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Range Rover Evoque Convertible first drive: Top down, revs up

Range Rover Evoque Convertible first drive: Top down, revs up

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Land Rover has taken the top off its Range Rover Evoque to make it convertible. Sounds simple, but this good-looking topless SUV is a feat of modern design, engineering and manufacturing.This is the first convertible Range Rover, other than the Queen's... >>

Audi S8 Plus first drive: V8 power, and then some

Audi S8 Plus first drive: V8 power, and then some

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Sitting at the top of Audi's saloon family is the A8. Give it a sporty makeover and it becomes the S8. Give that a bit of a tweak and a boost and you arrive at the Audi S8 Plus, the most powerful saloon that Audi has ever put on the road. And by the... >>

Volkswagen T-Prime GTE Concept preview: Prime cut SUV

Volkswagen T-Prime GTE Concept preview: Prime cut SUV

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Whoever is naming new VW concepts is going down an ever weirder rabbit hole. In the past couple of years we've had the T-Roc and the T-Cross Breeze — both from subsequent Geneva Show reveals — and now the T-Prime GTE Concept unveiled at the Beijing... >>

Tesla Model X preview: An SUV without compromise?

Tesla Model X preview: An SUV without compromise?

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Tesla has been making waves in the car industry with the Model S, an all-electric car that not only offers blistering performance, but offers a range that leaves most other current electric cars on the sidelines. Tesla is taking its successes with the... >>

Porsche 718 Cayman preview: Firing on all (four) cylinders

Porsche 718 Cayman preview: Firing on all (four) cylinders

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Twinned with the new 718 Boxster that we drove a couple of weeks back, Porsche's new model offensive continued at the Beijing Auto Show with the launch of the 718 Cayman. The hard-top coupe twin version to the Boxster's drop top, the 718 Cayman holds... >>

LeEco LeSee preview: See what all Le fuss is about

LeEco LeSee preview: See what all Le fuss is about

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The star of the Beijing Auto Show isn't a Volkswagen, or a Porsche, or a Mercedes. It's something most people have never heard of before: the LeSee, a car from LeEco (formerly LeTV).You might be thinking, "so what?". But this car is significant for a... >>

Jaguar XE R-Sport review: Everyday superhero?
4.0 stars

Jaguar XE R-Sport review: Everyday superhero?

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In this game of ours we can't help forming an opinion of a car before we've driven it. We do that based on how it looks, how the spec shapes up, and even, to a degree, the opinions of some trusted friends and journalists. All of whom have raved about... >>

Mini Clubman review: A club worth being in
4.5 stars

Mini Clubman review: A club worth being in

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The new Mini Clubman is the biggest Mini ever. But can such a classically small car be turned into a family runabout that could conceivably be purchased instead of a VW Golf?In this review we aim to find out, by putting the Clubman through the ultimate... >>

Audi RS Q3 Performance first drive: RS thrills and spills in an SUV guise

Audi RS Q3 Performance first drive: RS thrills and spills in an SUV guise

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Audi's quest to give every car in its range the S treatment or RS treatment rolls on unrelenting, with the RS Q3 probably the oddest RS of the lot.Giving the regular A3 the RS treatment makes sense, as it results in a typical hot hatch, albeit one that's... >>

Ford Focus (2016) review: Unlearn everything
4.5 stars

Ford Focus (2016) review: Unlearn everything

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It's difficult to ignore the Ford Focus. With an impressive 83,816 of them sold in the UK in 2015, it's also difficult to drive anywhere without seeing one.So this might be the UK's best selling hatch, edging out the Golf marginally, but there's no escaping... >>

Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet 2016 first drive: Comfortably cool

Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet 2016 first drive: Comfortably cool

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The Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet is the convertible car for those who want the exhilaration of wind in their hair, while remaining in comfort - a difficult combination to achieve.While the S-Class already offers spa levels of comfort and enough tech... >>

Mercedes-Benz SLC roadster first drive: New name, new engine, new limits

Mercedes-Benz SLC roadster first drive: New name, new engine, new limits

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The Mercedes-Benz SLC roadster for 2016 is the rebranding of the light, sporty convertible SLK.While the name has changed, bringing the C-Class influences to the fore, the car still remains true to its driver-focused sporting roots from the SLK birth... >>

Porsche 911 Turbo S (2017) first drive: Ready to launch

Porsche 911 Turbo S (2017) first drive: Ready to launch

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In a world of McLarens, Ferraris and Porsche's own 918 supercar, it's easy to forget about the shock and awe that the Porsche 911 Turbo was once capable of inducing. The original, usable supercar was once considered to be almost antisocially fast. Is... >>

Mercedes-Benz E-Class 2016 first drive: The Einstein of luxury cars

Mercedes-Benz E-Class 2016 first drive: The Einstein of luxury cars

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The new Mercedes-Benz E-Class saloon is here for 2016 and it's pushing the boundaries of how luxurious and technologically advanced a car can be.The future of self-driving cars is edging closer and vehicle companies are working harder and faster to be... >>

Ferrari GTC4 Lusso: A Ferrari fit for the whole family?

