Archive for Joe Simpson

  • Kia Sportage 2.0 CRDi KX-4 review
    4 out of 5

    Kia Sportage 2.0 CRDi KX-4 review

    By 4 January 2013

    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  review
    4.5 out of 5

    Fiat Panda Easy TwinAir review

    By 3 January 2013

    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 review
    4 out of 5

    Honda CR-V 2.0 iVTEC EX review

    By 28 December 2012

    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 review
    4.5 out of 5

    RenaultSport Megane 265 Cup review

    By 20 December 2012

    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

    By 29 November 2012

    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

    By 19 November 2012

    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

    By 7 November 2012

    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 review
    4 out of 5

    Peugeot 208 Allure e-HDi review

    By 30 October 2012

    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 review
    0 out of 5

    First drive: Renault Clio review

    By 24 October 2012

    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

    By 3 October 2012

    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

    By 3 October 2012

    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...

  • Jaguar F-type pictures and hands-on

    Jaguar F-type pictures and hands-on

    By 2 October 2012

    They don’t seem to come along very often, new Jaguars, so there’s always a sense of excitement when one lands on the show floor at a motor show. And if you see the F-type in the metal, you can’t help but get a little tingle of excitement about the...

  • Range Rover (2013) pictures and hands-on

    Range Rover (2013) pictures and hands-on

    By 29 September 2012

    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

    By 28 September 2012

    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

    By 26 September 2012

    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

    By 14 September 2012

    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 review
    3.5 out of 5

    Kia Cee’d Sportswagon 1.6 CRDi 3 review

    By 13 September 2012

    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

    By 11 September 2012

    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

    By 11 September 2012

    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

    By 6 September 2012

    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 review
    3 out of 5

    Hyundai Veloster 1.6GDi Sport DCT review

    By 24 August 2012

    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 review
    4 out of 5

    Land Rover Discovery 4 SDV6 HSE review

    By 21 August 2012

    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 review
    4.5 out of 5

    VW Scirocco 2.0 TSi GT review

    By 3 August 2012

    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 review
    5 out of 5

    Toyota GT86 review

    By 30 July 2012

    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

    By 27 July 2012

    "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...