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Renault Kadjar first drive: French-kissed Qashqai

Renault Kadjar first drive: French-kissed Qashqai

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Ka-jar. Say it phonetically and fast and the name of Renault's new crossover doesn't sound quite so weird. Ok, we might have lied about that. We sometimes wonder whether all the good product names have now been used up. So much so that companies – and... >>

BMW X1 2015 first drive: Second-gen SUV makes off-road easy

BMW X1 2015 first drive: Second-gen SUV makes off-road easy

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BMW already has an X1 on the road. So what's special about this year's model, now in its second-generation 2015 form? Well, it's been redesigned from the ground up and wants to go off-road more than ever.Whereas the original X1 was built on the basic... >>

Audi e-tron Quattro SUV concept: An electric Q6 in disguise

Audi e-tron Quattro SUV concept: An electric Q6 in disguise

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It's not just Porsche targeting Tesla (with its Mission E concept). As the Californian electric motoring brand turned up to the Frankfurt Auto Show without its new Tesla Model X SUV (because, hey, launching a car at a motor show is a bit, y'know, 80s),... >>

Rolls-Royce Dawn: The sexiest and most sociable Rolls ever

Rolls-Royce Dawn: The sexiest and most sociable Rolls ever

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The launch of a new Rolls-Royce isn't something that happens with a great deal of regularity. When you're the epitome of luxury, announcing a new model of motor car is something of a celebration, a chance to show the world your craftsmanship and reassert... >>

Lexus NX300h Luxury Nav review: Hitting the luxury SUV mark?
3.5 stars

Lexus NX300h Luxury Nav review: Hitting the luxury SUV mark?

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Welcome to the club Lexus, what took you so long? It'll remain a mystery why Lexus – a brand that was early to the large SUV club with the RX – has played the Johnny-come-lately roll in the hugely popular mid-sized SUV spec.The NX300h is here now... >>

Hyundai Tucson first drive: Attractive affordable adventure with all the trimmings

Hyundai Tucson first drive: Attractive affordable adventure with all the trimmings

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The compact SUV is fast becoming one of the more popular choices of car for families and adventurers alike. With Asian manufacturers producing higher specced vehicles at affordable prices it's little wonder the Chelsea tractor has become a common inner... >>

Ford S-Max first drive: Redefining MPVs

Ford S-Max first drive: Redefining MPVs

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Competing against the ever-popular SUV in the kids'n'dog category is the MPV. It's a much derided class of car; where SUVs have "sport" in the name - suggesting athleticism and virility - MPVs carry the stigma of being the end of the motoring line. It's... >>

Alfa Romeo Giulietta Quadrifoglio Verde review: Four-leaf fun
3.5 stars

Alfa Romeo Giulietta Quadrifoglio Verde review: Four-leaf fun

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They say that you're not a real driver until you've owned an Alfa Romeo. They also say that most of that ownership time will be spent waiting for breakdown services to arrive. With a motoring heritage as rich as that of Alfa Romeo, reputation and expectation... >>

Mazda MX-5 (2016) first drive: Analogue awesomeness in a digital world

Mazda MX-5 (2016) first drive: Analogue awesomeness in a digital world

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We live in a world where driverless cars will be a reality soon, where hoverboards and drones fulfil our childhood sci-fi fantasies, where we need never again get lost thanks to constant connectivity and Google Maps. That's all well and good, but welcome... >>

Audi Q7 first drive: SUVving wicked this way comes

Audi Q7 first drive: SUVving wicked this way comes

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Gliding along Hampshire A-roads in the all-new Audi Q7 and there's a sudden bang. A sparrow has somehow flown head-first into the windscreen, presumably distracted by this SUV's all-new looks – which are altogether more sophisticated and a bit less... >>

Honda CR-V 2015 review: Tech-tweaked SUV
4.5 stars

Honda CR-V 2015 review: Tech-tweaked SUV

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Honda is looking at having a big year in 2015. You can't help but have noticed the new Type-R or NSX that will be hitting the roads in 2015, leading the charge in a complete refresh of the company's cars. The new Honda CR-V, first off the blocks, is... >>

BMW 2-Series Active Tourer eDrive first drive: Plug-in baby

BMW 2-Series Active Tourer eDrive first drive: Plug-in baby

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Hybrids are all the rage in the automotive industry at the moment. And while the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer might look like the twisted hybrid spawn of a BMW rear-mounting a Mini Clubman – the two share the same UKL1 wheelbase platform after all –... >>

New Fiat 500 first drive: Cute, charming and colourful

New Fiat 500 first drive: Cute, charming and colourful

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The Fiat 500 is no stranger to the road. In fact, this little number has been whizzing around the streets since 1957, first by the name of Cinquino, before it was redesigned and relaunched on its 50th anniversary in 2007.Eight years on and the Fiat 500... >>

BMW 5 Series GT hydrogen fuel cell first drive: Driving into the future?

