Car Reviews

Mercedes-AMG GT (2016) review

I fear that no-one is going to buy this car – which seems a ridiculous thing to say given how gorgeous it looks in the pictures. But I just can’t help thinking if you’re going to spurn the obvious Porsche 911 and purchase a Mercedes-AMG GT, you’re going to go the whole hog, so to speak, and pay the extra £13,300 ... Read More »

Fiat 500 TwinAir (2016 facelift) review

This isn’t our first taste of the facelifted-for-2016 Fiat 500. You can read our in-depth review of the renewed car in entry-level 1.2-litre form here, but this is the other side of the petrol coin – the buzzy little two-cylinder 875cc turbocharged TwinAir. Remind me what’s changed on the facelifted Fiat 500? A bit of minor airbrushing around the exterior, ... Read More »

Ford Mustang 5.0 V8 GT (2016) review

So this is it. After decades spent admiring the Mustang from afar, coveting its brawny, affordable performance and off-the-scale cool, Ford’s heritage-drenched muscle car has finally made it to little old England as an official model, complete with appropriately tuned suspension, the peace of mind that comes with any other dealer-bought Ford and the steering wheel where it should be. ... Read More »

‘Magicup’ spill-proof coffee cup review: mug of champions?

Take-away coffee is now seriously big business and making the most of this hot beverage-boom is an equally fast-moving mug industry. Want to drink out of a camera lens? There’s a mug for that. Stir your tea for you? There’s a mug for that. Need a heat-reactive paint-job to show you when your drink is at the right temperature like ... Read More »

Ford Focus RS (2016) review

It’s back! But look closely, for the third-generation Ford Focus RS is not quite like anything we’ve ever seen before. Okay, okay, so it is fundamentally quite a lot like all those other Mk3 Focuses you see on the road, everyday – the Focus is after all consistently one of the top three best-selling cars in the UK, and the ... Read More »

Ford Focus RS (2016) review

It’s back! But look closely, for the third-generation Ford Focus RS is not quite like anything we’ve ever seen before. Okay, okay, so it is fundamentally quite a lot like all those other Mk3 Focuses you see on the road, everyday – the Focus is after all consistently one of the top three best-selling cars in the UK, and the ... Read More »

Ford F-150 Platinum 4×4 SuperCrew (2016) review

This might well be one of the least consequential product reviews in history. Ford doesn’t sell the F-150 in the UK, and in territories in which the truck is on sale the opinion of some know-nothing limey matters not a jot. Ford knows the F-150 is good because of the numbers. Those numbers include a 39-year run as America’s best-selling ... Read More »

Nissan Leaf 30kWh Tekna (2016) review

The electric Nissan Leaf now has a greater range thanks to a boosted 30kWh battery pack. But is a bigger charge enough to tempt you away from cheaper, conventional petrol and diesel hatchbacks that don’t suffer from range anxiety in the first place? Read our first drive review to find out whether – five years after becoming the first credibly ... Read More »

Porsche 911 Turbo S (2016) review

A facelifted turbocharged 911? Already? Only seems like five minutes since the last one… Ahh, you’re thinking of the Carrera and Carrera S, whichswitched to turbo power last year. This is Turbo with capital T. Except on the rear badge, confusingly, where Porsche typography convention means a lower-case one. Well if the common 911s are now turbocharged too, how does ... Read More »

Lexus GS300h Executive Edition (2016) review

Lexus has long pursued a stronger visual identity within the premium echelons of the car market. It’s what resulted in the now familiar – and unquestionably distinctive – ‘spindle’ grille, which made its first appearance on the fourth-generation Lexus GS back in 2012. Four years is a long time in the automotive world, however, so the Japanese marque has ushered in ... Read More »