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2017 BMW 5 Series

By C. Dupriez OUR RATING: THE GOOD: Remains true and honest to time-honoured 5 Series heritage and traditions of blending impressive comfort with sheer driving pleasure; and Wide range of innovative features and technology that will impress most buyers. THE BAD: Pricing has gone up; and Getting the most out of the features and technology requires a high degree of ...

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Crossover SUV on the agenda for Renault Sport

Renault Sport (RSC) makes no bones about its interest in developing a crossover SUV derivative that offers signature value for money and expands its already existing portfolio beyond the Clio and Megane. The French company’s sporty division – while fiercely proud of its track-honed performance offerings – simply faces the challenge of making one that doesn’t water-down its brand, says ...

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2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class

By J. Spinks THE GOOD: Supple, controlled ride Drivetrain and cabin refinement Interior presentation and comfort Strong safety line-up Off-road ability THE BAD: Twin-turbo diesel can struggle with vehicle’s mass Steering lacks directness of some rivals Question mark against urban ride Limited rear headroom, upright back seat Pricing still unknown Luxury car brands have been busy creating niche vehicle segments ...

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2017 Ford Ranger Wildtrak

By M. Campbell THE GOOD: Standardised safety; New media screen better than before; Updated infotainment system; Still great to drive; and Strong drivetrain. THE BAD: Standardised safety kit means price is up; Not the greatest payload in this specification; and Engine can be laboured at times. Much is already known of the assets and abilities of the pre-update version of ...

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The New Ford Everest Titanium

By M. O’Neil THE GOOD:        Retains familiar refinement and easy-driving character; Cosseting and comfortable ride; Functional 7 seats; Spacious and flexible cabin; Light steering and easy to drive; Great ride height and outward visibility; and Very capable off-roader. THE BAD: Still too expensive, considering the well-known competition in the market; No reach-adjustable steering; Engine lag on start-up and low speeds; ...

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The Rise of the Crossover

By R. Benn Crossover seems a strange word to apply to a vehicle yet it works because crossover implies a bridge. And that’s exactly what Crossover cars do; they bridge the gap between a regular hatchback or saloon and a full-blown sports utility vehicle (SUV). The term ‘Crossover’ was first coined way back in the 1970’s around the time of ...

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Are Subaru cars underpowered?

A senior Subaru executive has been frank with the media about the brand’s latest drivetrain being short on power. Masahiko Inoue, Subaru Project General Manager, Product and Portfolio Division, told motoring journalists at the launch of the new Subaru XV in Japan earlier this year that he has been copping it from all angles about the 2.0-litre engine and continuously ...

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2018 Mercedes-Benz A-Class sedan concept revealed

Earlier this year, we all got a chance to see a preview of what to expect from the upcoming Mercedes-Benz A-Class sedan thanks to the Aesthetics A sculpture that was revealed in January, and now we can show you exactly what the new A-Class sedan will look like in the flesh. According to Mercedes-Benz, by unveiling the Concept A Sedan ...

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All New Toyota Fortuner

By M. O’Neil HIGHLIGHTS: Competitive pricing with long list of standard features; Comfortable seats with plenty of interior room; 7 seats; and Very impressive off-road. Despite already offering the Rav4, Prado and Landcruiser, Toyota Kenya has managed to over the years, successfully squeeze one more SUV into the mix: the HiLux-based Toyota Fortuner. With competition in this segment now heating ...

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Safely restraining your child in a vehicle

By M. O’Neil Allowing your child to ride in a car without the proper restraint puts not only your child’s life at risk but also the life of the other passengers in the car. According to the World Health Organization, when a crash occurs, three phases or collisions happen. The first collision occurs between the car and the object it ...

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