After becoming a uncle, my perspective on cars and reviewing their features and functionality has changed somewhat. Less is it about fun, cool tech and performance and more focused on practicality, space and ISOFIX ports. Boring huh? After spending more than a couple of weeks in the Renault Koleos Intens I can safely say it … Continue reading Renault’s Koloes: big, ya can’t miss it
Whenever I hear the word “Audi”, I’m transported into an episode of AbFab…“Names, Names, Names Sweety.” When I think ‘Audi’, I think class, all class. And the new Audi baby SUV, the Q2, is a peach. The neat sports-hatch-SUV is a perfect size with perfect proportions, with a stocky gym-fit look about it. Exterior It … Continue reading Audi’s cute Q2
In recent years, LCVs (light commercial vehicles) like Ford’s Ranger, have been turned into SUVs. Everest is one such result. I saw Ford demonstrate their Ranger at the last Sydney Motor Show and here are some pics from inside. Ford had cunningly set up a display by stacking shipping containers. With several together at angles … Continue reading Ford’s Venerable Titanium Everest
Holden Equinox. Never has a vehicle been so important for an auto maker. In Australia, there are Holden people, and Ford people, or at least, that’s the way it used to be. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNaEJbM0xlg&t=607s With the loss of local manufacturing, GM-Holden is now no different to any other retailer in Australia. Despite the loyalty built over … Continue reading I chat Holden Equinox with Nat Davey from Holden
Subaru Levorg 1.6 GT Review We’ve driven the brawnier sister of the 1.6, and loved it. READ IT HERE. It is a WRX wagon effectively. Some people want the convenience of a wagon but don’t need the power and expense muscle brings. Enter the 1.6 for $35,990. Outside, the 1.6 is all but indistinguishable from … Continue reading Levorg’s cheaper sister
Today Skoda Australia launched its fabulous RS245, which is an upgraded and retuned version of the Octavia RS. The 245 adds a host of features, as well as a retuned engine offering an extra 11kw of power, and 20 Nm of torque. Tech and Luxury packs are still available, however some of the features are … Continue reading Skoda RS245 drive with Steve Owen and Alan Zurvas
Skoda has sold 5,000 cars this year so far. They’re proud of it too, and so they should be. It is a brand that flies under the radar, but is one that motoring journalists love. It is pure, value-packed, fun. It has all the quality and innovation of VW, and perhaps even Audi, at … Continue reading 2018 Skoda Octavia VRS 245 launch review
Nissan Qashqai midlife update: New MD, Stephen Lester, erstwhile Canadian, has been brought in to deliver improved results for the Japanese car maker. Mr. Lester is charting a longer-term plan focusing on customer needs. His aim is to make Nissan relevant “again” in the face of stiff competition. One assumes this means Nissan thinks its … Continue reading
VIDEO REVIEW Please note: Torque incorrectly given as 135Nm. Should be 190Nm Renault Clio Intens and Zen https://youtu.be/b_6Wi4eVVVw What we like: fabulous looks, comfort, loads of tech, walk away locking Not so much: jerky DCT, manual only in base model, no CarPlay Silly names, but great cars, Renault’s Zen and Intens are brilliant city car … Continue reading We Drive Clio Intens and Zen and love it.
11,000,000 Camrys have been sold since the model went on sale 23 years ago. The car is not only all new, but demonstrates an all new ethos. There are 4 models: Ascent, Ascent Sport, SX, and the range topping SL. The latter two have a delightfully 70’s retro feel to the name. The looks are … Continue reading Toyota launches it’s brand new Camry.