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Mini Convertible Cooper S review: Topless fun
4.5 stars Mini Convertible Cooper S review: Topless fun By Chris Hall

Buying a convertible in the UK might seem like madness. A country known for rain and overcast skies might not seem like the obvious choice for a drop-top car, but the British still buy more convertibles than many of the warmer European countries.That... Read more

Lexus LC500 review: A rare and wonderful GT
4.5 stars Lexus LC500 review: A rare and wonderful GT By Mike Lowe

It was back in 2015 that Lexus showed-off its LF-FC concept; a car which represented a vision of the marque's future in a striking design that, well, you'd never expect to see pootling about the UK's streets alongside a Porsche 911 or Jaguar F-Type.Yet... Read more

Hyundai Nexo review: Heralding hydrogen's future?
Hyundai Nexo review: Heralding hydrogen's future? By Mike Lowe

As vehicle emissions rules become increasingly strict, tax on traditional petrol- and diesel-drinking cars continues to rise. It's why manufacturers are downsizing engines to fit vehicles into acceptable tax brackets. It's why there's an uptake for plug-in... Read more

BMW i3 review: Living with the ultimate electric car?
4.5 stars BMW i3 review: Living with the ultimate electric car? By Joe Simpson

This is what's called putting your money where your mouth is: because this is a review of our BMW i3. Yes, Pocket-lint went out and bought an electric car many months ago. So think of this coverage - highlighting both good and bad points - as a truly-lived-with... Read more

Volkswagen e-Golf review: The easiest way to go electric
4.5 stars Volkswagen e-Golf review: The easiest way to go electric By Joe Simpson

Take one perfectly normal 5-door Volkswagen Golf. Ditch the engine and regular transmission. Install a 36kWh electric battery and single axle electric motor. Et voila. You've got the recipe for the e-Golf, pronounced 'ee-Golf'. It's the fully electric... Read more

Kia Stinger GT S review: Korea’s spicy alternative to the German mainstays
4.5 stars Kia Stinger GT S review: Korea’s spicy alternative to the German mainstays By Joe Simpson

Say it slowly: K-i-a Sting-er G-T. Nope, it still sounds funny.Excuse us for poking fun at a name, but can you imagine walking into a party and saying to someone: "Yes, I drive a Kia Stinger GT"? It makes you sound like you've just walked off the set... Read more

BMW X2 review: Into the blue?
4.0 stars BMW X2 review: Into the blue? By Joe Simpson

The BMW X-series car revolution began in 1999, with the X5. Since then we've had X6, X4, X3 and X1. But BMW has never made an X2. Until now.So what is it? The X2 shares much of its underpinnings with the X1 SUV. But, shock-horror for a BMW, it's based... Read more

Here's the Audi Q8 in pictures: How good is the new premium SUV?
Here's the Audi Q8 in pictures: How good is the new premium SUV? By Mike Lowe

This is the brand new Audi Q8, the German company's top-end premium SUV, as unveiled at the Audi Brand Summit in Shenzhen, China, on 5 June 2018.It's no mistake that China was the chosen country to debut the new luxury flagship, as its SUV market is booming,... Read more

Audi Aicon: A look at the fully autonomous future, arriving 2021
Audi Aicon: A look at the fully autonomous future, arriving 2021 By Joe Simpson

What does the future look like? It's a perennial question, one that for cars feels more pertinent than ever. What you're looking at here is the Aicon, and it's what the future looks like according to Audi.You'll know that cars are becoming battery powered... Read more

Jaguar i-Pace review: The electric SUV game-changer
5.0 stars Jaguar i-Pace review: The electric SUV game-changer By Joe Simpson

After months of teasing we're in Portugal and behind the wheel of Jaguar's great future hope – the i-Pace electric SUV. It's the first of the mainstream premium brands to take the fight to Tesla. Specifically, the Tesla Model X SUV.Hold on a second... Read more

Suzuki Swift Sport review: Hot hatch thrills for supermini cash
4.0 stars Suzuki Swift Sport review: Hot hatch thrills for supermini cash By Chris Pickering

The old Suzuki Swift Sport was a bit of a cult car. It wasn't the fastest hot hatch around and it certainly wasn't the most luxurious, but its free-revving naturally aspirated engine and playful handling earnt it kudos with those in the know.Inevitably,... Read more

Skoda Karoq review: Simply clever?
4.5 stars Skoda Karoq review: Simply clever? By Joe Simpson

