• Bite the back of your hand…the S90 R-Design is here.

    After a road trip in a 2 seater sports car, I would immediately be swapping that out for the much more sedate S90 R-Design.  A let down some would say but after a cross-country cruise in what is effectively a 2 seater jetpack, it was nice to settle into...
  • Renault Duster 1.5dCi Automatic Road test

    Last week the Duster EDC arrived on test and although no serious road trips were taken this week the main aim of the week was to see what the dependable Dusters new gearbox was like to live with. EDC Automatic gearbox The 6 speed EDC gearbox, sporting dual clutches...
  • Road Test: Mazda CX-3 2.0 SkyActiv Automatic

    The Mazda CX-3 ticks almost all the boxes. We have a closer look and see if the stylish newcomer can compete against the turbos with it’s normally aspirated engine. Plush Interior The infotainment system in Mazda’s CX-3 is similar to the Mazda 6.  The touch-screen dash display is clear...
  • Mazda BT-50 3.2 Diesel D/C 4X4 Road Test

      Mazda BT-50, just like its cousin, the Ford Ranger received a make over this year.  We take a brand new BT-50 over some dirt roads, a  little off roading and use it for our daily commute. On the outside, the Mazda BT-50 has been updated to look more...
  • The Golf 7.5 GTI; what are the differences?

    The Golf 8 is around the corner, but VW has treated us with a revised Golf 7.5 GTI. I say treated, because that’s what it feels like from behind the wheel. I spend some time with the 7.5 GTI noting the key differences, and report on whether or not...
  • The Volvo S90 T6, the home run no one talks about

    This week, Volvo’s biggest seller locally, the XC60, was launched abroad and Volvo executives must be counting the weeks before its SA arrival. With sales of the XC90 and Volvo S90 not nearly as good as in Europe, the aging local XC60 is still outperforming its bigger, newer siblings....
  • The 2017 Mazda3 Astina 2.0, More than just looks?

    Featuring minor cosmetic changes, the face-lifted Mazda3 Astina is as attractive as it’s always been. Stylish and understated, the proportions of the Mazda made more and more sense as I parked and glanced back at the 4-door hatchback. Riding on new 18 inch wheels, Mazda3 also has other cosmetic...
  • Pretty Fly for a TSI! Polo R-Line hits its niche

    The Polo R-Line 1.0 TSI petrol engine from VW really is quite a gem. And one that had me confused. Is it a diesel? It has the torque spread of a diesel with the 200Nm available all the way from 2000rpm until it starts dropping off at around 3500rpm. ...
  • Road Test: Suzuki Baleno 1.4 GLX Manual

      So you have R229 000 burning a hole in your pocket. You want a brand new car, it has to  be manual and have a normally aspirated engine, good fuel economy, be fun to drive when you want it to be, but more importantly be modern(ish) and highly...