Archive for Joe Simpson

  • 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...

  • BMW 520 Efficient Dynamics review
    4 out of 5

    BMW 520 Efficient Dynamics review

    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 review
    4 out of 5

    Vauxhall Astra GTC SRI CDTI review

    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 review
    4.5 out of 5

    BMW 320d Efficient Dynamics review

    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 review
    4 out of 5

    Citroen DS5 DSport Hybrid4 200 Airdream review

    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 review
    4 out of 5

    Lexus GS450h review

    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 review
    3.5 out of 5

    Honda Civic 1.4 iVTEC SE review

    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 review
    4 out of 5

    Renault Grand Scenic Dynamique TomTom 1.5 dCi review

    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...

  • Kia Rio CRDi 2  review
    3.5 out of 5

    Kia Rio CRDi 2 review

    By 9 May 2012

    In August 2010, we had one of the worst hire car experiences of our life. It came courtesy of a Kia Rio saloon that looked like it had been dropped down a flight of stairs and housed a pack of wild dogs for the previous few months. Above 50 miles an hour,...

  • MG Icon concept pictures and hands-on

    MG Icon concept pictures and hands-on

    By 27 April 2012

    Remember MG Rover and its demise? We do, vividly. In a tale of blame, accusation and much finger pointing one of the upshots (some would say causes) of MG Rover’s failure was a proposed buy out by - then subsequent selling off of model platforms to...

  • Range Rover Evoque Victoria Beckham edition pictures and hands-on

    Range Rover Evoque Victoria Beckham edition pictures and hands-on

    By 27 April 2012

    Remember when the Range Rover Evoque was first unveiled at a Chelsea art gallery by George Lamb and they announced Victoria Beckham would be working on its design? No, us neither. But she, er, has been working with Range Rover on the Evoque. And this...

  • Mercedes Concept Style Coupe pictures and hands-on

    Mercedes Concept Style Coupe pictures and hands-on

    By 27 April 2012

    China is now the biggest market in the world for most luxury and premium car brands. Once you know that, it comes as less of a surprise that Mercedes chose to show this new concept car at the motor show in Beijing this week, rather than New York two weeks...

  • Citroën DS Concept Numero 9 pictures and hands-on

    Citroën DS Concept Numero 9 pictures and hands-on

    By 27 April 2012

    Like many concept cars we saw in Beijing, the DS Numero 9 didn’t have an interior. Why? We’re not sure. Possibly politics, because Citroën as a French firm needs to hold something back for its "home" motor show in Paris in September. Possibly there...

  • Lamborghini Urus concept pictures and hands-on

    Lamborghini Urus concept pictures and hands-on

    By 27 April 2012

    One car’s name was on everyone’s lips at the Beijing motor show this week: the Lamborghini Urus. That Lamborghini’s been thinking about making an SUV is one of motoring’s worst-kept secrets. Lambo has seen sales go crazy in China and other parts...

  • Skoda Yeti Elegance 1.8 TSi 4x4 review
    4.5 out of 5

    Skoda Yeti Elegance 1.8 TSi 4x4 review

    By 18 April 2012

    Let’s get the disappointment out of the way now. After last week’s review of the Beetle where we tried - and failed - not to mention Herbie, this week’s review of the Skoda Yeti will contain no references to abominable snowmen or monstrous Himalayan...

  • Volkswagen Beetle Design 1.2TSi DSG review
    3 out of 5

    Volkswagen Beetle Design 1.2TSi DSG review

    By 13 April 2012

    Remember the Nineties? Car Design went through a retro phase, car-makers creating modern versions of icons from the Fifties and Sixties. Ford redid the Thunderbird, there was the new Mini, of course, but the car which started the craze was the Beetle....

  • VW up! pictures and hands-on

    VW up! pictures and hands-on

    By 16 March 2012

    The VW group is on a mission to become the biggest car company in the world. And key to world domination (insert evil laugh noise here) is having a competitive small car in your line up. Remember the Lupo the company made in the Nineties? Well, chop the...

  • Ferrari F12 Berlinetta pictures and hands-on

    Ferrari F12 Berlinetta pictures and hands-on

    By 8 March 2012

    In the real world the last day or so has all been about the new iPad. But over in fantasyland, we got our hands on the new Ferrari F12 Berlinetta. It was a hard job, but someone had to do it. This is Ferrari’s new flagship, replacing the 599. It’s...

  • Renault Fluence Z.E. pictures and hands-on

    Renault Fluence Z.E. pictures and hands-on

    By 24 February 2012

    Renault has bet big on electric cars. Bigger than any other car company in fact - and by 2013 it’ll have four of them for sale in the form of the recently launched Kangoo Z.E. Van, Twizy scooter/car hybrid, Clio-sized Zoe and this, the Fluence Z.E....