Car Reviews

Lexus NX300h hybrid (2015) long-term test review

Nice touches – every Lexus has them. You can be unsure about the obsession with hybrids (and I am), you can question the looks (you shouldn’t – it looks great), you can pooh-pooh the packaging (yep, the boot’s not huge). But the touches will win you round like a cheeky charmer who you just can’t stay mad at. I’ve just ... Read More »

Porsche Panamera Mk2 spyshots: it’s 2016’s new Panam, codenamed G2

Engineers in Stuttgart are busy preparing the new 2016Porsche Panamera for launch next year – and our spy photographers have caught new photos of a prototype that’s dropped some of its camo. That gives us a clearer look at a car that appears altogether sleeker and more attractively proportioned than its predecessor, with 3D-effect tail-lights like those of the freshly facelifted 991. ... Read More »

Can the BMW 5-series GT discover its handsome side for 2016?

It’s polarised the critics and hasn’t exactly set the sales charts alight, but the BMW 5-series Gran Turismo will return, these spyshots confirm. As revealed in CAR’s scoop dossier, the GT will bookend the new sixth-generation G30 5-series range together with the Touring estate version. The new 5-series saloon is due to launch in late 2016; expect the GT to ... Read More »

Audi A5 Coupe and Cabrio Mk2: the new A5’s coming in 2016

Testing on the new 2016 Audi A5 – codenamed the B9 family – is reaching an advanced stage, with lightly disguised prototypes taking to public roads in Germany. Our new spy photos follow 2014’s scoop of early A5 coupes on test at the Nurburgring in Germany; the black coupe in our picture gallery is an early test car mule, wearing ... Read More »

Land Rover’s 2016 Disco spied, plus info on next Defender and more

A new Discovery in more ways than one: this is the all-new 2016 Land Rover Discovery, spied testing on public roads in Germany. Under the black and white camouflage, it seems the iconic Discovery silhouette has undergone a significant change. The arrow-straight roofline appears dramatically lower, and the front more rounded, with a similar nose treatment to the smaller Discovery ... Read More »

Mercedes-Benz Vision Tokyo lounges about at the 2015 Tokyo show

The new Vision Tokyo looks oddly familiar somehow? You might be thinking of the F 015 Luxury in Motionconcept, a self-driving limo with a private lounge interior revealed at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas earlier this year. The Vision Tokyo is cut from the same futuristic cloth, but while the Luxury in Motion sat four occupants in individual ... Read More »

Honda Project 2&4: a step closer to production?

Honda’s Project 2&4 concept has been given a second motor show airing at Tokyo 2015. The fantastic Frankfurt debutant has cutely switched its seat to the right-hand side for drive-on-the-left Tokyo. Powered by a 220bhp MotoGP engine and weighing 405kg, think of the 2&4 as Honda’s Ariel Atom. Is the 2&4 any closer to reality? Designer Martin Petersson hopes so, ... Read More »

Yamaha Sports Ride concept sports car for Tokyo 2015

Yamaha showed an intriguing concept for a new sports car at the 2015 Tokyo show. Called the Yamaha Sports Ride Concept, it was designed in association with engineer extraordinaire Gordon Murray – and features the first carbonfibre application of his new iStream manufacturing process. Composites would keep weight comfortably lower than 1000kg, making for a lightweight rival to the Lotus ... Read More »

Honda Clarity Fuel Cell (2016) review

The fuel cell car continues to polarise the automotive world. The pro lobby sees them as the long-range personal transport solution of a hydrogen-based society, holding a glass to their exhaust pipe and smugly drinking the car’s waste output as proof of its green credentials. Critics laugh at the wastefulness of using (lots of) electricity to create the necessary hydrogen, ... Read More »

Hydrogen-powered Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell costs £53,000

Prices have been announced today for Hyundai’s hydrogen fuel cell-powered ix35. Vaunted as the first mass-produced fuel cell vehicle to go on mainstream sale, it costs £53,105. That figure’s helped by part-funding from the European HyFive project, a hydrogen fuel consortium of which Hyundai’s a member, which cuts around £15,000 from the price. Without taking that into account, the ix35 ... Read More »