BMW 5 Series GT hydrogen fuel cell first drive: Driving into the future?

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It's almost strange to think how nonchalantly we consume the world's depleting fossil fuel reserves. Sure, it's fun to hammer a performance car down the motorway (or even a normal car for that matter), with that satisfying hum from the exhausts, but the... >>

Mazda CX-3 first drive: A grades for this B-segment crossover?

Mazda CX-3 first drive: A grades for this B-segment crossover?

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What do the Nissan Juke, Mini Countryman and Renault Captur have in common? They're members of one of the fastest growing automotive segments – the so-called B-segment crossover.Now Mazda has joined the party with the new CX-3, so we went to northern... >>

Audi RS3 Sportback first drive: Power trip

Audi RS3 Sportback first drive: Power trip

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The 2015 Audi RS3 is one ultra-powerful hot hatch, delivering more snap, crackle and pop than your average bowl of morning cereal. As we can imagine from just one days' driving, to sit behind the wheel of this beast every morning would never fail to bring... >>

New DS 5 first drive: Just don't call it a Citroën

New DS 5 first drive: Just don't call it a Citroën

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The Citroën DS is heralded as a design classic. It was revolutionary at its 1955 launch, some 60 years ago. Looking to reclaim the premium heyday of French motoring, Citroën has split out DS Automobiles as a separate branch, offering a premium take... >>

We just drove a Land Rover using an iPhone

We just drove a Land Rover using an iPhone

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We just drove a 2-tonne Land Rover like it was a remote control car, using an iPhone.We've spent the day at Jaguar Land Rover development headquarters to see its Technology Showcase. This is essentially an early look at all the tech it's working on, which... >>

Ford GT: The £200k, 200mph production supercar surprise (hands-on)

Ford GT: The £200k, 200mph production supercar surprise (hands-on)

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There were rumours of a new Ford GT coming, but no one quite predicted the unveil of this striking new production model on the first press day of the North American Auto Show in Detroit. This is the new production-ready Ford GT, which will go on sale... >>

Honda Civic Type-R 2015 first drive: A track car for the road

Honda Civic Type-R 2015 first drive: A track car for the road

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For the first time in 7 years Honda has updated its Civic Type-R. But this isn't just an update, this is a reinvention to deliver more power and handling than any Civic Type-R before it.There are a lot of accolades for the 2015 Honda Civic Type-R. According... >>

Audi TT Coupé review: The TT's coming of age
5.0 stars

Audi TT Coupé review: The TT's coming of age

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The Audi TT is a car that's always had an image problem and it all stems from the curvaceous and bubbly first iteration. That was 1998, however, and as much as there was pointing and laughing from some drivers, it didn't stop the TT making its mark on... >>

BMW Drive Now car sharing: An affordable way to have a car in the city (hands-on)

BMW Drive Now car sharing: An affordable way to have a car in the city (hands-on)

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Getting access to a car in a city isn't always easy or affordable. Car sharing services are now launching that allow for short-term car use, without costing an arm and a leg. BMW offers its Drive Now service in London and worldwide.We signed up to Drive... >>

Audi R8 e-tron in pictures: The all-electric driverless supercar of the future?

Audi R8 e-tron in pictures: The all-electric driverless supercar of the future?

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The Audi R8 e-tron, the all-electric supercar that we've been dubbing as Iron Man's car since its announcement back in March, is hankering for some extra attention. At CES Asia 2015, it was unveiled on stage at Audi's pre-show keynote in its driverless... >>

Volkswagen Polo GTI first drive: Fun meets maturity

Volkswagen Polo GTI first drive: Fun meets maturity

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A hot hatchback exists to provide excitement, performance and effervescence to the driving experience that regular, lesser power models lack. But Volkswagen's hot hatches mix this with a more mature, softly spoken approach than some of its rivals.For... >>

