Sprint Review: Mercedes-Benz X250d bakkie

A hyped-up new bakkie, lots of details in short paragraphs.

What you need to know: Mercedes is apparently back-paddling and emergency-meeting the living daylights out of themselves because of the X-Class. No matter what they do, no matter what anyone says or writes, all people remember is that it’s based on a Nissan. Navara with mascara. And nothing, nothing else matters.

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Tested: 2018 Peugeot 3008 1.6T GT-Line

The little jeans

For many years I’ve been warning people about buying Peugeots because of their mediocre quality, inferior dealer count and frightening aftersales stories; like that poor chap who had to wait eight weeks for a new 207 GTi clutch from Paris. Now though, I’m about to change my tune because of this second-generation 3008. 

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Tested: 2018 Nissan Qashqai 1.5 dCi Tekna   

The shiny details

Love or hate its name, that compact Nissan SUV with the strange badge is here to stay. And where I lamented the recent loss of identity by its bigger X-Trail sibling, this second-generation Qashqai is quite a handsome machine. Its first incarnation looked a bit… librarian. 

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Sprint Review: Honda Civic Type R   

One crazy car with wings ‘n fins, lots of information in short paragraphs. 

What you need to know: The old Type R is dead, long live the new Type R! When Honda shocked the world with crazy turbo power in their new hot Civic, they did so (locally) with the spaceship hatchback body. Now though, for reasons I’m not sure about, they’ve killed that model off in favour of this sedan / fastback car.

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Tested: 2018 Renault Sandero Stepway Plus

The strange union

Renault is a strange old brand. It started just a few months shy of the year 1900 and has always danced to its own tune. They’re reasonably big on motorsport but never bothered much with luxury cars. At some point they aced all EuroNCAP crash tests but still focused on affordable transport for the masses; like this Sandero Stepway. 

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Lineage: Volkswagen Citi Golf

It’s a well-known fact that Volkswagen of South Africa built a modernized version of the original Golf (“Mark 1”) right up to the point where it couldn’t cope with safety and emissions standards. The Citi Golf lived from 1984 to 2009 as a youthful and affordable mode of transport in southern Africa. NamWheels gives you some details:

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Schnellbericht: 2018 Mercedes-Benz X250d

Ein heiß-erwarteter Bakkie, viele Details in kurzen Absätzen. 

Was Sie wissen sollten: Mercedes ist scheinbar am rückwärtsrudern und Notfall-Treffen wegen der neuen X-Klasse. Egal was sie tun, egal was irgendjemand sagt oder schreibt, alle Menschen erwähnen nur, daß sie auf einem Nissan basiert. Navara mit Mascara. Und nichts, nichts anderes zählt.

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Tested: 2018 Ford Figo hatch 1.5 Trend Auto

The good automatic

Acronyms are everywhere, especially in cars. Besides A.B.S., E.S.P. & Co., I’d like to introduce you to K.I.S.S. While the word is usually reserved for loved ones and that amorous aunty at Christmas, the abbreviation “Keep it simple, stupid” applies to my latest test car, the new Ford Figo.

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