ROAD TEST: Ford Figo Hatch 1,5 Titanium

The Figo bears the latest Ford face. Rear styling fails to make as bold an impact as the front. Cabin borrows many cues from the Fiesta. Simple but clear instruments. Ample rear legroom. The boot is surprisingly small considering ...

ROAD TEST: Ford Ranger 3,2 TDCi DC 4×4 Wildtrak AT vs. Toyota Hilux DC 2,8 GD-6 4×4 Raider

Ford Ranger or Toyota Hilux? The Ranger features plenty of kit. The Hilux gains reach adjustment for the steering. The Ford Ranger faces up to the Toyota Hilux. The Hilux does the same. The Ranger kicks up some sand. ...

Long-term test: Hyundai i20 1,4 Fluid

Long-term test: Hyundai i20 1,4 Fluid Long-term test: Hyundai i20 1,4 Fluid Electric-power steering will benefit from an update. Long-term test: Hyundai i20 1,4 Fluid Long-term introduction: Hyundai i20 1,4 Fluid Although CAR prefers to evaluate volume-selling models because ...

ROAD TEST: BMW X1 xDrive25i Steptronic

Better value to be found in the front-wheel-drive sDrive derivatives. The styling is much improved. Impressive luggage space, despite a shorter overall length. The wheelbase is up 90 mm. The optional adjustable rear seats. Perceived quality inside is high. ...

ROAD TEST: Ford Figo 1,5 TDCi Trend

The roominess of the cabin eats into boot space a little. Build quality inside is solid. Does the diesel-powered Figo make sense in SA? Decent space in the rear. The good news first: if your needs extend to a ...

ROAD TEST: Mazda CX-3 2,0 Dynamic Auto

In darker hues, the crossover cues are all but lost. Hatchback or crossover? Sporty cabin inspired by that of the Mazda2. Transmission downshifts eagerly. Room is limited aft. MZD infotainment system is handy, but the sport drivetrain mode slightly ...

ROAD TEST: Mini Cooper S Clubman AT

The clamshell rear door arrangement remains. The club-door setup, though, has thankfully been changed. The most practical member of the Mini family. The cabin is neat, with impressive build quality. The Clubman is just 2 mm shorter than a ...

ROAD TEST: Volvo S60 Polestar

Sports seats are one of the few interior additions. The upgraded engine makes 258 kW and 500 N.m. Just 28 units of this particular model made it to SA. Exterior styling is fairly restrained. Inside, things are just as ...

ROAD TEST: Hyundai Tucson 1,6 T-GDi Elite DCT AWD

The compact SUV revives the Tucson nameplate. The DCT gets the job done in traffic. Ground clearance sits at 172 mm. The turbocharged petrol engine is worth 130 kW and 265 N.m. Luggage space is adequate. Has Hyundai done ...

ROAD TEST: Mercedes-AMG A45 4Matic 7G-DCT

The rear lights include LED elements. The rear apron is designed to reduce lift at high speeds. Big performance from this little engine. Easy-to-read dials. Solid and rattle-free cabin. The rear quarters are a little tight. The facelifted A45 ...

ROAD TEST: BMW M2 M-DCT

Retracing the BMW compact performance steps. And up front, too… Plenty of nods to its forebear. The same, but different. Where the action happens. Inside, there is not much to set the M2 apart from its standard 2 Series ...

Long-term test: Ford Fusion 2,0 EcoBoost Titanium

Comfort and spacious, but heavy on fuel. Long-term test: Ford Fusion 2,0 EcoBoost Titanium Long-term test: Ford Fusion 2,0 EcoBoost Titanium The massive luggage bay, one of the car’s greatest attributes. Long-term test: Ford Fusion 2,0 EcoBoost Titanium  As ...

Long-term test: Renault Captur 88 kW Turbo EDC Dynamique

The average consumption currently sits at 8,19 litres per 100 km. Even tall passengers fit in the rear of the Captur. Long-term test: Renault Captur 88 kW Turbo EDC Dynamique Long-term test (Introduction): Renault Captur 88 kW Turbo EDC ...

