Living with it: our updates

  • Find out what it’s like to own a new car
  • All models tested over six-month period
  • The pros and cons we find throughout

Want to know whether a certain car will fit in to your lifestyle? Our in-depth guides reveal all on what life is like with a car.

Discover how easy a car is to park, how to fit a child’s seat and how much luggage you can fit in its boot.  

Our reviews are updated every two weeks to try and give you a true idea of what it is like to own a new car.

Here’s a full list of the cars we’re running and our previous long-terms test cars.

Current cars…

Mazda 2  – Left field choice to the Ford Fiesta and Vauxhall Corsa arrives

Peugeot 508SW - French firm's latest estate put through its paces

Skoda Superb Estate – Skoda's executive load-lugger joins the Parkers test fleet

Suzuki Swift – The Japanese firm's small hatchback enters the fray

Volkswagen Passat Estate – We spend six months with Volkswagen's company car favourite

Cars that have been returned…

Audi A1 - We welcome the premium supermini to the Parkers fleet and see what it's like to live with for six months

Audi A3 – Parkers takes on a three-year-old Audi A3 Sportback to find out how the legendary build quality stands up to prolonged use

Audi A6 – Audi's executive saloon is put to the test

BMW 3-Series Touring – The estate version of the 3-Series comes under scrutiny

BMW 3-Series Saloon – Our guide to living with BMW's executive 3-Series

Citroen C4 - How will the French firm's hatchback fare over the next six months?

Ford Fiesta – We take on a Ford Fiesta to see exactly why it's so popular among car buyers

Ford Focus – We spend six months with Ford's new Focus

Ford Focus Econetic – The Ford Focus Econetic gets put to the six-month test, but will it really save you money and the environment?

Ford Mondeo – Parkers lives with Ford's popular hatchback

Honda Civic – The popular Civic hatchback joins our fleet

Hyundai ix35 – The ix35 is a big step up in quality for Hyundai, but is it enough to take on the might of its European rivals?

Mazda 3 – New Mazda 3 with stop/start technology joins the Parker's test fleet

Mazda MX-5 – A summer with Mazda's stylish convertible

Mazda 6 – Mazda's sharp-looking new family hatchback joins the Parker's test fleet

MINI Clubman – Living with MINI's most practical model

Nissan Micra – We spend six months with Nissan's small city car

Nissan Qashqai – A winter with Nissan's funky family hatchback, the Qashqai

Peugeot 207 SW – We find out how practical the 207 SW is to live with

Peugeot 3008 – Is the 3008 the ideal family car? Six months at Parker's should give us plenty of time to find out

Peugeot 5008 – Having put the Peugeot 3008 MPV under the spotlight we find out, how the bigger 5008 fares in our long-term test?

Renault Megane Coupe – We give the stylish Megane Coupe a run. It has the looks, but is it practical and well built? We find out...

SEAT Leon – We put SEAT's quick diesel Leon to a six-month test

Skoda Fabia – Skoda's Fabia Greenline is put to a six-month economy test. Is it as green as the name suggests?

Skoda Octavia vRS – Our guide to Skoda's hot hatch - the Octavia vRS

Skoda Yeti – The Skoda Yeti goes on trial. Can the crossover tempt you out of a regular hatchback?

Suzuki Grand Vitara – An extended test for a diesel Grand Vitara gives it the opportunity to show its versatile side

Suzuki Splash – The compact but versatile Splash is put to the test

Toyota Auris – We live with Toyota's family hatchback for six months

Toyota Auris HSD – We put Toyota's eco-friendly Auris through the mill - but will it deliver its claimed economy figures?

Vauxhall Astra – We test out Vauxhall's Astra SRi for six months

Volkswagen Golf – We spend six months with Volkswagen's most popular model and put the little 1.2-litre engine through its paces

Volvo C30 – We spend six months with the stylish road-tax-free Volvo C30

Volvo V50 – We live with Volvo's V50 to see if 'downsizing' works with estate cars