)

Run by: Alex Robbins, used cars editor


Nissan Micra

Run by: Hemal Mistry, digital reviews editor


Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer

Run by: Simon Strang, special contributor


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