Archive for Leon Poultney

Smart Electric Drive (2017) first drive: Nippy inner-city transport sprouts a plug socket

Smart Electric Drive (2017) first drive: Nippy inner-city transport sprouts a plug socket

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Stop anyone in the street and ask them to name the electric car pioneers and it's likely the big names will make up the majority of answers: the Renault Zoe, Nissan Leaf and Elon Musk's Tesla Model S.It might be difficult to comprehend but Smart has been... >>

BMW 5-Series (2017) review: Saloon car perfection?
5.0 stars

BMW 5-Series (2017) review: Saloon car perfection?

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The last-generation BMW 5 Series sold more than two million units worldwide. Two million. To put that into perspective: between 2010 and 2015 Porsche built just over two million cars in total, across its entire range.It is, therefore, not hard to see... >>

Honda Civic 2017 first drive: Classic hatch gets a millennial makeover

Honda Civic 2017 first drive: Classic hatch gets a millennial makeover

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The Honda Civic is a funny old car. It's a real challenge to pinpoint who, exactly, it's aimed at, yet equally difficult to fault - despite historically boasting a number of irksome quirks.For example, most owners seem to be the reserved type, well into... >>

Mini Countryman S 2017 first drive: Mighty improvements for the massive Mini?

Mini Countryman S 2017 first drive: Mighty improvements for the massive Mini?

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Do you remember the exact moment that every manufacturer scrambled to add a high-riding SUV to their line-up? It was around the time the Nissan Qashqai started to become a runaway sales success and as a result, all sorts of bizarre shapes started to appear... >>

Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport Edition 40 review: The retro-inspired hot hatch
4.5 stars

Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport Edition 40 review: The retro-inspired hot hatch

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The fact that the GTI Clubsport even exists is a miracle in itself. Volkswagen already offers the brilliantly capable GTI and the Golf R for those needing extra spice, while the fallout from an emissions scandal has seen the entire Volkswagen group withdraw... >>

Mercedes-AMG E63 first drive: The luxe lunatic

Mercedes-AMG E63 first drive: The luxe lunatic

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There are only handful of car buyers in this world that require their daily drive to develop 604bhp, pack the latest semi-autonomous driving functionality and boast enough room inside for four business associates.It's a dilemma that most of us normal... >>

Audi R8 Spyder (2016) review: Tinnitus, tyre marks and turned heads guaranteed
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Audi R8 Spyder (2016) review: Tinnitus, tyre marks and turned heads guaranteed

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Audi R8 owners dislike the sentiment, but the German speed machine has always been the sensible supercar.The controlled but elegant exterior styling, the impressive interior technology and its ability to make terrible drivers feel confident behind the... >>

Kia Optima Sportswagon first drive: A big friendly giant that lacks a bit of personality

Kia Optima Sportswagon first drive: A big friendly giant that lacks a bit of personality

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The Kia Optima is the sort of car that you see starring in flashy US TV commercials, where enormous NBA superstars cram their frames into the cockpit and ramble on about its superb comfort and desirability, despite the fact they likely own a fleet of... >>

Nissan BladeGlider first drive: Madcap concept hints at all-electric sports car future

Nissan BladeGlider first drive: Madcap concept hints at all-electric sports car future

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It's almost 34-degrees Celsius and we're standing at the edge of a rickety karting circuit that's located around 50-miles outside the centre of Rio de Janeiro. No, this isn't the Olympics, this is our real-world induction to the Nissan BladeGlider. The... >>

Honda NSX first drive: The high-tech hooligan

Honda NSX first drive: The high-tech hooligan

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Honda has long been a company that strives to innovate. When it feels a lawnmower doesn't cut grass efficiently enough, it goes and designs a new one. When private jets need a high-tech overhaul, Honda engineers step in and create something truly fresh.... >>

Volkswagen Amarok (2016) first drive: A tough toiler in smart trousers

Volkswagen Amarok (2016) first drive: A tough toiler in smart trousers

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Amarok is the Inuit word for wolf. We don't speak Inuit, but you can see what Volkswagen is trying to achieve with its surprisingly luxurious pickup. The canis lupus is a hardy creature, living its life in the wilderness, traversing all sorts of challenging... >>

Porsche 911 Targa 4 review: A modernised blast from the past

Porsche 911 Targa 4 review: A modernised blast from the past

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Think of the Targa-topped Porsche 911 and, assuming you were alive, your mind is likely to be transported to times past, a time when men with slick hair shouted into enormous mobile phones about buying low and selling high. But the top is back in the... >>