Posts Tagged: car review

Road Test: 2012 Mitsubishi Pajero 3.2 DiD
By February 27, 2012 Read More →

Road Test: 2012 Mitsubishi Pajero 3.2 DiD

When almost every carmaker in these days have a SUV in their line-up, it’s nice to know that there still are also some real off-roaders available. Mitsubishi Pajero stays loyal to its heritance and keeps on providing a real off-roading capability. Eventhough the styling has been updated a few times during the three decades of the car’s history, Mitsubishi Pajero is easily recognizable. Its off-road attitude is still clearly expressed in its design. The short bonnet, tall upright windscreen, low waistline, huge wheelarches, short front overhang and side-hinged tailgate with externally mounted spare wheel are all part of the Pajero’s traditional styling. The upright windscreen, huge side windows, large wing mirrors and high seating position are designed to give the driver a good all-round visibility.

Road Test: 2012 Audi A5 Sportback 1.8 TFSI
By February 13, 2012 Read More →

Road Test: 2012 Audi A5 Sportback 1.8 TFSI

The Audi A5 model series has been refreshed for the 2012 model year. The biggest exterior changes can be seen in its front end design. The new front bumper features new air inlets with massive struts, revamped grilles and flat fog lights. The engine hood has been reshaped with sharply chiseled edges. The target was to make the front end look even flatter and wider, a job in which Audi has succeeded quite well. Especially the newly designed headlights make the front of the car look more poised. It looks like the Audi A5 is always ready to go. The lower edge of the headlight forms a wave. With the optional xenon plus headlights, the LED daytime running lights form a narrow frame for the Xenon-headlight. The adaptive light system with dynamic cornering light and turning light is also available. Also the rear bumber and the rear lights of the Audi A5 have been redesigned.

Road Test: 2012 Toyota Hilux 2.5 D-4D 4WD
By December 26, 2011 Read More →

Road Test: 2012 Toyota Hilux 2.5 D-4D 4WD

Toyota’s workhorse, the Hilux pick-up has been on the market for over 40 years. For the 2012 model year, Toyota Hilux has got some new features for its interior and exterior design. The front of the vehicle is entirely new from the A pillar forwards. This new look combines the image of rugged durability and the vehicle’s SUV-like appeal. 2012 Toyota Hilux has a new bonnet, reverse trapezoid-shaped radiator grille, new headlamps and a new front bumper design with a large air intake and integrated fog lamp housings. At the rear, Hilux has a new rear bumber and new rear lights. On this better equipped SR model, the door mirrors have integrated turn signals, the front bumber is body coloured and the rear bumber is chrome plated.

Road Test: 2012 Volvo XC70 D5 AWD Ocean Race Edition
By December 5, 2011 Read More →

Road Test: 2012 Volvo XC70 D5 AWD Ocean Race Edition

Volvo XC70 has been updated with some minor exterior changes. The headlamps have been redesigned and Active Xenon headlights are now available as an option. There is also a new body colour (Twilight Bronze) and a new wheel design available. Instead of the these exterior updates, there is more important things happening inside the car. The 2012 Volvo XC70 has been equipped with the new Sensus-infotainment system and new safety technologies like the City Safety system that comes as standard and the Pedestrian Detection that is available as an option. Also the twinturbo five-cylinder diesel, the D5, has been upgraded to deliver a bit more power.

Road Test: 2012 Ford Fiesta Sport Special Edition 1.6 Ti-VCT
By November 14, 2011 Read More →

Road Test: 2012 Ford Fiesta Sport Special Edition 1.6 Ti-VCT

Now there is a new sporty Fiesta version available in most countries in Europe. The new Ford Fiesta Sport Special Edition has sporty appearance, is well equipped and provides even a quite nice performance. To make it look more interesting, Ford Fiesta Sport Special Edition comes with a full styling kit with lowered side skirts and distinctive front bumber spoiler. The special additons for this model are the silver-coloured front grille surround, aerofoil and fog lamp bezels. There is also a noticeable rear spoiler and polished twin exhausts tailpipes. Ford Fiesta Sport Special Editon is only available as a three-door version and offers seven exterior colors to choose from. The 17-inch, 5-spoke Panther Black alloy wheels are a standard feature in the petrol model, while the diesel gets 16-inch alloys.

