Archive for Joe Simpson

  • 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...

  • Porsche 911 Carrera 4S review
    5 out of 5

    Porsche 911 Carrera 4S review

    By 21 August 2013

    With the new 991-generation car, Porsche has created the most usable, spacious - not to mention largest - 911 ever. The Carrera 4S model - recently added to the range and often abbreviated as "C4S" - not only offers the slightly pimped-up aesthetic of...

  • Renault Zoe pictures and hands-on

    Renault Zoe pictures and hands-on

    By 13 August 2013

    BMW has announced its i3 electric car - and by all accounts it's a cracker. But there's another company that has its eggs heavily invested in the electric car basket right now: the Renault-Nissan alliance and launch of the Renault Zoe. It's got us more...

  • Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG pictures and hands-on

    Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG pictures and hands-on

    By 5 August 2013

    When we reviewed the BMW M135i, it's fair to say that we were blown away by its spectrum of all round talents. Its turn of speed had us suggesting that, should you really feel the need to go faster, you'd need to jump into a supercar. Yet here we are,...

  • Renault Captur 1.2 Tce EDC hands-on and first drive

    Renault Captur 1.2 Tce EDC hands-on and first drive

    By 30 July 2013

    Back in happier times, Renault made groundbreaking cars. Historians may quibble, but the company ultimately created the supermini (Renault 5), the people carrier (Espace) and then the small MPV (Scenic). How times have changed: you can’t even buy an...

  • Peugeot 208 GTI review
    4 out of 5

    Peugeot 208 GTI review

    By 18 July 2013

    Once upon a time, when most of the Pocket-lint was still in short trousers, Peugeot made a car called the 205 GTi. It became a legend. Along with the Golf GTi, it created a whole new breed of car – a performance-orientated, fun to drive car that didn’t...

  • RenaultSport Clio 200 Turbo EDC pictures and first drive

    RenaultSport Clio 200 Turbo EDC pictures and first drive

    By 1 July 2013

    There's never been much point in approaching a RenaultSport product from the perspective of say advanced technology or design aesthetics. Historically, if you wanted a hot hatch and you wanted the best, most raw, connected driving experience in an affordable...

  • Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG pictures and first drive

    Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG pictures and first drive

    By 15 June 2013

    There is a certain brutality to the current range of AMG Mercedes products that we find ourselves giggling about like school children, every time we get behind the wheel. It’s no different in this, the newly updated E63 AMG. Along with the rest of the...

  • Mercedes-Benz CLA 220 CDi Sport pictures and first drive

    Mercedes-Benz CLA 220 CDi Sport pictures and first drive

    By 13 June 2013

    On paper, some ideas seem great. For instance, you can see how the following would seem like a good idea if you were Mercedes-Benz: take one, front-wheel drive, A-Class platform. Give it a footprint and space inside that’s roughly the same as a C-Class...

  • Jaguar F-Type pictures and first drive

    Jaguar F-Type pictures and first drive

    By 12 June 2013

    "Bella, bella!," shout the kids on bikes as we trundle past, through yet another picture-postcard Umbrian village in the new Jaguar F-Type - exhaust note crackling and ricocheting off the walls of surrounding buildings. Even if your grasp of Italian is...

  • BMW M135i review
    5 out of 5

    BMW M135i review

    By 10 June 2013

    Until just a few days before your reading it, the start of this story was quite different. It was built on the premise that this - the littlest performance BMW - had turned the brand’s performance hierarchy on its head, because it was faster than an...

  • Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT
    4 out of 5

    Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT

    By 4 June 2013

    The relevance of a 6.4 litre, V8 Jeep might be lost in Pocket-lint's home country. But knowing we were heading to the States, we thought it high time we review a car with more of an American flavour on these pages. It needed to be something that could...

  • Honda Civic 1.6 i-DTEC SE review
    3.5 out of 5

    Honda Civic 1.6 i-DTEC SE review

    By 7 May 2013

    "Economical, isn't it?", proclaimed the man from Honda who came to pick up our Civic diesel. Given that he was talking to the lead-boots of the Pocket-Lint office, this was a risky statement. It’s not unknown for us to at least halve the official fuel...

  • Mercedes-Benz CLS 250 CDI BlueEfficiency AMG Sport Shooting Brake
    4.5 out of 5

    Mercedes-Benz CLS 250 CDI BlueEfficiency AMG Sport Shooting Brake

    By 6 May 2013

    "Wow, how much did this cost then?" That was most people's opening gambit when they saw us in this new, Shooting Brake body-style CLS. For what it's worth, the answer is that it starts at around 50 grand. But our car, with options, came out at more like...

  • Lamborghini Aventador LP720-4 50° pictures and eyes-on

    Lamborghini Aventador LP720-4 50° pictures and eyes-on

    By 29 April 2013

    Happy Birthday to Lamborghini from all of us at Pocket-lint. The company that’s forever trying to kick sand in Ferrari’s face is celebrating 50 years of car-making this year. And as a birthday present to itself, at the Shanghai auto show this weekend...

  • Maserati Ghibli pictures and hands-on

    Maserati Ghibli pictures and hands-on

    By 25 April 2013

    Maserati is on a mission. Having played second fiddle to Ferrari in the posh Italian brand hierarchy for so long, it’s gone on a product offensive, the main aim of which is to make you pick one of its cars over a high-end Jag, BMW or Merc. Given that...

  • Alfa Romeo Giulietta 1.4 TB MultiAir 170 Sportiva
    3.5 out of 5

    Alfa Romeo Giulietta 1.4 TB MultiAir 170 Sportiva

    By 12 April 2013

    Having tried, and been rather impressed with, the ball of energy that is Alfa’s 170bhp, 1.4 "MultiAir" engine a couple of weeks back in the Mito, we couldn’t help wondering what kind of Alfa options were available if you needed a bit of extra space...