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Nissan Leaf takes on Mongol Rally: 10,000 miles in an all-electric vehicle

Nissan Leaf takes on Mongol Rally: 10,000 miles in an all-electric vehicle

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If the idea of trading in your petrol-guzzling car for a planet-friendly all-electric model has appealed to you but range anxiety has stopped you, this is a story that might help you take the leap. Chris Ramsey, founder of Plug In Adventures, set off... >>

Shell will install electric car chargers at petrol stations in the UK this year

Shell will install electric car chargers at petrol stations in the UK this year

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Shell petrol stations are going electric.Well, not completely, but the oil company has confirmed it will install electric car chargers at petrol stations in the UK before the end of this year. The first chargers will offer 50kW recharging speeds, and... >>

Mini Countryman Cooper S E preview: Mini's first electric hybrid hits the road

Mini Countryman Cooper S E preview: Mini's first electric hybrid hits the road

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By its own management's admission the Mini brand has overstretched itself. Like a greedy child with eyes bigger than its belly, the once maker of an uber-compact car has seen its range balloon. Now Mini makes a whole host of options, including cabrios,... >>

BMW 530e plug-in hybrid preview: The best of both worlds?

BMW 530e plug-in hybrid preview: The best of both worlds?

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The new BMW 5-Series is a car we already know to be talented. In our 5-star review of the upper-spec 530d, we said that, judged in isolation, it goes "straight to the top of the class". That's a class which includes the Mercedes E-Class, which when we... >>

Audi RS5 (2017) review: Pedal to the metal
4.0 stars

Audi RS5 (2017) review: Pedal to the metal

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Got a spare £60k rattling around in your pocket and want to buy a German sports car? There's a new kid on the block: the Audi RS5. The souped-up Audi Sport version of the S5 coupe, the RS5 has the likes of the Mercedes AMG-C63 and BMW M4 Coupe directly... >>

Own a BMW? You can join a Skype meeting without leaving your car

Own a BMW? You can join a Skype meeting without leaving your car

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Next time you Skype your boss, do it from your BMW.Skype for Business users can now place or join conference calls from the driver's seat - so long as they own a BMW. Drivers will use the mounted display and their voice to navigate BMW's iDrive menu system... >>

Jaguar E-Pace: Jag's Cub is an adorable compact SUV disruptor

Jaguar E-Pace: Jag's Cub is an adorable compact SUV disruptor

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Jaguar has pulled the covers of the Jaguar E-Pace, following closely in the tracks of the excellent Jaguar F-Pace. This compact SUV looks to repeat the successes of the F-Pace, a car that's very much changed the face of Jaguar, appealing to a whole new... >>

Audi A8 (2017) preview: The most technological car interior, ever?

Audi A8 (2017) preview: The most technological car interior, ever?

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The Audi A8 has long been considered as chauffeur to the stars; a cushy place to sit in luxury when being carted around. In its 2017 guise, the new A8 elevates that concept to new heights, not only for passengers but driver too.For the 2017 Audi A8 is... >>

Bentley's monstrous Bentayga SUV will go green in 2018

Bentley's monstrous Bentayga SUV will go green in 2018

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Luxury car maker Bentley has confirmed it will release a plug-in hybrid version of the Bentayga SUV in 2018, which will see an electric motor connected to a supercharged 3.0-litre V6 engine.Bentley is owned by Volkswagen, which also owns the Audi brand,... >>

Ford Fiesta (2017) review: The little car that's a very big deal
5.0 stars

Ford Fiesta (2017) review: The little car that's a very big deal

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The Ford Fiesta has been the best selling car in the UK for eight years straight. That's a long time to hold the top spot and a lot of pressure for an all-new model to have on its pillars. So the question is, how does Ford make Britain's favourite... >>

Jeep Compass (2017) review: The compact SUV with big off-road performance
3.5 stars

Jeep Compass (2017) review: The compact SUV with big off-road performance

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With 75 years of all-terrain vehicle production under its belt, Jeep is a car manufacturer that knows a thing or two when it comes to off-road driving. It's also all too aware that the compact SUV market is seeing a huge surge at the moment and wants... >>

Seat DriveApp now works fully with Android Auto

Seat DriveApp now works fully with Android Auto

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Seat has released a new version of its DriveApp Android application that now fully integrates with Android Auto. The Spanish car manufacturer claims to be the first to support the Android-based in-car system with a dedicated application.Seat DriveApp... >>

DS Automobiles DS4 review: Flair and individuality, but at what cost?
3.5 stars

DS Automobiles DS4 review: Flair and individuality, but at what cost?

