Road Trip: 2019 Renault Duster 4WD Dynamique

The comfort zone

I’m writing a book. Like every author before me, I think the world is just waiting to hear my amusing short stories entitled “The Wrong Car”. These detail the many memorable trips I’ve made with cars which were way out of their comfort zone… which happily doesn’t apply to my recent excursion to southern Namibia with this 4WD Duster.

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Renault Duster 4WD Launch Report

New Duster here to upset market.

Launched in October 2018, the 2WD Renault Duster saw a completely new version of the first iconic Duster generation (2012). We already had the chance to test this and quite liked the small SUV. Now, Renault has just launched the new 4WD version, capable of taking on the roads less traveled.

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Bekendstelling: Nissan X-Trail [2014]

Vars uit die Oond

Nissan het vroeër vanjaar die derde generasie X-Trail in Suid-Afrika aan die media bekend gestel. Dit volg op die sukses van die Qashqai en hy lyk baie meer na hierdie kleiner boetie as die hoekige vorm van die vorige X-Trail. Van voor is die indentiteit van die handelsmerk baie duidelik sigbaar.

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Padtoets: Hyundai ix35 R2.0 Elite 4WD

Die groot gewildheid

‘n Motorjoernalis se ego berus op baie dinge, insluitend die motors wat hy of sy kry om te ry. My lys sluit natuurlik eksotiese sportsmotors in; voertuie met vier uitlaatpype en meer krag as ‘n kernkragsentrale. Maar sommige motors is eenvoudig verbasend, byvoorbeeld die Hyundai ix35.

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Tested: 2012 Mitsubishi Pajero Legend

Pajero legend includes N$120 000 worth of accessories

I’ve recently become very aware of how much of a selling a point a car full of gadgets is, particularly for those more outdoor-orientated types. This point was driven home recently when I test-drove Mitsubishi’s Pajero Legend – a limited edition of the popular 4th generation Pajero 3.2 Di –D GLX  – complete with a rather generous supply of gear and gadgetry to tempt any 4×4 enthusiast into the bush.

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Tested: 2012 Ford Kuga

The extra character

Last Friday the phone rang and someone announced that they were bringing around a cougar. As I wasn’t sure which sort of man-eater to expect, I locked all doors, put on aftershave and armed myself with a bottle of gin. Imagine my surprise when the unwanted guest turned out to be Ford’s new-ish SUV, the Kuga.

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Tested: 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland

The brash bargain

Mere minutes ago I realised that I have an unnerving affection for American cars. Despite my personal preferences, I quite like most Dodge efforts, secretly lust after an old Corvette and regard Jeep as one of the most esteemed badges in the business.

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Tested: 2010 Suzuki SX4 4×4

The fun alternative

When caught in casual conversation and people discover that you are a motoring journalist, two questions will inevitably pop up. What’s the most impressive car you’ve ever driven and what car should I buy next? The former would be a 1934 Rolls-Royce 20/25 with a Hooper coach and the second answer matters not as they will purchase a Polo or Yaris anyway.

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