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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 […]

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 […]


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 […]

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 […]


What is it? This is supposedly the grand-daddy of hot hatchbacks; and I mean that quite literally. The very first Golf GTi is often said to have been the first hot-hatch and by many accounts the best. But for all intents and purposes the new Golf 7 GTi has as much in common with the […]

Peugeot 208 GTi

The risk of babbling on about Peugeot’s legendary past in this instance is great. There hasn’t been a single instance since the 205 GTi that a motoring journalist hasn’t jumped at the opportunity to compare resultant models. But I shall resist all urges; firstly because I’ve never had the pleasure of driving a 205 and […]

Hyundai Santa Fe

What is it? This third generation Santa Fe is Hyundai’s flagship SUV and in turn their flagship vehicle, topping the Korean manufacturer’s price list. But it’s more than just a price tag – Hyundai has launched a torpedo right into the side of the so-called premium SUV market with a vehicle that looks the part, […]

Kia Cerato Hatch (Quickpic)

Kia Cerato Hatch

What is it? In simple terms this is Kia’s second attempt at a C-segment hatchback; but delving a little deeper sees the Korean manufacturer continuing the trend of moving away from solely focussing on value for money. So the new Kia Cerato hatch comes with a sufficiently large price tag to rival some segment stalwarts; […]