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DS Automobiles continues its march into independence, dropping the badges of its Citroen heritage as it tries to mark itself out as something different. The aim is it awaken the "spirit of avant-garde" in DS' words. It's about being French, about great... >>

Volvo is making the move to all-electric from 2019

Volvo is making the move to all-electric from 2019

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Volvo Cars has announced that all of the cars in its lineup will have an electric motor from 2019, and will subsequently become the first car manufacturer to completely ditch internal combustion engines. Volvo and Nvidia have just teamed up to make self-driving... >>

Alfa Romeo Giulia (2017) review: An Alfa that doesn’t do clichés
4.0 stars

Alfa Romeo Giulia (2017) review: An Alfa that doesn’t do clichés

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There is a saying that, to be a true car fan, you must have owned an Alfa Romeo. But a Mito, and a Giulietta (the extent of Alfa's range until now) hardly represent petrol-head nirvana. For Alfa fans, the Giulia has been a long time coming.Its predecessor,... >>

Honda Civic Type R (2017) review: The hot hatch hooligan
4.5 stars

Honda Civic Type R (2017) review: The hot hatch hooligan

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When you think hot hatch, there are typically three letters that immediately spring to mind: G.T.I. Over the past four decades, Volkswagen's souped-up Golf has developed into one of the auto industry's most endearing and successful icons, blending sporty-yet-subtle... >>

Apple CarPlay: Which cars support it, what can it do and how does it work?

Apple CarPlay: Which cars support it, what can it do and how does it work?

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Apple's foray into in-car technology and the infotainment space comes in the form of CarPlay. CarPlay connects a supported vehicle to a compatible iPhone, enabling access and interaction with Apple's ecosystem directly through a car's dashboard touchscreen.First... >>

Volvo and Nvidia have just teamed up to make self-driving cars by 2021

Volvo and Nvidia have just teamed up to make self-driving cars by 2021

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Volvo has been working on driverless cars for a while, but now it has a new strategy to get those cars on the road within four years.The Swedish carmaker is teaming up Nvidia, which plans to supply computing power to Volvo's initiative, as well as Autoliv,... >>

Jaguar InControl explored: A deep dive into Jaguar's infotainment system

Jaguar InControl explored: A deep dive into Jaguar's infotainment system

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Connectivity is one of the biggest considerations when buying a car these days. We're all used to having everything on demand through our smartphones and the car makers - providers of the biggest gadget you're likely to buy - are constantly trying to... >>

Apple CarPlay explored: Taking iOS on the road

Apple CarPlay explored: Taking iOS on the road

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Apple CarPlay has been around for a few years now but things have moved on significantly in those years, with more and more manufacturers offering compatibility and not just in premium models either.We've been using it in the 2017 Kia Sportage to give... >>

Nissan Qashqai (2017) review: Is the original SUV crossover still the best?
4.0 stars

Nissan Qashqai (2017) review: Is the original SUV crossover still the best?

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There's barely a suburban street that doesn't have a Qashqai, or a pair of Qashqai. There isn't a school car park or supermarket without a brace of Qashqai. Nissan's mini SUV is pandemic, having created the crossover category and now dominated it for... >>

New Nissan Leaf will have ProPilot autonomous driving technology

New Nissan Leaf will have ProPilot autonomous driving technology

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Nissan has confirmed that the upcoming facelifted model of the Leaf electric vehicle will be available with its ProPilot autonomous driving technology. Driving with Nissan ProPilot: Removing the legwork Nissan Leaf 2016 first drive: Increased range, but... >>

Kia announces Stonic SUV to take on Nissan Juke

Kia announces Stonic SUV to take on Nissan Juke

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Kia has unveiled its first smaller SUV in the Kia Stonic. The new compact crossover will launch in Europe during Q3 of 2017, taking on the likes of the Nissan Juke and sitting below the larger Kia Sportage.The Kia Stonic is claimed to offer the company's... >>

Forget Amazon Go cashier-less stores, Moby Mart is already here

Forget Amazon Go cashier-less stores, Moby Mart is already here

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Imagine an Amazon Go - but on wheels.Swedish startup Wheelys has come up with a cashier-less, driver-less store called Moby Mart. But unlike Amazon Go, which is stationary and based in Seattle, Moby Mart is now cruising down the streets of Shanghai.... >>

