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RenaultSport Clio 200 Turbo EDC pictures and first drive

RenaultSport Clio 200 Turbo EDC pictures and first drive

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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

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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

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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

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"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
5.0 stars

BMW M135i review

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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
4.0 stars

Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT

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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 stars

Honda Civic 1.6 i-DTEC SE review

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"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 stars

Mercedes-Benz CLS 250 CDI BlueEfficiency AMG Sport Shooting Brake

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"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

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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

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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 stars

Alfa Romeo Giulietta 1.4 TB MultiAir 170 Sportiva

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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
5.0 stars

Volkswagen Golf GT 1.4 TSi

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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+
4.5 stars

Nissan Qashqai 1.6 dCi n-tec+

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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... >>

Maserati Quattroporte pictures and hands-on

Maserati Quattroporte pictures and hands-on

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It may seem like the quintessential Italian big saloon car, but this new Quattroporte (sounds sexy, but in Italian it simply means "four door") has been redesigned primarily for China.You see the old car, svelte though it was, was a little cramped in... >>

Lexus IS pictures and hands-on (video)

Lexus IS pictures and hands-on (video)

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There’s no getting round it. Whatever interesting nuggets we tell you about the features of the new Lexus IS, or however interesting we reckon the car’s general looks are, whether you like it is probably going to come down to what you think of that... >>

BMW 4-Series Coupe Concept pictures and hands-on

BMW 4-Series Coupe Concept pictures and hands-on

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Don’t believe the concept name, this is your new 3-Series coupe. After being hit for six by the Audi A5-which up-ended this coupe market by introducing an altogether different body style to the saloon A4 - BMW has responded by repositioning its coupe... >>

C7 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray pictures and hands-on

C7 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray pictures and hands-on

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It’s not exactly exaggerating to say that a new Corvette doesn’t come along every day of the week. So perhaps it’s unsurprising that the new "C7" Corvette, which ushers back in the famous "Stingray" name too, is on the front of every US paper this... >>

QNX car platform 2.0 concept in a Bentley Continental GTC pictures and hands-on

QNX car platform 2.0 concept in a Bentley Continental GTC pictures and hands-on

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QNX is probably the biggest company you’ve never heard of, when it comes to in-car tech. Wholly owned by RIM of BlackBerry fame, the company’s on-board operating system sees service in the vehicles of most car manufacturers you care to name and in... >>

Audi invents always on full-beam lights that don't blind oncoming drivers

Audi invents always on full-beam lights that don't blind oncoming drivers

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Audi has demoed the latest technology in smart headlights at CES 2013, showing-off LED lights that can cleverly avoid dazzling oncoming drivers.Introducing the next-generation Matrix LED headlight, Audi predicted a win-win future – one in which the... >>

Kia Sportage 2.0 CRDi KX-4
4.0 stars

Kia Sportage 2.0 CRDi KX-4

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We’ve been looking at the 4x4 - or SUVs, as they’re now more commonly known - in many recent reviews. Although it’s been knocking about for a couple of years, we didn’t think it was fair to leave Kia’s Sportage out of the round.In many respects,... >>

Fiat Panda Easy TwinAir
4.5 stars

Fiat Panda Easy TwinAir

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The squircle. It’s one of those slightly ridiculous, post-millennial words that any writer worth his or her salt ought to avoid. Yet before long, it’ll probably be making an appearance in the Oxford English Dictionary. And given that the squared-off... >>

Honda CR-V 2.0 iVTEC EX
4.0 stars

Honda CR-V 2.0 iVTEC EX

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Everyone loves to hate an SUV, don’t they? Yet, as our recent review of the VW Touareg attests, even those of us who hate the breed can’t help but be won over and see why they’re so popular with modern families, after a week behind the wheel.And... >>

RenaultSport Megane 265 Cup
4.5 stars

RenaultSport Megane 265 Cup

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In the land of the hot hatch RenaultSport would be king. Back in the Eighties, when this type of car truly took off, Peugeot and VW – with the 205 GTi and the Golf GTi – were the kings of transforming euro shopping trollies into cheap ways to get... >>

Porsche Cayman pictures and hands-on

Porsche Cayman pictures and hands-on

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Porsche revealed its new Cayman in Los Angeles yesterday at the 2012 LA Auto Show, and we were in town to get a first glimpse. The sister car of the Boxster unveiled earlier this year in Geneva, the Cayman appears at first glance to be very much a “same... >>

Mercedes-Benz A-Class (2013) pictures and hands-on

Mercedes-Benz A-Class (2013) pictures and hands-on

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The new A-class is a new type of car. That might be stating the obvious, but what we mean is that while it’s kept the name of the model, Mercedes has fundamentally changed the concept of its smallest car.The A-class used to be a packaging marvel –... >>

Hands-on: Vauxhall Adam review

Hands-on: Vauxhall Adam review

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If you’re the sort of person who names their car, then you’ll perhaps be pleased to hear that from early next year Vauxhall will sell you one that comes pre-named: Adam.We’ll leave the obvious and easy name puns to you, but if you think Adam’s... >>

Peugeot 208 Allure e-HDi
4.0 stars

Peugeot 208 Allure e-HDi

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Talking to Peugeot’s design chief, Gilles Vidal, makes you acutely aware of the importance of the 208, and it’s need to "re-generate" both Peugeot and, so it’s makers say, the small, B-segment class of car in general. But does it work, and should... >>

First drive: Renault Clio
0.0 stars

First drive: Renault Clio

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Remember when the Clio was advertised by Nicole and Papa? Or when it proclaimed to have va-va-voom long before Mazda got zoom-zoom? Well, so does Renault. Having sold 12 Million Clios since the first generation in 1991, it’s now launching the brand... >>

