SUV with Italian flair: Alfa Romeo's Telvio aims for a sporty sweet spot BelfastTelegraph.co.uk The Alfa Romeo Stelvio is the Italian manufacturer's first SUV. Jack Evans sees how it shapes out in a very competitive market place. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/cars/suv-with-italian-flair-alfa-romeos-telvio-aims-for-a-sporty-sweet-spot-37594055.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/cars/article37594053.ece/0cb7f/AUTOCROP/h342/2018-12-05_lif_46259651_I6.JPG Email The Alfa Romeo Stelvio is the Italian manufacturer's first SUV. Jack Evans sees how it shapes out in a very competitive market place. What is it?Yes, that's right, it's yet another SUV. However, whereas most four-wheel-drives sport an Audi, BMW or Mercedes badge, this is built by a company known for doing things slightly different: Alfa Romeo. The Stelvio is Alfa's very first SUV, and it enters into an incredibly busy segment. But having already knocked it out of the park with the excellent Giulia saloon, can Alfa … [Read more...] about SUV with Italian flair: Alfa Romeo’s Telvio aims for a sporty sweet spot
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Read the forum comments beneath almost any new car review on PH, and almost inevitably, you'll find a post that starts with words to the effect of 'For that sort of money, you could have a...'. And not without reason - part of the joy of automotive window shopping for enthusiasts like us is the tantalising prospect of getting something better for the same sort of cash. You might be thinking of buying a brand new Golf GTI but suddenly realise that, for the same price, you could have a two-year-old Mercedes A45 AMG. But why stop, there when that sort of cash will also buy you a four-year-old Audi RS4, or even a five-year-old BMW M5? It isn't hard to see how these things can escalate. To celebrate the delightful agony of this eternal conundrum, here's the first instalment of a regular feature in which we set out to find what you can buy used that'll deliver everything that one of the new (and often terrifyingly expensive) cars we've tested can - but for the same price. In fact, scratch … [Read more...] about BMW M5 Competition: PH Trade-off!
Funny how things play out sometimes. There had been no plans to bring in the Mercedes-Benz C 350 e plug-in hybrid here when it was first tested two years ago in San Francisco, because the thinking then was that it would simply have been priced out of the market. That it has made it here is because of its technology. This and local assembly has obtained it suitable relief under the hybrid tax incentive scheme in place currently, and the result is a car that has rolled in at a price lower than that asked for the previous range-topper, the petrol C 300. Officially launched last October, the hybrid W205 now sits at the top of the C-Class range in the country, with the C 300 AMG Line gone from the line-up as a result of the hybrid’s appearance. As intimated previously from its international outing, it’s very nicely specified and it looks good on paper, but what’s it like from a local perspective? Does all the promise that was shown two years ago hold up to a closer … [Read more...] about DRIVEN: W205 Mercedes-Benz C350e hybrid review in Malaysia
A small percentage of the car-buying public still enjoys the mechanics of driving. But manual transmissions are increasingly rare. Meet the 2017 Honda Civic hatchback sport. Honda decided this year to make its perennially top-selling compact more versatile, via an imported hatchback. The 10th generation of the sedan, manufactured in England, is available with a six-speed manual transmission. The 2017 Honda Civic hatchback marks the return of the trim after a 12-year absence. Image © James Raia/2017 While the efficiency of continuously variable transmissions has simplified driving and Honda is at the automotive forefront with its version, the carmaker also appreciates tradition. Thirty years ago, about 25 percent of new cars sold in the United States featured manual transmissions. Today, it’s less than five percent. The Civic debuted in 1972 and it’s perched between the Honda Fit and the Honda Accord. Although its segment designation has changed from sub-compact to … [Read more...] about 2017 Honda Civic hatchback: sporty value gem returns
There’s no automotive segment in Malaysia that is quite as competitive as the B-segment sedan market. The crossover may be the darling of the car-buying public right now, but the affordable three-box, four-door with a small engine and a big boot remains firmly in the mainstream, and pretty much every mass-market carmaker that has a proper foothold in the Malaysian market has an entry in this cutthroat sector. For years, the Toyota Vios and its arch-rival, the Honda City, have sat at the top of the food chain, being the progenitors of the genre. At the time when the latter was an ungainly Jazz sedan, the world’s largest carmaker showed with the original Vios that you could have a handsome, reliable sedan for minimal outlay, and it established an early dominance. Fast forward to today, and the City has turned into a formidable competitor, with thrusting, square-edged styling hiding a new drivetrain and plenty of new toys. Hamstrung not least by an engine and gearbox … [Read more...] about DRIVEN: 2016 Toyota Vios review – new heart, but any better?