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Mercedes-Benz C-Class first drive: Striking a balance between sporty and refined

Mercedes-Benz C-Class first drive: Striking a balance between sporty and refined

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Comfort or sporting prowess? It's quandary that every car maker faces when launching a new car, and it seems particularly pertinent when considering the new Mercedes C-Class. It used to be said that stepping into a Mercedes-Benz should lower the driver's... >>

Mini 5-door first drive: Cartoon-style fun for the whole family

Mini 5-door first drive: Cartoon-style fun for the whole family

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Up until now, beyond the price differential, one key reason to overlook buying a Mini - beyond its cartoonish design - was the lack of rear doors. And with sales in this market splitting roughly 65/35 in favour of 5-door models, it's clear Mini thinks... >>

Kia Soul Mixx review
4.0 stars

Kia Soul Mixx review

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The Kia Soul sits in the increasingly popular crossover segment of the market, taking something that's essentially a hatchback and giving it characteristics closer to that of an SUV.It's the follow-up to the 2008 original, now based on the Kia C'eed chassis,... >>

Lamborghini Asterion concept: The 910bhp hybrid beast that will (probably) never get made

Lamborghini Asterion concept: The 910bhp hybrid beast that will (probably) never get made

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Two weeks before the Paris Motor Show began, Lamborghini sent us a teaser silhouette of its new concept car. Underneath it was written: "How do you improve on perfection? Double it."For reasons that right now seem unclear, we - along with the rest of... >>

Audi TT Sportback concept: Less concept than the name suggests

Audi TT Sportback concept: Less concept than the name suggests

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The Audi TT Sportback perhaps qualifies as the major surprise of the Paris Motor Show as it was one of just a few uncertainties to be revealed. Although if you've been following Audi's strategy over recent shows, it should come as no surprise at all.The... >>

Jaguar XE: Exciting enough to challenge BMW? (hands-on)

Jaguar XE: Exciting enough to challenge BMW? (hands-on)

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After making an exuberant entrance in London a couple of weeks back (it was dangled from helicopters, motored up the Thames on a speedboat) we finally get to lay our hands on Jag's long-awaited XE at the Paris Motor Show.It is a rival aimed squarely at... >>

Mercedes-Benz AMG GT: No gulwing doors, can V8 powerhouse fill SLS's boots? (hands-on)

Mercedes-Benz AMG GT: No gulwing doors, can V8 powerhouse fill SLS's boots? (hands-on)

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The Mercedes-Benz AMG GT was originally shown at a private event in Stuttgart, but the first public chance to see the car is at the Paris Motor Show 2014. The GT is significant because it effectively replaces the gulwing-door SLS and becomes Mercedes-Benz's... >>

Subaru WRX STI first drive: More fun than you can shake a gearstick at

Subaru WRX STI first drive: More fun than you can shake a gearstick at

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Subaru is the first to admit that it's something of a niche brand. Best known in the UK for rally success and resultant gold-wheeled Impreza tearing around our roads, recent years have been slightly chequered for the Japanese company.Having enjoyed the... >>

BMW M3 review (2014)
4.5 stars

BMW M3 review (2014)

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Create a legend and it creates a rod for its own back. The BMW M3 is one such legend and with every new version you'll hear the same complaints: "It's moved too far away from the original concept." "It's too heavy." "It's got the wrong number of cylinders."... >>

Volkswagen Polo (2014) first drive: The sensible small car gets an internal tech boost

Volkswagen Polo (2014) first drive: The sensible small car gets an internal tech boost

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Spare a thought for the Volkswagen Polo. While big brother Golf gets all the headlines and gold stars in the VW family pecking order, Polo sits there quietly, getting on with its job of being an entirely decent little car.In the world of supermini cars,... >>

BMW 220d review
4.0 stars

BMW 220d review

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BMW has gone to town on a host of new electric, performance and lifestyle models recently, including the i3, i8, X4, M4, M235i - the list has got so long we're almost struggling to keep up. The idea is that there's now a BMW for everyone. Yet what about... >>