Smart Forstars pictures and hands-on

Smart Forstars pictures and hands-on

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When Pocket-Lint chatted to Gorden Wagener – chief of design for Daimler (Mercedes and Smart) at the Paris auto show, he told us that Smarts are the iPhones of the car world. Sorry to disagree with you Gorden, but we’ve already awarded that accolade... >>

Renault Clio (2013) pictures and hands-on

Renault Clio (2013) pictures and hands-on

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The fourth-generation Renault Clio took over the entire Renault stand in Paris. Illuminated under hundreds of beautiful globe lights, which gently changed colour and bobbed up and down, an array of red, orange and yellow Clios spread out across the Renault... >>

Range Rover (2013) pictures and hands-on

Range Rover (2013) pictures and hands-on

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A new Range Rover doesn’t come along every day. This is only the fourth full-size Range Rover ever -although don’t forget it’s no longer just a model though, but forms part of a range together with Evoque and Sport. The previous model lasted a full... >>

Ford Mondeo (2013) pictures and hands-on

Ford Mondeo (2013) pictures and hands-on

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Remember once upon a time when the Ford Mondeo was Britain’s best-selling car, or at least thereabouts? Well, now it doesn’t even make it into the top ten. Tellingly, the BMW 3-Series outsells it.Ford would like to change that and here in Paris it’s... >>

Volkswagen Golf VII pictures and hands-on

Volkswagen Golf VII pictures and hands-on

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Let’s cut to the chase. This is the iPhone 5 of the car world if there ever was one. Longer, "lower", wider and - crucially - lighter, one can’t help but compare the new, seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf to a certain phone recently unveiled by the... >>

Mercedes-Benz C220 CDi BlueEfficiency AMG Sport Coupe pictures and hands-on

Mercedes-Benz C220 CDi BlueEfficiency AMG Sport Coupe pictures and hands-on

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Let’s say you’ve read our hands-on pieces of the Mercedes SLS and SL AMGs and now fancy something sporty with the three-pointed star on the bonnet, but your budget’s a little more five figures than six. Then perhaps a new, 2013 Model Year C-Class... >>

Kia Cee’d Sportswagon 1.6 CRDi 3
3.5 stars

Kia Cee’d Sportswagon 1.6 CRDi 3

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Are you ready to join the “wagon revolution”? Taking its lead from the lofty heights of the likes of Audi’s RS brand, the latest addition to the Kia range - an estate version of the company's Ford Focus-rivaling Cee’d – has been renamed the... >>

Volkswagen CC GT TDi 170 DSG pictures and hands-on

Volkswagen CC GT TDi 170 DSG pictures and hands-on

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Your company car policy says you need four seats and four doors. Which is a pesky pain, because you’ve just got a promotion and you’ve always fancied a nice-looking coupe, something like an Audi A5 or BMW 3-Series. Unfortunately, they’re off limits... >>

Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG pictures and hands-on

Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG pictures and hands-on

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You’d think two cars sharing what is fundamentally the same engine would feel very similar, right? Not in the case of the Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG and its supercar brother, the SLS AMG: these are two different beasts as you can see from our hands-on... >>

Volkswagen Golf GTi cabriolet first drive pictures and hands-on

Volkswagen Golf GTi cabriolet first drive pictures and hands-on

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It’s a bit of a perennial favourite, the Golf GTi. Right now, pretty much every one of its competitors offers more power and the promise of greater road thrills, but few can match the all-round talents and general classlessness of the GTi. It’s still... >>

Hyundai Veloster 1.6GDi Sport DCT
3.0 stars

Hyundai Veloster 1.6GDi Sport DCT

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In the words of Monty Python: now for something completely different. Well, as different as things get in the seemingly ever-samey world of cars. Because the Hyundai Veloster you see in the picture above is a unique beast. Ever had the desire for a two-door... >>

Land Rover Discovery 4 SDV6 HSE
4.0 stars

Land Rover Discovery 4 SDV6 HSE

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A car industry executive once told us that no matter how good his company’s new model was, he knew it wasn’t going to sell many, because people in the UK were badge snobs. Look around you at how many BMWs and Audis there are on the road, and its hard... >>

VW Scirocco 2.0 TSi GT
4.5 stars

VW Scirocco 2.0 TSi GT

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It’s been around for quite a while now, the VW Scirocco. After a 16-year hiatus, the Scirocco came storming back into the VW Range in 2008. We’re not in the habit of reviewing cars that have been on the market for four years, but – as our recent... >>

Toyota GT86
5.0 stars

Toyota GT86

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When was the last time you were excited by a Toyota? Prius, Auris, Yaris – all laudable cars but hardly the last word in excitement.But that changes here. Under new boss Akio Toyoda, the firm wants to get you excited about its products again and to... >>

Porsche Silverstone Driving Experience pictures and hands-on

Porsche Silverstone Driving Experience pictures and hands-on

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"Bit of power now, little bit more, no too much!" shouts Ed, just as the Porsche 911 I’m at the wheel of begins to spin round and we pirouette backwards through the water fountains. Belatedly, my mental faculties kick back in, I press the brake and... >>

BMW 520 Efficient Dynamics
4.0 stars

BMW 520 Efficient Dynamics

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What price size? When we reviewed the BMW 320d Efficient Dynamics a few weeks back we found it to be fundamentally brilliant and concluded by saying that it was all the car you could ever need. So why might you want to take a step up the BMW ladder, shell... >>