Archive for Joe Simpson

  • 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 review
    4 out of 5

    Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT review

    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 review
    4.5 out of 5

    Mercedes-Benz CLS 250 CDI BlueEfficiency AMG Sport Shooting Brake review

    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 review
    3.5 out of 5

    Alfa Romeo Giulietta 1.4 TB MultiAir 170 Sportiva review

    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...

  • Volkswagen Golf GT 1.4 TSi review
    5 out of 5

    Volkswagen Golf GT 1.4 TSi review

    By 5 April 2013

    There is no car quite like the VW Golf. The default European choice of motoring appliance, it is possibly no more and no less a car than you’ll ever need. But some people have a different view. Seeing this new Golf for the first time at the Paris motor...

  • Nissan Qashqai 1.6 dCi n-tec+ review
    4.5 out of 5

    Nissan Qashqai 1.6 dCi n-tec+ review

    By 21 March 2013

    Last year in the UK, Nissan sold more of these high-spec “n-tec” trim-level Qashqais than Ford did Mondeos. Consider that for a moment. This one trim level of the Qashqai now outsells the entire range of a car that just a few years back was Britain’s...

  • Volkswagen XL1 pictures and hands-on

    Volkswagen XL1 pictures and hands-on

    By 8 March 2013

    And now for something completely different. Having brought you the skinny on the supercar wars going on between Ferrari, Lamborghini and McLaren - with a not exactly attainable Rolls Royce thrown in for good measure - we’ve saved the best thing from...

  • Rolls-Royce Wraith pictures and hands-on

    Rolls-Royce Wraith pictures and hands-on

    By 8 March 2013

    It’s not every day a new Rolls-Royce comes along, so we stood expectantly with the crowds to watch the Goodwood-based company’s latest car being unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show. Said to be built "in the spirit of the company founders’ historic...

  • McLaren P1 pictures and hands-on

    McLaren P1 pictures and hands-on

    By 6 March 2013

    Here at Pocket-Lint, we’ll only bring you content and reviews on stuff that we’ve spent time with. So although the McLaren P1 concept was "unveiled" last September in Paris, we’ve waited until now to bring you details because back then it was an...

  • Ferrari LaFerrari pictures and eyes-on

    Ferrari LaFerrari pictures and eyes-on

    By 6 March 2013

    The Ferrari LaFerrari, what do we know of this, Ferrari’s flagship hypercar – successor to the 2005 Enzo and before that the legendary F50 and F40? Well for starters, we can tell you that it’s absolutely huge. It might be low, but while McLaren’s...

  • Lamborghini Veneno pictures and eyes-on

    Lamborghini Veneno pictures and eyes-on

    By 6 March 2013

    Lamborghini has always had an amusing relationship with Ferrari. It was set up by a man who built tractors because he got annoyed with old-man Ferrari’s less than bothered attitude towards fixing his personal Ferrari when it broke. And ever since, the...

  • Cadillac ELR pictures and hands-on

    Cadillac ELR pictures and hands-on

    By 17 January 2013

    Fancy an electric sports car, but haven’t got enough money for a Tesla? Then right now, this is your best hope. The Cadillac ELR was launched at the Detroit auto show this week and we managed to go hands-on and grab a chat with a few of the people who...