Car News and Road Tests

BMW 330is Edition

BMW has rewarded a loyal South African market with the familiar favourite ‘IS’ branded 3 Series, after three decades of tyre squeals the legendary ‘Gusheshe’ 325is, the 330is has arrived to carry the torch.

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Hyundai Creta 1,5 IVT executive

The second generation Creta has left me feeling very impressed, the first noticable feature is that the bold exterior styling of the front and rear lights really pushed this Korean SUV to the forefront against its competitors in terms of futuristic styling.

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Audi A1 40 TFSI

My week with a lively stumped python, the Audi A1 40 TFSI, will remain a joyous and exciting memory for months to come.

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Audi Q8 55TFSI Quattro

Seeing the Q8 for the first time immediately had me salivating. It is an absolute style symbol, with its bold futuristic design and larger-than-life exterior including 22-inch alloy tekkies.

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Hyundai Tucson Sport

Cheeky bold looks, aggressive tail pipes, ample power and torque with a deep throaty voice leaves little doubt that the Tucson Sport is quite different from the rest of the Tucson range.

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Suzuki Swift Sport

The swift is filled with unexpected surprises and presents a spacious hot hatch in heels rather well rather better than a drag queen.

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Hyundai i30 N

This high performance Korean pocket rocket really exceeds expectations and distracts any petrol head from any German hot hatch offering.

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Mercedes-AMG A 35 Sedan 4MATIC

Rubin van Niekerk has experienced all A-Class models since 2004 on different tracks and skidpans, the evolution of this extremely popular compact premium car has been astounding to observe.

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VW Touareg 3,0 TDI

The VW Touareg proves that challenging road conditions of the outside world are easier to deal with when cocooned in luxury.

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Honda Ballade RS

We had the privilege to enjoy the Ballade recently and was extremely impressed with it’s fuel consumption, space, well insulated cabin with spine-friendly seats and suspension.

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BMW announces BMW Digital Key Plus

As one of the pioneers in the use of a smartphone as a digital vehicle key since 2018, BMW is pressing ahead with the development and popularisation of its BMW Digital Key feature, which is available to iPhone users today.

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VW GOLF GTI TCR

Harder, faster and sharper than the standard Volkswagen Golf GTI, the TCR is a genuinely engaging hot hatch that you can use every day. As such, the new TCR is a fitting swansong for the Mk7.5 Golf GTI.

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Volvo XC60 T6

Volvo used to be a popular old fart’s car and I guess it appealed because it has always had the best seats designed by back specialists and everything was simple to operate and worked the same for ever. However, a few years ago Volvo funkied up and got so sexy that it attracted a much younger market along with their grandparents.

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Toyota Starlet 1,4 XR

Recently Toyota and Suzuki announced a mutually beneficial formal alliance between the two companies, to leverage each other’s strengths and competitiveness globally.

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JAGUAR E-LECTRIC

Following an overwhelmingly positive reaction to the original concept for “the most beautiful electric car in the world”, Jaguar Classic has confirmed it will offer all-electric E-types for sale.

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Audi RS 4 Avant Quattro

Most people get confused by the difference between all-wheel drive and four-wheel drive. In 1980 Audi needed an injection into an underachieving brand. Audi engineers believed in Quattro due to the performance of cars tested in Finland’s icy winter conditions.

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Opel Corsa 1,4T GSi

There is a generation that remembers the Opel Kadetts of the 1980s and ’90s with misty-eyed fondness. The expectation placed on the new Opel Corsa GSi by purists seems unrealistic to me, but I have never been swayed by brute performance alone. This girl needs a bit of luxury, tech and a safety feature or three.

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Mazda 3 Astina Sedan

The “vroom vroom” factor is back with the seventh generation Mazda 3 reaching our shores. I have long awaited the return of the excitement factor in Mazda’s everyday run about range.

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Ford Mustang 2,3 T Convertible

The new 10-speed transmission, which we´ve experienced in the Ranger Raptor, makes the most of Ford´s 2,3-litre EcoBoost engine, which has seen a reduction in power output of 20kW but it gains 11Nm. Coupled with the clever auto box and an overboost function, Ford says there´s been no discernible harm to performance.

