by Press Association 02/03/2018, 11:17 am FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter What is it? If you want a fast, fun hot hatchback, Mini has you covered. There’s the excellent Cooper S, and the more hardcore John Cooper Works. But Mini clearly felt there was a gap between these two cars, and it’s been exploited by this Cooper S Works 210. It follows on from the Mini 210 Challenge Edition of 2016, but is now available in three-door, five-door or convertible series production. We’ve got the five-door here. What’s new? The Cooper S Works 210 starts life as a standard Cooper S, and is fitted with extra goodies on the dealer end rather than at the factory. It gains a John Cooper Works tuning kit, aerodynamic upgrades, and a rather fantastic free-flowing exhaust with a Bluetooth control to toggle ‘track mode’ on or off. What the car doesn’t get is of equal importance – it sits on an … [Read more...] about Mini Cooper S Works 210 is raucous, noisy fun – but don’t expect the last word in driver involvement
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What are they? With the ever-consistent rise of the SUV, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the market for the humble estate car is shrinking. However, by offering a more road-orientated driving style as well as a huge amount of practicality, there’s still very much a place for them. We’ve tested three of the most popular models on sale today – the Volvo V90, Volkswagen’s Passat Estate and the Skoda Superb Estate. All three offer plenty of space at a relatively affordable price, and have a good degree of efficiency on their sides, too. We’re here to find out which is best. What’s new? Let’s start with the Swede. Volvo’s V90 represented a big step forward for the brand, bringing with it huge levels of technology and assistance systems as well as a refined, contemporary look. It was received in a similar way to the XC90 seven-seater – exceptionally well. Solid build quality, good levels of standard equipment and excellent … [Read more...] about Triple Test: Volkswagen Passat Estate V Volvo V90 V Skoda Superb Estate
What is it? Despite the recent explosion in popularity of the compact SUV market, Volkswagen has been noticeably absent from the game. Well, that’s changed — introducing the T-Roc (Yes, it’s a car, not Yorkshire’s Dwayne Johnson). This is the German manufacturer’s attempt to get in on the compact craze, and despite having to play catch-up on its rivals, its aiming to lead the market. With competitors such as the value-packed Renault Captur and the popular Mini Countryman though, there’s something of a mountain to climb. What’s new? As well as establishing a new model for Volkswagen, the T-Roc brings a new naming convention that will extend to the smaller T-Cross SUV coming later down the line. Powertrain options have largely been plucked from other vehicles in the VW Group range, as have the S, SE and SEL trims, but new to the brand is the Design trim — which brings new customisation options to the table for customers. What’s … [Read more...] about First drive: Volkswagen’s T-Roc has all the ingredients to be class-leading
Move over Black Friday – there’s a new retail extravaganza in town and it’s massive. Singles’ Day, which originated in China, takes place on 11 November and has become the world’s biggest shopping day. Singles’ Day started as an obscure “anti-Valentine’s” celebration for unattached university students back in the 1990s. Singles celebrated their solo status by buying themselves gifts on 11 November – a date written as 11.11, or one-one-one-one. Singles’ Day was adopted by online retail giant Alibaba in 2009, although the company now refers to it as the “11.11 Global Shopping Festival”. For the uninitiated, Alibaba is the Chinese equivalent of Amazon and one of the largest retailers in the world. Alibaba.com focuses on global wholesale trade while spin-off AliExpress.com is a retail marketplace offering products at factory prices in small quantities – this is where you need to head to buy cheap goods … [Read more...] about Bigger than Black Friday and coming this weekend – What is Singles Day and how can you get involved?
