Archive for Joe Simpson

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... >>

BMW 4-Series Coupe Concept pictures and hands-on

BMW 4-Series Coupe Concept pictures and hands-on

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Don’t believe the concept name, this is your new 3-Series coupe. After being hit for six by the Audi A5-which up-ended this coupe market by introducing an altogether different body style to the saloon A4 - BMW has responded by repositioning its coupe... >>

C7 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray pictures and hands-on

C7 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray pictures and hands-on

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It’s not exactly exaggerating to say that a new Corvette doesn’t come along every day of the week. So perhaps it’s unsurprising that the new "C7" Corvette, which ushers back in the famous "Stingray" name too, is on the front of every US paper this... >>

QNX car platform 2.0 concept in a Bentley Continental GTC pictures and hands-on

QNX car platform 2.0 concept in a Bentley Continental GTC pictures and hands-on

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QNX is probably the biggest company you’ve never heard of, when it comes to in-car tech. Wholly owned by RIM of BlackBerry fame, the company’s on-board operating system sees service in the vehicles of most car manufacturers you care to name and in... >>

Audi invents always on full-beam lights that don't blind oncoming drivers

Audi invents always on full-beam lights that don't blind oncoming drivers

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Audi has demoed the latest technology in smart headlights at CES 2013, showing-off LED lights that can cleverly avoid dazzling oncoming drivers. Introducing the next-generation Matrix LED headlight, Audi predicted a win-win future – one in which the... >>

Kia Sportage 2.0 CRDi KX-4
4.0 stars

Kia Sportage 2.0 CRDi KX-4

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We’ve been looking at the 4x4 - or SUVs, as they’re now more commonly known - in many recent reviews. Although it’s been knocking about for a couple of years, we didn’t think it was fair to leave Kia’s Sportage out of the round. In many respects,... >>

Fiat Panda Easy TwinAir
4.5 stars

Fiat Panda Easy TwinAir

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The squircle. It’s one of those slightly ridiculous, post-millennial words that any writer worth his or her salt ought to avoid. Yet before long, it’ll probably be making an appearance in the Oxford English Dictionary. And given that the squared-off... >>

Honda CR-V 2.0 iVTEC EX
4.0 stars

Honda CR-V 2.0 iVTEC EX

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Everyone loves to hate an SUV, don’t they? Yet, as our recent review of the VW Touareg attests, even those of us who hate the breed can’t help but be won over and see why they’re so popular with modern families, after a week behind the wheel. And... >>