Joe Simpson

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

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 badge. The Mercedes GLC Coupe is most certainly wearing a badge of desire. But yes, you read that... 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 SUV at CES 2018 it impressed many.Funded by Chinese money (aren't all new car companies these days?)... Read more

Best cars of CES 2018: Byton, Toyota, Kia and more

Best cars of CES 2018: Byton, Toyota, Kia and more

By Joe Simpson

CES has very much become a car show over the past few years. In fact, the entire North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Centre is dedicated to cars and car technology.While 2018 wasn't quite as bumper a show for new metal as 2017 was, the tech was arguably... 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 would be electrified by 2025. It's part of a bigger picture: Toyota seeing itself as transitioning... 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

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 to crack out the candles and review this, the fourth generation of Toyota's most famous hybrid car.Twenty... 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 point did a Land Rover become the default vehicle of the upwardly mobile?Take a look out on the street.... 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 of motion" design language. Mazda ran that style through the subsequent 2, 3, 6, CX-3 and MX-5 and... Read more

Best of the LA Auto Show 2017 in pictures: BMW, Mercedes, Mazda and more

Best of the LA Auto Show 2017 in pictures: BMW, Mercedes, Mazda and more

By Joe Simpson

In recent years the big American car shows – Detroit and LA – have been overshadowed by January's CES, which has become a significant car show and the place to be for leading car-related tech and futuristic stuff.Nonetheless, with Southern California... 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? It's a question we're musing as we drive the new McLaren 720S around the Cirencester bypass. Growing... 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 around the prices charged by Audi, BMW and Mercedes. Sounds like you? Then Volkswagen hopes it has... 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. So, that's the "head" box ticked.For others it's defined in less tangible terms. Driving the Alfa... 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 — replaced cars that were so old people had forgotten they existed, the previous XC60's success... 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 started to become a runaway sales success. As a result, all sorts of bizarre shapes started to appear... 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 down. Toyotas — aren't they cars that are reliable, well-built and, well, just a little bit dull?... Read more

Audi Aicon: A glimpse at a fully autonomous future and ultra-impressive user interface

Audi Aicon: A glimpse at a fully autonomous future and ultra-impressive user interface

By Joe Simpson

What does the future look like? It's a perennial question, one that for cars feels more pertinent than ever. This, the Aicon, is what the future looks like according to Audi.You'll know that cars are becoming battery powered (or electrifying - as the... 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 a series of high-profile absentees in 2017 — there's no Volvo, Peugeot, Fiat, Alfa, Jeep, Mitsubishi,... 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 — which the company stresses is not designed to preview the exterior styling of the next Smart... 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 now attached to the most potent Mercedes-AMG.Mercedes-AMG already has a GT model — which we drove... 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 carrier that did will in the 80s and 90s.But in 2017 — despite there being an all-new Espace which... 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 might be a cliché choice of soundtrack, but for a late night motorway mission in a fast German... 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 SUV and Leon family hatchback selling big, but the Ibiza has always been at the core of the firm's... 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 quite a lot of stuff.The new E-Class went on sale in 2016. On our first drive in Portugal we... 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 car has seen its range balloon. Now Mini makes a whole host of options, including cabrios,... Read more