MANY still need convincing that eco cars are the way forward but Kia’s first money-saving electric car should help persuade those in doubt.Buyers looking for a new car on a budget should definitely consider this. With its seven-year, 100,000-mile warranty, covering the cost of all routine maintenance, and being exempt from road tax means it’ll save you a packet.The EV’s advanced lithium-ion batteries work with a smart heating and cooling system to keep the temperature just right – maximizing the car’s range - which is an impressive 132 miles. The Korean car firm may well be shifting more than the 100 they’ve predicted in the UK.First impressions?It’s not the most stylish looking car on the road, it’s blocky and bulky. The windows are fairly small too; embarrassingly I banged my head on the door frame as I leant out, but having said that, it’s a real head-turner.Driving through Christmas shoppers in London, the Kia certainly stood … [Read more...] about We review the Kia Soul EV from price to economy and all its features
THERE are lots of rational reasons people like my mum bought a Toyota Yaris – reliability, quality, mpg, good residuals. Now Toyota is trying to attract younger drivers by injecting some character.The whole front end has been redesigned and is more polarising like the X on the Aygo city car.There are also brighter colours to choose from - red and blue rather than the muted colours from before - and there's more equipment.But strip away the aesthetics and you still have an honest car that delivers exactly what it promises.Prices start from £10,995 for the 1-litre three-door, but I tested the super-smooth 78.6mpg hybrid. HOW DOES IT DRIVE?One of the big problems with conventional cars is setting off - that's when it does all the hard work and uses the most fuel. So the Yaris wins big here as you glide away on pure electric before the engine kicks in.Drivers stop and start several times on a normal journey - at traffic lights, at roundabouts, at the drive-thru - so … [Read more...] about We review the Toyota Yaris from price to economy and all its features
ARE you tired of your mobile phone running out of battery before the end of the day?There are tricks you can do for both iPhone and Android users to help improve your device's battery life...Turn on Low Power ModeIf you have updated your iPhone to the iOS 9 or higher software, you’ll be able to activate a Low Power Mode on the settings tab.Apple claim that this helps you to gain three extra hours of battery life from your phone.The energy-saving mode is offered to you automatically when you hit 20 per cent remaining power, which turns the battery indicator from green to orange if activated.However, you can turn it on before your phone reaches 20 per cent by going to Settings > Battery and turn on Low Power Mode.Android users also have a power saving mode which can be activated via the battery screen in the Settings app, or by pulling down the notification shade from the top of your screen, pulling it down again to access quick settings, tapping the gear … [Read more...] about How to save iPhone and Android battery with 10 easy tips to improve battery life – and the best portable chargers
Up to 3,000 cyclists die every year in the European Union. In the United States, there may be as many as 50,000 accidents that injure or kill bicyclists annually. But what if there were a bike helmet that alerts drivers to your presence? Swedish automobile manufacturer Volvo has been working on technology to connect cycling helmets with cars on the cloud. It's being unveiled this week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. DW talked to Volvo group CIO Klas Bendrik about the new helmet - including some potential pitfalls. DW: How does this system work? Klas Bendrik: We're using technology, the Volvo cloud, Bluetooth, smart phones and the Strava app. In that ecosystem, we are then connecting the helmets to provide information - in this case light and sound information and vibrations - to the road users. What kind of proximity do you have to get into before an alert shows up? That is one of those things we are now investigating and calibrating as we proceed into the concept … [Read more...] about If the driver doesn’t brake, the car will
DW: How does your technology work? Jan Falkenberg: We have intelligent clothes and with them we can control LBR ("Leichtbauroboter" - robots used in lightweight design and construction) made by Kuka, and record the motions. LBRs are not as expensive as the big robots, so SMEs can afford them. But the problem is that they don't know how to program them. So we're developing intuitive teaching methods and simple workflows. You can teach the robots to do complex workflows and also repeat them. So it's not that humans control the robots. You want to teach the robots by showing them the movements and processes first... Exactly. We teach the robot through intuitive learning, using intelligent clothes, and then we automate the process. And you've got electronics in your jacket and you're wearing a glove with sensors. Tell us about that. The glove is connected via Bluetooth to the intelligent jacket and the jacket communicates via WiFi with the robot, and we also have haptic feedback in … [Read more...] about Future co-working: a space where humans and robots will learn from each other?
With a total of over 200,000 people expected to attend this year's International Funkaustellung (IFA) by Wednesday in Berlin, the 1400 exhibitors have been as keen as ever to gauge visitor reactions to their products that could hit store shelves in time for holiday shopping. Big, bulky, quirky and even colorful headphones are the trend in the audio entertainment section. The listening accessories, which once lost ground to smaller in-ear-phones, have long been back - but they now look like they are here to stay - including cordless ones, powered by Bluetooth. But with some of the other gadgets it is harder to see how useful they might be. Take, for instance, a television made of gold, speakers resembling lights hanging from the ceiling, or a hand-held head massage device. Panasonic, which makes the head massager, claims it will improve the health of your scalp. Samsung has also presented its first Smartphone using the new Windows mobile operating system, and Hewlett Packard has … [Read more...] about Tech fair offers a glimpse into the future