John Beale

John Beale believes all cars should come in correct wheel drive (rear wheel drive), and prefers old fashioned manual gears. He’s been writing about cars for over four years, and you can read some of his past writing on his blog, www.JTBeale.com. Beale spent a year on SA’s only car Podcast, the ZACarShow, leading the conversation with many of South Africa's top motoring journalists. John is the Motoring Editor for Fitness He Edition Magazine, and moonlights as the head of strategy at Cerebra.

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New Chevrolet Trailblazer Review

Chevrolet Trailblazer Finally, some competition for the Fortuner comes in the form of the new Chevrolet Trailblazer! Well, this because the Ford Everest was a bit of a badly put together mess, and the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport is, well, for people who love Mitsubishi. New Chevrolet Trailblazer reviewed by John Beale The [...]

New Honda CR-V Review

Hondar Cr V 2 Tidy, sensible, quiet and relatively good value. Nothing exciting, but nothing wrong with the new Honda CR-V  either. New Honda CR-V Review by John Beale Now in its third generation, the new Honda CR-V joined the soft-roader SUV market end of last year to compete head on against the Kia Sportage, [...]

Nissan Qashqai +2 Acenta Review

Nissan Qashqai 2 The Nissan Qashqai is nearing the end of its model life, but there’s still very little wrong with this solid 7-seater lifestyle package. Nissan Qashqai +2 Acenta review by John Beale A replacement model for the Nissan Qashqai is due in 2014, and in its last year, the limited edition models are her [...]

Ford Fiesta ST Review

Fiesta St Priced to go, with little to fault, the Ford Fiesta ST is leaps and bounds ahead of its predecessor in terms of refinement, and specification. Ford Fiesta ST review by John Beale Ford arrived a little late to the party, the VW Polo GTI, Renault Sport Clio and Opel Corsa OPC have already been aroun [...]

New Ford Fiesta 1-litre Ecoboost Review

Ford Fiesta Ford raises the bar in what is hands down one of the best engines I’ve tested. Early in 2013, the new Ford Fiesta made its appearance, which brought with it the new 1-litre EcoBoost engine derivative. Besides updates to the styling, safety and features, the updated range features the most recent [...]

Audi Q5 3.0T Quattro Sportline Review

Audi1 Very little to fault in the new supercharged flagship Audi Q5… except for the price Audi Q5 3.0T Quattro Sportline review by John Beale The streets of Johannesburg are no stranger to the Audi’s Q5 SUV. Its to the Q7 what BMW’s X3 is to the X5. Audi pushes roughly just under 200 units a month in SA [...]

ISUZU KB 3.0 D TEQ 4x4 Review

Isuzu Review Improved from the previous model, tough as nails, but still off the mark in terms of comfort and spec from the competition, meet the Isuzu KB 3.0 D TEQ 4x4. Isuzu KB 3.0 D-TEQ 4x4 reviewed by John Beale March finally saw the arrival of the new ISUZU KB range to a very competitive bakkie market. On [...]

Ford Kuga EcoBoost Review

Ford Kuga Review If you’re looking for a SUV for under R350K, you cannot ignore the performance and value from the Ford Kuga EcoBoost. Ford Kuga EcoBoost review by John Beale After giving us the Kuga 2 years after international launch a few years back, Ford finally brought us the updated Kuga right on time, just w [...]

Six best value automatic hatchbacks for under R200K

Hatchback With the average car buyers budget arguably tighter than ever before, getting the most out of your first, or any car purchase for that matter, is vital. I’ve had a look at the sub R200 000 mark passenger vehicles, and with over 27 options available, I’ve narrowed it down to six. Let’s just say if yo [...]

MINI JCW Countryman Review

Mini Review What do you need out of a hot hatch? Unique stand out looks, stiff suspension, uprated engine and exhaust tone, but with the practicality of that model’s everyday functionality. Step in John Cooper Works motorsport tuning, who tackled MINI’s largest… MINI. MINI JCW Countryman review by John Beale [...]