Life and Style A child takes a picture of the Germany players as they ride the Tube

German footballers play by different rules from ours – look at them on the Underground! Tony Paterson in Berlin explains why materialism is a dirty word in the Bundesliga

Car Choice: 4x4s take the rough with the smooth

Four-wheel drives don't have to be big and ugly. Why not try a smaller model that combines on-road refinement with off-road ability?

Audi A4 Avant 1.8 TFSI

The Audi A4 Avant is an estate car that exudes expense and precision. What's more, it drives like a BMW – well almost

Audi S5 - macho man

While the Audi TT brought a sexy element to the car-maker, its S5 goes a step further and makes you feel like a bit of a rogue

Claus Luthe: Designer of the daring Ro80

New cars today rarely flare the imagination as the NSU Ro80 did in 1967. It was, quite simply, the most daringly modern car on the road – Lamborghini, Porsche and Jaguar notwithstanding. It was even more apposite that, as the wraps were coming off this German masterpiece at the Frankfurt motor show, resolutely old-tech relics like the Morris Minor and the Austin Cambridge were still rolling down British production lines.

BMW 125i SE convertible

Out of the two German sporty convertible, the 125i comes out on top – soft top, that is

Mercedes C-Class Estate Sport

Mercedes' new big red sporty number: The new C-Class Estate Sport has the looks, but does it have the performance to match? David Wilkins finds out

Audi A3

Call me a Cabriolet - the top is perfect and the bottom isn't big. Raise the roof for the new Audi A3 – a soft-top convertible that takes bumps in its stride and bends with poise, and doesn't sacrifice boot space when the hood comes down

Reed looks for festive cheer with Carling semi-final place

Les Reed knows a place in the semi-finals of the Carling Cup would help to bring some much-needed festive cheer to The Valley.

Snowboarding: Gladiator prepares to repel all boarders

Zoe Gillings has broken new ground in the rough and ready discipline of snowboard-cross. Mike Rowbottom hears how she plans to make the leap on to the Olympic podium next month

Audi A4 convertible: Roofless efficiency

Richard Dredge finds getting to grips with Audi's new fast and easy topless models a real turn-on

Volkswagen Passat 2.0 SE TDI: Middle of the road

The new Volkswagen Passat is a solid performer that's hard to fault. But Michael Booth can't help wishing it was just a little more exciting

You'll love it for 50 years

The Audi A2 is a sadly neglected masterpiece and is set to become a great classic, says Sean O'Grady

Last Chance To Buy: Audi A6

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee