John Simister

John Siminster writes for the motoring section of The Independent.

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The Skoda Rapid is roomier than the previous-model Octavia but doesn't look overly bulky

Skoda Rapid 1.6 TDI 105 Elegance

Is Skoda's latest family car, the Rapid, up to speed?

Mercedes-Benz A250 Engineered by AMG

Just how far has Mercedes' latest moved on from its stubby forebears?

Radical SR3 SL

It's legal to drive the Radical SR3 on British roads. But should you?

Volvo V40 D2

Price: £19,745
Engine: 1,560cc, four cylinders, 16 valves, turbodiesel, 115bhp
Transmission: Six-speed gearbox, front-wheel drive
Performance:118mph, 0-62 in 11.7sec, 78.5mpg, CO2 94g/km

The Focus ST in its new 'signature' colour of Tangerine Scream

Ford Focus ST

Is Ford's new Focus ST as punchy as its 'signature' tangerine colour?

There is real innovation in the Mazda CX-5 SUV but its design makes it look a bit of a frump

Mazda CX-5 SUV

How Mazda slimmed down to come up with a hybrid-beating SUV.

The Audi A3 1.4 TFSI has a 'drive me' character the old A3 never had

Audi A3 1.4 TFSI

Audi's new A3 looks just like its dad – but there the similarity ends...

Peugeot 508 RXH

There's something awfully familiar about the Peugeot 508 RXH...

Firm favourite: The new Mini Cooper SD Roadster

Mini Cooper SD Roadster

Minis always felt like nippy motors – but can they really be sports cars?

Ford Focus 1.0 EcoBoost

How Ford has cut its Focus's CO2 output without compromising power

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