Driven

Here's the page that features all of the cars that Wayne has either driven and/or owned. He's no Jeremy Clarkson of course but there are some varying degrees of cars, from the Datsun 120Y to the Lamborghini Gallardo. There's nothing professional about these opinions; just his own take on driving different cars.


 

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Audi A3, 2.0l

Wayne's score: 26
Comfort: 7
Power: 6
Features: 5
Pose Factor: 8

This 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!

Audi A4, Quattro S-line

Wayne's score: 33
Comfort: 7
Power: 8
Features: 8
Pose Factor: 5

It's fast... acceleration is amazing, It's comfortable like a Mercedes, and the interior is somewhat reminiscent of the Lamborghini... well slightly!

Audi TT, 1.8l

Wayne's score: 33
Comfort: 9
Power: 8
Features: 8
Pose Factor: 8

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 super-fast and a great deal of fun to drive. It's definitely one of those cars you drive and then announce that you want one!

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Bentley Arnage

Wayne's score: 37
Comfort: 9
Power: 10
Features: 8
Pose Factor: 10

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 amazing part of this car is how you feel that you're doing 50mph but when you look at the clock, it's actually 90mph.

BMW 120d xDrive Sport

Wayne's score: 35
Comfort: 10
Power: 9
Features: 8
Pose Factor: 8

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 plenty of boot space. 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.

BMW 320i Sport Saloon

Wayne's score: 37
Comfort: 10
Power: 9
Features: 9
Pose Factor: 9

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.

BMW 760Li

Wayne's score: 40
Comfort: 10
Power: 10
Features: 10
Pose Factor: 10

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. I've driven it again since to chauffeur the owner's family during a casino night out. I adore this car. It's luxury to the limit. It's also a rocket to drive... if I hadn't have driven the Lamborghini Gallardo, this would be my fastest car that I've ever driven.

BMW X5

Wayne's score: 32
Comfort: 10
Power: 7
Features: 8
Pose Factor: 7

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.

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Cadillac Limousine

Wayne's score: 30
Comfort: 8
Power: 7
Features: 6
Pose Factor: 9

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 different 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.

Citroen BX19 GTi

Wayne's score: 14
Comfort: 5
Power: 4
Features: 4
Pose Factor: 1

I only test drove this car a short journey but I do remember it being quite comfortable.

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Daihatsu Cuore

Wayne's score: 11
Comfort: 4
Power: 3
Features: 3
Pose Factor: 1

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

Wayne's score: 8
Comfort: 3
Power: 2
Features: 2
Pose Factor: 1

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!

 

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Ford Cortina Mk III

Wayne's score: 15
Comfort: 5
Power: 5
Features: 4
Pose Factor: 1

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.

Ford Focus, Titanium 2.0l

Wayne's score: 18
Comfort: 6
Power: 4
Features: 4
Pose Factor: 4

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 Megane, 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, 2.0l

Wayne's score: 25
Comfort: 8
Power: 7
Features: 5
Pose Factor: 5

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.

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Honda Civic Type S

Wayne's score: 20
Comfort: 6
Power: 4
Features: 7
Pose Factor: 3

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 Tucson

Wayne's score: 20
Comfort: 8
Power: 2
Features: 7
Pose Factor: 3

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.

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Lamborghini Gallardo

Wayne's score: 31
Comfort: 3
Power: 10
Features: 8
Pose Factor: 10

This animal is off the scale.  It's by far the fastest thing I have ever been in and I'm not sure 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!

Lexus IS250

Wayne's score: 29
Comfort: 8
Power: 7
Features: 7
Pose Factor: 7

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 of any Lexus.

Lexus LS400 (Older shape)

Wayne's score: 28
Comfort: 8
Power: 7
Features: 7
Pose Factor: 6

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 it is.

Lexus LS400 (Newer shape)

Wayne's score: 34
Comfort: 10
Power: 9
Features: 9
Pose Factor: 6

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!

