Archive for Joe Simpson

  • Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid review
    4 out of 5

    Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid review

    By 18 August 2014

    The main issue with buying an electric car - other than the cost of purchase - is range anxiety. The internal combustion age means we don't tend not to plan when it comes to cars. We just jump in and go. Despite the average person only driving 19 miles...

  • McLaren 650S first drive: Brit supercar contrasts comfort with savage performance

    McLaren 650S first drive: Brit supercar contrasts comfort with savage performance

    By 12 August 2014

    McLaren is riding on a wave right now. Hot on the heels of the £1-million P1 comes this, the McLaren 650S. It's a riposte to those who think of McLarens as a little safe, a little boring, a little lacking in drama compared to the obvious alternative...

  • BMW i8: Driving the supercar of the future

    BMW i8: Driving the supercar of the future

    By 10 July 2014

    Standing in a small car park on the far Western Coast of the Scottish highlands ought to be the last place you'd expect to draw a crowd. But so futuristic is the look of the new BMW i8, especially in Prototonic blue, that right now it's cameraphone central...

  • Want to see Volvo's new performance car? Check out the limited edition Volvo V60 Polestar in our first drive

    Want to see Volvo's new performance car? Check out the limited edition Volvo V60 Polestar in our first drive

    By 19 June 2014

    Set up a few years back, Polestar is a company all about high performance cars. To date it's created a number of one-off, very high-performance Volvos, one of which made a cameo appearance on Top Gear. That was the tipping point: since then there has...

  • BMW 435i M Sport Convertible review
    4.5 out of 5

    BMW 435i M Sport Convertible review

    By 23 May 2014

    We already know the BMW 435i well, having driven one back from its launch event in Scotland last summer and then having spent a week with it, driving it around the UK. But what happens if you lop the roof off a 4-Series? You get a 4-Series Convertible,...

  • Peugeot 308 review (2014)
    4 out of 5

    Peugeot 308 review (2014)

    By 14 May 2014

    Peugeot is on a roll. After a decade or two of largely mediocre cars, the company has now given us the sassy 208, the Audi-TT-baiting RCZ, and the surprisingly practical 2008. Can the new Peugeot 308 continue the rejuvenation of The Lion? It might not...

  • Range Rover Sport review (2014)
    4.5 out of 5

    Range Rover Sport review (2014)

    By 28 April 2014

    It's difficult to get very far into a discussion about the Range Rover Sport without clichés and stereotypes rearing their heads. This is a car that everyone else on the road loves to hate. Yet the people who buy and drive them really, really love them...

  • Volkswagen Golf GTD review
    4.5 out of 5

    Volkswagen Golf GTD review

    By 10 April 2014

    If logic is followed and the status quo is upheld, then the Volkswagen Golf GTD is a shoo-in for a five star review. When we saw the regular Golf Mk7 last year, we called it "all the car you'll ever need - no more and no less". So you'd expect a diesel...

  • Hands-on: Mercedes GLA review

    Hands-on: Mercedes GLA review

    By 27 March 2014

    When is off-road not really off-road? When you're 550 feet down a salt mine, that's when. We didn't arrive here by accident, mind, for this is the location of the Mercedes GLA launch. And it's perhaps the most unusual place we've ever been in a car. Mercedes-Benz...

  • Maserati Alfieri Concept pictures and hands-on

    Maserati Alfieri Concept pictures and hands-on

    By 7 March 2014

    Maserati is 100 years old in 2014. So at this year's Geneva Motor Show the company presented itself with a self-proclaimed birthday present, the Alfieri concept car. Named after one of the original Maserati brothers, the 2+2 coupe concept is, so the company...

  • BMW 2-Series Active Tourer pictures and hands-on

    BMW 2-Series Active Tourer pictures and hands-on

    By 7 March 2014

    Yes, you are looking at a BMW. A front wheel drive people carrier called the 2-Series Active Tourer. We’ll just leave that to sink in for a minute. The brand that almost entirely defines itself by its rear-wheel drive cars and has the ability to create...

  • Renault Twingo pictures and hands-on

    Renault Twingo pictures and hands-on

    By 6 March 2014

    Renault started the supermini revolution back in the late 70s with the classic Renault 5. It did it again with the first generation Twingo in the early 90s - a car that never came to the UK. So it's perhaps not the greatest shock to see the company reinventing...

  • Dacia Duster review
    4 out of 5

    Dacia Duster review

    By 6 March 2014

    Money. In 2014, it’s still a dirty word to some people. But in the case of the Dacia Duster Ambience dCi 110 4x2 that we’re testing here, money isn’t something you should be ashamed of talking about. Because when it comes to modern cars, you can...