Long-term test: Citroën C4 Cactus 1,2 e-THP Shine

Long-term test: Citroën C4 Cactus 1,2 e-THP Shine The Cactus in Barrydale on Route 62. The C4 Cactus is smaller in size than most pictures suggest. Introduction: Citroën C4 Cactus 1,2 e-THP Shine Seeing the C4 Cactus in the ...

ROAD TEST: Audi A4 vs. BMW 320i vs. Mercedes C200

The Audi A4 returns to take on its compact executive countrymen. The updated A4 engine makes it a punchy performer. The C-Class performed well in in-gear acceleration tests. The new unit powering the BMW makes the 3 Series slightly ...

ROAD TEST: Hyundai i20 1,4 Sport

The Hyundai i20 1,4 Sport has plenty of local flavour. Nothing changes inside, though. The 1,4 Sport competes against the Swift Sport and Sonic RS. The Sport model makes use of a UniChip ECU chip. And respectable boot space, ...

ROAD TEST: Birkin S3 180 XS

The unassisted brakes are very effective. The paintwork is a tribute to the classic Lotus racers. Easy access to the adjustable suspension. The small steering wheel is removable. The 2.0-litre Ford engine makes 138 kW and 208 N.m. The ...

ROAD TEST: BMW X5 xDrive40e vs. Volvo XC90 T8 AWD

Both vehicles use lithium-ion battery packs. The xDrive40e is equally subtle about its PHEV powertrain. Standard BMW X5 fare inside. The first two PHEVs SUVs offered in South Africa. An interior familiar to those who have driven an XC90. ...

ROAD TEST: Kia Soul 1,6 Diesel Smart DCT

This latest version of the Kia Soul is still an excellent alternative to the norm. Quirky rear styling remains. Plenty of equipment comes standard in this model. The 1,6-litre turbodiesel now makes 100 kW and 300 N.m. Surprisingly roomy ...

Long-term test: Volkswagen Amarok 2,0 BiTDI Highline 4Motion AT

The Blaupunkt audio and optional satellite navigation systems are very useful, but not without their quirks. The Volkswagen Amarok has been used on a combination of tarmac and gravel roads. Transporting wooden poles to the farm. Who said a ...

ROAD TEST: Jaguar XF 25t R-Sport vs. Lexus GS200t EX

Both vehicles have xenon lights as standard. Access to the rear bench of the Jaguar is tight. Uncluttered design sees the larger XF appear smaller than the GS. The conservative XF cabin is easy to use. The Jaguar here ...

ROAD TEST: Toyota Fortuner 2,4 GD-6 4×2

Standard interior features include a tilt-and-telescopic steering column, cruise control and a chilled glovebox. Second-row passengers enjoy plenty of space. The third-row seats that fold to the sides of the boot area remain a big irritation. Rear spoiler, roof ...

ROAD TEST: Mini One Hatch 3-Door

Steering wheel controls are optional, but leather wrapping is standard. The One is the entry-level Mini. The 1,2-litre triple is one of the highlights of the package. The cabin is solid and the driving position perfect. The engine starts ...

ROAD TEST: Opel Astra vs. Peugeot 308 vs. VW Golf

Three European champions clash… The Golf features rear air vents and the comfiest bench shape. Impressive rear leg- and headroom in the Opel. The 308 has the sportiest character. The Golf remains composed in all driving conditions. Low-speed ride ...

TEST: Audi RS3 vs. Focus RS vs. Mercedes-AMG A45

Three different ideas for delivering torque to all four wheels. Which one would you have? The Audi RS3 feels best put together inside. Focus RS interior mirrors that found in the Focus ST. The neat A-Class cabin gains sporty ...

TEST: Fiat Fullback DC 2,5 vs. Ford Ranger DC 2,2 TDCi

Can the Fiat Fullback take the fight to the Ford Ranger? The Ranger mill, meanwhile, is the more refined of the pair. The rear bench in the Ranger is too upright. The Fullback engine is the punchier of the ...

