Driven

This page features cars either owned and/or driven over the years. The very basic scoring system is just Wayne’s quick thoughts, after all, he’s no Jeremy Clarkson!

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This is me in the showroom of Audi in Beckenham

Audi A3, 2.0l
This is a whole new league and class of car than I’m used to. This is just stunning. The looks, the drive, the comfort, and the speed are just perfect… I feel as though someone at Audi found out all that I love and quickly built a spec designed just for me!

This was a car belonging to a friend of a friend.

Audi A4 Quattro S-Line
This is an entire new league and class of car than I’m used to. This is just stunning. The looks, the drive, the comfort, and the speed are just perfect… I feel as though someone at Audi found out all that I love and quickly built a spec designed just for me!

This was Simon’s Audi TT and the photo was taken against a wall at the rear of Cambridge Gardens, Wallington, November 2012.

Audi TT, 1.8l
I love this car. It’s also the car that Simon’s always wanted to own… and did for a while. I took it for a spin around Warlingham and down toward South Croydon. It’s superfast and a great deal of fun to drive. It’s definitely one of those cars you drive and then announce that you want one!

This Bentley belonged to the father of a business associate of Nick W’s. The photo was taken on the family home’s driveway in Gerrard’s Cross, July 2003.

Bentley Arnage
This is the most expensive car I’ve driven, the Bentley Arnage at £150,000. Forgetting about the disappointing interior with its lack of gadgets and expected trimmings, the drive is amazing. The car is glued to the road and considering its weight, it just strolls past everything. The incredible part of this car is how you feel that you’re doing 50mph (ca. 80 km/h) but when you look at the clock, it’s actually 90mph (ca. 145 km/h).

I test drove this 1 series from the BMW dealership in Wallington, Surrey

BMW 120d xDrive Sport
I test drove this car in January 2017. It’s quick, comfortable, and affordable. It has a long nose but is quite roomy in the back and has plenty of boot space. Furthermore, it has BMW’s iDrive, which is great for on-screen and big button navigation. This is the 4-wheel drive version and is very responsive. I love this car.

I test drove this 3 series from the BMW dealership in Wallington, Surrey

BMW 320i Sport Saloon
I drove this BMW in January 2017 as a test drive in preparation for my next car and of course, a natural contender. It just feels luxurious, luxurious enough to chauffeur in. And it’s fast and responsive too. I don’t feel that it would be right to have this model without leather interior, but I couldn’t afford it.

This BMW belonged to a business associate of Nick W’s. The photo was taken at Tim’s car wash, Shannon’s Corner, New Malden, June 2005.

BMW 760i
I drove this car for the first time on Christmas Eve 2005 when Nick let me have a go. I drove it from Carew Manor, Wallington to Purley Tesco’s petrol station and back home, about 4 miles (6.44 km). I’ve driven it again since to chauffeur the owner’s family during a casino night out. Not only that, but I adore this car. It’s luxury to the limit. It’s also a rocket to drive… if I hadn’t had driven the Lamborghini Gallardo, this would be my fastest car that I’ve ever driven.

This BMW belonged to a business associate of Nick W’s. The photo was taken on the family home’s driveway in Gerrard’s Cross, March 2006.

BMW X5
I didn’t get to drive this car very far and therefore couldn’t comment much except to say it felt as comfortable as the 7 series, oh and maybe that it was nice and high up from the road.

This is a stock photo of the Cadillac Limousine, pinched from the Internet but is identical in colour and model to the one I drove…

Cadillac Limousine
My first experience ever of driving a left-hand drive car and at driving an American stretched 6 seater limousine. It was good fun and I enjoyed being a chauffeur for so many people who had hired the car for the evening, from school proms to family nights out. The hen nights weren’t so much fun, though. I did notice how many people give way to you, though.

Citroën BX19 GTi
I only test drove this car a short journey, but I do remember it being quite uncomfortable.

This little thing was Nick W’s and was one of three he owned at the same time. The photo was taken outside of Nick’s place, Sutton, Surrey, May 2009.

Daihatsu Cuore
This cute little car was Nick’s and I drove it a couple of times. I know he didn’t buy it for any pose factor, but it is so cheap to run and economical with fuel… which I’m thinking was a refreshing change for him since running the Lexus and the SLK.

Datsun 120Y
No.1 joke car of the decade, but strangely enough, totally reliable. Back in the days of rust buckets and jalopy corner bargain junk-mobiles, came this little gem. It survived total abuse, including having its driver door ripped off by a passing fellow motorist. Hahaha!

