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

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

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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

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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

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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 been... >>

BMW 435i M Sport Convertible review
4.5 stars

BMW 435i M Sport Convertible review

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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)
4.0 stars

Peugeot 308 review (2014)

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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 stars

Range Rover Sport review (2014)

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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 stars

Volkswagen Golf GTD review

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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
4.0 stars

Dacia Duster review

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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... >>

Volvo Concept Estate pictures and hands-on

Volvo Concept Estate pictures and hands-on

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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

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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

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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 stars

Lexus IS 300h F Sport Auto review

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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
3.0 stars

Vauxhall Mokka SE 1.7 CDTi 4x4 review

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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
3.0 stars

Kia Pro_Cee'd GT review

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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
4.0 stars

Renault Clio RenaultSport 200 Turbo EDC Lux review

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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 for... >>

Hands-on: Porsche Panamera Diesel review

Hands-on: Porsche Panamera Diesel review

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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
4.0 stars

Peugeot 2008 Allure e-HDi 92 review

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 stars

Jaguar XF Sportbrake 3.0 Diesel S Portfolio review

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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

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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 stars

Volvo V40 T2 R-Design Nav review

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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

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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
4.0 stars

BMW Z4 sDrive 18i Roadster review

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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

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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 stars

BMW 435i M Sport review

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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
4.0 stars

Toyota Rav4 Icon 2.2 Diesel 4x4 review

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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

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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 back... >>

Porsche 911 Carrera 4S review
5.0 stars

Porsche 911 Carrera 4S review

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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

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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

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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

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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
4.0 stars

Peugeot 208 GTI review

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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... >>