Lexus LS430

Wayne's score: 35
Comfort: 10
Power: 9
Features: 9
Pose Factor: 7

It's L for Lexus and L for luxury. This car excels itself with sheer luxury and comfort. By far, the most comfortable car and compares nicely alongside the Mercedes S Class.

Lincoln Limousine

Wayne's score: 36 
Comfort: 10
Power: 9
Features: 7
Pose Factor: 10

This is the 6 seater version of the American Lincoln stretched limousine. It's left hand drive, naturally, and was quite powerful. Very comfortable in all seats. My inexperience of driving cars this length was made worse when I had to go down small streets in Central London and then find a way of reversing out of them again.

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Mercedes SLK55 AMG

Wayne's score: 34
Comfort: 8
Power: 9
Features: 8
Pose Factor: 9

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.

Mercedes SL500

Wayne's score: 36
Comfort: 8
Power: 10
Features: 8
Pose Factor: 10

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.

Mercedes SLK 230

Wayne's score: 29
Comfort: 6
Power: 8
Features: 7
Pose Factor: 8

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!

Mini Cooper (2008)

Wayne's score: 24
Comfort: 6
Power: 6
Features: 6
Pose Factor: 6

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.

Mini Cooper (2011)

Wayne's score: 28
Comfort: 7
Power: 6
Features: 8
Pose Factor: 7

This was one of my cars and it won in the final heat for next car. It was up against the Qashqai and the New Megane 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 handsfree mobile phone function, upgraded 16" alloy wheels, Xenon headlamps with washer, Climate control, mood lighting and keyless entry and start. Great fun car.

Mini Countryman 2.0L SD ALL4 (2014)

Wayne's score: 31
Comfort: 7
Power: 8
Features: 8
Pose Factor: 8

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.

Mini Countryman 2.0L S ALL4 (2017)

Wayne's score: 33
Comfort: 8
Power: 8
Features: 9
Pose Factor: 8

This is the latest car. 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 chose 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.

Mini Cooper Coupé S

Wayne's score: 34
Comfort: 8
Power: 10
Features: 7
Pose Factor: 9

This car is Jezz's (current as at July 2017) 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.

Mitsubishi Evolution 5

Wayne's score: 35
Comfort: 7
Power: 10
Features: 7
Pose Factor: 9

This was my mate's Tim's car and he let me have a go of it.  He said it wasn't 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 Scenic'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.!

Mitsubishi Sopporo

Wayne's score: 12
Comfort: 3
Power: 4
Features: 4
Pose Factor: 1

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

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Nissan Micra

Wayne's score: 11
Comfort: 4
Power: 3
Features: 3
Pose Factor: 1

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

Nissan Micra (Newer shape)

Wayne's score: 13
Comfort: 5
Power: 3
Features: 3
Pose Factor: 2

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.

Nissan Qashqai, Teckna 2.0l

Wayne's score: 26
Comfort: 8
Power: 5
Features: 9
Pose Factor: 4

I was fortunate enough to drive this fab car for several hours. This was the Teckna model and it's loaded with everything, climate control, 6 speed auto, 4WD, all leather interior with heated front seats. The Range Rover high up feeling is excellent, the drive is smooth and all round comfort, front and back! The electronic sliding roof reveals a special glass roof that stops UV sun rays from coming through.

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Opel Ascona

Wayne's score: 14
Comfort: 5
Power: 4
Features: 4
Pose Factor: 1

Another car from mine and Pete's history. 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.

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Peugeot 206

Wayne's score: 14
Comfort: 5
Power: 4
Features: 4
Pose Factor: 1

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

Peugeot 207cc

Wayne's score: 28
Comfort: 9
Power: 6
Features: 5
Pose Factor: 8

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!

Peugeot 307cc

Wayne's score: 19
Comfort: 5
Power: 5
Features: 5
Pose Factor: 4

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.