Road Test: 2011 Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMG
By October 31, 2011 Read More →

Road Test: 2011 Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMG

Although there still is the same 63-badging in the tailgate, this new CLS AMG has a completely new engine. The new powerhouse has eight-cylinders like its predecessor, but otherwise the engine is completely new. Engine’s displacement is just 5.5-litres, or 5461 cubic centimetres to be exact. That is 747cc less than the previous, 6208cc engine. The other major difference is that while the previous 6.2-litre V8 was naturally aspirated, this new V8 is turbocharged. The two exhaust gas turbochargers are located next to the cylinder banks to supply the eight cylinders with fresh air. Under full load, when running at maximum speed of 185 000rpm, the two turbochargers force 1750 kg of air into the combustion chambers per hour.

Road Test: 2011 Renault Megane R.S.
By October 17, 2011 Read More →

Road Test: 2011 Renault Megane R.S.

Renault Megane R.S. clearly stands out from the crowd with its sporty looks. The Megane Coupe, in which this R.S. model is based on, looks quite good already in its basic form and therefore gives a good starting point for this faster model. Megane R.S. has a sportier front bumper with wide air intake, rear lip spoiler, side skirts and wider wheelarches to accommodate the 18- inch wheels. Looking from the rear you notice the single, central exhaust tailpipe and aerodynamic diffuser. If you are still confused what car you are looking at, there are Renault Sport-badging on the grille, tailgate, sills, headrests, rev-counter background and dashboard trim. Although other colours are also available, this Sport Yellow is the natural choice for a Renault Sport.

Road Test: 2011 BMW X1 xDrive28i
By October 10, 2011 Read More →

Road Test: 2011 BMW X1 xDrive28i

X1 xDrive28i is the first BMW with the new four-cylinder, turbocharged petrol engine. The new engine has a displacement of 1997cc and with the help of BMW TwinPower Turbo technology, high precision injection, double-Vanos and Valvetronic, it delivers 245 horsepower. This kind of power is usually found from the BMW’s engines that have two more cylinders and a much larger displacement. In addition to the horsepower, turbocharging the petrol engine creates a nice mount of torque as well. Hefty 350 Newton metres of torque is available at very low revs at just 1250rpm. This torque at low revs makes the engine very enjoyable to drive, but bringing up the real performance of this engine, it needs more revs. All the 245 horsepower wakes up at 5000rpm and then this engine shows its other side. The new X1 xDrive28i can sprint from zero to hundred kilometres per hour in 6.5 seconds with this automatic transmission. With the six-speed manual gearbox the sprint time is even 0,4 seconds faster.

Road Test: 2011 Nissan Juke 1.6 DIG-T 4WD
By October 3, 2011 Read More →

Road Test: 2011 Nissan Juke 1.6 DIG-T 4WD

It looks like Nissan has combined parts of hatchback, SUV and a sports car to create a new crossover. The small car is called Nissan Juke and it surely looks like something completely new and different than anything else in the Nissan’s model range. Some people will probably think that it’s the most horrible looking car to date, while others, like myself think that its personal exterior actually works quite nicely. And now that I have driven it, I actually like it even more. With some ground clearance, a high waistline, bold wheel arches and big wheels and tyres the Juke looks like a SUV. However, above waistline Juke is a bit sportier. The windscreen is quite big, but side windows are narrow and the hidden rear door handle creates an impression of a two door car. The lights are also a big part of the car’s design. The front lights are split into two distinct elements. Up on the bonnet are the running lights and turn indicators. The main and dipped beams were inspired by the auxiliary lamps fitted to rally cars in the sixties and seventies and are mounted lower on the nose of the car. While the boomerang shaped tail-lights reminds the ones in the 370Z.

Road Test: 2011 BMW 650i Convertible
By September 19, 2011 Read More →

Road Test: 2011 BMW 650i Convertible

It’s hard to be unnoticed when driving with the BMW’s new 6 Series Convertible. If the previous 6 Series looked good, this new one is astonishing. With the total length of 4894 millimetres, the new Convertible is 74 millimetres longer than its predecessor. The car is also 39 millimetres wider and now measures 1894 millimetres across. At the same time 9 millimetres have been shaved off its height. As the car’s height is only 1365 millimetres, it looks even longer and wider than it actually is. As the car has grown in width and length, the interior is quite spacious, especially in the front. The 6 Series is designed to be a 2+2 seater, so the legroom is surprisingly small in the rear seat considering the car’s wheelbase of 2855 millimetres. Eventhough the car has lost some height, it still provides quite nicely headroom in both front and rear seats, also with the roof on top. The Dakota leather trim is standard, but Nappa leather is available as an option in four colour options. In addition to the seats, the instrument panel, the centre console and the upper sections of the rear door panel and side trim can also be lined with Nappa leather as an option and if you want the interior to look even more special, these interior elements can also be ordered with the stitching in a contrasting colour.