Archive for Joe Simpson

  • 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...

  • Hands-on: Jaguar XFR-S first drive

    Hands-on: Jaguar XFR-S first drive

    By 8 January 2014

    Fancy starting 2014 with a bang? Then you could do worse than get yoursel a seat in a Jaguar XF-RS, one of the most insane models the company has created. When we say "bang", we mean metaphorically of course, although the first time you gun the starter...

  • Renault Clio RenaultSport 200 Turbo EDC Lux review
    4 out of 5

    Renault Clio RenaultSport 200 Turbo EDC Lux review

    By 7 December 2013

    Pocket-lint is quite fond of the RenaultSport Clio. In fact, we’ve owned two of the previous versions, one of which is still in our possession. But we come to the new 200 Turbo Clio - or 200T as we refer to it - with some trepidation. Taking it out...

  • Hands-on: Porsche Panamera Diesel review

    Hands-on: Porsche Panamera Diesel review

    By 6 December 2013

    Is a diesel Porsche a proper Porsche? That’s the big question that hangs in our minds before we jump into the low-set, leather-clad seat of the Panamera Diesel. Especially given that this one’s propelled by an engine you can find under the bonnet...

  • Peugeot 2008 Allure e-HDi 92 review
    4 out of 5

    Peugeot 2008 Allure e-HDi 92 review

    By 27 November 2013

    The gene pool of the modern crossover derives from the 4x4, yet few have four-wheel drive. Combine this with fat, lower-profile summer tyres and the average crossover is about as much use off-road (or in the snow) as a chocolate fireguard. Which might...

  • Nissan BladeGlider pictures and hands-on

    Nissan BladeGlider pictures and hands-on

    By 26 November 2013

    Yes, we know what you’re thinking - "Just what the hell am I looking at?" This is the Nissan BladeGlider - try saying it after you’ve had a few drinks - and while we’ll admit that it looks pretty challenging, it’s nonetheless rather important...

  • Lexus RC 300h pictures and hands-on

    Lexus RC 300h pictures and hands-on

    By 25 November 2013

    You’ve got to hand it to Lexus and its RC 300h, as shown off at this year's Tokyo Motor Show. In German premium brand-obsessed Europe, the Japanese company might be all too easy to overlook. But to have established the brand from scratch less than 30...

  • Jaguar F-Type R Coupe pictures and hands-on

    Jaguar F-Type R Coupe pictures and hands-on

    By 25 November 2013

    The Jaguar F-Type Coupe was a sure bet for production the minute the F-Type convertible launched and immediately acquired a waiting list several months long. While Jaguar primarily launched this new, coupe version of the F-Type at the LA motorshow - taking...

  • Porsche Macan pictures and hands-on

    Porsche Macan pictures and hands-on

    By 22 November 2013

    This is the latest new Porsche, the Macan. Yes, we know, it’s hard to keep up. The company didn’t make an SUV 10 years ago, but now it’s got a second one under its belt. Little brother Macan joins big brother Cayenne - the theory perhaps being that...

  • Mini Cooper and Cooper S (2014) pictures and hands-on

    Mini Cooper and Cooper S (2014) pictures and hands-on

    By 21 November 2013

    This is the new, new Mini – the third generation of BMW’s modern take on the 60s British classic. It’s a car that the company is hoping will be a huge hit, because while the design is evolutionary, to say the least, there’s also a big jump forward...

  • Jaguar XF Sportbrake 3.0 Diesel S Portfolio review
    4.5 out of 5

    Jaguar XF Sportbrake 3.0 Diesel S Portfolio review

    By 15 November 2013

    Perhaps more than almost any other product, the experience we have of a car is affected by how it is specified - its colour, typology, interior trim, wheels, engine type. This is how it proves with the Jaguar XF Sportbrake - the 3.0 Diesel S Portfolio...

  • Hands-on: BMW i3 review

    Hands-on: BMW i3 review

    By 9 November 2013

    After spending time in the company of the new, electrically powered BMW i3 we came away with a clear thought in our minds: we’d just driven the future. Not into the future, of course, as the i3 is a production car in the here and now. You can pop to...