Tim Cook confirms Apple is working on self-driving car tech

Tim Cook confirms Apple is working on self-driving car tech

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After months, and nearly years of speculation, Apple CEO Tim Cook has finally shed some light on the tech giant's plans in the automotive sector. Speaking in an interview with Bloomberg, Cook said, "We're working on autonomous systems, it's a core technology... >>

Lady Renault Twingo drivers can now get a nail polish to match their car

Lady Renault Twingo drivers can now get a nail polish to match their car

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Renault has released a four-strong range of nail polishes that match four colour finishes of the Renault Twingo, the French car manufacturer's dinky city car. Renault is all to aware that the Twingo is seen as a "girl's car" and so is asserting that fact... >>

Waymo killed its adorable self-driving cars to focus on minivans

Waymo killed its adorable self-driving cars to focus on minivans

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You know those cute Waymo cars - the ones that are the size of golf carts? Well, don't expect to see them on the road again.Waymo is a self-driving car company that began at Google but was recently spun off by Google's parent company, Alphabet. The unit... >>

Abarth 124 Spider review: Frivolous fun... if you can afford one
4.0 stars

Abarth 124 Spider review: Frivolous fun... if you can afford one

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What happens when you take a Japanese roadster and give it an Italian heart? You get the Fiat 124 Spider. Dress that car up in some couture red, black and white body kit and you get the on-so-unsubtle Abarth 124 Spider, as you see above - a tuned-up... >>

Jaguar Land Rover invests $25m in Lyft for self-driving car tech

Jaguar Land Rover invests $25m in Lyft for self-driving car tech

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Jaguar Land Rover, which is owned by Indian company Tata and is Britain's biggest car manufacturer, has invested $25 million (£20m) in American taxi-hailing service, Lyft. The money has been provided by JLR's InMotion Ventures subsidiary. JLR has given... >>

Tesla Model Y could ditch wing mirrors in favour of cameras

Tesla Model Y could ditch wing mirrors in favour of cameras

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Tesla's next car, following the launch of the Model 3, will be the Model Y. The company has teased an image of the car and it shows a distinct lack of door wing mirrors. Tesla Model 3 is the super electric car you can afford to drive The image was shown... >>

Alphabet’s Waymo moves on from cars, now testing self-driving trucks

Alphabet’s Waymo moves on from cars, now testing self-driving trucks

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Waymo is getting into trucks now.Waymo is a self-driving car company that Alphabet spun off from Google. You can read all about Waymo in our in-depth guide here. The company has been building on software and sensor technology originally developed in... >>

Volkswagen Golf GTI first drive: The hot hatch that transcends boundaries

Volkswagen Golf GTI first drive: The hot hatch that transcends boundaries

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Some cars are considered as class benchmarks. The Volkswagen Golf GTI is one such car. And with the German firm having just refreshed its best-selling small hatchback (see our regular, Mk 7.5 Golf TDi first drive) we took the opportunity to jump into... >>

Volkswagen Golf R-Line first drive: Leader of the pack

Volkswagen Golf R-Line first drive: Leader of the pack

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Given its status as the best-selling car in Europe and its leadership of the compact hatchback class, when Volkswagen updates the Golf, you take note. When we reviewed the then new Golf 7 back in 2013 it gained a coveted full-marks score."So why are... >>

Volvo V90 review: An effortlessly modern and elegant estate car
4.5 stars

Volvo V90 review: An effortlessly modern and elegant estate car

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Unless you're a fully paid-up Volvo hater (and we've found a few), then it's hard not to admire what the Swedish company is doing at the moment. The "human-made" advertising campaign cuts to the heart of the brand's Scandinavian design appeal and marks... >>

Jaguar XE S: New supercharged V6 is pure S EX

Jaguar XE S: New supercharged V6 is pure S EX

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One of the things that Jaguar does rather well, is lighting a fire under its cars. While there's no of shortage of big diesel Jags eating up the miles on Blighty's roads - as there are Audis, Mercs and Beemers - it's always more fun with a supercharged... >>

Shell Eco-marathon: Driving the future through super efficiency

Shell Eco-marathon: Driving the future through super efficiency

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"That green button under your foot is the kill switch," we're told as we strap into the five-point racing harness. "Lift your foot off it and the engine will stop." The engine in question reverberates through the carbon fibre cabin of Shell's UrbanConcept... >>

Seat Ateca review: A genuine Qashqai alternative
4.5 stars

Seat Ateca review: A genuine Qashqai alternative

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SUV and crossover cars sales are booming. But it's only now that some brands are debuting an SUV for the first time. Case in point: the Seat Ateca, which began production in 2016.The new Ateca sits above the Leon in Seat's range and is built on the... >>

