Car Reviews

22Nov 2017

The outgoing Rio established Kia as a maker of desirable city cars. Does the new one build on that legacy? Since its launch in our market some 17 years ago, the Rio has developed a reputation as a reliable, spacious vehicle that offers good value for your hard-earned cash, further cementing this Korean brand’s standing […]

21Nov 2017

The latest Impreza is both polished and polarising… Given the sheer variety of metal out there, brand loyalty can be a fickle thing in today’s automotive market. But there’s always an exception. Subaru owners hang onto their cars for around 10 years, roughly twice as long as the average span of other brand-ownership stretches. But, […]

14Nov 2017

A mid-cycle facelift sees the already generously endowed RS3 gain 24 kW … to spectacular effect 3,93 Seconds… On our test strip, the facelifted RS3 Sedan completed the benchmark 100 km/h sprint in less time than any BMW M or Mercedes-AMG product we’ve ever tested. That’s an incredible achievement, and it’s one made even more […]

09Nov 2017

With the launch of this light SUV, the Haval brand takes a bold leap into the South African market… Over the last decade, several Chinese automotive brands have entered and then exited the South African market. Great Wall Motors (GWM), however, is one automaker that has managed to endure despite the industry’s ups and downs. Recently, […]

09Nov 2017

  The Elantra’s new flagship model offers a step up in performance and premium quality… Two years after its global reveal, the new Hyundai Elantra has finally arrived in South Africa. Given the fact that its predecessor secured our Top 12 Best Buys Compact Sedan title in 2012 and 2013, we were eager to see […]

08Nov 2017

The 3008 compact SUV has oodles of static appeal, but are the GT-Line’s cabin ambience and generous spec list enough to warrant the pricing? The Peugeot brand has had a tough time locally. Even before Peugeot Citröen South Africa made the decision to cease new-car operations of the chevron badge earlier this year, sales of […]

23Oct 2017

A bolder face brings Mazda’s CX-5 back into the spotlight… In the past, Mazda’s CX-5 was something of a fringe player in a compact SUV sphere where the Germans and Koreans hogged the limelight. But, more recently, sales figures have improved and the Mazda appears to have achieved the widespread acceptance it so richly deserved. […]

18Oct 2017

Honda debuts its all-new mid-size SUV in an ultra-competitive segment… Honda’s CR-V has, at various times, been in the top tier of its class. Previous versions were multiple winners of CAR’s Top 12 Best Buys awards, and rightly so; the CR-V has had all the qualities that appeal as a family vehicle in its segment. Lessons […]

17Oct 2017

As before, Porsche has thrown the best bits from the 911 Carrera catalogue at its GTS. Is it more than the sum of its parts? Steering-wheel drive selector turned to sport+, left foot firmly on the brake pedal and right foot full on the throttle to swing the rev needle round the clock. As soon […]

26Sep 2017

Mini’s second-generation Countryman is certainly bigger, but is it better? Mini purists might have scoffed into their English breakfast tea when BMW launched the Countryman at the start of this decade, but it was the Germans who had the last laugh. This oversized model might’ve been a far cry from the diminutive design penned by […]