Volvo XC90 hands-on: The safest Volvo ever is packed full of tech treats

Volvo XC90 hands-on: The safest Volvo ever is packed full of tech treats

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"This is one of the most important days in our history. We are not just launching a car, but re-launching our brand," says Hakan Samuelsson, President and CEO of Volvo, as the cover is drawn off the new Volvo XC90 at a media launch in Stockholm.The new... >>

How not to drive an F1 car: Hands-on with the £500k Shell Pro Ferrari F1 Simulator

How not to drive an F1 car: Hands-on with the £500k Shell Pro Ferrari F1 Simulator

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As part of a trip to the Belgian Grand Prix with Shell, Pocket-lint was invited to try its hand at driving a Ferrari Formula One car.Luckily for a majority of the people in the vicinity however, this was in a professional simulator rather than the real... >>

Volkswagen Golf R first drive: The best fast Golf ever

Volkswagen Golf R first drive: The best fast Golf ever

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Just how much would you be happy to spend on a Golf? It's an interesting question posed by this, the new hottest (ever) Golf ­- the R - which starts at a few quid under 30-grand in the UK. It's the latest in a long line of uber-fast Golfs, designed to... >>

Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid review
4.0 stars

Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid review

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The main issue with buying an electric car - other than the cost of purchase - is range anxiety. The internal combustion age means we don't tend not to plan when it comes to cars. We just jump in and go.Despite the average person only driving 19 miles... >>

McLaren 650S first drive: Brit supercar contrasts comfort with savage performance

McLaren 650S first drive: Brit supercar contrasts comfort with savage performance

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McLaren is riding on a wave right now. Hot on the heels of the £1-million P1 comes this, the McLaren 650S. It's a riposte to those who think of McLarens as a little safe, a little boring, a little lacking in drama compared to the obvious alternative... >>

First drive: BMW X4, the souped up X3

First drive: BMW X4, the souped up X3

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The BMW X4 can be seen in two ways, either as a baby version of the popular X6, or as a souped up version of the company's popular X3 model.For all intents and purposes the best way to look at the X4 is like an X3 plus. The car delivers you a few more... >>

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... >>

Audi A3 Sportback e-tron review
4.0 stars

Audi A3 Sportback e-tron review

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The electric era is upon us. The Audi A3 Sportback e-tron is the first hybrid car the company has put onto its production line, combining an electronic motor with established 1.4L TFSI petrol hybrid to deliver that Audi Sportback experience but with a... >>

BMW i8: Driving the supercar of the future

BMW i8: Driving the supercar of the future

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Standing in a small car park on the far Western Coast of the Scottish highlands ought to be the last place you'd expect to draw a crowd. But so futuristic is the look of the new BMW i8, especially in Prototonic blue, that right now it's cameraphone central... >>

Citroen C4 Cactus in pictures: The car with air cushions for bumpers

Citroen C4 Cactus in pictures: The car with air cushions for bumpers

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Despite its prickly-sounding name, the Citroen C4 Cactus is anything but. We first saw the Cactus as a concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2013 and things have moved along fast.The road-worthy C4 2014 model, shown here, has bypassed the HybridAir... >>

Ford Fiesta ST3 (2014): First drive in peppy new 1.6L turbo

Ford Fiesta ST3 (2014): First drive in peppy new 1.6L turbo

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It's one thing taking a look at the new Ford Fiesta ST3. It's another thing entirely to lob it round the Goodwood Hillclimb circuit at this year's Festival of Speed. Which is exactly what we did, and what a thrill this 1.6-litre turbo-charged beast is... >>

Jaguar C-X17 in pictures: Jag's 4x4 crossover concept shows face at Goodwood festival

Jaguar C-X17 in pictures: Jag's 4x4 crossover concept shows face at Goodwood festival

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It's not the first time we've seen the Jaguar C-X17 concept 4x4 Sport SUV, but it is the first time we've seen it appear in a red coat of paint and one step closer to its 2016 anticipated release date.Measuring 4.72m long and at 1.96m wide the crossover... >>

BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé: First drive in a more practical 4 Series

BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé: First drive in a more practical 4 Series

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The Gran Coupé is the third model in the 4 Series family. We've previously driven, and loved, the regular BMW 4-Series Coupé and the BMW 4-Series Convertible models, so we had high expectations for the Gran Coupé. And it delivered.Slipping into the... >>