Ferrari GTC4 Lusso: A Ferrari fit for the whole family?

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The FF is dead, long live the GTC4 Lusso. Clumsy badging aside, what you're looking at is a heavy facelift of the current FF, which is the oldest car in Ferrari's range.That means that the GTC4 is a V12, front-engined, 4-Seat shooting brake. An odd combination... >>

Aston Martin DB11: Shaken and stirred

Aston Martin DB11: Shaken and stirred

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This is Aston Martin's all new DB11 — the car designed to replace the beautiful, if now venerable DB9. If you've spent any time looking at a DB9, you'll know what big shoes the DB11 has to fill in terms of looks.More of that in a minute, because first... >>

Bugatti Chiron: The 260mph supercar with a £1.9m (yes, million) asking price

Bugatti Chiron: The 260mph supercar with a £1.9m (yes, million) asking price

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Pity poor Bugatti. Once upon a time, it ruled the world. We're not talking just about the incredible "Type-" cars of the early 20th Century either. The Veyron, when it landed in the mid-noughties, featured a scarcely credible 1,000bhp produced by its... >>

Mini Cooper Convertible (2016) first drive: Topless fun

Mini Cooper Convertible (2016) first drive: Topless fun

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It's almost hard to believe that the BMW-reimagined Mini is now in its 15th year. Call it a birthday, if you will, that the Cooper Convertible arrives this month in its third-generation and best-looking guise to date; a little puppy fat, cute looks, bags... >>

Porsche Macan Turbo review: The SUV superstar
4.5 stars

Porsche Macan Turbo review: The SUV superstar

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The Macan is the current "it" car of the SUV world. Since it appeared on our roads in 2014, demand has outstripped supply for Porsche's newest model. Even now, order new and you're likely looking at a nine month wait to get behind the wheel of your new... >>

DS 3 first drive: Fun French fancy

DS 3 first drive: Fun French fancy

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Rolling out originally with the chevrons of Citroën on the front, the DS 3 has had a revamp and refresh, now sitting pretty in the avant-garde livery of DS Automobiles. Ok, so they may be one and the same, but with the DS 5, DS 4 and now the DS 3 getting... >>

Ford Sync 3 preview: Apple CarPlay, Android Auto complete solution

Ford Sync 3 preview: Apple CarPlay, Android Auto complete solution

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Ford has announced that its latest in car infotainment system, Sync 3, will be coming to Europe this July.Initially Sync 3 will appear in limited new cars like the new Kuga, S-Max and Mondeo.Sync 3 isn't all about its own platform, it actually plays nice... >>

BMW 3-Series (2016) first drive: Retaining the sports saloon crown?

BMW 3-Series (2016) first drive: Retaining the sports saloon crown?

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For 40 years BMW has ruled the roost in the junior executive car stakes. It's fended off the arrival of the Audi A4 and Mercedes C-Class and has remained, by and large, the gold standard in this class of car throughout its history.But now the 3-Series... >>

Kia Sportage (2016) review: All the extras, for less
4.5 stars

Kia Sportage (2016) review: All the extras, for less

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Kia hit its best year for sales ever in 2015 and it's followed that with its fourth-generation of the Sportage. With sights aimed high, this SUV crossover offers more extras than ever and aims to impress with the first model refresh since 2010.The SUV... >>

Audi R8 V10 Plus 2016 review: Praktisch durch technik
5.0 stars

Audi R8 V10 Plus 2016 review: Praktisch durch technik

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The notion of an everyday supercar is something of an oxymoron. A car that will destroy rivals on the race track, but still be perfectly practical popping to the supermarket when you run out of saffron.The first Audi R8 secured this position: in some... >>

Vauxhall Astra (2016) first drive: The Brit underdog

Vauxhall Astra (2016) first drive: The Brit underdog

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"Yes, it's an Astra" proclaims Vauxhall's advertising campaign for its brand new family car, one of Britain's evergreen best sellers. The Astra is a firm favourite on these isles. It's built at Ellesmere Port, has a 30-year lineage and over 3-million... >>