Jaguar XF (2018): Sumptuous luxury, now with new engines

Jaguar XF (2018): Sumptuous luxury, now with new engines

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Jaguar updated its XF model in 2015 with sharper lines, pulling this car first released in 2007 into a more modern perspective. The XF sits above the XE in the range and the difference inside is obvious: although both offer similar exterior design and... >>

Ford updates Ford Sync 3 to add Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to older vehicles

Ford updates Ford Sync 3 to add Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to older vehicles

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Ford has confirmed that it is rolling out an update for Ford Sync 3, to add Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to its 2016 cars.Sync is the name of Ford's in-car infotainment system that for a number of years (and versions) has allowed you to connect your... >>

Volvo and Audi will use Android as the base OS of its upcoming cars

Volvo and Audi will use Android as the base OS of its upcoming cars

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Forget Android Auto, Volvo and Audi want its upcoming cars to run Android as their base operating system.Google has announced a partnership with Volvo and Audi that will bring it one step closer to making Android an operating system for cars. Volvo and... >>

Harley-Davidson to keep making electric motorbikes after LiveWire

Harley-Davidson to keep making electric motorbikes after LiveWire

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World renowned motorcycle manufacturer Harley-Davidson is still to deliver a consumer edition of its LiveWire electric bike - which we first rode two years ago - yet it is confident enough in the concept that it will develop further all-electric vehicles... >>

Honda Clarity Fuel Cell preview: Driving the future of hydrogen?

Honda Clarity Fuel Cell preview: Driving the future of hydrogen?

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Are alternative energy vehicles the future? As consumers actively try to do their bit to help clean up the environment - and save on tax, congestion charging and refuelling costs in the process - we're seeing a surge in all-electric and electric-hybrid... >>

Kia Picanto (2017) review: Small, sporty and savvy
4.0 stars

Kia Picanto (2017) review: Small, sporty and savvy

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The Kia Picanto is the baby of the Kia family, sitting under the recently launched Rio in terms of both cost and size. That's not to say the third-generation Picanto doesn't offer brains in that small body though. The latest model of the South Korean... >>

Nissan put a phone signal blocker in this car so you can't text and drive

Nissan put a phone signal blocker in this car so you can't text and drive

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Nissan doesn't want you texting while driving its Juke.There are apps available that attempt to make your phone less of a distraction while you drive, but now, Nissan has taken the concept a step further with its own compartment that blocks mobile phone... >>

Apple's already been spotted testing its self-driving Lexus - see it here

Apple's already been spotted testing its self-driving Lexus - see it here

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Well that didn't take long.Apple received a permit in California earlier this month so it could start testing Lexus cars with self-driving technology, and already, Apple has been spotted driving around the Silicon Valley area. Bloomberg News posted footage... >>

All-electric Nissan Leaf AT-EV to attempt 10,000 mile Mongol Rally

All-electric Nissan Leaf AT-EV to attempt 10,000 mile Mongol Rally

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There's no doubt that all-electric cars are getting better all the time, and definitely here to stay, but there's still a big question mark over range - how far they can travel between charging.Electric vehicle advocate Plug in Adventures hopes to put... >>

Uber plans to demo its fleet of electric flying cabs in 2020

Uber plans to demo its fleet of electric flying cabs in 2020

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Uber is developing electric flying cabs - and a network for them.While at its "Elevate" summit, Uber revealed plans for a "vertical take-off and landing" (VTOL) vehicle. Uber sees these so-called flying cars as the future. Uber said it'll demonstrate... >>

Google Waymo offers self-driving car rides to public for first time

Google Waymo offers self-driving car rides to public for first time

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Remember Waymo? Well, for the first time, it is offering ride services to members of the public.Waymo is a startup that Google created for its self-driving car project late last year. Now, Waymo is launching an “early rider program” in the state of... >>

Amazon is now the latest tech giant exploring self-driving cars

Amazon is now the latest tech giant exploring self-driving cars

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Companies like Google and even Apple are taking a gamble on self-driving vehicle technology, and now, Amazon is placing its own bet.According to The Wall Street Journal, Amazon has a year-old team of about 12 people who are actively exploring autonomous... >>

Tesla plans to double the number of Supercharger stations in 2017

Tesla plans to double the number of Supercharger stations in 2017

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Tesla has announced it will have more than 10,000 Superchargers in North America by the end of 2017.That's more than double the amount of high-speed electric car chargers than it had at the beginning of the year. Tesla currently operates 830 Supercharger... >>