Ford Cortina Mk. III
Back in the days of driving without insurance, an old partner of mine had this car in this colour, complete with vinyl roof. But despite that, it was nippy and considered a fab car at the time.

This photo was taken at the Ford showroom at Purley Way, Croydon, March 2014.

Ford Focus Titanium 2.0l
This car drives almost identically to the Renault Megane, and it is very comfortable in the driver’s seat. It’s also brilliantly affordable. Apart from the familiarity I had with the Mégane, the only other reason for not choosing the Focus as my next car was the fact that the keyless entry and ignition wasn’t so keyless.

Ford Kuga
For everything everyone says about Ford, my expectation was very low. I couldn’t believe just how good it was. It was fast, comfortable, and big. I loved the SUV high up on the road feeling… a VW Touareg without the quality but still a nice drive.

Honda Civic Type S
Well, very disappointing. The drive of the Honda Civic is confusing for me because of the i-shift gearbox.  It has no park and will roll on an incline.  It feels like it wants to stay in high gear for far too long!

Hyundai Ioniq
Just back from a journey having driven this car from west London. It’s smooth, heavenly quiet, comfortable, and just such a pleasure to drive. Loving all the gadgets.

Hyundai Tucson
I have had this car for two weeks as a courtesy vehicle whilst mine is in for repair. This car is a lot bigger than it even looks. It’s a good all-rounder, but I don’t like it. I wouldn’t buy one, but I do like the comfort and the air con is instant and works well. However, since driving it for 8 weeks, I’ve taken a dislike to the lack of power and no acceleration.

Lamborghini Gallardo
This animal is off the scale.  It’s by far the fastest thing I have ever been in, and I’m not sure that I’m not including an aeroplane!  The acceleration is beyond breathtaking!  This was a ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity to drive a Lamborghini, so a speed camera-free stretch of the A3 was an imperative part of the test drive. But I needed more road without a speed camera to find out just how fast I can manage to drive without completely crapping myself! Hahaha!  And in this car, you don’t get to cover enough road without having to slow down because of a camera or some other blurred object, like say another vehicle. Look, it’s so fast, I can’t find any other words to describe it!
Second time around, and it’s no different, with possibly an exception to the comfort. It’s even more uncomfortable than I remembered. But if I have to endure lower back pain for a week after having the chance to drive this around my hometown, then so be it! Still Awesome!

This is a stock photo from the Internet, but it is the same model and colour as the one I drove. It belonged to a business associate of Nick W’s.

Lexus IS250
I’ve driven the IS200 and the LS430 and I have to say, I didn’t get the same excitement of power. But it does, however, have the usual extremely high standard expected inside any Lexus.

This was Nick W’s first of two Lexus cars.

Lexus LS400 (Older Shape)
I can’t believe the comfort and silence of this car running. The one I’ve driven is a 1991 4 litre 32V model.  It’s clean and powerful and considering its age, has everything working apart from a couple of bulbs.  The most outstanding feature is just how smooth the suspension is.

This was Nick W’s second of two Lexus cars. The photo was taken in the front driveway of Cambridge Gardens, Wallington, February 2007.

Lexus LS400 (New Shape)
This is Nick’s car, the Lexus LS400. It’s gorgeous in British racing green with cream leather interior. This model is complete with Sat Nav and drives so beautifully.  It’s one of the quietest cars I’ve ever driven. It’s also the best and the most luxurious Lexus I’ve driven, including the newer ones!

This photo was taken in the museum/showroom whilst at Mercedes World, Weybridge, February 2013.

Mercedes SLK55 AMG
I drove this car around Mercedes World’s circuit, tracks, and straights. It was incredible. Amazing power and technology. Very comfortable and great fun but the SL500 just beats it for me, for the power and for the pose.

This photo was taken in the museum/showroom whilst at Mercedes World, Weybridge, February 2013.

Mercedes SL500
To date, my most favourite car to drive. The acceleration and power behind this car is totally awesome. It’s luxuriously comfortable. I love it and with the roof down, it’s a total first class pose factor car.

This is Nick W’s car and this photo was taken outside his place in Sutton, March 2006.

Mercedes SLK 230
In black, the SLK just looks the business!  This is one of Nick’s cars and it goes. It’s not so impressive to see me driving it but when Nick’s behind the wheel of this little beast, it’s like a rocket that almost takes flight. Don’t get any ideas of racing this from the lights if you’re alongside one (unless you’re in the SL500, aye Nick?) Hehehe!

This car as the three-year contract car has been the one that has received the most amount of compliments, colour and otherwise.

MG4 Trophy Long Range
Test drove this car and loved it. The acceleration is impressive, the drive, comfort, and features of the car all ok. It is my latest car (2023).