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Mercedes-Benz GLE 300d

Drop dead gorgeous, oodles of presence, lots of substance and the most aerodynamic SUV is also extremely innovative. The GLE’s active suspension system E-Active Body Control on a 48volt basis is a world first and the new driver assistance systems also quantum leaped along with infotainment via MBUX Interior Assist, which detects hand and arm movements to assist with control functions.

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BMW X7 M50d

This is one particular expansion to the X range that excites me, the behemoth X7 definitely has a neck cracking presence on the road, one as large as the controversial grille on its façade.

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Mahindra XUV300 W8 1,5 Diesel

The Mahindra XUV300 was a pleasure to drive. Newly imported to South Africa from India, this compact SUV is going to do well because of great trim levels at affordable pricing.

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BMW M850i xDrive

Way back in 1991 the 8 Series made a brief appearance – it was a status symbol but zero fun to drive. Fast forward to 2019 and get ready to squeal with delight as this hunk of beautiful low-slung, sinuous metal lets you experience sensual speed. It’s a good thing max speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h, as driving it you are tempted to put your foot down and keep it down.

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Toyota GR Supra 3,0T

Delightfully divine, the gooseflesh inducing Toyota GR Supra makes you want to sing when you allow its playful nature to harmonise with your boisterous mood.

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Hyundai Atos 1,1 Motion

A small car staple resurfaces in the South African market, the Hyundai Atos has made a compact hatchback comeback, and well at least its name badge has returned.

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Volkswagen T-Cross 1,0 TSI

Driving the much-anticipated T-Cross proved to be more fun than standing and looking at it. I find it to be a very handsome car, but also felt that Volkswagen may have played it safe on the design style – a swollen Polo by the looks of it.

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Lexus RX 450h SE

Striking new upgrades to the harmoniously profiled Lexus RX 450h SE flagship offers exquisite craftsmanship and an expansive cabin, filled with many connectivity features that are brimming with cutting-edge tech and safety technology.

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Fourth-generation KIA Carnival revealed

KIA Motors Corporation has revealed first images of the new KIA Carnival, the fourth generation of the brand’s flagship minivan. Released in Korean specification, the new KIA Carnival – sold in many markets worldwide as the KIA Grand Sedona – has been designed to appeal to progressive young families, with a leading combination of innovation, flexibility, and style.

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Citroën C5 Aircross Shine

With its classical SUV-shape, large 720mm diameter wheels, its robust and muscular design, and its raised ground clearance of 230mm, its unique personality and strong style choices such as its Airbump® inspired lower door and wheel arch protectors and roof bars, make it 100% Citroën in its design and character.

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Honda Jazz 1,5 CVT

A vehicle formerly synonymous with bowler hats and old age home parking lots, the Honda Jazz CVT breaks away from the prehistoric association and opens the platform to the needs and wants of a modern motorist.

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Toyota Fortuner 2,8GD-6 4×4 Auto

Toyota, a name that radiates confidence in the reliability department. We had the pleasure of reviewing a Toyota Fortuner 2.8 GD-6 4×4 Auto for a longer period over the holiday season.

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AUDI TTS Coupé

The TTS Coupé has a potent 2,0-litre engine has enough enthusiasm to make twin tail pipes spit and growl like an aggressive animal.

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Audi A1 40 TFSI

The latest A1 is a smile inducing hooligan thanks to an enthusiastic turbo charged engine and a new dominant design

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Lexus RC 350 F-Sport

As an individualistic design focused coupé with a futuristic feel, its low stance emphasises an aggressive appearance without losing its graceful and sophisticated aura.

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Porsche Panamera 4S

Powered by a bi-turbocharged 2,9-litre engine the plush Panamera brings a sense of occasion, even when you simply pop out to Woolies.

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Lexus ES 250

The car market may be evolving and catering to an increasingly diverse audience, but a large group of motoring enthusiasts will always appreciate the intrinsic value of comfort, space and a lower centre of gravity.

