Skoda 2016 Fabia TSI wagon review

March 10th, 2016 by Darren Cottingham

Some car companies are doing everything they can to tempt people away from buying compact SUVs and crossovers.

Skoda’s new Fabia wagon is a front runner in the offerings that are both value-priced and well-featured, mainly because it’s got a tremendous amount of cargo space and it handles better than any compact SUV this side of sixty grand. Continue reading “Skoda 2016 Fabia TSI wagon review” »

Lexus: 2016 RX350 review

February 19th, 2016 by Darren Cottingham

In the late ‘90s, Lexus put together an SUV package that had everything, a driver of a slightly mature age would need, being excellent visibility, the latest in safety technology, seating and suspension that is pleasant on the spine, and looks the melt into the background. Continue reading “Lexus: 2016 RX350 review” »

Skoda: 2016 Superb TDI 140kW 4×4 sedan review

February 10th, 2016 by Darren Cottingham

The Superb sedan is the first car I’ve driven with Apple Carplay installed. You can connect your Apple phone and some the features of the phone such as music, messages and maps, become available through the touchscreen. Continue reading “Skoda: 2016 Superb TDI 140kW 4×4 sedan review” »

Ford 2015 Focus Titanium EcoBoost review

January 5th, 2016 by Darren Cottingham

The Focus Titanium truly represents the race to ubiquitous premium spec. We’ve crossed the event horizon towards the black hole of ever-increasing technology and complexity up to the point where every day cars will soon be driving themselves. But we’re a little way off that being in your mid-priced family hatchback. Continue reading “Ford 2015 Focus Titanium EcoBoost review” »

Hyundai: 2015 i30 Series II Diesel Elite review

November 3rd, 2015 by Darren Cottingham

The i30 has been given a mild cosmetic update to freshen up its appeal in the showroom, plus some mechanical updates to increase power from 94kW to 100kW and improve fuel economy from 5.6l/100km down to 4.9l/100km. Continue reading “Hyundai: 2015 i30 Series II Diesel Elite review” »

Peugeot: 2015 Peugeot 308 SW Allure review

July 2nd, 2015 by Darren Cottingham

Buttons and dials need to be manufactured and assembled. Each button needs its own design and graphic, each dial must be smooth, and then they have to occupy space on the dashboard, so the layout needs to be ergonomic, intuitive and easy to reach for the driver. Continue reading “Peugeot: 2015 Peugeot 308 SW Allure review” »

Alfa Romeo: 2015 Giulietta Distinctive TCT QV Line review

June 30th, 2015 by Darren Cottingham

The Giulietta name was first seen on an Alfa Romeo in 1954 which is also the year that Elvis Presley began his recording career. Owning an Alfa Romeo is a good talking point, but the purpose of this review is a little less conversation, a little more action, and more action is definitely what’s been provided in the 2015 model, especially if you get the Quadrifoglio Verde model with the 1.75-litre engine out of the beautiful 4C coupe. Continue reading “Alfa Romeo: 2015 Giulietta Distinctive TCT QV Line review” »

Audi: 2015 TT Coupe S Line review

March 12th, 2015 by Darren Cottingham

When I did judo as a kid we were taught techniques after being thrown that would make it difficult for your opponent to turn you onto your back to avoid osaekomi waza, or pinning techniques. You made yourself low and wide to hug the mat, and adjusted your bodyweight to stay flat. This is what the Audi TT feels like to drive. It feels as if you wouldn’t be able to turn it over to expose the soft underbelly. Around the corners its grappling technique with the tarmac is black belt, sports car quality. Continue reading “Audi: 2015 TT Coupe S Line review” »

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