John Simister

John Siminster writes for the motoring section of The Independent.

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Fine effort: Kia Optima 1.7D

Kia Optima 1.7D

Kia's roomy saloon seems destined for the minicab ranks

Toyota GT 86

Can Toyota bounce back from a terrible year with its new GT?

The BMW 320d's fit and finish are impeccable

BMW 320d

Can BMW live up to its old slogan with the new 3-series?

The new 911 remains the best thrill-giver you can buy at the price

Porsche 911 Carrera S

Why fans of a 911's 'talkative' steering are going to have to let go...

Suzuki Swift Sport

Suzuki's Swift Sport

Price £14,000-£14,500

Odd features be gone! Honda tones down its long-serving Civic

Honda Civic 1.8 i-Vtec

Vauxhall's new Astra steers with precision, consistency and credible weighting, making it agile and easy to place

Vauxhall Astra GTC 1.4 Turbo SRi

Does Vauxhall's new Astra coupé earn its go-faster stripes?

Peak power: It's best to keep Race mode for open spaces

Ferrari 458 Spider

Ferrari's new 458 is a blast – not least in the noise department

Vauxhall Zafira Tourer

The latest version of this popular MPV shows the futuristic flair to be a winner in the space race

Citroën DS5

Yes, it looks dramatic. But, sadly, any dreams of the marque's classic smooth ride disappear in a welter of thumps and fidgets

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