ROAD TEST: Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport Edition 40

One of the few external additions to set the Clubsport aside from lesser GTI derivatives. Brakes proved fade-free during hard driving. The cabin remains the standard-bearer in this segment. For a front-wheel drive car, the Clubsport has immense levels ...

Long-term test: Opel Corsa 1,4T Sport

Long-term test: Opel Corsa 1,4T Sport The cabin feels reasonably airy and the standard of fit and finish is good. We put the Intellilink system under the spotlight. Long-term test: Opel Corsa 1,4T Sport A punchy engine and a ...

ROAD TEST: Jaguar F-Pace 35t AWD S

Pricing concerns place plenty of pressure on the Jaguar badge. F-Pace borrows its AWD system from the F-Type. The F-Pace faces competition from within its own stable. The optional InControl Touch Pro includes a large, crisp display. The raised ...

VW Up! 1,0 5-Door Colour vs. Smart Forfour Passion

Two very distinct characters. Boot space is meagre. Dual-tone bodywork on the Smart is striking. Pods and curves abound in the quirky Smart cabin. Colour line is an acquired taste. The Up! cabin is a study in solid simplicity. ...

ROAD TEST: Mahindra KUV100 G80 K8

The exterior design of the Mahindra KUV100 is downright quirky. The small boot is easily accessed through a wide opening. The buzzy three-pot is punchy at town speeds. The rear bench offers only two three-point belts. Design is far ...

AUTOS: Suzuki Celerio vs. Kia Picanto vs. Hyundai i10

Three of the cheapest automatics on our market. Rear legroom in the Picanto is the most plentiful of the three cars here. With the Picanto, you are forced to travel light. Sporty looking dash adds to the character of ...

TEST: BMW 520d vs. Mercedes-Benz E220d

The E-Class looks similar to its C- and S-Class siblings, while the 5 Series has remained contemporary. The 5 Series boot is the largest of all the sedans in the BMW range. The facia in the 5 Series looks ...

Nissan Qashqai 1,2T vs. Renault Kadjar 96 kW Turbo

Where should you spend your money: Japanese or French? The two share their engines, although the Renault makes a bit more power. The Kadjar has the more upmarket cabin. The Renault boot, though, offers more space. Rear seating in ...

ROAD TEST: Volkswagen Polo Vivo 1,6 GTS

Does this Volkswagen Polo Vivo deserve its GTS badge? Dark-silver panels surround the audio unit. Tartan-trimmed front seats are a highlight. Body stripes make the GTS easily identifiable. The facia is typically solid. The Vivo bests many of its ...

ROAD TEST: Volkswagen Cross Up! 1,0

Rear seating just about fits two adults. The boot boasts a false floor. The driving position is comfortable, despite the steering lacking depth adjustment. Five-speeder is a sweet-shifting unit. Radio lacks Bluetooth and USB. Trip computer is part of ...

Road test: Kia Soul vs. Mazda CX-3 vs. Renault Captur

Three distinctly different light crossovers. The rear bench in the Captur adjusts to free up more space in the boot. Boot of the CX-3 is adequate. Generous luggage space in the Soul. The cabin of the Captur is stylish, ...

ROAD TEST: Honda Civic 1,5T Sport CVT

The latest Honda Civic sedan dips its toe into the D-segment. Is this rear wing really necessary? The new family face. The LED binnacle, however, boots up with a flourish. The new facia is well executed, but a little ...

TEST: Mercedes-Benz C250d vs. Mercedes-Benz GLC250d

They share a platform, but the GLC is 197 mm taller and 80 mm wider than the C-Class. Additional insulation in the GLC means less engine noise enters the cabin. In both the C-Class and GLC, this engine makes ...

ROAD TEST: Volvo V40 D3 Momentum Geartronic

The Volvo V40 sets a distinctive path in a German-dominated segment. Supportive seats take centre stage in a serene yet characterful cabin. The four-cylinder diesel is more frugal and refined than the five-pot it replaces. Digital instrument array serves ...

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