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Vauxhall Astra GTC SRI CDTI
4.0 stars

Vauxhall Astra GTC SRI CDTI

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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 stars

BMW 320d Efficient Dynamics

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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
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Citroen DS5 DSport Hybrid4 200 Airdream

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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
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Lexus GS450h

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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 stars

Honda Civic 1.4 iVTEC SE

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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.We... >>

Renault Twizy pictures and hands-on

Renault Twizy pictures and hands-on

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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

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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

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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
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Renault Grand Scenic Dynamique TomTom 1.5 dCi

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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
3.5 stars

Kia Rio CRDi 2

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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

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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

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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 is... >>

Mercedes Concept Style Coupe pictures and hands-on

Mercedes Concept Style Coupe pictures and hands-on

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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

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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

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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
4.5 stars

Skoda Yeti Elegance 1.8 TSi 4x4

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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
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Volkswagen Beetle Design 1.2TSi DSG

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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

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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

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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

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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.... >>

RenaultSport Clio 200 Raider pictures and hands-on

RenaultSport Clio 200 Raider pictures and hands-on

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Over the past decade-and-a-bit, Renault’s performance division, RenaultSport, has given us a string of hotted-up Clios and Meganes, providing those of us with petrol in our veins an accessible way into fast, front-wheel drive cars - ones that seemed... >>

Fiat 500 TwinAir Plus
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Fiat 500 TwinAir Plus

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We try not to get too hung up with engine size, the torque curve, 0-60 times and the like here at Pocket-lint. But for this Fiat 500 TwinAir review, forgive us if we make an exception to our own rule. Why? We hear you ask. Well, this 500’s only got... >>

Cadillac ATS pictures and hands-on

Cadillac ATS pictures and hands-on

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A Cadillac on Pocket-Lint? Half the team has gone to Detroit and Las Vegas this week, so we figured you'd forgive us if we indulged our inner American, donned a Stetson and put some country and Western on the stereo. But it's just that kind of cheesy,... >>

Acura NSX concept pictures

Acura NSX concept pictures

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Other than the Lexus LF-LC, the car that has caused the greatest excitement here in Detroit is the Acura NSX. If you're not familiar with Acura, it's Honda's premium brand - relating to it in the same way Lexus does to Toyota. But worry not about that,... >>

Toyota NS4 pictures and hands-on

Toyota NS4 pictures and hands-on

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With the influx of electric cars, the Toyota and Lexus environmentally-friendly image halo - built up thanks to its leadership in hybrid cars - is under threat. So it’s no surprise to see this "NS4" concept appear in Detroit, and be badged with some... >>

Lexus LF-LC concept pictures and hands-on

Lexus LF-LC concept pictures and hands-on

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There is one car's name on everybody's lips in Detroit: the Lexus LF-LC. This stunning, lipstick red super-sports car is sadly not bound for production anytime soon, but it does give us several clues to a Lexus-flavoured future. And we - along with about... >>

Ford Fusion pictures and hands-on

Ford Fusion pictures and hands-on

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You’re looking at the new Mondeo. So why is it called Fusion? It might have a name that in Europe we know in the Ford lexicon as belonging to granny’s shopping hatch, but in America, Ford’s mid-large car is known as Fusion. Under the company’s... >>

Audi A3 interior pictures and hands-on

Audi A3 interior pictures and hands-on

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It tells you everything you need to know about where the car industry is at, that Audi chose to show its new A3 interior here in CES, rather than at Detroit earlier in the week.And, in a word, it is stunning. It’s easy to get caught up in the moment,... >>

Range Rover Evoque Coupe Prestige SD4
4.5 stars

Range Rover Evoque Coupe Prestige SD4

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Our time with the Range Rover Evoque on the UK launch in Scotland gave us the impression that it is quite a special car. But many cars that impress in isolation lose their shine when subjected to the mundane chores of everyday family life.This is, without... >>

Jaguar XF 2.2D Premium Luxury
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Jaguar XF 2.2D Premium Luxury

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For many people, the idea of driving a Jaguar - as opposed to the alternatives from BMW, Audi and Mercedes - is very appealing indeed.Jaguars are supposed to stir the soul. But since Jag launched the XF back in 2006, fewer have made it onto our roads... >>

Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet TSI DSG
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Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet TSI DSG

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November might seem an odd month to review a convertible. But having served up one of the dullest summers ever, the good old British weather decided it was time for one of the warmest Octobers on record. As we write, this shows little sign of changing.So,... >>

Toyota Yaris 1.33 T Spirit 5 door
3.0 stars

Toyota Yaris 1.33 T Spirit 5 door

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Motoring reviews, or rather the people who write them, have a penchant for favouring cars that are powerful and fun to drive down a twisting B-road. But let’s face facts. Most people don’t care about driving like that, and when it comes to shelling... >>

Range Rover Evoque pictures and hands-on

Range Rover Evoque pictures and hands-on

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If you’ve not heard about the Range Rover Evoque before now, you’ve clearly been living under a rock for the past few weeks. In car-world terms, the media storm around the Evoque has been similar to the kind the guys in Cupertino create every time... >>