Want to see Volvo's new performance car? Check out the limited edition Volvo V60 Polestar in our first drive

Want to see Volvo's new performance car? Check out the limited edition Volvo V60 Polestar in our first drive

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Set up a few years back, Polestar is a company all about high performance cars. To date it's created a number of one-off, very high-performance Volvos, one of which made a cameo appearance on Top Gear.That was the tipping point: since then there has been... >>

Nissan X-Trail review (2014)
3.5 stars

Nissan X-Trail review (2014)

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It's rare we would ever call an SUV sexy, and while the 2014 Nissan X-Trail doesn't quite acquire that label it's a darn sight prettier than its predecessors. In many respects the X-Trail looks like the plumper sibling of the Nissan Qashqai, a car that... >>

Audi A3 Cabriolet review
4.5 stars

Audi A3 Cabriolet review

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Launched on a new platform in 2013, the Audi A3 has now made its way to the Cabriolet model, giving you the chance to drop the top and enjoy the thrill of al fresco driving.The A3 Cabriolet makes a departure from previous models, switching from the hatchback-style... >>

First Drive: Tesla Model S

First Drive: Tesla Model S

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As we put our foot down on the accelerator, the Model S punches into action and we are off. Yes, we've just driven one of the first right-hand drive Tesla Model S cars to arrive in the UK - ahead of the official launch and the delivery of the new electric... >>

Nissan Juke review (2014)
4.0 stars

Nissan Juke review (2014)

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When we first reviewed the Nissan Juke we found it fun, but weren't entirely thrilled with its every aspect. So we stepped into the revamped 2014 Juke with some trepidation.Described as the "facelift" model, we had fears that those distinctive looks might... >>

BMW 435i M Sport Convertible review
4.5 stars

BMW 435i M Sport Convertible review

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We already know the BMW 435i well, having driven one back from its launch event in Scotland last summer and then having spent a week with it, driving it around the UK.But what happens if you lop the roof off a 4-Series? You get a 4-Series Convertible,... >>

Peugeot 308 review (2014)
4.0 stars

Peugeot 308 review (2014)

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Peugeot is on a roll. After a decade or two of largely mediocre cars, the company has now given us the sassy 208, the Audi-TT-baiting RCZ, and the surprisingly practical 2008. Can the new Peugeot 308 continue the rejuvenation of The Lion?It might not... >>

Range Rover Sport review (2014)
4.5 stars

Range Rover Sport review (2014)

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It's difficult to get very far into a discussion about the Range Rover Sport without clichés and stereotypes rearing their heads. This is a car that everyone else on the road loves to hate. Yet the people who buy and drive them really, really love them... >>

Volkswagen Golf GTD review
4.5 stars

Volkswagen Golf GTD review

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If logic is followed and the status quo is upheld, then the Volkswagen Golf GTD is a shoo-in for a five star review. When we saw the regular Golf Mk7 last year, we called it "all the car you'll ever need - no more and no less". So you'd expect a diesel... >>

Hands-on: Mercedes GLA review

Hands-on: Mercedes GLA review

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When is off-road not really off-road? When you're 550 feet down a salt mine, that's when. We didn't arrive here by accident, mind, for this is the location of the Mercedes GLA launch. And it's perhaps the most unusual place we've ever been in a car.Mercedes-Benz... >>

Hands-on: Alfa Romeo 4C review

Hands-on: Alfa Romeo 4C review

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You would think more car events would happen in the Isle of Man. For a start, out of the towns and villages, the speed limit is derestricted. That doesn't mean 60mph, it means there is no limit. The Isle of Man loves motor vehicles though, and the craziness... >>

Mini Cooper D review (2014)
4.5 stars

Mini Cooper D review (2014)

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The Mini Cooper heralds the arrival of the classic small car in its third-generation release since BMW re-imagined the brand back in 2001. A lucky 13 years on and the Mini Hatch is stronger than ever.That's not down to luck though. It's a car filled to... >>

