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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... >>

Jaguar F-Type pictures and first drive

Jaguar F-Type pictures and first drive

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"Bella, bella!," shout the kids on bikes as we trundle past, through yet another picture-postcard Umbrian village in the new Jaguar F-Type - exhaust note crackling and ricocheting off the walls of surrounding buildings. Even if your grasp of Italian is... >>

BMW M135i review
5.0 stars

BMW M135i review

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Until just a few days before your reading it, the start of this story was quite different. It was built on the premise that this - the littlest performance BMW - had turned the brand’s performance hierarchy on its head, because it was faster than an... >>

Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT
4.0 stars

Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT

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The relevance of a 6.4 litre, V8 Jeep might be lost in Pocket-lint's home country. But knowing we were heading to the States, we thought it high time we review a car with more of an American flavour on these pages. It needed to be something that could... >>

Honda Civic 1.6 i-DTEC SE review
3.5 stars

Honda Civic 1.6 i-DTEC SE review

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"Economical, isn't it?", proclaimed the man from Honda who came to pick up our Civic diesel. Given that he was talking to the lead-boots of the Pocket-Lint office, this was a risky statement. It’s not unknown for us to at least halve the official fuel... >>

Mercedes-Benz CLS 250 CDI BlueEfficiency AMG Sport Shooting Brake
4.5 stars

Mercedes-Benz CLS 250 CDI BlueEfficiency AMG Sport Shooting Brake

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"Wow, how much did this cost then?" That was most people's opening gambit when they saw us in this new, Shooting Brake body-style CLS. For what it's worth, the answer is that it starts at around 50 grand. But our car, with options, came out at more like... >>

Lamborghini Aventador LP720-4 50° pictures and eyes-on

Lamborghini Aventador LP720-4 50° pictures and eyes-on

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Happy Birthday to Lamborghini from all of us at Pocket-lint. The company that’s forever trying to kick sand in Ferrari’s face is celebrating 50 years of car-making this year. And as a birthday present to itself, at the Shanghai auto show this weekend... >>

Maserati Ghibli pictures and hands-on

Maserati Ghibli pictures and hands-on

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Maserati is on a mission. Having played second fiddle to Ferrari in the posh Italian brand hierarchy for so long, it’s gone on a product offensive, the main aim of which is to make you pick one of its cars over a high-end Jag, BMW or Merc. Given that... >>

Alfa Romeo Giulietta 1.4 TB MultiAir 170 Sportiva
3.5 stars

Alfa Romeo Giulietta 1.4 TB MultiAir 170 Sportiva

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Having tried, and been rather impressed with, the ball of energy that is Alfa’s 170bhp, 1.4 "MultiAir" engine a couple of weeks back in the Mito, we couldn’t help wondering what kind of Alfa options were available if you needed a bit of extra space... >>

Volkswagen Golf GT 1.4 TSi
5.0 stars

Volkswagen Golf GT 1.4 TSi

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There is no car quite like the VW Golf. The default European choice of motoring appliance, it is possibly no more and no less a car than you’ll ever need. But some people have a different view. Seeing this new Golf for the first time at the Paris motor... >>

Nissan Qashqai 1.6 dCi n-tec+
4.5 stars

Nissan Qashqai 1.6 dCi n-tec+

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Last year in the UK, Nissan sold more of these high-spec “n-tec” trim-level Qashqais than Ford did Mondeos. Consider that for a moment. This one trim level of the Qashqai now outsells the entire range of a car that just a few years back was Britain’s... >>

Volkswagen XL1 pictures and hands-on

Volkswagen XL1 pictures and hands-on

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And now for something completely different. Having brought you the skinny on the supercar wars going on between Ferrari, Lamborghini and McLaren - with a not exactly attainable Rolls Royce thrown in for good measure - we’ve saved the best thing from... >>

Rolls-Royce Wraith pictures and hands-on

Rolls-Royce Wraith pictures and hands-on

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It’s not every day a new Rolls-Royce comes along, so we stood expectantly with the crowds to watch the Goodwood-based company’s latest car being unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show. Said to be built "in the spirit of the company founders’ historic... >>

McLaren P1 pictures and hands-on

McLaren P1 pictures and hands-on

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Here at Pocket-Lint, we’ll only bring you content and reviews on stuff that we’ve spent time with. So although the McLaren P1 concept was "unveiled" last September in Paris, we’ve waited until now to bring you details because back then it was an... >>

Ferrari LaFerrari pictures and eyes-on

Ferrari LaFerrari pictures and eyes-on

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The Ferrari LaFerrari, what do we know of this, Ferrari’s flagship hypercar – successor to the 2005 Enzo and before that the legendary F50 and F40? Well for starters, we can tell you that it’s absolutely huge. It might be low, but while McLaren’s... >>

Lamborghini Veneno pictures and eyes-on

Lamborghini Veneno pictures and eyes-on

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Lamborghini has always had an amusing relationship with Ferrari. It was set up by a man who built tractors because he got annoyed with old-man Ferrari’s less than bothered attitude towards fixing his personal Ferrari when it broke. And ever since, the... >>

Cadillac ELR pictures and hands-on

Cadillac ELR pictures and hands-on

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Fancy an electric sports car, but haven’t got enough money for a Tesla? Then right now, this is your best hope. The Cadillac ELR was launched at the Detroit auto show this week and we managed to go hands-on and grab a chat with a few of the people who... >>

Maserati Quattroporte pictures and hands-on

Maserati Quattroporte pictures and hands-on

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It may seem like the quintessential Italian big saloon car, but this new Quattroporte (sounds sexy, but in Italian it simply means "four door") has been redesigned primarily for China. You see the old car, svelte though it was, was a little cramped in... >>

Lexus IS pictures and hands-on (video)

Lexus IS pictures and hands-on (video)

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There’s no getting round it. Whatever interesting nuggets we tell you about the features of the new Lexus IS, or however interesting we reckon the car’s general looks are, whether you like it is probably going to come down to what you think of that... >>