Good breeding, clever design and cool colours – surely this is a winning recipe?
Compact SUV’s are proliferating faster than an alley of stray cats. The Indian Mahindra corporation is relatively new to this game with their KUV100 range – this time we test-drove the turbo-diesel model.
The iconic spiel
Ford Mustang, Ferrari F40, Mercedes 300SL Gullwing. All of these are legends in their own right and will get you plenty of attention but if you need a little more – right now I guarantee it – just get yourself the brand-new Suzuki Jimny. Our test car’s black stickers on crazy lumo-green-yellow paint can probably help as well.
The curious mixture
After years of defending naturally-aspirated engines as a more reliable, long-lived and linear equivalent of the modern turbo-downsizing malarkey, this free-breathing Mazda3 prompted me to reconsider that statement…
Does anybody still buy big MPV van things? Kia certainly thinks – or hopes – so.
One star. ONE! Sheesh, can you believe the so-called nerve of these so-called people? First they sell us some completely outdated relic from the late nineties and now we find out that it only gets one of five brownie points for some modern crash test rating. This is an outrage. Outrage, I tell you!
Hyundai’s H-1 bus represents excellent value when compared to its luxurious German rivals but is value for money always a good thing? We took the fancy 2.5 turbo-diesel nine-seater for a seaside getaway to find out.
The tasteful basics
Where are the keyless touch-screen gadgets? Not here, thank Heavens…
Yoh, that’s pretty. How much does it cost?
You need to know: Three times. That’s how often I got asked about this car’s price in less than 12 hours. A lot of that may be down to this press unit’s striking combination of black metallic paint, sleek light clusters on every corner, pincushion Mercedes radiator grill, pale beige interior and AMG Line goodies.
Hey, you know what? We don’t have enough compact SUV crossover thingies in our market, we need more compact SUV crossover vehicles. Inhale, feel the sarcasm, exhale. Hyundai is all-too-happy to assist us…