2019 LEXUS ES 300h Road Test, Review Introduction: LEXUS quietly let loose the brand new ES saloon with no fuss or fanfare. Some say it is pretty, others say it is busy. I think the handsome coupe-like profile looks the business. The smooth riding LEXUS comes only in a hybrid drivetrain with two trim … Continue reading LEXUS’ Luscious Leggy Mid Size Limo ES 300h driven
The world’s most successful business sedan is now also available as a plug-in hybrid. BMW prides itself on making the best exec barges. There are execs who give a toss about the environment, and for them, there is a hybrid. Munich. Just a few weeks after the latest generation of the BMW 5 Series was … Continue reading BMW’s Exec barge goes battery powered: 5 series hybrid
The changes to the pretty face makes one of my favourite cars look sexier. The IS range makes up about 36% of all Lexus sales. There are 3 drive trains: Hybrid, 2.0L turbo and the good old V6, all of which remain unchanged. Whilst the Hybrid and Turbo engines are newish or upgraded, the … Continue reading Lexus IS’s Midlife Facelift is More Than Skin Deep
Yes yes yes, oh YES: looks, looks, looks Oh dear me no: No apple car play, limited luggage space, few driver aids BMW i8 is a low sleek Supercar that does more than a good job of being a GT. Design: Say the word Supercar and people think of Ferrari, … Continue reading BMW i8: An Epiphany on Wheels
Yes Yes Yes oh YES: fab economy, engaging drive, bags of space, quiet. Oh dear me no: no spare tyre (see story), small boot, expensive. Australia has been fairly slow to take up the hybrid challenge. Our governments haven’t subsidised them the way other countries have done. This has cast a long shadow over … Continue reading Honda’s Accord Sport Hybrid: Works well, but no spare let us down.
ABOVE: BMW I8 at predelivery I had to poke my nose in it It doesn’t happen often, but there are times when collecting cars for evaluation reveals more than a slightly jaded writer bids for. A Beemer is a Beemer right? No, not when it has a boot full of batteries. The new hybrid … Continue reading Battery Beemers Looking Sexy
Yes Yes Yes oh YES: limo-like feel, well appointed, economical, spacious cabin Oh dear me no: woodgrain looks cheap, no cut-off for rear controls Do you remember an ad for Lexus from many years ago featuring “The Magic Flute” playing in the background. We watch the huge LS 430 taking bends much faster … Continue reading Lexus ES300h: A Magic Flute Experience
Yes Yes Yes oh YES: fuel economy, tech inclusions Oh dear me no: a bit dull Things have changed rather a lot since the first hybrid landed here. The Prius is still seen world-wide as “a hybrid” and if you want to be green, and “seen to be green” then it is a Prius … Continue reading The Semi Electric Camry is OK, if not exciting.
Rejigged front diffuser S+ button for extra power, but only if you hold your tongue right and squint. White Stitching to contrast the black leather We’ve driven the CRZ many times and each has proved to be a delight. The steering, handling, brakes, and ride were all sharp as a tack. The looks appealed to … Continue reading We take the rejigged CRZ for a spin to the Southern Highlands
I hear you all groaning with the collective sigh of a deer discovering too late that it has been caught in the headlights. Another review of a car whose sole purpose is to use as little petrol as possible and bore us to death while doing it. I share your pain, … Continue reading Jazz Hybrid VS Prius C minitest