This was Simon’s car and the photo was taken at the rear of Cambridge Gardens, Wallington, April 2011.

Mini Cooper (2008)
Test drove this car for a few hours.  Everyone said it handles like no other car… and I agree! The road grip reminds me of the stability of a Lexus and the handling you’d expect from a BMW. I love it! It really is the most fun car I’ve driven and so good was it that it became my next car.

This was a previously owned car of mine and the photo was taken at the rear of Cambridge Gardens, Wallington, June 2011.

Mini Cooper (2011)
This was one of my cars, and it won in the final heat for the next car. It was up against the Qashqai and the New Mégane CC. Value for money, I was happy to get the Mini Cooper 1.6 Auto with Chilli pack, electric panoramic sunroof, heated and folding door mirrors, Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free mobile phone function. Upgraded 16-inch alloy wheels, Xenon headlamps with washer, Climate control, mood lighting and keyless entry and start. Great fun car.

This was a previously owned car of mine and the photo was taken at the rear of Cambridge Gardens, Wallington, June 2014.

Mini Countryman 2.0L SD ALL4 (2014)
This was one of my cars and I loved it. I chose the following options for the car: media pack, comfort access, black bonnet stripes, chrome line interior, black headlights, electric glass sunroof, sun protection glass (tinted windows at the back and rear doors), heated front seats and flat load boot floor.

This was a previously owned car of mine and the photo was taken at Church Road, Beddington, June 2017.

Mini Countryman 2.0L S ALL4 (2017)
This is another one of my cars. It’s another Mini Countryman. This one is 2.0l like the last one but is petrol instead of diesel. The colour is Thunder Grey. It’s an ALL4 drive (Mini’s 4-wheel drive) and I selected these extras. Chili Pack, Media Pack XL, Head-up display, Comfort Access, Sunscreen protection, Adaptive LED headlights, heated front seats, white bonnet stripes, Automatic foot operated tailgate, automatic air conditioning, chrome line interior, Reversing assist camera, ALL4 exterior optic pack.

This was Jezz’s car and the photo was taken at Bandon Cemetery, Plough Lane, Beddington, June 2017.

Mini Cooper Coupé S
This car was Jezz’s and the acceleration is incredible. It’s faster than my current 2L Countryman and yet has less bhp. But it’s got to be all in the weight then. It’s one of the most responsive cars I’ve driven for both steering and acceleration.

This was one of Tim’s many cars, and the photo was taken on the driveway of his last home, March 2005.

Mitsubishi Evolution 5
This was my mate’s Tim’s car, and he let me have a go of it.  He said it was not fast, but then told me to put my foot down… he should’ve chosen a longer stretch of road. And maybe I wouldn’t have been so scared when suddenly a Renault Scénic’s tailgate was nearly a part of Tim’s interior. I’m used to that kind of power surrounded by a huge BMW 7 Series, but in this car… it’s a rocket! Very hairy but huge amounts of fun!

This was one of Tim’s many cars, and the photo was taken on the driveway of his last home, March 2005.

Mitsubishi Sopporo
I didn’t like this car at all but to be fair, it was too old and scary.

This is Jezz’s latest car (2020) and the photo was taken at Wilson’s showroom car park, Epsom (July 2020).

Nissan Juke 2.0l Tekna
In 2020, Jezz bought the Nissan Juke 2.0l Tekna. I’ve driven it a few times now, and it’s great for the features of lane assist, keeping an eye on your speed cornering. I’ve really got used to the jelly mould shape now, and it looks good in white. It’s amazing just how many Juke’s we see now, though.

Nissan Juke (New Shape)
This was sister Nikki’s new car (4 April 2023) and we drove it together for its maiden journey. It’s more comfortable than the previous model, and of course, looks great.

Nissan Micra
Another car in the era of Pete and I.  A reliable little 1.0l manual thing.

This photo was taken at the rear of Cambridge Gardens, Wallington, May 2009.

Nissan Micra (Newer Shape)
I had this car as a courtesy car while mine was in for a service. It’s comfortable and compact and a lot more solid than the older shape, some 15 years before. Most noted was the visibility from the front windscreen.

This photo was taken at the rear of Cambridge Gardens, Wallington, September 2007.

Nissan Qashqai Tekna 2.0l
I had this car as a courtesy car while mine was in for a service. It’s comfortable and compact and a lot more solid than the older shape, some 15 years before. Most noted was the visibility from the front windscreen.

This is a photo from the Internet, but is the same model and colour as the one I drove.

