Car Reviews

Mercedes-Benz C220d Cabriolet (2016) Review

DSC 2906 Does the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet deliver enough style, luxury and on-road comfort to tickle the imagination (and wallet) of the lifestyle-orientated buyer? We sampled the turbodiesel-powered C220d Cabriolet to find out… We Like: Attractive styling, cruising ability, decent fuel c [...]

BMW M140i (2016) Review

IMG 9293 At the summit of the BMW 1 Series range sits a hidden performance gem. It’s called the M140i and despite this unit's vivid orange paint job, it too lives in the shadow of its much-vaunted M2 sibling. We get to grips with the understated newcomer and make an interesting disco [...]

Mercedes-Benz C350e (2016) Review

IMG 9237 Barring the fire-breathing AMG derivatives, Mercedes-Benz's new plug-in hybrid model, the C350e, is the most powerful offering in the C-Class line-up, and also claimed to be the most frugal. Can the first locally manufactured plug-in hybrid really offer the best of both worlds? Let's [...]

Suzuki Baleno 1.4 GLX (2016) Review

DSC 3454 The Baleno offers big-car comfort at a small hatchback price, but can it lure buyers away from top-selling hatchbacks or compact family cars/crossovers? We put Suzuki's newcomer to the test. We like: Exterior styling, good performance, handling, economy, lots of space. We don’ [...]

Comparative Review: Hyundai Tucson vs Kia Sportage vs Renault Kadjar vs Volkswagen Tiguan

IMG 9190 These 4 family cars, which were recently introduced in South Africa, compete in one of the most hotly-contested segments in the South African new vehicle market. We get down to the nitty-gritty to find out which one is the best buy. At a glance   Hyundai Tucson 1.6 Turbo [...]

Renault Kwid Dynamique (2016) Review

DSC 2692 Renault’s budget-busting Kwid has arrived in South Africa and we put the newcomer to the test to find out if it’s worthy of your attention. Is the Kwid’s strengths enough to warrant a purchase or should you consider other options? We take a closer look… We Like: St [...]

Suzuki Swift Sport (2016) Review

IMG 9100 The Suzuki Swift might not be the newest compact hatchback in the market, but the top-of-the-range Swift Sport deserves a special mention... The outgoing version of the pint-sized hot hatch proved quite a hit and this newer version looks set to become a cult classic too. We like: Performan [...]

Comparative Review: Opel Astra 1.6T Sport vs Renault Megane GT Turbo

IMG 9049 Two sporty hatches face off in a Euro-centric clash that pits new German design against French flair and innovation. At a glance   Opel Astra 1.6T Sport Renault Megane GT Turbo Power/Torque 147 kW/280 Nm 151 kW/280 Nm We Like: Ride [...]

Chevrolet Trailblazer 2.8D Z71 4x4 Auto (2016) Review

IMG 9001 Chevrolet's highly-rated Trailblazer SUV has for too long been ignored by South African car buyers. In a market obsessed with the prestige of driving Toyota's superb new Fortuner, or the macho appeal of the Ford Everest, the Trailblazer has seemingly lacked a knock-out punch [...]

Mercedes-Benz SL500 AMG Line (2016) Review

IMG 8742 The SL500 (previously known as 500SL) must be one of the most iconic badges to grace the bootlid of a Benz. The nomenclature has been a fixture in the marque’s iconic luxury roadster line-up since 1980 and is utterly desirable, but has the SL, which recently received a facelift, kept up [...]