Cheaper than the GTI with most of the creature comforts.
Output increase is nominal but it does feel crisper.
Initial disdain was due to lack of airbags and poor score in international safety tests.
AWD system makes it a breeze to handle the 260kW of power from 2.5l turbo-charged Boxer engine.
The model range was recently given exterior nip and tuck to update looks
Has the same mechanical pedigree as always and is ready for off-roading.

Road tests DRIVEN: Lack of oomph in Honda Amaze is not so amazing

Car aimed at first time buyers, young families and mature people.

Road tests DRIVEN: New Hyundai Kona is an SUV to fall in love with

New offering has a perky 998cc three-cylinder turbocharged engine.

Road tests DRIVEN: Nissan Navara 4×2 Bakkie

Behind the wheel, Navara is nimble and road friendly, despite being hulky.

Road tests Lexus pushes greener gear with new IS hybrid

Apart from trademark trims, it also comes with good spec set of safety features.

Road tests Our long term VW Golf GTD produces brilliant fuel usage figures

Plan is to curb the manufacturers from manipulating outcome of a laboratory test.

Road tests Ford Fiesta Trend is tops in fuel economy

Ford’s little number also scores high for reliability, comfort and style.

Road tests DRIVEN: New BMW X3 xDrive 30i

BMW’s xDrive30i combines all-round performance and a feel-good factor.

Road tests DRIVEN: All-new BMW 3 Series – sharper and smarter than ever

You can ask it how weather is at home or that you are bored and it will respond.

Road tests Porsche opens playgrounds

One-on-one coaches give personalised attention and bespoke programmes.

Road tests DRIVEN: New Mercedes-Benz X350d is capable

New 3.0-litre, six-cylinder diesel engine a big step up on x250d.

Road tests Popular Porsche Carrera 911 a beaut

Carrera S and 4S Coupe more masculine but still modern and timeless.

Road tests Refreshed Kia Sportage ticks buttons for price, value and choice

Eight-speed auto gearbox boasts 143 newly patented technologies.

Road tests DRIVEN: New Hyundai Santa Fe stands out

Little creature comforts make large SUV a very attractive option.

Road tests DRIVEN: New Lexus ES 300h is pleasing

The self-charging electric system has remarkable effect on fuel economy.

 

 

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