Opel Ascona
Another car from mine and Pete’s history. The most historic feature was the leak from the petrol tank that meant it not only always filled the boot with petrol, but it also cost a fiver to go literally anywhere! Hahaha.

This was one of Simon’s cars and this photo was taken in Brunswick Road, Sutton, March 2007.

Peugeot 206
This car was Simon’s and was immaculate. A neat, tidy and nippy little car, but I have a problem with Peugeot’s; with the smaller models, they have the same feeling I get when I’m inside a Fiat: they remind of sitting inside a tin!

This was one of Jezz’s cars and although this photo was taken from the Internet, it was Jezz’s actual car, advertised on the site where he bought it from in Chiswick, West London, October 2014.

Peugeot 207cc
This was Jezz’s car. He traded in his Suzuki Jimny for a hard-top lime green automatic Peugeot 207cc. It’s gorgeous with full black leather interior, very comfortable to drive and quite fast too. It definitely suits him!

This photo of me in the driver’s seat was taken at the rear of Cambridge Gardens, Wallington, April 2007.

Peugeot 307cc
Simon had this car for a few days and I drove it up the road and back. It’s more comfortable than most Peugeot’s and looks quite nice in black and with the roof down.

This photo of me in the driver’s seat was taken at the front of Cambridge Gardens, Wallington, March 2007.

Porsche Boxster S
I drove this car from Sutton to Chertsey using the A3 and M25, and the roof was down on both journeys.  It belongs to Debbie, a friend. Like the Lamborghini, I needed to know how fast I could go in it, but my respect for it being Debbie’s car prevented me from going crazy. Let’s just say, I took my foot off the accelerator sooner than I wanted too.

This photo was taken at the rear of the flat in Woodcote Road, Wallington, May 1999.

Renault Clio Baccara 1.4L
My first decent car.  All leather interior, this was my pride and joy, 1.4L.  I adored this car with its power steering (my first owned car with pas) and its leather seats, automatic door mirrors and alloy wheels. If there’s a car I miss, it’s this one!

This is a stock photo from the Internet.

Renault Clio 1.6L
A lovely car and bought used from Renault… it was reliable for a full 3 years.  Nothing special about this car other than it was affordable to buy and to run.

This is a stock photo from the Internet.

Renault Clio 2 2.0L
Having had the 1.6 Clio before, this 2.0 litre is fabulous.  Very quick!  The smart new design of the Clio made this car a contender (if only for a moment) as my next car.

This is the car, photographed at a typical car photo shoot, Church Road, Wallington

Renault Mégane 3 door Sport Hatch
My first car from new.  My first choice at Renault was to upgrade my last Clio with a new one, but I had to get the Mégane because it was the smallest and only affordable car that had the keyless ignition card. Also, at the time, the Mégane was the only car with an all electric panoramic sunroof, so I chose to pay for the optional extras, 6 auto changer CD player, folding door mirrors and 17” alloy wheels.

This photo was taken in Church Road, Wallington, June 2008.

Renault Mégane CC
It feels twice as heavy driving than my last car, but it’s compensated well with a 2.0 engine.  Just a shame that they don’t do an automatic turbo version… nonetheless, it became my next car. I know I’m being generous with my pose factor score, but I genuinely got a lot of turning of heads from people, and about 4 people approached me and complimented the car.

This photo was taken on the front driveway of Cambridge Gardens, Wallington, April 2007.

Renault Modus
Well I honestly thought I’d laugh along with everyone else but behind the wheel of this cheeky little car, it’s actually quite a comfortable drive. OK, I know now that I’d have been furious had I have chosen to buy one, but I didn’t! It’s a fun car and gives me the impression the designers were thinking of ‘keep it cheap’ and so I assume they did!

This is a stock photo from the Internet.

Rolls-Royce Silver Spur II Limousine
As a kid, I wanted to be able to say I’ve driven a Rolls-Royce when I’m older. Well, that happened with the Silver Spur II but all the expectations from all those years ago weren’t exactly met. That aside, I love the idea that I’ve driven one!

This is a stock photo from the Internet.

Saab 93
In 2005 and out test-driving just about everything, I got to have a go in one of these and it was fun. But it was a bit sluggish and underpowered. But it was more comfortable than the Mégane CC and the build quality was noticeable.

This was one of Jezz’s cars.

Suzuki Jimny
The best feature about the Jimny was visability… the windscreen made it feel like you were in a fish bowl.

This is a stock photo from the Internet.

Suzuki Swift
Like the Mini, the Swift is a smart little car and unlike the Mini, it’s very roomy and spacious really. But then you see, it’s missing everything the Mini has and it’s probably that that gives it a spacious feel.