Nissan Leaf 2016 first drive: Increased range, but not a huge change

Nissan Leaf 2016 first drive: Increased range, but not a huge change

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The Nissan Leaf is now 5-years-old and there's a new version on the road in 2016, this time boasting a 30kWh battery and bringing with it a claim of 155 miles of range.Nissan is talking some impressive figures when it comes to the Leaf. The car has sold... >>

Smart ForTwo Cabrio first drive: Topless thrills

Smart ForTwo Cabrio first drive: Topless thrills

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Smart is a word that carries a couple of meanings. It can refer to clothing or intelligence, but since 1998 it's carried a third meaning - a small, ingeniously packaged and seriously useful city car.The first Smart car from Daimler was iconic. The little... >>

Audi Q7 e-tron first drive: Electro efficiency

Audi Q7 e-tron first drive: Electro efficiency

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Plug-in electric vehicles are on the rise, with the Audi Q7 e-tron joining the A3 Sportback e-tron and R8 e-tron - taking the German maker's count up to three. There's clearly momentum behind electric, thanks to its efficiency, environmental and fuel-saving... >>

Mini Cooper D Clubman first drive: Retro quirks, now more practical

Mini Cooper D Clubman first drive: Retro quirks, now more practical

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Since the move from nostalgic little British runaround, to baby-BMW, there have been innumerate inceptions of the Mini. The best selling has been the regular Mini Hatch and the weirdest, perhaps, the Clubman. The Clubman is an oddity, most keenly defined... >>

BMW X5 xDrive40e first drive: Going big on hybrid

BMW X5 xDrive40e first drive: Going big on hybrid

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There are advantages to driving a large SUV and for many, it's the ride height, the interior space and the feeling of safety lent by being the biggest thing around that drives appeal. The downside, of course, is that you're hauling a huge amount of car... >>

Hands-on: BMW i Vision Future Interaction concept explored

Hands-on: BMW i Vision Future Interaction concept explored

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BMW rolled out the i8 Spyder again here in CES. Again? Well, you’ll remember we drove the production i8 for the first time back in 2014 (it’s fair to say we loved it too). But in the run up to that car’s launch, BMW built several concept versions... >>

Chevrolet Bolt preview: An EV game changer, just not for the UK

Chevrolet Bolt preview: An EV game changer, just not for the UK

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Thirty thousand dollars. A lot of money? Not for an electric car, not one with a real-world 200-mile range anyway. But at CES, Mary Barra, CEO of GM, stood up on stage and introduced the worst kept secret of the show, that GM's Chevrolet division was... >>

Rinspeed Etos concept preview: BMW i8 gets added Swiss smarts

Rinspeed Etos concept preview: BMW i8 gets added Swiss smarts

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Leftfield Swiss car operation Rinspeed tends to rock up at the Geneva Auto Show each spring with a new concept car – showcasing the very latest technology from its partners, such as Harman, that produce connected car technologies and car audio equipment.So... >>

Volkswagen e-Golf Touch preview: Hello Volkswagen

Volkswagen e-Golf Touch preview: Hello Volkswagen

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The VW e-Golf Touch isn't exactly a new car as much as a new interface. There was a brief leak of this system back in early December, so it wasn't a surprise to see Volkswagen equip a Golf (just the electric version for now) with its 12.3-inch TFT cluster... >>

Volkswagen Budd-e: Clean, green, apology machine

Volkswagen Budd-e: Clean, green, apology machine

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On the eve of CES 2016, Volkswagen unveiled the Budd-e concept. The latest modern take on its Microbus, Budd-e follows Bulli (2011) and Concept Microbus (2001) as a teaser for the company bringing back its flower power van that's so enchanted people across... >>

Faraday Future FFZero1 Concept: A wheel in the mobility revolution

Faraday Future FFZero1 Concept: A wheel in the mobility revolution

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Say hello to Faraday Future - and the FFZero1 Concept to be precise. If you thought that Tesla, Apple and Google were set to make up the newest automotive guys in town, hold on to your hats and prepare for a new wave of Chinese-funded, American-based... >>

Skoda Superb review: At the business end
4.5 stars

Skoda Superb review: At the business end

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Let's face it, if you're going to give your car a name like Superb then you've either got a good sense of humour or have great faith in the product. But given that the Superb comes from a brand like Skoda, there's a reasonable possibility that both are... >>

