Archive for Joe Simpson

  • 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 review
    4 out of 5

    Fiat 500 TwinAir Plus review

    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 review
    4.5 out of 5

    Range Rover Evoque Coupe Prestige SD4 review

    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 review
    3.5 out of 5

    Jaguar XF 2.2D Premium Luxury review

    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 review
    4.5 out of 5

    Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet TSI DSG review

    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 review
    3 out of 5

    Toyota Yaris 1.33 T Spirit 5 door review

    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 review
    3.5 out of 5

    Citroen DS4 DStyle HDi 160 review

    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...

  • Ford Evos Concept pictures and hands-on

    Ford Evos Concept pictures and hands-on

    By 23 September 2011

    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

    By 20 September 2011

    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

    By 16 September 2011

    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

    By 16 September 2011

    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

    By 8 August 2011

    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 review
    3 out of 5

    Volvo C30 DRIVe review

    By 18 July 2011

    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

    By 8 July 2011

    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...

  • Honda CR-Z GT 1.5 i-VTEC IMA Hybrid review
    4 out of 5

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

    By 18 April 2011

    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   review
    3 out of 5

    Lexus CT200h SE-I review

    By 20 March 2011

    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

    By 16 March 2011

    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...