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Best cars of the Geneva International Motor Show 2019: Electric, hybrid and supercars
Best cars of the Geneva International Motor Show 2019: Electric, hybrid and supercars By Joe Simpson

This year's Geneva Motor Show is full of new electric and hybrid cars, but also new supercars from Ferrari and Aston Martin Read more

What is Formula E? Venues, races, teams and tech explained
What is Formula E? Venues, races, teams and tech explained By Joe Simpson

Formula E is billed as the electric future of car racing - here's why. Read more

Jaguar F-Type convertible review: Four to the floor?
4.5 stars Jaguar F-Type convertible review: Four to the floor? By Joe Simpson

Jaguar adds four-cylinder engine to the F-Type convertible sports car, creating a cheaper but no less appealing car to drive. It's a looker, too. Read more

Best cars of the Paris Motor Show 2018: Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Ferrari and all the important debuts
Best cars of the Paris Motor Show 2018: Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Ferrari and all the important debuts By Joe Simpson

The 2018 Paris Motor Show is Europe's biggest, we round up all the important electric, hybrid, supercar and SUV models Read more

Jaguar and BMW unveil new Formula E Cars as car brands rush to join Formula E
Jaguar and BMW unveil new Formula E Cars as car brands rush to join Formula E By Joe Simpson

Car brands are joining Formula E – Jaguar, BMW, Porsche, Nissan, Mercedes are all joining Formula E racing due to technology transfer Read more

Volvo V60 review: The estate car to rule estate cars?
4.0 stars Volvo V60 review: The estate car to rule estate cars? By Joe Simpson

The second-gen Volvo V60 is a rival for BMW 3 Series Touring and Audi A4 Avant. It has better proportions and tech and is more Swedish than before. Read more

Volkswagen Polo review: The small car without holes
4.5 stars Volkswagen Polo review: The small car without holes By Joe Simpson

The Volkswagen Polo is a small hatch champ. VW's 7th generation is now almost Golf-sized and comes with good tech. Fiesta, Ibiza are stiff competition Read more

BMW X4 review: The SUV for people who want a coupe
4.5 stars BMW X4 review: The SUV for people who want a coupe By Joe Simpson

BMW has refreshed its X4, the SUV with a sporty, coupe attitude. It's the sassy sister to an X3 and competitor to Mercedes GLC Coupe and Porsche Macan Read more

Volkswagen Arteon review: A four-door coupe with added spice
4.0 stars Volkswagen Arteon review: A four-door coupe with added spice By Joe Simpson

The Arteon is Volkswagen's replacement for the Passat CC and a much better car, with a genuine style of its own, high equipment levels and strong tech Read more

BMW i8 review: The eco supercar
4.5 stars BMW i8 review: The eco supercar By Joe Simpson

BMW hybrid electric supercar gets updates, including a bigger battery, four years after launch. Still amazes with its performance and style. 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

We’re living with BMW’s futuristic electric city car for two years. It’s fast, fun to drive, looks odd and has a Manhattan loft interior 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

The 2018 VW EV plug-in e-Golf provides a bigger battery with more range. Is the electric Golf the perfect, emission-free Volkswagen? 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 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 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, 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 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 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 Read more

Best SUVs 2018: From crossover to Range Rover - which are kings of the road?
Best SUVs 2018: From crossover to Range Rover - which are kings of the road? By Joe Simpson

Our round up the best SUVs available. All the top crossovers, mid-sized and large SUVs on the market. Find out why they've become the UK's favourite. 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 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 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 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 Read more

Jaguar I-Pace electric SUV now available to order
Jaguar I-Pace electric SUV now available to order By Joe Simpson

We've driven it under camouflage, on ice in northern Sweden, and swooned at it in concept form in LA, but today Jaguar unveiled the production I-Pace - 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 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 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 Read more

Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe review: Does it blend?
3.5 stars Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe review: Does it blend? By Joe Simpson

Mid-sized SUVs have become hugely popular over the past few years – particularly at the premium end of the market, if they're wearing the right German Read more

Byton SUV Concept: Can it take on Tesla and succeed?
Byton SUV Concept: Can it take on Tesla and succeed? By Joe Simpson

Byton. It's not a name you're likely to have heard. But you might want to remember it, because the auto company has big plans, and by unveiling its concept Read more

Toyota announces e-Palette autonomous mobility concept, partners with Uber, Amazon
Toyota announces e-Palette autonomous mobility concept, partners with Uber, Amazon By Joe Simpson

At CES 2018, Toyota - the world's biggest car company - announced a new autonomous vehicle, called e-Palette, along with news that every Toyota and Lexus Read more

Toyota Prius review: Celebrating 20 years of the hybrid car
3.5 stars Toyota Prius review: Celebrating 20 years of the hybrid car By Joe Simpson

It might seem scarcely believable, but in 2017 the Toyota Prius celebrates its 20th Birthday. To mark this momentous occasion, we took the opportunity Read more

