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Lexus IS 200t EX Review

Lexus recently updated its IS range locally and we tested the IS 200t in EX trim to find out if it’s a viable alternative to the Germans. The IS design has been around for some time and the recent changes don’t amount to much besides the front bumper having bigger lower-side air vents (yes…. in …

VW Polo R-line TSI DSG Review

The Polo R-Line has been a hit with “Volksie” buyers and we tested it to find out why. On the design side it’s immediately clear why the R-Line is so popular with 17inch wheels, sporty bumpers, side sills, chrome exhaust and that R-Line badge on the front grille. During the weeks test, many Polo owners …

Jaguar F Pace Diesel S on review

Jaguar entering the SUV segment with the F Pace was either going to be a masterstroke or sacrilegious to the British brand, on test we had the range topping diesel F Pace S. Judging the whole F Pace by its design, rest assured, Jaguar have hit the sweet spot in design as this “Cat” draws …

Audi Q2 1.4 TFSI S Tronic

The Q2 represents Audi’s response to the GLA and X1 from Merc and BMW respectively, we tested the 1.4 TFSI to see how worried its competitors should be. On the design side, the Q2’s competitors definitely need to be worried as unlike recent “same look but different size” Audi boring designs, the Q2 has a …

Mercedes C350e Plug-in Hybrid Review

Mercedes Mzansi has belatedly launched the first C Class Plug-in Hybrid locally which is also the first such technology vehicle to be assembled locally, Sibonelo Myeni tested it. The C-Class, in our opinion, is the best looking model in its segment and our test unit came with the standard Avant-Garde exterior trim. The test unit …

Nissan NP200 ICE dCi

Nissan has given the NP200 a dash of style targeting buyers looking for a workhorse/adventure “bakkie” without sacrificing comfort. The NP200 ICE is a special limited edition model now available in Mzansi for exactly those buyers, Sibonelo Myeni tested it. The standard NP200 is not exactly a “catwalk” design but in ICE specification, it gains …

VW Passat TDI Executive on test

The Passat TDI was recently added to the local line up with spec changes being carried out as well. Sibonelo Myeni tested the top spec TDI model. The TDI Executive now comes standard with the R Design, which means sporty front and rear bumpers, stylish 18inch wheels. Add to that the standard LED Dynamic lights …

Renault Kwid Dynamique on test

With promotion figures of R1900 per month and free insurance, we had many people asking us if the Kwid is really worth considering as a buy…..Sibonelo Myeni tested it. Interestingly, people initially found the looks of the Kwid not to their taste until I mentioned the price after which they said they wouldn’t mind owning …

Chevrolet Trailblazer 2.8D Z71 on test

Chevrolet updated its Trailblazer SUV in response to competition, Sibonelo Myeni tested the top spec Z71 to find out how good it is and whether it has done enough to challenge for class leader status. In Z71 trim, the Trailblazer surely does stand out, with black 18inch alloy wheels, black racing stripe for the bonnet …

Opel Astra 1.4T Sport Auto Review

Opel’s new Astra aims to capture the intense rivalry with the class leading Golf 7; Sibonelo Myeni tested it in 1.4T Sport Auto trim to find out if it surpasses the current class leader. This segment is all about looks and the new Astra comes well prepared with a chiseled look front and rear that …