  • Hands-on: Apple CarPlay review

    Hands-on: Apple CarPlay review

    By 5 March 2014

    Apple CarPlay is the tech giant's foray into in-car technology, which has been propelled into the public interest at the Geneva Motor Show 2014. And that's exactly where we've had the chance to take a look at it in action. But not at the Cupertino company's...

  • Volvo Concept Estate pictures and hands-on

    Volvo Concept Estate pictures and hands-on

    By 5 March 2014

    Volvo showed its third of three concept cars at the Geneva Motor Show, the Volvo Concept Estate - moving back into the true heartland of the brand. It’s the final concept before the new XC90 arrives at the Paris Motor Show in September. The observant...

  • Lamborghini Huracan pictures and hands-on

    Lamborghini Huracan pictures and hands-on

    By 4 March 2014

    Blowing into Geneva with a bid to rival the winds coming off Lake Leman, the Lamborghini Huracan stole the show on the first morning of the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. The replacement for the Gallardo won't have the headlines all its own way by the end of...

  • Hands-on: BMW M235i review

    Hands-on: BMW M235i review

    By 3 March 2014

    If, like us, you’re struggling to keep up with BMW’s numbering system, the skinny on the BMW M235i is that it’s the sleeker, less practical coupe sister to the hatchback M135i we tested (and loved) last year. Like the 435i that’s gone before it,...

  • Lexus IS 300h F Sport Auto review
    4.5 out of 5

    Lexus IS 300h F Sport Auto review

    By 13 February 2014

    Despite the fact that it is tainted for some by a certain comedy character who resides in Norfolk, it’s a good thing Lexus exists right now. Because since Alfa, Volvo and Saab all but gave up, the IS 300h is about the only genuine alternative to a German...

  • Vauxhall Mokka SE 1.7 CDTi 4x4 review
    3 out of 5

    Vauxhall Mokka SE 1.7 CDTi 4x4 review

    By 3 February 2014

    SUVs. We all love to hate them. Or do until we grow up, have a couple of kids or move to somewhere slightly suburban where driving up a farm track or dodgy side road isn't the same as in a city car. It's then that cars such as the 4x4 Vauxhall Mokka seem...

  • Kia Pro_Cee'd GT review
    3 out of 5

    Kia Pro_Cee'd GT review

    By 22 January 2014

    In the car world 2013 was very much the year of the hot hatch, or GTi if you're of a particularly VW persuasion. Every manufacturer had a go at turning the regular family shopping car into a fire-breathing road eater last year, the latest example being...

  • Kia GT4 Stinger Concept: Korean manufacturer shows off GT muscle

    Kia GT4 Stinger Concept: Korean manufacturer shows off GT muscle

    By 18 January 2014

    Don’t be confused by the name. The GT4 in the Kia Stinger Concept’s name doesn’t mean the company is two generations out of step with other manufacturers producing cars specifically for a certain PlayStation racing game (non-gamers you'll see what...

  • Toyota FT-1: Gran Turismo 6 concept car makes real-word appearance at Detroit show

    Toyota FT-1: Gran Turismo 6 concept car makes real-word appearance at Detroit show

    By 18 January 2014

    As concept cars go, the Toyota FT-1 concept made a good case for star of the show at the Detroit Motor Show 2014. And if you’re gutted that you never actually get to go up close and personal with these types of concepts, then here's a little treat -...

  • BMW M3 & M4 (2014) pictures and hands-on

    BMW M3 & M4 (2014) pictures and hands-on

    By 16 January 2014

    Muscle cars, performance cars and anything sporty was back with a bang at the Detroit Motor Show in 2014. And if you’re looking for the personification of that statement, you needed to look no further than the BMW stand, where the new M4 coupe, resplendent...

  • Audi Allroad Shooting Brake Concept pictures and hands-on

    Audi Allroad Shooting Brake Concept pictures and hands-on

    By 16 January 2014

    Let's forget for a moment about the stupid long-winded name, and call this car what it is: the next Audi TT. "Say what?," we hear you ask? And you’d have a point. It’s not quite the next TT. We’re not expecting the next TT to have a high ride height,...

  • Mercedes C-Class (2014) pictures and hands-on

    Mercedes C-Class (2014) pictures and hands-on

    By 16 January 2014

    Unveiled at the Detroit Motor Show 2014, the new Mercedes C-Class looks as though it's about to shake up the small executive car segment. Or is it now know as the upper-medium segment? Either way, to cut to the chase, this Merc's glorious interior knocks...