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BMW 5-series GT FCEV (2016) review

Compact battery-electric cars (BEV) for the city; mid-sized plug-in hybrids (PHEV) to cover all bases; fuel-cell hydrogen technology (FCEV) for larger cars and long-range cruising… that’s how BMW pitches its alternative fuel strategy. Munich’s BEVs and PHEVs are already among us, but hydrogen fuel cells like the 5-series GT we’re driving haven’t yet progressed beyond the prototype stage; that’s despite ... Read More »

Nissan GT-R Track Edition engineered by Nismo (2016) review

It’s all too easy to think of the Nissan GT-R as a blunderbuss – point, and destroy. With that blocky styling and its sheer physical mass, it’s not a car that speaks of finesse, while the staggering magnitude of its performance is old news by now. Faced with the inevitable, one imagines most Ferrari and Porsche owners simply shrug and ... Read More »

BMW 2-series Active Tourer 225xe (2016) review

The new BMW 2-series Active Tourer 225xe is the smallest of Munich’s now five-strong plug-in hybrid range. This MPV – which is available to order now for £35,155 – arrives with the 330e and 740e, and joins the existing X5 xDrive40e and i8 variants. All combine a petrol combustion engine with an electric motor and a battery pack that can be plugged in to a ... Read More »

Infiniti Q30 1.5d Premium (2016) review

Sitting somewhere in the high-riding hinterland between a hatchback and a crossover, the Infiniti Q30 looks like a marketing manager’s dream – especially when you add a sprinkling of ‘premium lifestyle’ image to the mix. Is it enough to extract habitual German car buyers from their Audi, Mercedes-Benz or BMW, though? Isn’t it just a tall A-Class? The Q30 shares ... Read More »

Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4 Spyder (2016) review

If there’s one thing that sets the Lamborghini Huracan aside from its obvious Maranello and Woking rivals, it’s the engine. Where the Ferrari 488 has followed the McLaren 650S down the self-righteous path towards downsized, turbocharged enlightenment, Lamborghini has stuck to its naturally aspirated 5.2-litre V10. The beauty of this is that you get instant throttle response and sweet, sweet ... Read More »

Ford Ranger Wildtrack (2016) review

The third-generation Ford Ranger set a new standard when it was launched back in 2011, with car-like comfort and handling, low running costs and a 3.5t towing capacity. But with the bar raised even further by newer competition, will this modest facelift be enough to keep the pickup punters keen? Meaner and bolder; inside and out On the outside, chief designer ... Read More »

Amazon Fire Tablet Review: Does a Lot for $50

The thing to remember about Amazon’s new $50 Fire tablet is that it’s a $50 tablet. It’s not as light or as thin as a tablet that costs five or six times more. The camera isn’t as good, and the screen isn’t as sharp. But it works well as a budget device for the basics – reading, Facebook, video and, ... Read More »

Lenovo Phab Plus Review

Yes, the new Lenovo Phab Plus is enormous and unweildy. No, it’s not worth buying if you do not explicitly want a huge phone – or a tablet that can also make voice calls. Now that that’s out of the way, we can look at it for what it really is rather than dismissing it as ridiculous: a hybrid device ... Read More »

iPad Pro Review

The iPad Pro is, at first glance, completely crazy. A giant iPad with all the limitations of iOS, coupled with added bulk that makes it harder to tote, and a price tag that starts at Rs. 70,000, all make it a hard sell. That’s only the starting price though, and you’re going to end up paying a lot more for ... Read More »

Asus ZenFone Zoom Review

Innovation tends to reach a saturation point after a while, which bogs down pretty much ever facet of technology. What do you do when those eureka moments start drying up and you find yourself looking for something new to wow your audience with? Putting a fresh spin on old technology seems like one way to go about it. Smartphone cameras ... Read More »