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Toyota Aygo 1,0 X-Cite

Exciting indeed! The Aygo X-Cite is a trendy addition to the Toyota Aygo line-up, albeit a bit of a big price jump in comparison to its siblings.

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Mitsubishi Outlander 2,4 GLS

The Outlander recently scooped the award for the best budget-friendly 7- and 8-seater passenger vehicle by Kelley Blue Book (www.KBB.com) and Mitsubishi claims that the Outlander is one of SA’s favourite luxury lifestyle vehicles.

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Mercedes-Benz CLA 200d

Mercedes-Benz have subtly homed the distinctive looks of the CLA with diamond radiator grills, new front bumper, optional rear bumper trim, and tailpipe trim which can now be wrapped in an additional colour option, Cavansite, a blue metallic body paint.

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Volvo XC90

Rubin van Niekerk attends the launch of the jaw-dropping Volvo XC90 SUV, and is spilling all the tea!

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Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

“Like the ring of sunlight from behind the moon in a full eclipse, the sharply sculpted character line makes the Eclipse Cross appear as if the body was carved from a single block of metal.”

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Lexus UX 250h

Easy to love, the youngest Lexus sibling offers a nippy, compact, yet spacious and luxurious urban crossover with excellent fuel economy.

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The new Porsche 911 Carrera S and 4 S

Considered the most iconic car in the world, I felt honoured to be part of a small group of journalists that were invited to experience the incredible dynamic capability of 911 Carrera S and 4 S. The all-wheel drive grip of the 911 Carrera 4 S is superb.

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Mercedes-Benz C180

Road trip. Two little words with so much promise. The Mercedes-Benz C180 was everything two ladies on the open road needed and so much more.​

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Nissan Micra Acenta

The Polo had better watch out, because there is a new boy at school and he is a huge contender in the popularity contest. The truly all-new Nissan Micra is stylish, sporty, and made for those on the go and who want to get more out of life.

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Suzuki Jimny GLX Auto

Everyone freaks for the Jimny. If it isn’t my next-door neighbour asking for a spin, it’s a stranger outside of the supermarket parking his new Jimny next to mine and striking up a conversation.

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Mini Cooper S 3-Door

The premium British automobile manufacturer has gone out of its way to ensure uniqueness with their upgrades to the Mini range. Fresh design accents, innovations in drive technology and tons of customisation options set the new generation apart.

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Toyota Hilux 2,8 GD-6 4X4 Raider

South Africa loves the Hilux. There’s no question. And it remains a great choice for anyone looking for the ultimate workhorse as we see in an updated and tweaked model line-up after the release of the limited edition Dakar. Hold on to your hats, it’s a stunner!

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Hyundai Kona 2,0 NU Executive Auto

The Kona is extremely attractive and the perfect crossover in my opinion. Being a finalist for COTY and highly specced with build-quality that matches cars that cost much more, should translate well into sales.

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Toyota Land Cruiser 200 VX-R

It was the first time that I had the opportunity to see why there is such a fuss about the updated Land Cruiser or the “Cruiser” as it’s known to its large fan club.

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Honda Jazz Sport CVT

After reviewing the Type-R, it was a pleasure to also get to experience the Jazz Sport which replaces the current Jazz Dynamic derivatives. Inspired by the sportiness of Honda’s top-of-the-range Type-R, this car has become much more eccentric.

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Volvo XC40 T3

There has been a lot of hype around it. It is the European Car of the Year. It is the first 3-cylinder vehicle for the Swedish brand. And it is an absolute triumph.

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Mitsubishi ASX GLS CVT

This Mitsubishi flagship crossover belonging to a maturing market is spacious and practical, so whatever challenges your possible lifestyle changes may bring as you move up in the world, this car will serve you very well. That, plus its steering is marvelous.

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BMW i3 eDrive REx

Having recently undergone a realisation that I was not contributing enough towards sustainability, Mother Nature sent the new BMW i3 my way. This was my first electric car, and I have to say; everyone should experience the thrill of a premium electric car, right away!

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Hyundai i20 1,4 Active Auto

Buying a car in this price range means you are spoilt for choice and ultimately must be guided by your instincts. The face-lifted i20 Active is the flagship of the range and stands out visually against many competitors.

