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Autocar's 5-star cars: used buying guide special

Autocar Logo By Dan Prosser of Autocar | Slide 2 of 45: It might not have four-zone climate control, adaptive LED headlights or a suite of level three autonomy functions, but the Ariel Nomad is worthy of a five-star verdict nonetheless. You see, a five-star rating doesn’t necessarily indicate a perfect car. No vehicle that cheerfully slings mud in its occupants faces, as the Nomad does, could ever be described as perfect. Instead, what a five-star score signifies is a car that is so roundly accomplished at the task it was designed for that we could find no good reason to mark it down. It’s called fitness for purpose. The Nomad is built to be a joy machine, pure and simple. Those chunky off-road tyres and the long travel suspension hint at muddy fields and rocky forest tracks - no mistake, the Nomad is in its element on the rough stuff - but Ariel’s second model is actually every bit as fun to drive on the road, or even a race track.

Ariel Nomad - Tested on 24.6.15

It might not have four-zone climate control, adaptive LED headlights or a suite of level three autonomy functions, but the Ariel Nomad is worthy of a five-star verdict nonetheless.

You see, a five-star rating doesn’t necessarily indicate a perfect car. No vehicle that cheerfully slings mud in its occupants faces, as the Nomad does, could ever be described as perfect.

Instead, what a five-star score signifies is a car that is so roundly accomplished at the task it was designed for that we could find no good reason to mark it down. It’s called fitness for purpose.

The Nomad is built to be a joy machine, pure and simple. Those chunky off-road tyres and the long travel suspension hint at muddy fields and rocky forest tracks - no mistake, the Nomad is in its element on the rough stuff - but Ariel’s second model is actually every bit as fun to drive on the road, or even a race track.

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