“No wagons,” she said. Having grown up with Magna and Verada wagons as family cars, I knew how useful wagons were for trips to the local Bunnings, IKEA or the airport. The Mrs was adamant. Our previous car was a 2005 LC Hyundai Accent sedan, which the Mrs found relatively low and too narrow for a baby capsule and two adults to sit comfortably in the back. A higher driving position was a must, and we didn’t want a car that was too big either, so that inevitably led us to looking at mid-sized SUVs. We quickly settled on the Mazda CX-5 and took delivery of a FWD Maxx Sport auto in August 2014. The only dealer option was to add rear parking sensors. Four years on, the first-generation CX-5 remains a very handsome shape, and to these eyes the KE model is a more cohesive design than the current KF. It’s an SUV, so practical matters first. We liked the CX-5’s size. At 4.54m, it’s a little shorter than a BM/BN 3 sedan and only 8cm longer than the 3 … [Read more...] about 2014 Mazda CX-5 Maxx Sport (4×2) review
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The topic of the SUV killing the station wagon, nee estate/sport tourer/avant or whatever each automaker decides to call them, has been beaten to death in recent years. And still, manufacturers keep rolling out one SUV after another for the simple reason that people line up to buy them. Apparently, Carfection is so fed up with people buying SUVs that they made a video about it. Most petrolheads and motoring journos have been really hard on SUVs and crossovers, as they don’t see the point to the body style. Over-the-top tests reveals that the majority are useless at serious off-roading, hopeless on the track and not good at holding cargo. Those are things that one would assume a tall, lengthy vehicle would be good at doing. But the outlet takes a more grown-up approach to the dilemma. They drive both vehicles and then discuss why one would choose a SUV over a wagon. Instead of butchering the SUV, the hosts try to put themselves into the seat of a regular consumer to try to see … [Read more...] about Volvo V90 Cross Country Vs LR Discovery Sport: Would You Take The Estate Or The SUV?
One of the most successful hot-hatches locally, at least this century, is the Swift Sport. Famous as much for its price as its performance, you’ll be pleased to hear that the dramatically improved and much better specified 2018 third-generation variant is just $1000 more expensive than its predecessor, the manual going for $28,500 and the auto for $29,990. Given how much better specified this new car is, especially on the safety front - it’s already a five-star ANCAP recipient - and how much quicker it is, there’s nothing in terms of competition to touch it. When you hear the Swift Sport name you instantly think of the vividly coloured five-door that is distinctive for its uniquely vibrant paint job, requiring sunglasses to combat the glare of the lime yellow hue. Nothing much has changed on that front, the latest hero colour, Champion Yellow, almost as bright. There are red, blue and silver metallic finishes too. Only now the car also looks … [Read more...] about Swift Sport Hits A New High Bar Price
► The best racing games in 2018► Both Xbox One and PS4 games► We'll update this list frequently 2018 is a great time to get a PS4 or Xbox One – especially if you’re a fan of racing games. Massive strides in processor technology mean machines such as the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X are extremely powerful, so they’re able to pump out some seriously realistic graphics. Nowadays, racing games aren’t pixelated affairs like Sega Rally or Out Run of old – they’re lifelike sims such as GT Sport and DiRT Rally. And some racing games are so true to life, they’re actually used by professional drivers to practise on. So what are the best racing games in 2018? To make things easier, we’ve put together a list of the best driving games you can buy this year, from all-round racers like GT Sport, to more specific titles like F1 2017 and DiRT Rally. This list includes games on both Microsoft’s Xbox One and … [Read more...] about Best racing games on PS4 and Xbox One in 2018: the sims you need to buy
► The best racing games this year► Includes both Xbox One and PS4 games► We'll update this list frequently If you’re a fan of racing games, 2018 is a great time to get a games console. Advances in processor technology mean consoles such as the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X are extremely powerful, and that means they’re able to pump out some seriously realistic graphics. In 2018, racing games aren’t pixelated affairs like Sega Rally or Out Run of old – they’re lifelike sims such as GT Sport and DiRT Rally. In fact, many racing games are so true to life, they’re used by professional drivers to practise on. So what are the best racing games in 2018? To make things easier, we’ve put together a list of the best driving games you can buy this year, from all-round racers like GT Sport, to more specific titles like F1 2017 and DiRT Rally. What’s more, this list will include games on both Microsoft’s Xbox One and Sony’s … [Read more...] about Best racing games on PS4 and Xbox One in 2018: the sims you need to try