Porsche Mission E: Electric Tesla-killer coming soon

Porsche Mission E: Electric Tesla-killer coming soon

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UPDATE: Porsche has announced that it has begun preparations to make the Concept E a reality, including a €700 million investment. There have been rumours in the auto industry for a while that Porsche was going to build a smaller, 4-seat saloon model... >>

Range Rover Evoque 2016 review: Pushing design and performance further
4.0 stars

Range Rover Evoque 2016 review: Pushing design and performance further

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When Land Rover first unleashed the Range Rover Evoque it was met with baffled responses. It was totally new, an attractive compact SUV, the likes of which hadn't been seen before. Since it has become hugely popular and, some might argue, started the... >>

Jaguar XJ 2016 first drive: Future tech meets heritage, in style

Jaguar XJ 2016 first drive: Future tech meets heritage, in style

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The absolute pinnacle of Jaguar luxury is found in the XJ model. Owned by royalty, sheikhs and gangster rappers, this car sends out a definite status symbol message. While the powerful engine options keep it punchy, the interior is adorned with all the... >>

BMW 7 Series review: A Tardis of technology
5.0 stars

BMW 7 Series review: A Tardis of technology

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The 2015 BMW 7 Series is one of the most tech-crammed cars on the road right now. If you drove this back in time, even by 10 years, the people lucky enough to get a ride in it would have expected it to fly.While the BMW 730Ld M Sport, as reviewed here,... >>

Toyota Prius (2016) first drive: Taxi!

Toyota Prius (2016) first drive: Taxi!

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When we think Toyota Prius we think taxi. Whether New York City Taxicab or one of many Uber cars, this hybrid electric vehicle is a well-established player that, well, you're probably more used to sitting in the back of rather than behind the actual wheel.Back... >>

Audi A7 Sportback h-tron first drive: Hydrogen goes hyper

Audi A7 Sportback h-tron first drive: Hydrogen goes hyper

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Hydrogen fuel cell powered cars aren't new - we've already driven the BMW 5 Series concept, the Hyundai IX35 and the road-ready Toyota Mirai - but Audi's first foray into the tech is an altogether meatier, more powerful concept car. The A7 Sportback h-tron... >>

Audi A4 (2016) first drive: All about the extras

Audi A4 (2016) first drive: All about the extras

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During our pre-brief ahead of test-driving the 2016 Audi A4 Saloon, there was one line that resonated in our minds: "connectivity and systems are now as important as ride handling". It's largely true - as we'll come to later in separating our views between... >>

Toyota Mirai first drive: Hydrogen progress precedes practicality

Toyota Mirai first drive: Hydrogen progress precedes practicality

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Depending on where you're from Mirai means "future" or "miracle". However, the Toyota Mirai, one of the first production hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, isn't in the future: it's available in the here and now. Yet it would be a minor miracle to spot one... >>

Rolls-Royce Wraith review: Sporting luxury, with a dab of charm
4.5 stars

Rolls-Royce Wraith review: Sporting luxury, with a dab of charm

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The Queen. Heads of state. Rock stars and swimming pools. FAB 1. So rich is the lore of Rolls-Royce that it's a motorcar company that needs little introduction. Seeing one on the roads might be a rare thing, but this iconic marque enjoys the highest of... >>

Lexus LF-FC: Future Fuel Cell concept eyes-up BMW 7 Series

Lexus LF-FC: Future Fuel Cell concept eyes-up BMW 7 Series

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We've said this for a while now: Lexus is on a roll. LF-LC, LF-CC, LFA, IS and RC are all pretty stunning (if you'll ignore their boring acronym names).Next up on the roster of updates, and adopting the L-Finesse design language is the LS flagship sedan,... >>

Nissan IDS concept: The driverless car of the future

Nissan IDS concept: The driverless car of the future

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Far from some kind of bowel disease, or a Conservative Minister's initials, Nissan's IDS stands for Intelligent Driving System. The concept car shown at the Tokyo Motor Show won't make production but it does preview two things: first, it's a showcase... >>

Mazda RX-Vision: Stunning sports concept steals Tokyo show, reintroduces rotary engine

Mazda RX-Vision: Stunning sports concept steals Tokyo show, reintroduces rotary engine

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First out of the box, and stealing the show on the first morning of the Tokyo Motor Show, was Mazda with its RX-Vision concept.A long-body, firmly analogue 2-seat sports car, the RX-Vision picks up Mazda's "RX" lineage of sports cars with a rotary engine... >>