Citroen DS4 DStyle HDi 160
3.5 stars

Citroen DS4 DStyle HDi 160

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Bling. Unless you’ve been watching lots of Jay-Z videos on MTV recently, it's probably not the first thing you think about when it comes to cars. But we reckon Citroen’s DS4 is one of the first cars to truly embrace bling and Citroen’s hoping that... >>

Ford Evos Concept pictures and hands-on

Ford Evos Concept pictures and hands-on

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Let's get one thing straight: this isn't the new Capri, and if you mention that word to anyone at Ford... well, let's just say we warned you. The front face of the Evos is the new Mondeo according to Ford's design team, however. And looking at it, you'd... >>

VW Nils Concept pictures and hands-on

VW Nils Concept pictures and hands-on

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The 2011 Frankfurt motor show's theme was clear to see: urban mobility. And while Audi and Opel brought very cool and interesting sub-car concepts, the one that deserves your greatest attention is the VW Nils.Why? Because this isn't concept car hocus-pocus.... >>

Kia GT Concept pictures and hands-on, with video

Kia GT Concept pictures and hands-on, with video

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Still think Kia is a value brand you buy just for its long warranty? Think again, that time has long gone.Kia now has some of the most impressive production car designs on the road (thanks to former Audi design boss, Peter Schreyer for that) and at this... >>

Mercedes-Benz F125 Concept pictures and hands-on, with video

Mercedes-Benz F125 Concept pictures and hands-on, with video

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The F125 (so named because Mercedes is 125 years old this year) is a riotous celebration of the latest display technologies. Not content with connecting the car to the cloud, meaning that you can either send or grab your personal content on the move,... >>

Forza Motorsport 4 vs Top Gear Test Track

Forza Motorsport 4 vs Top Gear Test Track

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If, like us, you’re a big fan of BBC’s Top Gear, then we suspect setting a lap time in the "reasonably priced car" is quite high on your wish list of things to do. Well, come October and the release of Forza Motorsport 4, you’ll be able to do just... >>

Volvo C30 DRIVe
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Volvo C30 DRIVe

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The age of austerity. Don’t you hate that phrase? But car companies aren’t stupid, and it’s no coincidence that, as fuel prices and the cost of driving in general has rocketed, brands like Volvo have introduced green sub-brands like “DRIVe”... >>

Peugeot EX1 hands-on

Peugeot EX1 hands-on

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6am Saturday. Not a time I’m familiar with. Yet here I am, speeding towards Goodwood, as I’ve a date with a rather special car. Three hours later, and it’s clear the car hasn’t read the script. I’m in the passenger seat of Peugeot’s EX1 concept... >>

Honda CR-Z GT 1.5 i-VTEC IMA Hybrid
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Honda CR-Z GT 1.5 i-VTEC IMA Hybrid

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Hybrid car terminology can be baffling. Apparently over 60 per cent of consumers in the US think that you have to plug-in a Prius to charge it up - which isn’t really as snigger-worthy as it sounds - given that hybrid cars are part-powered by an electric... >>

Lexus CT200h SE-I
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Lexus CT200h SE-I

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By 2015, Lexus is aiming to be the first wholly “hybrid” car brand. Bar the odd excursion into exotics, like its supercar LFA - which will remain powered by internal combustion alone - in the mainstream line up, you won’t be able to buy a car from... >>

Your future car and what you can expect inside it

Your future car and what you can expect inside it

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You’re probably sick of hearing that “technology is changing the car” but is it ever going to reach a stage that means it’s more than just a USB port in the dash? Given history (let’s not forget that as recently as 1970, people thought we’d... >>

Mini Cooper D (2011)
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Mini Cooper D (2011)

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Clearly, the box marked “new ideas” is empty in the Munich studio where Minis are designed, because this latest redesign is real blink-and-you’ll-miss-it-stuff. This car is, to the untrained eye, almost identical looking to the first generation... >>

BMW launches 'i' sub-brand

BMW launches 'i' sub-brand

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After years of talking, BMW has launched a new "i" sub-brand in Munich on Monday, specifically aimed at people living in cities. The German firm has settled on the simple letter "I" for a new range of clean, high-tech vehicles and mobility services.In... >>

Chevrolet Volt hands-on

Chevrolet Volt hands-on

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Talk about electric cars today repeatedly boils down to one issue: range. Regardless of the fact that the average person drives just 19 miles each day, today’s electric car’s 100 mile range means that sooner or later, driving an electric car is going... >>

Ford Focus Electric ditches petrol, claims better range than Nissan Leaf

Ford Focus Electric ditches petrol, claims better range than Nissan Leaf

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You’d expect Ford - a car company based in Detroit - to launch an important new car at its hometown motor show, wouldn’t you? Yet rather than unveil its new Focus Electric at the Detroit Auto Show that’s taking place right now, Ford launched the... >>

Audi E-tron concept car shows future of in-car tech

Audi E-tron concept car shows future of in-car tech

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Who didn’t watch I, Robot or Minority Report and wonder when we’d actually get to start driving truly futuristic cars like those featured in said films?According to Audi’s CEO and Chairman Rupert Stadler, it might happen sooner that you’d think.... >>