Road tests 24.5.2018 11:00 am

DRIVEN: New Toyota Etios Sport

Identical to the Sprint but with an improved cabin and instrument cluster.

The Toyota Etios has built its name as a decent model for first-time car buyers and people who are looking for a safe and dependable run-around car.

DRIVEN: New Toyota Etios Sport
DRIVEN: New Toyota Etios Sport

DRIVEN: New Toyota Etios Sport

Identical to the Sprint but with an improved cabin and instrument cluster.

Lexus breaks new ground with new LS 500
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Lexus breaks new ground with new LS 500

A brand apart – the LS 500 was built for ‘a different kind of driver’.
Ford takes it to competitors with the all-new Fiesta
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Ford takes it to competitors with the all-new Fiesta

Fuel efficiency is enhanced with Auto Start-Stop technology on all engines.
DRIVEN: Isuzu delivers with new mu-X SUV
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DRIVEN: Isuzu delivers with new mu-X SUV

A welcome addition to the market segment that is sure to attract fans.
DRIVEN: New Mercedes-Benz X-Class bakkie set to play in a tough market
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DRIVEN: New Mercedes-Benz X-Class bakkie set to play in a tough market

They don’t offer much different to what you will find in another top-end bakkie.
WATCH: New Volkswagen Arteon parks itself
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WATCH: New Volkswagen Arteon parks itself

Does the VW Park Assist actually work? Ntsako Mthethwa puts it to the test.
DRIVEN: All-new BMW X3 M40i
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DRIVEN: All-new BMW X3 M40i

It wins in the looks department with its bold and dynamic styling.
DRIVEN: KIA Picanto 1.0 Style
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DRIVEN: KIA Picanto 1.0 Style

The 1.0 Style will face competition from Suzuki Ignis, Hyundai Grand i10.
All-new Volkswagen Golf GTD joins our fleet
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All-new Volkswagen Golf GTD joins our fleet

As part of our long-term test fleet, we will be bringing regular updates on it.
Isuzu KB 250 X-Rider is a perfect ride
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Isuzu KB 250 X-Rider is a perfect ride

Ride quality is good for a vehicle in this class.
LAUNCH DRIVE: We drive the new Volkswagen Tiguan AllSpace
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LAUNCH DRIVE: We drive the new Volkswagen Tiguan AllSpace

The Tiguan Allspace fills the gap between the normal Tiguan and the Touareg.
DRIVEN: Toyota Fortuner ticks most of the boxes
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DRIVEN: Toyota Fortuner ticks most of the boxes

Only minor drawback is folding of the rear seats which reduces load capacity.
New Kia Sportage has style and oomph
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New Kia Sportage has style and oomph

The diesel engine offers superb economy and you’ll easily be able to get under 8 litres per 100km in city driving and less than 6l/100km on the highway.
DRIVEN: Ford Mustang 5.0-litre GT Convertible
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DRIVEN: Ford Mustang 5.0-litre GT Convertible

It has co-starred in Hollywood films with stars like Will Smith and Steve McQueen.
DRIVEN: Hyundai i10 Glide is packed with a host of features
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DRIVEN: Hyundai i10 Glide is packed with a host of features

A very good runaround but also quite capable on the highways.
Renault Kwid AMT in big demand despite horrible safety ratings
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Renault Kwid AMT in big demand despite horrible safety ratings

A driver’s airbag was fitted, but no ABS, and the car still did horribly in any safety test anywhere.
Haval H2 set to stun SUV market
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Haval H2 set to stun SUV market

Interior has all the bells and whistles to keep vehicle on par with its rivals.
DRIVEN: New BMW M5 is a real bruiser
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DRIVEN: New BMW M5 is a real bruiser

4.4 litre V8 turbo can propel this beast to 305km/h.
ROAD TEST: Honda Civic Type R and Jazz Sport
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ROAD TEST: Honda Civic Type R and Jazz Sport

If you want a Jazz with attitude, look no further than the Sport.
DRIVEN: New Volkswagen Polo Vivo GT is a king of the Vivos
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DRIVEN: New Volkswagen Polo Vivo GT is a king of the Vivos

This was the first time ever I have covered 800km on a single tank of petrol.
DRIVEN: 2018 Suzuki Swift has never looked this good
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DRIVEN: 2018 Suzuki Swift has never looked this good

The new Swift is lighter and more rigid than the outgoing model.
LAUNCH DRIVE: We drive the new BMW X2 compact SUV
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LAUNCH DRIVE: We drive the new BMW X2 compact SUV

Petrol and diesel versions performed very well in all circumstances.
DRIVEN: Jaguar’s E-Pace compact SUV
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DRIVEN: Jaguar’s E-Pace compact SUV

Crossover and SUV market is expected to grow by 23% by 2020.
Renault Kwid goes automatic
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Renault Kwid goes automatic

One drawback is absence of ABS brakes and passenger airbags.
Toyota’s single-cab Hilux put through its paces
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Toyota’s single-cab Hilux put through its paces

A short time with the 2.4 Hilux means I’ll think hard when time comes to renew.
DRIVEN: New Peugeot 208 GT-Line
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DRIVEN: New Peugeot 208 GT-Line

This is not a car that will get people talking but get it behind your garage doors and I think you will never regret it.

 

 

 

 

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