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Ford Kuga 1,5 Trend

This highly technologically-advanced SUV has a 5-star safety rating and is slowly regaining lost ground with an excellent value proposition that struck a chord with me. Depending on model, there is the option of front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive models and three specification levels.

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Suzuki Swift GL 1,2

The Suzuki Swift is swiftly gobbling up the competition making up 30% of new car sales in the segment and being such a yummy little contender in the budget/entry-level compact hatchback it’s no surprise.

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VW Tiguan Allspace 2,0 TSI

Being larger than a Tiguan, the Allspace closes the gap between the Tiguan and the premium class Touareg and offers a third row of seats that fold into the cargo floor.

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Peugeot 208 1,2 GT Line Manual

When you tell people you like Peugeot they automatically say something along the lines of “blah, blah, resale value”. But I can’t help it; I have fallen in love with this brand. Ever since I tested the 3008 SUV GT Line (which is one of my absolute favourite cars), I knew it was the beginning of an affair between the lion and I.

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Honda Civic Type-R

This extroverted high-performance hatchback will hook the daredevil thrill-seekers out there. Do you love speed and a great driving experience? Do you love showing off just a little bit? And do you want to knock up your sex appeal on the road by a hundred notches?

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Mitsubishi 2,4 Triton Athlete 4×4

Where are all the Muscle Marys? Come closer because you will want to hear this! But seriously, this one is for the adventurous type of guy who likes surfing, mountain biking, paragliding, and even motocross or off-road motorcycling.

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Volkswagen Arteon 2,0 TDI R-Line

Exquisitely designed, the gran tourismo-inspired Arteon emphasises emotionality and the name is constituted from art and emotion. Arteon is Volkswagen’s top passenger model that combines avant-garde design with a high level of versatility.

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BMW M5 M xDrive

Having driven around Kyalami with many different cars ranging from Porsches to Ferraris, the M5 was the most chilled experience. Matching such race track potential with such a laid-back sedan is truly astonishing.

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Lexus LS 500

Being indulged with a car that offers so much opulence, power, smoothness, spaciousness, dynamic ride comfort and attention to detail is a rare treat indeed.
Built on a new rear-drive platform the coupé-like silhouette appears smaller than in reality and the new 310kW twin turbocharged V6 adds wings to that illusion.

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VW Polo 1,0 TSI Highline DSG

Without a doubt one of South Africa’s favourite cars, the Volkswagen Polo, has come back as a new car in its sixth generation. It is longer and lower in height while also being larger on the inside without a bodyweight increase.

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Lexus NX 300 F-Sport

The F Sport’s spindle-grille ‘frame’ is finished off in a striking black chrome effect which ties in with the dark ‘F-mesh’ grille. A new 10,3-inch display audio screen has enhanced graphics and clarity and the climate control panel now have fewer switches for ease of operation.

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Subaru XV 2,0 i-S ES

Over the summer holidays some time ago I had the opportunity to live with the Subaru XV for a month and found it practical and an absolute pleasure. It was great having two SUVs over the vacation and it was fun to drive the XV back to back with my BMW X1.

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Nissan Navara 2,3 DDT 4×4 LE Double Cab AT

This seven-speed automatic badass with its 140kW twin-turbo diesel engine gives you all of the power you can expect out of a workhorse like this, but also offers comfort features that are just not very common in the pick-up segment.

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VW 2,0 Golf R 4Motion DSG

The it-boy Golf R got a facelift making it even more popular among South African buyers especially considering the extra boost of 7kW power giving it an impressive 213kW on this 2-litre engine, making it the most powerful Golf ever sold in the country.

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Renault Captur 1,5 dCi Dynamique

In the highly competitive compact crossover section, the Captur is in fact a strong contender, helped along with its very impressive fuel economy figures and the extra torque that especially the diesel engine derivative (a way better all-rounder than the petrol) offers.

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Peugeot 3008 1,6T SUV GT-Line+

This robust and assertive vehicle runs on an efficient 1,6-litre engine with a 6-speed automatic transmission which creates a feeling of willingness without pretence, superbly geared to go around bends and travel South African roads with complete control.