Harley-Davidson LiveWire: Electric modernised-classic with fighter jet sound

Harley-Davidson LiveWire: Electric modernised-classic with fighter jet sound

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We've ridden electric motorcycles before. Instant torque without paying for petrol leaves a feeling of exhilarated joy - but there's always been something missing. Riding the Harley-Davidson LiveWire, its first electric bike, revealed what that was: the... >>

Tesla Model S P85D first drive: Luxury meets insane acceleration and handling

Tesla Model S P85D first drive: Luxury meets insane acceleration and handling

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Insane Mode. We knew the Tesla Model S P85D was going to be exciting after seeing the word Insane as an option, but we didn't know the half of it. We went up in a stunt plane recently and pulled 5G. The P85D was more exciting.Writing this with shaky... >>

Volkswagen Golf GTE first drive: Hotting up the hybrid

Volkswagen Golf GTE first drive: Hotting up the hybrid

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You've heard of the Golf GTi. Now say hello to the Golf GTE. That's E for electric, in case you were curious.To readers of a certain age, GTE in the context of a performance car might be associated with another brand. When Pocket-lint was still in baby... >>

Ford Go!Drive car sharing: Super affordable motor equivalent of 'Boris bikes' (hands-on)

Ford Go!Drive car sharing: Super affordable motor equivalent of 'Boris bikes' (hands-on)

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Ford now lets Londoners use its cars on a casual basis. Anyone can walk up to a Go!Drive Ford car, use the registered app to unlock and drive away, leaving it at any other bay they want. Just like the "Boris bikes" work, but without the worry of rain.Other... >>

Volkswagen e-Up! review: Up against it
3.5 stars

Volkswagen e-Up! review: Up against it

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Say it quickly: "ee-up". That Volkswagen feels happy to call its smallest electric car after the Yorkshire phrase for "hello" shows that Germans do truly have a sense of humour. We jest, of course – Yorkshiremen and women don't say "ee up", they say... >>

Fiat 500X first drive: 500 goes chunky

Fiat 500X first drive: 500 goes chunky

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There's something strange happening on our roads. Where we once had reasonably well defined types of car, we now have an assortment of the weird and wonderful.The crossover segment is popular and rightly so. Smaller and more affordable than a conventional... >>

Jaguar F-Type R Coupe review: A very British love affair
5.0 stars

Jaguar F-Type R Coupe review: A very British love affair

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If you're lucky enough to be driving an expensive, powerful car then you'll know the response you get from the wonderful British public tends to vary. Driving a Porsche 911? Don't expect to be let out of a side road anytime soon. Range Rover Sport? Go... >>

Jeep Renegade 2015 first drive: Compact SUV with big potential

Jeep Renegade 2015 first drive: Compact SUV with big potential

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When you hear the name Jeep you probably imagine a beach buggy blasting through the Californian sea-kissed sands. That's what this company was built on. But after being bought by Fiat the likes of the 2015 Jeep Renegade are redefining how we see Jeep.The... >>

Audi A6 Avant (2015) first drive: Home from stately home

Audi A6 Avant (2015) first drive: Home from stately home

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The Audi A6 Avant, or estate for those not conversant with Audi parlance, has seen a minor revision for 2015. It remains one of the obvious models of estate envy on the road, offering plenty of space and comfort over and above the popular A4 Avant. The... >>

Toyota i-Road: The electronic Boris bike of the future?

Toyota i-Road: The electronic Boris bike of the future?

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Transport is changing. Emissions caps are tightening, owning a car in the big city is increasingly prohibitive, and commuters are ever mindful of electronic or hybrid options as alternative ways to get around – often proving both cheaper and faster.While... >>

Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 concept: Old and new collide in explosive design

Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 concept: Old and new collide in explosive design

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The Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 Concept was our favourite car of the Geneva show. We know what you're thinking: yet another super/luxury performance car? Well, Geneva was littered with the things – performance and big money dominated the show.Once you've... >>

McLaren 675LT: British beauty with added sting in the tail (hands-on)

McLaren 675LT: British beauty with added sting in the tail (hands-on)

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This is the McLaren 675LT – which stands for long tail. We don't normally make a point of covering cars that are facelift versions, or new variations in a series, but given how good-looking this McLaren is we had to make an exception.A quick recap here... >>

Ferrari 488 GTB: £200K turbo-charged supercar superstar (hands-on)

Ferrari 488 GTB: £200K turbo-charged supercar superstar (hands-on)

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This is the Ferrari 488 GTB, the company's mid-engine supercar, which replaces the 458 Italia. Launched at the Geneva Motor Show, the 488 features an evolutionary design but is revolutionary in other areas such as its engine.Most notably, this is one... >>

