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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

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

Alpine A110 review: Renault resurrects classic sports car with aplomb
5.0 stars Alpine A110 review: Renault resurrects classic sports car with aplomb By Leon Poultney

To properly understand the modern Alpine A110 it helps to rewind to clock to 1955, when racing enthusiast and talented engineer Jean Rédélé decided to transform his passion for tuning old Renault 4 CVs into a legitimate business.Rédélé chose the... Read more

Audi A8 with AI: How Audi Traffic Jam Pilot autonomous driving tech works
Audi A8 with AI: How Audi Traffic Jam Pilot autonomous driving tech works By Leon Poultney

Anyone who is tuned into the news or has the faintest interest in cars will know that self-driving automobiles are very much on the way."Shock, horror, gasp," we hear you cry. And for good reason, too, because a robot will soon be trundling you up and... Read more

Ford GT review: An astounding aerodynamic accomplishment
Ford GT review: An astounding aerodynamic accomplishment By Leon Poultney

It is very easy to think you know everything about the latest Ford GT, for this is a car that seemingly came out of nowhere at the 2015 Detroit Motor Show and subsequently stole almost every column inch, headline and online article. Oh, and then it... Read more

Range Rover Velar review: A titan of tech and a lesson in SUV styling
5.0 stars Range Rover Velar review: A titan of tech and a lesson in SUV styling By Leon Poultney

Jaguar Land Rover has hauled the Velar name out of the history books to grace the fourth Range Rover model in the marque's long and illustrious history.Granted, the original Land Rover incarnation was apparently pronounced "Vee-lar", as opposed to today's... Read more

BMW 5 Series estate (2017) review: Large, technologically accomplished and fun to drive
5.0 stars BMW 5 Series estate (2017) review: Large, technologically accomplished and fun to drive By Leon Poultney

Car salesmen have a very difficult job trying to convince customers to buy an estate car these days. For some reason, the marketing machine has brainwashed the masses into thinking that gigantic SUVs are the perfect companion to family life.In reality,... Read more

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

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... Read more

Smart Electric Drive (2017) first drive: Nippy inner-city transport sprouts a plug socket
Smart Electric Drive (2017) first drive: Nippy inner-city transport sprouts a plug socket By Leon Poultney

Stop anyone in the street and ask them to name the electric car pioneers and it's likely the big names will make up the majority of answers: the Renault Zoe, Nissan Leaf and Elon Musk's Tesla Model S.It might be difficult to comprehend but Smart has been... Read more

BMW 5 Series (2017) review: Saloon car perfection?
5.0 stars BMW 5 Series (2017) review: Saloon car perfection? By Leon Poultney

The last-generation BMW 5 Series sold more than two million units worldwide. Two million. To put that into perspective: between 2010 and 2015 Porsche built just over two million cars in total, across its entire range.It is, therefore, not hard to see... Read more

Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport Edition 40 review: The retro-inspired hot hatch
4.5 stars Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport Edition 40 review: The retro-inspired hot hatch By Leon Poultney

The fact that the GTI Clubsport even exists is a miracle in itself. Volkswagen already offers the brilliantly capable GTI and the Golf R for those needing extra spice, while the fallout from an emissions scandal has seen the entire Volkswagen group withdraw... Read more

Mercedes-AMG E63 first drive: The luxe lunatic
Mercedes-AMG E63 first drive: The luxe lunatic By Leon Poultney

There are only handful of car buyers in this world that require their daily drive to develop 604bhp, pack the latest semi-autonomous driving functionality and boast enough room inside for four business associates.It's a dilemma that most of us normal... Read more

Audi R8 Spyder (2016) review: Tinnitus, tyre marks and turned heads guaranteed
5.0 stars Audi R8 Spyder (2016) review: Tinnitus, tyre marks and turned heads guaranteed By Leon Poultney

Audi R8 owners dislike the sentiment, but the German speed machine has always been the sensible supercar.The controlled but elegant exterior styling, the impressive interior technology and its ability to make terrible drivers feel confident behind the... Read more

Kia Optima Sportswagon first drive: A big friendly giant that lacks a bit of personality
Kia Optima Sportswagon first drive: A big friendly giant that lacks a bit of personality By Leon Poultney

The Kia Optima is the sort of car that you see starring in flashy US TV commercials, where enormous NBA superstars cram their frames into the cockpit and ramble on about its superb comfort and desirability, despite the fact they likely own a fleet of... Read more

Nissan BladeGlider first drive: Madcap concept hints at all-electric sports car future
Nissan BladeGlider first drive: Madcap concept hints at all-electric sports car future By Leon Poultney

It's almost 34-degrees Celsius and we're standing at the edge of a rickety karting circuit that's located around 50-miles outside the centre of Rio de Janeiro. No, this isn't the Olympics, this is our real-world induction to the Nissan BladeGlider.The... Read more

Honda NSX first drive: The high-tech hooligan
Honda NSX first drive: The high-tech hooligan By Leon Poultney

Honda has long been a company that strives to innovate. When it feels a lawnmower doesn't cut grass efficiently enough, it goes and designs a new one. When private jets need a high-tech overhaul, Honda engineers step in and create something truly fresh.The... Read more

Volkswagen Amarok (2016) first drive: A tough toiler in smart trousers
Volkswagen Amarok (2016) first drive: A tough toiler in smart trousers By Leon Poultney

Amarok is the Inuit word for wolf. We don't speak Inuit, but you can see what Volkswagen is trying to achieve with its surprisingly luxurious pickup.The canis lupus is a hardy creature, living its life in the wilderness, traversing all sorts of challenging... Read more

Porsche 911 Targa 4 review: A modernised blast from the past
Porsche 911 Targa 4 review: A modernised blast from the past By Leon Poultney

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... Read more