This is the Skoda Karoq, which, as the little brother to the 7-seat Skoda Kodiaq SUV, joins the ranks to replace the Skoda Yeti.There will be a few people who mourn the passing of Skoda's small crossover, because the Yeti was distinctive, compact, space-efficient... Read more

Jeep Grand Cherokee review: A comfortable, commanding cruiser
4.0 stars Jeep Grand Cherokee review: A comfortable, commanding cruiser By Max Langridge

Looking for a large SUV that's comfortable on-road and exceptional when the terrain veers away from the Tarmac? The Jeep Grand Cherokee could well be the one. Best SUVs: From crossover to Range Rover - which are kings of the road? The American brand has... Read more

Mini Cooper S Hatch review: Small in stature, big in personality
4.5 stars Mini Cooper S Hatch review: Small in stature, big in personality By Chris Hall

Mini has refreshed the Hatch, the 3-door model that most closely resembles the British classic, loading the 2018 model with more tech, more premium features and a dab more iconic design compared to the the 2014 version.Bonkers British designFrom the exterior,... Read more

Tesla Model X review: The ultimate electric SUV?
4.0 stars Tesla Model X review: The ultimate electric SUV? By Alistair Charlton

With all eyes on the difficult birth of the Tesla Model 3 - a mass-market electric car mentioned by some in the same breath as the Ford Model T and Mini - we shouldn't lose sight of Elon Musk's more premium offerings. There's already the Model S - which... Read more

Range Rover P400e review: Is this plug-in hybrid the best 4x4 by far?
4.0 stars Range Rover P400e review: Is this plug-in hybrid the best 4x4 by far? By Chris Pickering

Large SUVs have been the default choice for luxury car buyers ever since the original Range Rover came along and redefined our concept of off-roaders nearly half a century ago. They have a classless appeal that's every bit at home at Glastonbury as it... Read more

Kia Soul EV review: Good, green SUV fun
4.0 stars Kia Soul EV review: Good, green SUV fun By Chris Hall

The Kia Soul EV was launched in 2014 as one of the first pure electric cars on the road. It's unique in a number of ways, not least because it made an electric vehicle (EV) out of an existing model of car. It's also a crossover or SUV (in the loosest... Read more

Range Rover Sport SVR review: Land Rover lets its hair down
5.0 stars Range Rover Sport SVR review: Land Rover lets its hair down By Chris Pickering

Does anyone really need a Range Rover that can hurl itself from 0-60mph quicker than a Ferrari F355 while making a sound like a thunderstorm trapped in a bass drum? Probably not. But boy-oh-boy is it fun.Frankly, we could probably conclude the review... Read more

Volkswagen Passat GTE review: The best plug-in hybrid estate to buy?
4.0 stars Volkswagen Passat GTE review: The best plug-in hybrid estate to buy? By Joe Simpson

Are you ready to plug-in yet? In an environment where many are shunning diesel, yet where many petrol models still don't deliver stellar fuel economy (and have a tax bill to go with them), plug-in hybrids look like the ideal option for the discerning... Read more

Audi A7 review: A tech-packed grand tourer
4.0 stars Audi A7 review: A tech-packed grand tourer By Chris Hall

The launch of the Audi A8 was the start of something new. While Audi seems to release lots of new cars all the time, the Audi A7 is one of new generation: its modern exterior meets a vastly updated interior compared to the older model, complete with new... Read more

Volkswagen Golf review: Staying on top of the game
4.5 stars Volkswagen Golf review: Staying on top of the game By Joe Simpson

The Volkswagen Golf is Europe's best-selling car. When we reviewed the MK 7 back in 2013 it gained a coveted full-marks score. But five years is a long time in the car world, and with the forthcoming Golf MK 8 (as it will be called) still a couple of... Read more

Audi RS4 review: Return of the fast estate king
4.5 stars Audi RS4 review: Return of the fast estate king By Joe Simpson

Audi owns the fast estate car genre. Mercedes might make some enticing AMG-models which allow you to bring the dog and kids along, but no car defines that genre better than the Audi RS4.From March 2018 the RS4 arrives in its fourth-generation guise, available... Read more

Jaguar E-Pace review: The savviest SUV on the road?
4.0 stars Jaguar E-Pace review: The savviest SUV on the road? By Joe Simpson

"E-Pace? Is that the electric one then?," asks a man inspecting our Jaguar SUV as we're taking photos of it for this very review.Despite Jaguar launching its all-new electric i-Pace SUV at the Geneva Motor Show – because, you know, in the car world... Read more

