Archive for Joe Simpson

  • Kia Rio CRDi 2
    3.5 out of 5

    Kia Rio CRDi 2

    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
    4.5 out of 5

    Skoda Yeti Elegance 1.8 TSi 4x4

    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
    3 out of 5

    Volkswagen Beetle Design 1.2TSi DSG

    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....

  • RenaultSport Clio 200 Raider pictures and hands-on

    RenaultSport Clio 200 Raider pictures and hands-on

    By 22 February 2012

    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
    4 out of 5

    Fiat 500 TwinAir Plus

    By 25 January 2012

    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

    By 13 January 2012

    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

    By 13 January 2012

    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

    By 13 January 2012

    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

    By 12 January 2012

    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

    By 12 January 2012

    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

    By 12 January 2012

    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 out of 5

    Range Rover Evoque Coupe Prestige SD4

    By 29 December 2011

    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
    3.5 out of 5

    Jaguar XF 2.2D Premium Luxury

    By 15 December 2011

    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
    4.5 out of 5

    Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet TSI DSG

    By 7 November 2011

    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....

  • Toyota Yaris 1.33 T Spirit 5 door
    3 out of 5

    Toyota Yaris 1.33 T Spirit 5 door

    By 28 October 2011

    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

    By 6 October 2011

    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 out of 5

    Citroen DS4 DStyle HDi 160

    By 6 October 2011

    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...


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