Land Rover Discovery Sport review: Still the best 4x4 by far?
4.0 stars Land Rover Discovery Sport review: Still the best 4x4 by far? By Joe Simpson

Land Rover used to have a slogan: "The best 4x4x far". This was when a Land Rover was the domain of your local farmer, or rich landed gentry. But at what Read more

Mazda CX-5 review: An SUV you'll actually enjoy driving
4.0 stars Mazda CX-5 review: An SUV you'll actually enjoy driving By Joe Simpson

The first Mazda CX-5 kicked off a revolution at Mazda. It was Mazda's first mainstream SUV and the first car to feature the company's new "Kodo – soul Read more

McLaren 720S review: Shaking up the supercar world order
5.0 stars McLaren 720S review: Shaking up the supercar world order By Joe Simpson

In a world of iPhones, Snapchat, Pokemon and a whole host of digital distractions, do little boys and girls still put posters of supercars on their walls? Read more

Volkswagen Tiguan review: All grown-up
4.0 stars Volkswagen Tiguan review: All grown-up By Joe Simpson

You've decided you want a mid-sized SUV. You'd like something from a reputable brand, that the neighbours won't question. But you just can't get your head Read more

Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio review: Phwoar to the floor
5.0 stars Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio review: Phwoar to the floor By Joe Simpson

How do you define fast?For some it's a case of bald figures. The Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio does 0-60mph in 3.9 seconds and has a top speed of 190mph. Read more

Volvo XC60 review: The best-in-class mid-size SUV?
4.5 stars Volvo XC60 review: The best-in-class mid-size SUV? By Joe Simpson

The outgoing Volvo XC60 continued to be the best seller in its class right up until the end of production. Whereas other "new" Volvos — the XC90, S90, V90 Read more

Mini Cooper SD Countryman (2017) review: Mighty improvements for the mega Mini?
4.0 stars Mini Cooper SD Countryman (2017) review: Mighty improvements for the mega Mini? By Joe Simpson

Do you remember the exact moment when every manufacturer scrambled to add a high-riding SUV to their line-up? It was around the time the Nissan Qashqai Read more

Toyota C-HR review: High-roller or middle-of-the-roader?
4.0 stars Toyota C-HR review: High-roller or middle-of-the-roader? By Joe Simpson

"Cars, they all look the same these days." It's almost as if the designers of Toyota's new C-HR had that phrase in mind, and were determined to shoot it Read more

Best of the Frankfurt Auto Show 2017 in pictures: Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Honda, Kia and more
Best of the Frankfurt Auto Show 2017 in pictures: Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Honda, Kia and more By Joe Simpson

The Frankfurt Auto Show is Europe's biggest car show — quite literally, as we already have sores on our feet from the 12 miles walked on day one.Despite Read more

Smart Vision EQ ForTwo concept preview: The future autonomous car for slick city transit
Smart Vision EQ ForTwo concept preview: The future autonomous car for slick city transit By Joe Simpson

Daimler has revealed its Smart Vision EQ ForTwo concept in Stuttgart, two weeks before it gets shown to the public at the Frankfurt Auto Show.The concept Read more

Mercedes-AMG GT R first drive: One 'Green Hell' of a car
Mercedes-AMG GT R first drive: One 'Green Hell' of a car By Joe Simpson

GT R. If that's a name that sounds familiar, it's because you'll normally find it attached to the boot-lid of Nissan's fastest road car. But it's also Read more

Renault Koleos review: Can the 5-seat SUV make its mark?
3.5 stars Renault Koleos review: Can the 5-seat SUV make its mark? By Joe Simpson

French brands have never really succeeded in selling larger cars in the UK. There's one notable exception: the Renault Espace, a ground-breaking people Read more

Porsche Panamera (2017) review: Tantalising tech is only half the treat
4.5 stars Porsche Panamera (2017) review: Tantalising tech is only half the treat By Joe Simpson

"Fahren, fahren, fahren auf der Autobahn," Emil Shult chants out of the Bose stereo as we speed up the A1 in the new Porsche Panamera 4S. Kraftwerk's Autobahn Read more

Seat Ibiza review: A class-leading drive that's fun for all the family
5.0 stars Seat Ibiza review: A class-leading drive that's fun for all the family By Joe Simpson

Say Hola! to the new Seat Ibiza, the fifth-generation of the Spanish firm's popular small car.Seat has suddenly got very popular in the UK – the new Ateca Read more

Mercedes-Benz E-Class review: Better than a BMW 5 Series?
4.5 stars Mercedes-Benz E-Class review: Better than a BMW 5 Series? By Joe Simpson

Mercedes says everything it knows about how to build a car has gone into the new E-Class. Being that it is the oldest car brand in the world, that's probably Read more

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 By Joe Simpson

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 Read more

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

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 Read more

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 By Joe Simpson

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 Read more

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

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 Read more

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