Queer Eye for the Car Guy

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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