Launched: VW Golf & GTi

Volkswagen’s Golf range continues to set the trend – we attended the recent press launch.

When thinking about the Golf, my personal recollection is the vivid memory of my childhood friend, whose father owned a Golf GTi Mk2. It became a family member, a car that stayed in the family for 18 years. At the end, the car and family only separated due to unfortunate circumstances. In fact, until today it is likely that you’ll hear a similar story from GTi (or Golf) owners.

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The emperor’s cogs   

Dual-clutch gearboxes are rubbish

There, I said it. Somebody had to, eventually, although I’ve been preaching this for what seems like a decade. DSG, DCT, S-tronic, MCT, it doesn’t matter what you call an automatic shifter with more than one clutch – they’re fairly terrible most of the time. 

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Tested: Volkswagen Caravelle

Family adventure for your next holiday? We tested the perfect car for the trip…

Purpose. I’ve uttered this before but it’s one of my fascinations with modern vehicles – do they fulfil the role they were made for? When “Volkswagen” and “Caravelle” popped up on my calendar I knew exactly what to do… organize an epic family road trip into the middle of nowhere.

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His & Hers: Renault Megane GT

Hers and His review / comparison

Renault South Africa recently introduced their spiffy new Megane range and, not long after the local launch, brought us a deep blue metallic Megane GT Sport. With two testers doing most of the driving, we thought of drawing straws for the review but rather decided to combine our impressions in a neat his and hers review.

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Sprint Review: Volkswagen Caddy Alltrack

A new car, lots of information in short paragraphs

What you need to know: The Volkswagen Caddy is a small family van with big space and sensible features. It’s available in two lengths, two trim levels and with two Turbo-diesel engines and two gearboxes – or five combinations thereof. This “Alltrack” model is the cool, extra-urban, cross-over version.

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Tested: Volkswagen Caravelle 2.0 BiTDI 4Motion DSG

The core purpose

Purpose. I’ve uttered this before but it’s one of my fascinations with modern automobiles – do they fulfil the role they were made for? When the words “Volkswagen” and “Caravelle” popped up on my calendar I knew exactly what to do… organize an epic family road trip into the middle of nowhere.

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Sprint Review: Volkswagen Polo GTi (Manual)

One new car, lots of information in random paragraphs.

Some facts: Volkswagen has refreshed its Polo range with more efficient engines and better technology, at the same time giving the hot-headed GTi a good seeing-to. Where once pounded a 1.4-litre heart, the new Polo GTi now has a growling 1.8-litre with 141kW; in DSG or Manual.

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Launch Report: Volkswagen T6

The legendary status

Talk about a trip down memory lane. When Volkswagen invited us to attend the launch of their new, sixth generation T6 models, the manufacturer hauled out plenty of dusty memories and a few shiny examples of previous models. They even gave it an ad slogan which rightly claims that “legendary status comes standard”.

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Tested: Volkswagen Polo GTi DSG

The everyday talents

There are always reasons someone buys a car. These can range from the basic need to connect the first two letters of the alphabet to the more sensible desire for a safe, reliable and efficient mode of transport. Then there are the purely hedonistic purchases – entertaining cars like the new Volkswagen Polo GTi.

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