Audi R8 RWS review: The rear-wheel supercar that purists will pine for
Audi R8 RWS review: The rear-wheel supercar that purists will pine for By Leon Poultney

Audi is a company that preaches all-wheel-drive technology. Its famous Quattro system has won numerous rally titles, ushered various Le Mans racers to victory and enabled ham-fisted drivers to enjoy cars with 500+bhp crammed underneath the bonnet without... Read more

Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain review: Top of the class
4.5 stars Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain review: Top of the class By Joe Simpson

How much do you want an SUV? It might have escaped your notice, but every other car we now review seems to be an SUV or crossover. And every time someone tells us they've bought a new car, it's called something like Qashqai, Kodiaq or Kumquat (ok, yes,... Read more

Volvo XC40 review: The most sophisticated small SUV
4.5 stars Volvo XC40 review: The most sophisticated small SUV By Joe Simpson

The XC40 is Volvo's third SUV, and its smallest to date. It slots in below the larger XC60 and biggest-of-the-bunch XC90, being the first time the company has offered a vehicle in the booming market that Americans refer to as a "company utility vehicle".... Read more

Subaru XV review: A crossover with real substance
4.0 stars Subaru XV review: A crossover with real substance By Chris Pickering

Carmakers struck gold when they came up with the idea of the crossover. Combining the convenience of a hatchback with the rugged off-road image of an SUV has proved to be like catnip for family car buyers.On paper, the Subaru XV is a classic example of... Read more

DS 7 Crossback review: Tech meets luxury flair, but it's not all savoir faire
4.0 stars DS 7 Crossback review: Tech meets luxury flair, but it's not all savoir faire By Chris Hall

The DS 7 Crossback is an important car for DS Automobiles. It represents the start of something new. Announced as a new brand in 2014, this is the first car for the marque that's all DS and no Citroën. That means there's no chevron-badged version,... Read more

Peugeot 5008 review: Reinventing the family MPV
3.5 stars Peugeot 5008 review: Reinventing the family MPV By Joe Simpson

The last Peugeot 5008 was a traditional MPV (Multi-Purpose Vehicle). And nobody wants one of those anymore. So for 2018, the 5008 has been reinvented as – you guessed it – an SUV (Sports-Utility Vehicle).It seems like barely a day goes by without... Read more

Honda Civic (2017) review: Classic hatch gets a millennial makeover
4.5 stars Honda Civic (2017) review: Classic hatch gets a millennial makeover By Joe Simpson

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. It's billed as a family car. A competitor to the evergreen... Read more

Lexus RC 300h review: The coupé conundrum
3.5 stars Lexus RC 300h review: The coupé conundrum By Mike Lowe

There's something to be said for rarity. When sighting an unusual car it turns heads because it bucks the familiar trend. Which is exactly what the Lexus RC 300h does.Drive through town in this sporty-looking coupe and its mammoth front grille will get... Read more

Alfa Romeo Stelvio review: A stellar SUV not to be overlooked
4.0 stars Alfa Romeo Stelvio review: A stellar SUV not to be overlooked By Mike Lowe

Say hello to Alfa Romeo's very first SUV. Yep, the heritage Italian brand has finally stepped up to the big-boy plate with the Stelvio. Which is, in essence, an Alfa Guilia on stilts. The Stelvio is part of its push into the SUV-car category that, in... Read more

Jaguar I-Pace first drive: Ice driving with the all-electric Jag
Jaguar I-Pace first drive: Ice driving with the all-electric Jag By Stuart Miles

The Jaguar I-Pace is the company's new all-electric SUV. In many people's minds it represents the future of the British brand. It's Jaguar Land Rover's first real foray into the world of electric as it looks to go up against a bevy of electric cars either... Read more

Seat Arona review: A smooth ride with a surprising amount of space inside
4.0 stars Seat Arona review: A smooth ride with a surprising amount of space inside By Leon Poultney

Seat has traditionally been the slightly confused brand in the Volkswagen Group - not quite having the selection of cars to live up to its funky, youthful marketing campaign, nor being cheap enough to tempt buyers away from the historically affordable... Read more

Nissan Leaf (2018) review: Electric for the people
4.5 stars Nissan Leaf (2018) review: Electric for the people By Chris Hall

While many manufacturers are posturing and pontificating about plans for the electrification of their cars, Nissan is releasing a proper second-gen electric vehicle, the new Nissan Leaf.The world has changed a lot since the 2010 launch of the original... Read more