Archive for Joe Simpson

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... >>

Volvo V40 T2 R-Design Nav review
3.5 stars

Volvo V40 T2 R-Design Nav review

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Back at its launch in 2012, we were big fans of the Volvo V40. It was a leftfield choice, but smart, comfortable and above all packed with safety features and technologies. Since then the diminutive Volvo has gained numerous fresh challengers. Volkswagen... >>

Hands-On: Volkswagen XL1 review

Hands-On: Volkswagen XL1 review

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As a kid, if someone had asked you what cars were going to look like when you grew up, we’re betting you wouldn’t have imagined them looking like the Volkswagen XL1. If you were a child of the 60s - the era of Concorde and the space race - perhaps... >>

BMW Z4 sDrive 18i Roadster review
4.0 stars

BMW Z4 sDrive 18i Roadster review

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Looking out of the window one grey and wet October morning, it's hard to understand why Brits buy more convertibles than any other country in Europe. Perhaps that's because there are now a wide array of cars - like the upgraded BMW Z4 as tested here -... >>

Hands-on: Volkswagen Golf GTi (Mk7) review

Hands-on: Volkswagen Golf GTi (Mk7) review

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The VW Golf GTi has been an ever present in the automotive world since 1975. Six generations of the car have sold over 200,000 units for VW in the UK alone. A smash hit? Yes, but rather like Top of the Pops, the game's moved on since the GTi first arrived... >>

BMW 435i M Sport review
4.5 stars

BMW 435i M Sport review

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What difference does a name make? Or a number? This is the new BMW 4-Series, or the 435i M Sport to be name precise - and it's a brand new model number in the BMW range that waves goodbye to the outgoing 3-Series Coupe. What exactly was wrong with the... >>

Volvo Concept Coupe hands-on, the new face of Sweden's finest

Volvo Concept Coupe hands-on, the new face of Sweden's finest

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No more vanilla Volvos. That's the message from the Swedish company as it launches its concept coupe in Frankfurt. What exactly does that mean? Well, for the past few years, Volvo's been chasing the Germans - think Audi, BMW, Mercedes - and not really... >>

Cadillac Elminaj Concept pictures and eyes-on

Cadillac Elminaj Concept pictures and eyes-on

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The Germans, keen to impress on home ground, typically steal the Frankfurt motorshow limelight. But this year everyone was betting big and General Motors’ brands proved no exception. The Cadillac Elminaj concept, first shown at the Concours d’Elegance... >>

Porsche 918 Spyder pictures and hands-on

Porsche 918 Spyder pictures and hands-on

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The Porsche 918 Spyder, unveiled in production form at the IAA 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, is perhaps the answer to a question no one asked. So, we'll create one for it. Let's pretend you've got the best part of a million quid to spend. On a car. You're... >>

Hands-on: Mercedes G63 AMG review

Hands-on: Mercedes G63 AMG review

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Rappers aren't known to frequent the picturesque town of Buckingham. And we're not well known for spittin' bars. Which is perhaps why, as we roll through the picturesque middle England town in a Mercedes G63 AMG, we get so many stares. Rendered in a spectacular... >>

Toyota Rav4 Icon 2.2 Diesel 4x4 review
4.0 stars

Toyota Rav4 Icon 2.2 Diesel 4x4 review

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When Toyota launched the first Rav4 in 1994 it gave birth to the whole soft-roader, crossover format. Given it opened the way to all kinds of horrors we've seen from other manufacturers in the segment, it'd therefore be easy to hate it. But the Rav4 has... >>

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT Coupe pictures and hands-on

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT Coupe pictures and hands-on

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Last year, when Mercedes asked us if we'd like to drive its SLS AMG GT Coupe supercar, we were down at the company's Brooklands Centre in Buckinghamshire before you could utter the letters AMG. The SLS represents a bloodline for Mercedes, which stems... >>

Porsche 911 Carrera 4S review
5.0 stars

Porsche 911 Carrera 4S review

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With the new 991-generation car, Porsche has created the most usable, spacious - not to mention largest - 911 ever. The Carrera 4S model - recently added to the range and often abbreviated as "C4S" - not only offers the slightly pimped-up aesthetic of... >>

Renault Zoe pictures and hands-on

Renault Zoe pictures and hands-on

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BMW has announced its i3 electric car - and by all accounts it's a cracker. But there's another company that has its eggs heavily invested in the electric car basket right now: the Renault-Nissan alliance and launch of the Renault Zoe. It's got us more... >>

Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG pictures and hands-on

Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG pictures and hands-on

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When we reviewed the BMW M135i, it's fair to say that we were blown away by its spectrum of all round talents. Its turn of speed had us suggesting that, should you really feel the need to go faster, you'd need to jump into a supercar. Yet here we are,... >>

Renault Captur 1.2 Tce EDC hands-on and first drive

Renault Captur 1.2 Tce EDC hands-on and first drive

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Back in happier times, Renault made groundbreaking cars. Historians may quibble, but the company ultimately created the supermini (Renault 5), the people carrier (Espace) and then the small MPV (Scenic). How times have changed: you can’t even buy an... >>

Peugeot 208 GTI review
4.0 stars

Peugeot 208 GTI review

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Once upon a time, when most of the Pocket-lint was still in short trousers, Peugeot made a car called the 205 GTi. It became a legend. Along with the Golf GTi, it created a whole new breed of car – a performance-orientated, fun to drive car that didn’t... >>

RenaultSport Clio 200 Turbo EDC pictures and first drive

RenaultSport Clio 200 Turbo EDC pictures and first drive

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There's never been much point in approaching a RenaultSport product from the perspective of say advanced technology or design aesthetics. Historically, if you wanted a hot hatch and you wanted the best, most raw, connected driving experience in an affordable... >>

Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG pictures and first drive

Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG pictures and first drive

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There is a certain brutality to the current range of AMG Mercedes products that we find ourselves giggling about like school children, every time we get behind the wheel. It’s no different in this, the newly updated E63 AMG. Along with the rest of the... >>

Mercedes-Benz CLA 220 CDi Sport pictures and first drive

Mercedes-Benz CLA 220 CDi Sport pictures and first drive

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On paper, some ideas seem great. For instance, you can see how the following would seem like a good idea if you were Mercedes-Benz: take one, front-wheel drive, A-Class platform. Give it a footprint and space inside that’s roughly the same as a C-Class... >>