Archive for Joe Simpson

  • 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
    3.5 out of 5

    Kia Cee’d Sportswagon 1.6 CRDi 3

    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
    3 out of 5

    Hyundai Veloster 1.6GDi Sport DCT

    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
    4 out of 5

    Land Rover Discovery 4 SDV6 HSE

    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
    4.5 out of 5

    VW Scirocco 2.0 TSi GT

    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
    5 out of 5

    Toyota GT86

    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...

  • BMW 520 Efficient Dynamics
    4 out of 5

    BMW 520 Efficient Dynamics

    By 23 July 2012

    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...

  • Vauxhall Astra GTC SRI CDTI
    4 out of 5

    Vauxhall Astra GTC SRI CDTI

    By 6 July 2012

    We’ve already had a day of seat time in the almost comically overpowered VXR version of the Astra GTC. But what if your tastes - and frankly - your wallet, would prefer something a little more restrained and economical? Enter the (deep breath) Astra...

  • BMW 320d Efficient Dynamics
    4.5 out of 5

    BMW 320d Efficient Dynamics

    By 29 June 2012

    The BMW 3-Series is a car that epitomises the phrase "all things to all people". It’s consistently one of the 10 best-selling cars in the UK - and it’s easy to see why. It’s big enough for four people and luggage, yet small enough to park easily....

  • Citroen DS5 DSport Hybrid4 200 Airdream
    4 out of 5

    Citroen DS5 DSport Hybrid4 200 Airdream

    By 21 June 2012

    One question that arises time and again, is why car makers build concept cars. And why the stuff that actually appears in the showrooms looks nothing like the wild design that appeared on a motorshow stand two years earlier. The answers of course, are...

  • Lexus GS450h
    4 out of 5

    Lexus GS450h

    By 14 June 2012

    It might come as a surprise to learn that this new Lexus GS is actually the fourth generation of the model line. And if you’re lucky enough to have climbed to near the top of the company car tree, this car is rather good news. It not only means there’s...

  • Honda Civic 1.4 iVTEC SE
    3.5 out of 5

    Honda Civic 1.4 iVTEC SE

    By 5 June 2012

    When reviewing a car, we can ask a manufacturer for a specific model and engine, but rarely have any say in what spec we get. This means they usually send us one that’s in top line trim and then had the entire options list thrown at it for good measure....

  • Renault Twizy pictures and hands-on

    Renault Twizy pictures and hands-on

    By 31 May 2012

    The first time you see a Renault Twizy on the road, we suspect one of two things will happen. You’ll either laugh. A lot. Or you’ll be desperate to have a go. But get over the fact that it’s got a name that only the French could come up with and...

  • Bentley Mulsanne pictures and hands-on

    Bentley Mulsanne pictures and hands-on

    By 28 May 2012

    Ever wondered how the other half live? Well, today we got to find out, during a short acquaintance with Bentley’s newest car, the Mulsanne. A moment of context is needed here. Bentley’s sales have climbed from almost nothing in the past 15 years,...

  • Porsche 911 Carrera (991) 2012 pictures and hands-on

    Porsche 911 Carrera (991) 2012 pictures and hands-on

    By 25 May 2012

    The Porsche 911 is a Marmite car. Before reading any of the words we put down on this page, you’re going into this article either believing that the 911 is the best sports car in the world. Or that it’s some stupid, anachronistic development of the...

  • Renault Grand Scenic Dynamique TomTom 1.5 dCi
    4 out of 5

    Renault Grand Scenic Dynamique TomTom 1.5 dCi

    By 16 May 2012

    When it first appeared in 1996, the original Scenic broke ground as the first "small" people carrier to hit our roads. It did without the seven seats of existing people carriers such as its big brother Espace, but brought all that was loved about that...


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