Miles Downard

Miles Downard has written 278 posts for Drive RSA

Kia Koup T-GDI

Kia has spent its history playing catch up with Western car manufacturers and in doing so hasn’t really focussed on the performance car market. Which is a good thing in my books; everyone should learn to crawl before they run. Fast forward to 2014 and there’s no doubt that Kia are now running; they have […]

Jaguar to finish off a legend

Jaguar is undoubtedly one of Britain’s most successful marques in its motoring history – and possibly their most well-known model was the E-Type. Launched in 1961 at the Geneva motor show, the E-Type stunned the world with its striking looks, racing heritage and remarkable affordability. It was a car that left rivals Aston Martin and […]

Land Rover introduces an invisible car

4×4-ists among you will know exactly what I’m talking about when I say that sometimes it’d be great to have eyes on the front bumper. There’s nothing more nerve-racking than passing over the pointy bit of a steep, rocky incline not knowing what lies in wait on the other side. What I didn’t realise though […]

Nissan Almera

The Nissan Almera was dropped approximately 7 years ago; and frankly it couldn’t have been a better decision. The lacklustre design, mundane interior and average vehicle dynamics left the Almera with nothing other than Nissan-reliability as a selling point. So it was pretty much left to older folks to drive them off showroom floors. Since […]

David Brown Speedback

DB5-inspired David Brown Speedback Revealed

I’ve recently spent a large amount of time watching Downton Abbey, a British drama series set during the reign of King George V. Incidentally this coincides with the rise of the motor vehicle as a common means of transport for the wealthy. During an episode in the first season it dawned on me that in […]


Lexus ES250

If you’re someone like me, and until recently, I never gave Lexus much credit beyond being a Toyota in a fancy frock. My comments were, of course, largely unjustified but I made them regardless because underneath all the tech and gadgetry their cars couldn’t match the likes of BMW, Audi and Mercedes. However I recently […]

Subaru BRZ (Quickpic)

No Blow for the BRZ

The Subaru BRZ (and by nature of its composition, the Toyota 86) has been marvelled across the motoring world for its exceptional handling, poise and balance. However if there is one thing that most BRZ owners would agree upon, it’s that they could do with a little more oomph under the right foot. There’s been […]

Toyota Hilux 3.0 D4D Raider (Quickpic)

Toyota Hilux 3.0 D4D Raider

The Toyota Hilux is as much a part of South African culture as rugby, or braai-ing, or Castle Lager; and much like Castle, the Hilux has stood the test of time. Nowadays there’s seemingly no situation in which Toyota’s stalwart bakkie isn’t appropriate thanks to its rugged underpinnings and the fact that it’s now acceptable, […]

Citroen C3 (Quickpic)

Citroen C3

What is it? Well, fearing that I’m stating the obvious, it’s a small French hatchback. But in fact it’s so much more to Citroen, taking place on their mantel as the top seller. So while it might not possess the cuteness of the C1, or the chic appeal of the DS3, the C3 is Citroen’s […]

Hyundai ix35: First Impressions

Hyundai is a company that, along with sister’s Kia, has come a long way in a relatively short period of time. The ix35 was the first vehicle that really kicked off the brand’s revitalisation; taking on Hyundai’s trademark traits and design philosophies that have helped make them what they are today. This week Hyundai released […]