IT’S funny how we seem to think certain people only drive certain cars. Subaru. Farmer or racer boy if it’s blue. Honda. Bingo enthusiast. BMW. Banker spelled with a W. Bentley. Footballer. Volvo. Geography teacher. Tesla. Tech lover. Mazda MX-5. Hairdresser. But here’s the thing. Very soon, that last cliché will be popped — unless your stylist is a speed demon — because the two-seat roadster is now fast. Yes, the updated MX-5 is still dinky and cute and built for roof-down singalongs to Little Mix or whoever. But turn on the taps and it’s a little rocket. The naturally aspirated 2-litre sends 184hp to the rear wheels — up 24 horses — and the redline has risen from 6,800 to 7,500rpm. Russian 'rich kids' slammed for stripping off to lingerie in freezing conditions and speeding in sports cars in freezing conditions As a result, the 0-62mph sprint has been slashed by eight tenths to 6.5 seconds and it sounds the nuts charging up the … [Read more...] about Mazda MX-5 gets more power at last and has more character with a bigger engine
Subaru’s first-ever eight-seat SUV has been a long time coming, but now it’s finally here and, apparently, it’s got off to a good start. The Japanese automaker has been taken by surprise by the huge demand: it sold 4,000 Ascents two months before the vehicle even arrived in showrooms. No wonder, given the great value for money it offers. For a base price of $31,995, buyers get a massive three-row SUV that comes fitted as standard with a 260-hp turbocharged four-cylinder engine, Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive (yes, it’s got standard AWD when most of its rivals don’t), EyeSight Driver Assist, a three-zone automatic climate control and much more. It’s also got 19 (!) cupholders, and Doug DeMuro goes through all of them in his detailed video about the Ascent. As expected, he finds other corks about Subaru’s biggest model, such as the Lead Vehicle Moving Monitor function that alerts the driver when the car in front drives off. Also read: Some … [Read more...] about 2019 Subaru Ascent Is, Deservedly, One Of The Hottest Models On Sale Today
From the Ford Fiesta to the Renault Clio, Opel/Vauxhall Corsa and Suzuki Swift, the market is saturated with superminis. The Volkswagen Group holds its ground against the opposition with three models: the VW Polo, Seat Ibiza and Skoda Fabia. These three share the same platform, technologies, engines and transmissions. Thus, they’re almost identical to each other beneath the skin, but despite this, the Polo commands a higher price tag than its Spanish and Czech siblings. Also Watch: Skoda Rally Car Gives Taxi Passengers More Than They Bargained For This brings us to a review shared by Australia’s CarsGuide, which explains, in five easy steps, why the Fabia could be the best of them all – and cost does play a major role in this. Engine and gearbox combos are another major reason that should convince customers into buying the Czech hatchback over its competitors. And if this doesn’t do the trick, then the attention to practical details should, as your groceries … [Read more...] about Could The 2018 Skoda Fabia Be The Smartest Choice In The Supermini Segment?
SOMEONE told me they avoid visiting their granny in a care home because it makes them sad to see her being spoon-fed mashed potato. I thought that was a bit selfish, but I can relate. Up until now I’ve dreaded launches for MG cars. Once one of the best-known British brands in the world, MG produced a slew of history-making cars. The MGB, to name but one, ruled the roads in the Sixties. After going under in 2005 following decades of mismanagement, it was bought by a faceless corporation called SAIC, which since 2007 has been churning out MG-badged cars in China with all the build quality of a knock-off Tamagotchi and sex appeal of a verruca sock. It’s almost as sad as watching your gran weather the winter years of her life with bowls of Angel Delight and afternoon bingo. Unlike my mate though, I have a conscience. I can’t dismiss modern MGs simply because it might sully a fond memory or two. And I’m pleased to say, after driving the new MG3, things aren’t … [Read more...] about After years in the wilderness, there’s a lot to like about the latest MG model
Among the extremely stylish and safe vehicles designed by Volvo as of late is this, the XC40, which despite its perhaps unconventional appearance, has managed to ace pretty much every review it’s been a part of. This one is no different, as Doug DeMuro was extremely impressed with it, even though by his own admission, he’s not that used to reviewing small crossovers. In fact, he gave it a better score than he did the XC90 Excellence, although we have yet to see him rate the regular XC90 – or the XC60, for that matter. So then what’s there to like about the XC40? According to this reviewer, quite a lot, starting with its styling, on-board tech, build quality, practicality and surprisingly high levels of comfort. We also get to learn about some of the XC40’s very interesting quirks, things we reckon not a lot of people know, such as how the upper diagonal stripe of the grille’s badge points directly to the hood’s latch mechanism, so that you know … [Read more...] about 2019 Volvo XC40 Apparently Can’t Put A Foot Wrong, Can It?