Padtoets: 2018 Volvo XC40 D4 AWD

Die nuwe klein SUV koning

Volvo het nie net in 2017 die Europese Motor van die Jaar toekenning gewen nie, maar ook nou ‘n voertuig gemaak wat as “cool” beskryf kan word. Volvo se nuwe XC40 is nie net visueel treffend en een van die mees tegnologies gevorderde voertuie op die mark nie, maar ook nou meer ‘generasie’ vriendelik vir enige ouderdoms groep met verskeie kleurskemas en binneruim styleringspakkette. Waar anders dan om die jeugdigheid van die nuwe XC40 uit te beeld as by ‘n Matriek- (Graad 12) afskeid? 

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Tested: 2018 Jaguar E-Pace P300 AWD R-Dynamic HSE

The wrong speedo

Have you ever brought a knife to a gunfight? A speedo to a beach party? If you can imagine the buttocks-clenching feeling of such faux-pas, you have a good idea what state I was in while testing the newest compact SUV from Jaguar. You see, we didn’t just saunter through town with the E-Pace, we took it deep into the dirty Karoo.

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Tested: Volvo S90 D5 AWD Inscription Geartronic

Imposing. That’s the word a neighbour finally settled on after an extensive inspection of our latest test car. “It’s a big car but they’ve hidden the sedan’s bulk quite well.” Other words that pop up during our lengthy look at this car are “graceful”, “stylish” and “modern”. This is the new Volvo flagship sedan, the S90.

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Padtoets: Toyota RAV4 GX AWD

Toyota se verbeterde RAV4 sit ‘n trotse tradisie voort

Die bekendstelling van Toyota se oorspronklike RAV4 so twee dekades gelede het in die jare daarná selfs dié vervaardiger se stoutste verwagtinge oortref.  En sonder twyfel gaan die nuutste en vierde generasie RAV met sy vyf verskillende modelle ‘n nuwe hoofstuk byvoeg tot hierdie suksesverhaal en sal sy mededingers in die gewilde SUV-marksegment hulle sokkies moet optrek.

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Tested: Volvo XC90 AWD D5 Inscription

The great anticipation

I’ve been so looking forward to testing the latest offering from Volvo. There’s been massive hype around the launch and I was privileged enough to get an early insight into this rather impressive SUV during August of this year, but it’s always even better to be able to poke around, fiddle with new knobs and dials and really get to grips with a new vehicle during a test week.

Read moreTested: Volvo XC90 AWD D5 Inscription

Padtoets: Subaru Outback 2.0D Premium

Ons eie Kalahari Ferrari

Die eerste keer wat ek ‘n Subaru gesien het was dit nie een wat uit die Australiese agterveld hier beland het nie; dit was ‘n Angolese tweedeur-motor in Windhoek in die vroeë sewentigs. Hierdie Subaru het baie soos die eerste generasie Toyota Corolla’s gelyk – behalwe dat daar in duidelike letters geskryf was dat dit ‘n voorwielaangedrewe motor was. Boonop het hy ook aan die goedkoop kant gelyk.

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Sprint Review: Volvo XC60 T6

One new car, lots of information in random paragraphs.

What you need to know: The Volvo XC60 is a mid-size luxury SUV whose mould is similar to a BMW X5 or Audi Q5. Available with your choice of four engines, two gearboxes, four trim levels, front- or intelligent all-wheel-drive (certain models only), this stylish Swede easily matches its competitors for variety.

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Tested: Volvo S60 T5

The charming cliché

“Are you testing every Volvo on the market?” asks a friend when presented with my latest test car, a Volvo S60. The sarcastic undertone of his enquiry carried a sprinkling of truth though… with so many new Swedish models on the market I feel duty-bound to test as many as possible and report back to you.

Read moreTested: Volvo S60 T5