John Simister

John Siminster writes for the motoring section of The Independent.

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Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 140 GT

The latest VW Golf is lighter, roomier and greener than ever before

Mercedes-Benz CLS 250 CDI Shooting Brake

An estate that's also a coupé? Has Mercedes-Benz gone too far?

Vauxhall Astra VXR

Will the new 'civilised' Astra hot hatch finally please the petrolheads?

Aston Martin Vanquish

Can Aston Martin's new Vanquish make our reviewer feel like 007?

Kia Cee'd 1.4 CRDi 1 Sportswagon

How Kia has evolved its estate to rival the best of Europe

Honda CR-V 2.2 i-DTEC

Price: From £25,600 approx (range spans £19,000 to £33,000)
Engine: 2,199cc, four cylinders, 16 valves, turbodiesel, 150bhp
Transmission: Six-speed manual gearbox (five-speed auto optional), four-wheel drive
Performance: 118mph, 0-62 in 9.7sec, 50.4mpg, CO2 149g/km

Ford B-Max Titanium 1.0T 120

Is Ford's B-Max the most family-friendly MPV yet?

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?

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