Sprint Review: Volvo XC40 T5 R-Design AWD

An extremely cool new car, lots of information in short bits. 

Where we went: If you’re new in town and need to make friends, drop everything you’re doing and get yourself a new Volvo XC40 right now. My word, this car attracts attention! No matter where we drove, stopped or parked, this pearl white T5 R-Design model would draw in inquisitive onlookers within seconds.

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Sprint Review: Nissan X-Trail 1.6 dCi 4×4 Tekna

A bronzey SUV, lots of information in short paragraphs

What you need to know: I hope you don’t know me personally because you’re bound to have heard the following rant on repeat… I miss boxy, practical SUV’s. There weren’t many to start with, mostly the Nissan X-Trail and Land-Rover Freelander or Discovery, but all of them were instantly recognisable and incredibly practical.

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Sprint Review: Toyota Yaris S  

A newly updated compact hatchback, lots of information in short paragraphs.

What you need to know: Much like the Volkswagen Polo, Toyota’s Yaris used to be a simple city car which was smaller than a Golf or Corolla / Conquest / RunX / Auris / whatever it’s called nowadays. And just like the Polo, this Yaris is now much bigger, fancier and expensive than its original and first incarnation.

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Sprint Review: Lexus NX300 F-Sport  

A new car, lots of information in short paragraphs.

What you need to know: Lexus is the luxury division of Toyota and this NX, which apparently stands for “Nimble Crossover” is a mild relation of the accomplished Toyota RAV-4 compact SUV. Starting out as the NX200t around 2014 (or 2015 in southern Africa), Lexus has now changed its name to NX300. No idea why.

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Sprint Review: Mazda MX-5 RF  

A new car, lots of information in short paragraphs

What you need to know: The Mazda MX-5 is dead, long live the Mazda MX-5! Where before you could buy the manual soft-top, manual gearbox roadster, Mazda S.A. decided to ditch that in favour of this new electric “targa” hard-top, automatic RF model. The main reason for this, I suspect, is to widen the target audience.

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Sprint Review: Land Rover Discovery HSE TD6

A gigantic new car, lots of information in short paragraphs.

What you need to know: I’m not supposed to write a review on this brand-new, fifth-generation Land Rover Discovery but as a former Landy owner I felt obliged to at least get a sneaky Sprint Review in. That urge intensified after I spent a few hours with this imposing maroon metallic press car.

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