Porsche Boxster S

Wayne's score: 32
Comfort: 6
Power: 9
Features: 7
Pose Factor: 9

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.

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Renault Clio, Baccara 1.4l

Wayne's score: 19
Comfort: 7
Power: 4
Features: 5
Pose Factor: 3

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!

Renault Clio, 1.6l

Wayne's score: 19
Comfort: 7
Power: 4
Features: 5
Pose Factor: 3

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.

Renault Clio 2, 2.0l

Wayne's score: 20
Comfort: 7
Power: 5
Features: 5
Pose Factor: 3

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.

Renault Megane 3 door sport hatch

Wayne's score: 20
Comfort: 7
Power: 5
Features: 5
Pose Factor: 3

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 Megane because it was the smallest and only affordable car that had the keyless ignition card. Also, at the time, the Megane 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.

Renault Megane CC

Wayne's score: 30
Comfort: 7
Power: 5
Features: 9
Pose Factor: 8

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.

Renault Modus

Wayne's score: 14
Comfort: 5
Power: 3
Features: 4
Pose Factor: 2

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!

Rolls Royce Silver Spur II Limousine

Wayne's score: 28
Comfort: 7
Power: 7
Features: 6
Pose Factor: 8

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!

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Saab 93

Wayne's score: 27
Comfort: 8
Power: 6
Features: 7
Pose Factor: 6

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

Suzuki Jimny

Wayne's score: 19
Comfort: 7
Power: 5
Features: 4
Pose Factor: 3

Nippy little thing and all inside a 1.3litre. This was Jezz's car for a while. It's comfortable in so far as the windscreen is massive and when you get over the feeling that it's like you're in a goldfish bowl, you realise just how fantastic the safety factor is with the panoramic view. Despite its basic interior, it's comfortable both as driver and passenger with enough leg room in the back for two. But the outside is a fun and sporty look, too.

Suzuki Swift

Wayne's score: 19
Comfort: 7
Power: 5
Features: 4
Pose Factor: 3

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.

Suzuki SX4

Wayne's score: 19
Comfort: 7
Power: 5
Features: 4
Pose Factor: 3

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!

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Toyota Auris

Wayne's score: 17
Comfort: 7
Power: 4
Features: 4
Pose Factor: 2

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.

Toyota Avensis

Wayne's score: 21
Comfort: 7
Power: 5
Features: 6
Pose Factor: 3

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!

Toyota Rav 4

Wayne's score: 22
Comfort: 6
Power: 5
Features: 7
Pose Factor: 4

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.

Toyota Starlet

Wayne's score: 9
Comfort: 4
Power: 2
Features: 2
Pose Factor: 1

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!

Toyota Yaris

Wayne's score: 12
Comfort: 5
Power: 3
Features: 3
Pose Factor: 1

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.

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Vauxhall Astra

Wayne's score: 11
Comfort: 4
Power: 3
Features: 3
Pose Factor: 1

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.

Vauxhall Astra Turbo

Wayne's score: 18
Comfort: 6
Power: 6
Features: 3
Pose Factor: 3

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.

Vauxhall Tigra

Wayne's score: 24
Comfort: 6
Power: 6
Features: 5
Pose Factor: 7

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.

VW Touareg

Wayne's score: 35
Comfort: 9
Power: 9
Features: 9
Pose Factor: 8

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 4x4 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.

Volvo C70

Wayne's score: 28
Comfort: 8
Power: 6
Features: 7
Pose Factor: 7

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!

Volvo V60

Wayne's score: 32
Comfort: 10
Power: 8
Features: 10
Pose Factor: 4

This is the top of the range, all-singing-all-dancing Volvo V60 estate. Everything is electric, seats are heated and electrically adjustable including side bolsters. It's the first car I've driven with an air-view camera display for reversing. It's also the first car I've ever used park assist with. Weird feeling but loved it. I think it's one of the most comfortable cars that I've ever driven.