  • Volvo V40 T2 R-Design Nav review
    3.5 out of 5

    Volvo V40 T2 R-Design Nav review

    By 31 October 2013

    Back at its launch in 2012, we were big fans of the Volvo V40. It was a leftfield choice, but smart, comfortable and above all packed with safety features and technologies. Since then the diminutive Volvo has gained numerous fresh challengers. Volkswagen...

  • Hands-On: Volkswagen XL1 review

    Hands-On: Volkswagen XL1 review

    By 30 October 2013

    As a kid, if someone had asked you what cars were going to look like when you grew up, we’re betting you wouldn’t have imagined them looking like the Volkswagen XL1. If you were a child of the 60s - the era of Concorde and the space race - perhaps...

  • BMW Z4 sDrive 18i Roadster review
    4 out of 5

    BMW Z4 sDrive 18i Roadster review

    By 24 October 2013

    Looking out of the window one grey and wet October morning, it's hard to understand why Brits buy more convertibles than any other country in Europe. Perhaps that's because there are now a wide array of cars - like the upgraded BMW Z4 as tested here -...

  • Hands-on: Volkswagen Golf GTi (Mk7) review

    Hands-on: Volkswagen Golf GTi (Mk7) review

    By 13 October 2013

    The VW Golf GTi has been an ever present in the automotive world since 1975. Six generations of the car have sold over 200,000 units for VW in the UK alone. A smash hit? Yes, but rather like Top of the Pops, the game's moved on since the GTi first arrived...

  • BMW 435i M Sport review
    4.5 out of 5

    BMW 435i M Sport review

    By 12 October 2013

    What difference does a name make? Or a number? This is the new BMW 4-Series, or the 435i M Sport to be name precise - and it's a brand new model number in the BMW range that waves goodbye to the outgoing 3-Series Coupe. What exactly was wrong with the...

  • Volvo Concept Coupe hands-on, the new face of Sweden's finest

    Volvo Concept Coupe hands-on, the new face of Sweden's finest

    By 14 September 2013

    No more vanilla Volvos. That's the message from the Swedish company as it launches its concept coupe in Frankfurt. What exactly does that mean? Well, for the past few years, Volvo's been chasing the Germans - think Audi, BMW, Mercedes - and not really...

  • Cadillac Elminaj Concept pictures and eyes-on

    Cadillac Elminaj Concept pictures and eyes-on

    By 12 September 2013

    The Germans, keen to impress on home ground, typically steal the Frankfurt motorshow limelight. But this year everyone was betting big and General Motors’ brands proved no exception. The Cadillac Elminaj concept, first shown at the Concours d’Elegance...

  • Porsche 918 Spyder pictures and hands-on

    Porsche 918 Spyder pictures and hands-on

    By 12 September 2013

    The Porsche 918 Spyder, unveiled in production form at the IAA 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, is perhaps the answer to a question no one asked. So, we'll create one for it. Let's pretend you've got the best part of a million quid to spend. On a car. You're...

  • Hands-on: Mercedes G63 AMG review

    Hands-on: Mercedes G63 AMG review

    By 3 September 2013

    Rappers aren't known to frequent the picturesque town of Buckingham. And we're not well known for spittin' bars. Which is perhaps why, as we roll through the picturesque middle England town in a Mercedes G63 AMG, we get so many stares. Rendered in a spectacular...

  • Toyota Rav4 Icon 2.2 Diesel 4x4 review
    4 out of 5

    Toyota Rav4 Icon 2.2 Diesel 4x4 review

    By 29 August 2013

    When Toyota launched the first Rav4 in 1994 it gave birth to the whole soft-roader, crossover format. Given it opened the way to all kinds of horrors we've seen from other manufacturers in the segment, it'd therefore be easy to hate it. But the Rav4 has...

  • Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT Coupe pictures and hands-on

    Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT Coupe pictures and hands-on

    By 26 August 2013

    Last year, when Mercedes asked us if we'd like to drive its SLS AMG GT Coupe supercar, we were down at the company's Brooklands Centre in Buckinghamshire before you could utter the letters AMG. The SLS represents a bloodline for Mercedes, which stems...