Archive for Joe Simpson

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... >>

Hands-on: Apple CarPlay review

Hands-on: Apple CarPlay review

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Apple CarPlay is the tech giant's foray into in-car technology, which has been propelled into the public interest at the Geneva Motor Show 2014. And that's exactly where we've had the chance to take a look at it in action. But not at the Cupertino company's... >>

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... >>

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... >>