Hands-on: Mini Cooper S (2014) review

Hands-on: Mini Cooper S (2014) review

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The Mini Cooper is one of those cars that's a timeless classic; a car that, as Brits, we have an inevitable soft spot for. BMW's re-imagining of the Cooper back in 2001 was the right balance of the German brand's know-how without it unhinging that loveable... >>

Mazda Hazumi pictures and eyes-on: Mazda 2 concept car has awesome moniker

Mazda Hazumi pictures and eyes-on: Mazda 2 concept car has awesome moniker

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If there's a prize for car with the coolest name from this year's Geneva Motor Show then we think it would have to go to the Mazda Hazumi concept. Although, really, it's less concept and borderline reality and what you're currently feasting your eyes... >>

Volkswagen T-Roc pictures and eyes-on: The open-top SUV concept

Volkswagen T-Roc pictures and eyes-on: The open-top SUV concept

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Now here's a concept: an open-top SUV. And at the Geneva Motor Show that's exactly what Volkswagen had to show in the shape of the VW T-Roc. It's a crossover car concept that almost out-Jeeps Jeep.Despite what "convertible SUV" might conjure in the mind... >>

Jeep Renegade pictures and eyes-on: Fiat merger brings new 4x4

Jeep Renegade pictures and eyes-on: Fiat merger brings new 4x4

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If you think that the Jeep Renegade looks a little like a Fiat on steroids then you are indeed onto something: because the Renegade is the first Jeep since owner Crysler merged with Fiat at the beginning of this year. It's not actually on steroids, of... >>

Maserati Alfieri Concept pictures and hands-on

Maserati Alfieri Concept pictures and hands-on

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Maserati is 100 years old in 2014. So at this year's Geneva Motor Show the company presented itself with a self-proclaimed birthday present, the Alfieri concept car. Named after one of the original Maserati brothers, the 2+2 coupe concept is, so the company... >>

BMW 2-Series Active Tourer pictures and hands-on

BMW 2-Series Active Tourer pictures and hands-on

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Yes, you are looking at a BMW. A front wheel drive people carrier called the 2-Series Active Tourer. We’ll just leave that to sink in for a minute.The brand that almost entirely defines itself by its rear-wheel drive cars and has the ability to create... >>

Mini Clubman Concept pictures and hands-on

Mini Clubman Concept pictures and hands-on

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We’re not huge fans of the original Mini Clubman. The adverts are cool, the brand heritage is cool, those barn doors on the back are kind of cool too - but the whole bizarre 3-door element just left us cold.That’s all just changed. Because the Mini... >>

Toyota FV2 pictures and eyes-on: Tron-like concept ‘car’ that you won’t be driving in the future

Toyota FV2 pictures and eyes-on: Tron-like concept ‘car’ that you won’t be driving in the future

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You are looking at the Toyota FV2. We know, it’s one of those things that’ll make you cock your head to work out exactly what it is and what's supposed to go where. Originally announced at the Tokyo Motor Show, it’s taken until the 2014 Geneva Motor... >>

Volkswagen Golf GTE pictures and eyes-on: Mean meets green

Volkswagen Golf GTE pictures and eyes-on: Mean meets green

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We first wrote about the VW Golf GTE in late February when the hybrid car was announced. But after seeing it at the Geneva Motor Show it's impressed our retinas enough to feel the need to feature it once again.It's not the first electric car we've seen... >>

Renault Twingo pictures and hands-on

Renault Twingo pictures and hands-on

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Renault started the supermini revolution back in the late 70s with the classic Renault 5. It did it again with the first generation Twingo in the early 90s - a car that never came to the UK. So it's perhaps not the greatest shock to see the company reinventing... >>

Alfa Romeo 4C Spider concept pictures and eyes-on

Alfa Romeo 4C Spider concept pictures and eyes-on

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There was quite the buzz around the Alfa Romeo stand at the Geneva Motor Show. And for good reason: the company was showing off its 4C Spider concept car.This dinky little car weighs under a tonne and despite being a concept looks to pave the way for... >>

Audi TT (2014) pictures and hands-on

Audi TT (2014) pictures and hands-on

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Audi has pulled the covers off the new Audi TT Coupé, refreshing the car's design inside and out. It was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show, and we caught up with the new TT at an exclusive preview event at Audi City London.The new Audi, which will be... >>