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 our new car buyer marketplace.

Latest long-term test updates:

Used Volkswagen Polo

Run by: Max Adams, used cars reporter

Nissan Qashqai

Run by: Alan Taylor-Jones, senior reviewer

Kia Optima Sportswagon

Run by: Will Williams, photographer

Used Peugeot 406

Run by: What Car? used cars team

Also on our long-term test fleet:

Mazda CX-5

Run by: Darren Moss, deputy editor

Used Mercedes C-Class

Run by: Alex Robbins, used cars editor

BMW 5 Series

Run by: Steve Huntingford, editor

Peugeot 3008

Run by: Claire Evans, consumer editor

Ford Fiesta

Run by: Ben Davies, sub-editor

Skoda Kodiaq

Run by: Jim Holder, editorial director

Hyundai Ioniq

Run by: Will Williams, photographer

Renault Zoe

Run by: Rory White, new cars editor

Dacia Sandero

Run by: Jimi Beckwith, special contributor

Used Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Run by: Mark Pearson, deputy used cars editor

Suzuki Ignis

Run by: Kris Culmer, sub-editor

Former long-term test cars

Volvo S90

Run by: Steve Huntingford, editor

Skoda Octavia

Run by: John Bradshaw, chief 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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