Smart ForTwo first drive: Three generations in, it's smarter than ever

Smart ForTwo first drive: Three generations in, it's smarter than ever

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When the original Smart launched in 1998, it felt like a momentous occasion in the car world. For perhaps the first time since the original Mini or Fiat 500, here was a car that was genuinely small, ingeniously packaged and seriously useful in a city.You... >>

Maserati Ghibli S review: Representing a centenary of specialness
4.5 stars

Maserati Ghibli S review: Representing a centenary of specialness

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Mas-er-ati. Say it slowly and one of the most beautiful and evocative names in the automotive world sounds even more special. What is it about Italian words? They're enough to make the average Brit go weak at the knees.Maserati has ambitious new plans... >>

Volkswagen Passat (2015) first drive: Shedding its dull image

Volkswagen Passat (2015) first drive: Shedding its dull image

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Ask any automotive enthusiast to name a dull car, and there's a fair chance they might name the Passat. But Volkswagen has sold 22 million of the things since 1973, so clearly the gear-heads are missing something.For 2015, there's a new Passat to tempt... >>

Land Rover Discovery Sport 2015 first drive: All terrain with all the comforts

Land Rover Discovery Sport 2015 first drive: All terrain with all the comforts

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"We're turning back, the weather's beaten us." This was the start of our trip to Iceland to drive the 2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport. That may sound like the car failed but in reality it was the only thing that kept us alive.We knew the trip would test... >>

Volkswagen Cross Coupe GTE concept: The Tiguan from the future (hands-on)

Volkswagen Cross Coupe GTE concept: The Tiguan from the future (hands-on)

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This is VW's latest crossover concept, the Cross Coupe GTE. Shown at the Detroit Auto Show as a proof of concept vision, it hints at the next generation of Volkswagen's crossovers and SUVs.The GTE label – which is the new moniker for high-performance,... >>

Audi Q7: Awesome tech meets awkward design (hands-on)

Audi Q7: Awesome tech meets awkward design (hands-on)

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The Audi Q7 was the most important new mainstream production car to be launched at the Detroit Auto Show, joining a growing throng of recently refreshed big SUVs. Given that BMW debuted a new X5 in 2014 (although it looks just like the old one), Volvo... >>

VW Golf R Touch hands-on: Forget knobs, VW sees gestures and touchscreen as the future

VW Golf R Touch hands-on: Forget knobs, VW sees gestures and touchscreen as the future

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There are no knobs or dials. Yes that's right, the latest Golf concept from Volkswagen has done away with physical things to touch and turn and instead replaced them with touchscreens and gesture controls.We caught up with the new car at CES in Las Vegas... >>

Citroen C4 Cactus review: A thorn in the side for the competition
4.5 stars

Citroen C4 Cactus review: A thorn in the side for the competition

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Every so often a car comes along that causes people to stop and stare. If you're brave enough to drive a new Citroen C4 Cactus, then there's a fair chance that people are going to stare at you. It's a car that looks different; quirky in a way that, arguably,... >>

Renault Twingo review: Dynamique TCe 90 hits the streets
3.5 stars

Renault Twingo review: Dynamique TCe 90 hits the streets

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Going against the grain is unusual in the automotive world. Standardisation, lowering the risk factor of product failure and making things easy to mass produce is the name of the game. Which is why unusual or new types of car are so rare.When the Renault... >>

Audi S1 review: Super supermini
4.0 stars

Audi S1 review: Super supermini

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The Audi S1 is the baby of the German manufacturer's S family of sports models, but beefed-up to make it a super supermini.It takes this small hatchback from an appealing £14,000 to eyebrow-raising £24,000 and skywards, sailing over £30k for the model... >>

Peugeot 108 review: Putting the Active 1.0 Top! through its paces
3.5 stars

Peugeot 108 review: Putting the Active 1.0 Top! through its paces

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Back in 2005 the Peugeot 107 joined the city car sector just at the right time - offering the combination of cheeky looks, super-low insurance costs and the option of 5-doors - before most rivals had cottoned onto the fact this was what buyers wanted.... >>

Kia Soul EV: Europe's first full electric SUV (hands-on)

Kia Soul EV: Europe's first full electric SUV (hands-on)

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We've been driving around London in the continent's first electric sports utility vehicle, the Kia Soul EV. Despite having our reservations on initially seeing the unique shape of the car we were soon impressed.Even if this wasn't attractive because it's... >>