This is a stock photo from the Internet.

Suzuki SX4
A little bit more room than the Swift, the SX4 has these unusual but interesting quarter lights in the front and rear and I believe the idea is to reduce those awkward blind spots. But, like the Swift, it’s comfortable and quite a nippy car. The driving height grabs me most as I feel I’m in a Jimny or even a Vitara. It’s nice!

This is my daughter’s company car. It is the most amazing car that I’ve ever had a drive of.

Tesla Model 3
Wow. First, acceleration feels identical to the Lamborghini Gallardo. Next, features are beyond what any motorist needs, playing fart noises outside of the car through a PA system (definitely my sense of humour), incredibly comfortable and powerful. My first experience and I want one.

This is a stock photo from the Internet.

Toyota Auris
Test drove this car with Toyota salesman Richard, and it was fun, safe but above all else… as the advert suggests, an extremely quiet car. It sounded as though I was driving an electric car… by far, its most impressive feature.  It was, for a while, a contender for next car because the T-Spirit ‘top of the range’ model had keyless ignition and entry.

This photo was taken at the front of Cambridge Gardens, Wallington, February 2009.

Toyota Avensis
It’s the comfort, smoothness, dash similarity and grip to the road that makes this car feel like you’re driving a baby version of the Lexus IS200. And to confirm it further, the speed is not too dissimilar either. But it’s so comfortable, I think a 200-mile drive wouldn’t be an issue with my weak back!

This photo was taken at Bandon Hill cemetery in Wallington, August 2020.

Toyota C-HR
I test drove this car in February 2020 and it was amazing. The emphasis was on the features that came with the Dynamic model including pedestrian alert, anti-collision, park assist and many more, all as standard. And in this nebula blue, it looks very sporty and funky. It became my new car in August 2020.

This is a stock photo from the Internet.

Toyota RAV4
This car is great, massive and fairly comfortable… but what let it down was the acceleration. This was a hybrid model, and I’m sure would’ve been economical, but I think it was that made it feel gutless at the lights when pulling away.

This is a stock photo from the Internet.

Toyota Starlet
Despite my low scoring for each category, this car is economical and fun to drive. Just don’t go racing anyone away from the lights… well unless they’re on a bicycle!

This photo was taken in Carshalton High Street, August 2010.

Toyota Yaris
This is an amazingly fun little car that packs quite a punch (in acceleration terms).  Dazzled by the comfort and ease of drive, this was a like posh bumper car with a lot more comfort. Plenty of room all round — a lot better than the Auris.

This was my first car. The photo was taken outside the house where Pete, his family and I stayed in Dorset, June 1996.

Vauxhall Astra
This is one of my favourite cars… even at the time of owning it, I used to wash it in the snow, that’s how much I loved this car. But I don’t know why… it must have been to do with it being the first car that I bought by myself and I just looked after it.

This photo was taken in Imperial Way, Croydon, July 2018.

Vauxhall Astra Turbo
I had this car for two days in 2018 whilst my Countryman (2017) was in for repair. It’s quite nippy, good clear view of the road ahead through the windscreen and not an unattractive car. Sadly, there weren’t too many features in this model and I quickly needed a more upright seat above the road, so they switched it for the Hyundai Tucson.

This photo was taken at the rear of Cambridge Gardens, Wallington, June 2007.

Vauxhall Tigra
I’ve decided, this is one of the best-looking cars, partly because it was driven by my handsome boy, Simon. Right, with that out of the way, this car is fun, sexy, and great to look at.  It seems to grip the road on corners and at speed. It’s responsive and very quick.

This is a stock photo from the Internet.

Volkswagen Touareg
Now the fourth car I’ve driven belonging to me mate Tim, this is ‘king of the road’ stuff. It’s comfortable, sufficient luxury inside to make you feel more well off than the average 4×4 road user and considering it’s a 2.5 diesel — it moves.  And now he’s changed it to the V10 5 litre version and the power over the weight is quite unbelievable.

This is a stock photo from the Internet.

Volvo C70
It’s a beautiful ride.  It’s comfortable and chunky and yet feels refined.  It didn’t have the nippy-ness I expected, but it was gorgeous, and it does have pose factor with head turns!

This photo was taken on the drive, January 2019.

Volvo V70
This is the perfect car… it has acceleration and every conceivable gadget and more.

This is a stock photo from the Internet.

Volvo XC40
I test drove this Volvo XC40 in February 2020 and was impressed by just comfortable this car was. I drove the Inscription Pro, and it comes with some great features, but by far the best is the zoom-able 360° camera.

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