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Driven Car Reviews

The New York Times automotive contributor Tom Voelk looks at all things automotive. Driven is the first podcast to ever win an Emmy Award. That and nearly unanimous 5 star reviews are a good sign this is worth your time. Subscribe today!

Oct 30, 2018

The short list of performance cars that mere mortals can afford has grown by one- Hyundai’s Veloster N. Track ready the moment it leaves the dealership lot, it’s also a comfortable daily driver. Tom Voelk travels to Thunderhill Raceway Park in California to flog this hot hatch. He also interviews Albert Biermann,...

Oct 23, 2018

Does every BMW have to be a knife-edged “Ultimate Driving Machine”? The 640i Gran Turismo is not.  Instead, the Bavarians offer up a GT with all day driving comfort and a useful hatchback design. Tom Voelk drives a well-optioned version and asks the question “why not this instead of a base 7 Series”?

Oct 16, 2018

The Volkswagen GTI is tons of fun in the twisties, but to get the most out of your local tarmac, consider going with just one letter- R.  The all-wheel drive Golf R is about as hot as a hatch can get. The question is, will drivers really use the extra performance? Yeah. It’s that good.

Oct 9, 2018

Very few of us need a vehicle that will tackle tough off-road situations then turn around to look perfectly at home arriving at the opera house. The Land Rover Range Rover can do it with ease. Tom Voelk drives the Td6 diesel model that adds to the trail experience (though not as much to La Bohème).

Oct 2, 2018

The McLaren 720S is equal parts status symbol, collectable art, engineering marvel and rapid transit system. Starting at $289,000 you may never see this machine with your own eyes, so let Tom Voelk show you around the twin turbocharged V8 and carbon fiber structure.