Archive for Joe Simpson

  • Jaguar XF 2.2D Premium Luxury review
    Cars 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
    Cars 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
    Cars 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
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    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
    Online 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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
    Cars 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
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    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
    Cars 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
    Cars 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
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    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...

  • The cars of the 2011 Geneva motor show
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    The cars of the 2011 Geneva motor show

    By 6 March 2011

    Pocket-lint's been at the international motor show in Geneva this week, where countless new production and concept cars have been unveiled. As car manufacturers increasingly use technology as a key selling point, we pick out some of the stand-out cars...

  • Mini Cooper D (2011) review
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    Mini Cooper D (2011) review

    By 26 February 2011

    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
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    BMW launches 'i' sub-brand

    By 22 February 2011

    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....

  • Chevrolet Volt hands-on
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    Chevrolet Volt hands-on

    By 28 January 2011

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

    By 14 January 2011

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

    By 10 January 2011

    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....