Top Gear’s biggest car reviews of 2016 so far

  • Ford Focus RS

    “It’s a magical sensation, because unlike powerful rear-wheel drive cars, where the rear has a penchant for overtaking the front, the RS’ front tyres aren’t merely a static rotation point, they use that 30 per cent of torque to keep things moving forward, letting you hang the tail out, fear-free…”

  • Porsche 911 Turbo and Turbo S

    “Go faster and both the Turbo or S remain one of the quickest point-to-point road cars on the planet. Click Sport Response, press throttle, overtake eight cars, relax. Or keep going and realise that because the Turbo remains a GT, everyday car, that it lulls you into travelling at speeds that you just didn’t think relevant, or actually possible…”

  • Kia Sportage

    “Well, we’re not about to call it a mini-Macan, but it’s certainly a lot sharper than the outgoing Sportage. Body control is impressive enough that a couple of quick laps of the GP circuit didn’t turn into a tyre-howling mess and yet out on the roads and Autobahns leading to and from Frankfurt airport, the Kia proved to have a very comfortable ride…”

  • Jaguar F-Pace

    “On the mixture of snow and ice at JLR’s north Sweden test centre, all three perform ably at their particular tasks, the F-Pace feeling secure and stress-free to drive in conditions that would be nasty and downright unsettling on actual roads. Over the wet grass and muddy fields that will present its most regular real-world obstacles, the F-Pace should be a breeze…”

  • Alpina D3

    “It has more torque than a Ferrari F12, yet even I drew 42mpg out of it, and boy is there oodles of burgeoning, ever-expanding thrust from the 345bhp/516lb ft unit up front. It runs slickly through the eight speed automatic gearbox too…”

  • Lexus RC300h

    “The RC is an ace looking thing, and its interior is very swish. Go for sporty F Sport trim and you get motorised dials like in the LFA supercar, while the whole car exhibits welcome quirkiness in a strait-laced posh car market. And while it’s not brimming with feedback and feel, it’s still a pleasant thing to drive and it cossets and comforts in a way a 4-Series will struggle to…”

  • Cadillac CT6

    “The CT6 scores really well in the dynamics category. It’s around 1,000lb lighter than some of its bigger competitors, has a super tight bodyshell, and makes extensive use of fewer, bigger clever castings at key points in the structure. Plus there’s an active chassis, so the CT6 shares the ATS and CTS’s class-leading ability to stay composed and change direction with speed, control and surety. It also does all this with a hushed calm you would want but probably weren’t expecting…”

  • BMW 330e

    “The handling remains terrific, the ride is fine. The only debit is an unprogressive brake pedal as the effort is shuffled between regeneration and friction. The cabin isn’t as gorgeously appointed as a new A4 or C-class, mind, but the same applies to any 3-series these days…”

  • Lamborghini Huracán Spyder

    “The great thing about having a V10 on board is that it sounds interesting all of the time. Unlike a flat-plane V8, it doesn’t blare or drone at low speeds. It’s always chattering away to itself and generally being musical. Deep-bodied and flatulent at low revs or on the overrun, baleful in the mid-range and bloody frenetic at the 8,250rpm power peak…”

  • Tesla Model S P90D

    “It’s astonishing. There’s no wheelspin, just an electrical whine and this vast, even pressure shoving you forward. It’s utterly relentless up to about 70mph, but after that it starts to tail off…”

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