Short Review – BMW 420d Coupé

Tonight we hand you over to our good friend and technological expert The Tame Geek, who has been behind the wheel of another new car!

Short Review – BMW 420d Coupé

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Another review of a car that’s not from the VW Group?! YES! The Tame Geek has been busy! Busy and loving it.

As regular readers will know, I have a soft spot for coupés. I love the way they look, the way they drive and the way they make you feel. So after getting offered a drive in a brand new type of coupé, I couldn’t turn it down.

There have been big shifts in BMW over the last few years. After loosing their way a bit and releasing abominations like the X6, it was clear that a change was needed. First up was an all new 3 Series. The car that has been the leader in the C/D segment since it was invented, was important. Audi, Mercedes and VW had been chipping away at sales and had been closing the gap between them and the top dog.

The new 3 Series blew them all back. Faster, more economical and with more kit, it quickly re-established its dominance. There’s only one thing it didn’t have. A coupé. Audi never released an A4 coupé; they released the A5. They never released an A3 coupé; they brought us the TT.

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Tame Geek Review – SEAT Leon FR 2.0 TDI

Some say he manages to get behind the wheel of more new cars than The Stig. All we know is he’s called The Tame Geek, and tonight he’s feeling all Catalonian.

2013 SEAT Leon FR 2.0 TDI 

2013 SEAT Leon FR 00

What! The Tame Geek is going to review another car from the Volkswagen Group? Yes, but hold on! This is important, as it’s actually some consumer advice too!

So, as these things often go, and act of providence brought this car to me and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity for a good long spin.

Having reviewed the new Audi A3 already, many would say what’s the difference considering they are both based on the MQB? Well the differences are subtle in some respects and vast in others. (more…)

Why the Volkswagen XL1 is better than a Le Mans racer

Volkswagen is currently making a lot of noise about this:


If you didn’t already know, that’s the Volkswagen XL1, currently the world’s most fuel-efficient hybrid car in regular production. EngageSportMode isn’t usually a fan of eco-cars, but the design details of the XL1 mean that it feels less hair shirt and more Nomex overalls than most.


Uncle Steve Writes – Part 3 of 4 – MINI Cooper SD

In the penultimate part of the 4 part series, ESM’s Uncle Steve covers his most recent car purchase.

So, as previously mentioned, the Leon FR TDI has gone, arriving in its place is a MINI Cooper SD hatchback. Again purchased from our tame motor trader, Cooper MINI Durham. So let’s get right down to the specs:

  • MINI Cooper SD Hatchback
  • Lightning blue with contrasting black roof and mirror caps
  • Chili pack
  • Media pack
  • Sun protection glass
  • Anthracite roof lining
  • Chrome line interior
  • Chrome line exterior
  • Piano black interior trim
  • Heated front screen
  • Park distance control (more…)

To Infiniti, But Probably Not Beyond

The Infiniti brand is to Nissan what Lexus is to Toyota; essentially blinged up versions of domestic Japanese models, renamed to charge Americans more money for them.

Whilst Infiniti was launched in the United States back in 1989, it wasn’t until 2008 that the decision to branch out in to Europe was taken. In keeping with the “premium” image comes a premium price tag. The cheapest G-Series saloon starts at just shy of £35k, rising to £58k for the range topping FX 4×4 SUV.

And that’s the one ESM found itself in, powering around the streets of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, desperately trying not to look like a drug dealer. Though, as you can see from the photos below, not looking like your friendly, neighbourhood, crack dispensary is not easy: