John Simister

John Siminster writes for the motoring section of The Independent.

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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

Subaru XV 2.0D

With its new 4x4, Subaru might just have rediscovered its appeal

Mercedes-Benz SL 500

It's got technodazzle, but is the new Mercedes SL lacking something?

Chevrolet Aveo

Chevrolet's Aveo is at its most battle-ready in its greenest form

Porsche Boxster S

Porsche's Boxster sheds its apologetic skin to reveal the beast within

The Peugeot 208 has lost a little length and a lot of lard

Peugeot 208 1.2

Can the go-kart feel of Peugeot's 208 make the brand fun again?

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