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Kia Picanto 1,2 Smart

Buyers of the new KIA Picanto will have access to some of the most advanced infotainment and convenience technologies available in the A-segment, while still enjoying the same high value for money expected of a KIA vehicle.

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HONDA CR-V 1,5T Executive AWD

Thanks to the new platform architecture it’s achieving significant gains in overall ride quality and refinement. The new CR-V range consists of four models, comprising a choice of two engines (2,0 and 1,5) and four specification levels.

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Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS Coupé

The GTS is now turbocharged and the 3,0-litre flat-six has two turbos. I think part of the charm of the 911 is that the engine behind you stirs your essence. Maybe being so physically close to your core being, the sonorous high notes during full throttle, finds synergy with your heart galloping at full speed.

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Hyundai 1,25 Grand i10 Fluid Auto

This little car with its solid build quality and reputation for reliability is a well-priced charmer. Based on the hugely successful Hyundai Getz that it replaced in 2014, the Grand i10 bridges the gap between a small A-segment car and a larger B-segment car.

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Land Cruiser Prado 3,0D VX-L

The Land Cruiser is the most widely available model in the global Toyota product range – being sold in more than 190 countries worldwide. The cult-like South African following with off-roading enthusiasts is well deserved as this behemoth lets very little stand in its way.

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Polo Vivo 1,6 Highline

With almost 194 000 units sold since its market introduction in 2010, the Volkswagen Polo Vivo Hatch has been the best-selling passenger model in South Africa for the past seven years.

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Alfa Romeo Stelvio 2,0T Super Q4

Alfa Romeos have always been head turners and that’s what red-blooded Romeos do. If Venezia Giacomo Girolamo Casanova lived today instead of the late 1700s he would have driven the Alfa Romeo Stelvio.

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BMW M240i Coupé

Thrilling! When you fire this sexy monster up and it hums with powerful pleasure underneath you, you can’t help but feel like the envy of everyone on the road.

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Mazda MX-5 2,0 Auto RF

It is no secret that small convertible sports cars have always been a favourite in the affluent gay community. Frankly, because we are show-offs and the sex appeal of a sleek sports car speaks to us.

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Jaguar F-Pace 30d AWD S

Meeting the beautiful F-Pace in the flesh will melt the hardest of hearts. Any sceptic that believes Jaguar should not have ventured into SUV territory needs an intimate encounter with the stylish cockpit.

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Lexus NX 300 F-Sport

While driving to Sabi Sands with the Lexus NX 300 F-Sport, we were delighted to get a little lost on terrible dirt roads en route to the gate. Heaps of ground clearance ensured trouble-free bundu bashing with our very capable compact premium SUV.

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Subaru XV 2,0 i-S ES

Over the summer holidays I had the opportunity to live with the Subaru XV for a month and found it practical and an absolute pleasure. It was great having two SUVs over the vacation and it was fun to drive the XV back to back with my BMW X1.

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Land Rover Discovery 3,0 TD6 HSE

This particular vehicle, affectionately called the “Disco”, was one of the ten finalists in the 2018 Wesbank Car Of The Year, and with good reason. From a purely aesthetic point of view, purists are not too keen on the almost “Evoque” styling and I often hear that the old boxier body is preferred.

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Suzuki Baleno GLX 1,4 Manual

The Baleno definitely added some spunk to my day every time I got to drive it around the highways and byways of Joburg. Its exterior sportiness and blue light instrument panels, a 6,2-inch TFT colour screen on the infotainment, tinted side windows and keyless start button all ads to the energetic personality of this car.

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Audi Q5 2,0 TFSI S Tronic

Vorsprung durch technik, indeed. The elegant new Q5 is an incredibly smooth ride offering you all the power, space, utilities and up-to-date tech you need in a sporty looking vehicle.

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Volkswagen Polo 1,0 Highline DSG

Without a doubt one of South Africa’s favourite cars, the Volkswagen Polo, has come back as a new car in its sixth generation. It is longer and lower in height while also being larger on the inside without a bodyweight increase.

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