Posts Tagged "car"

Sporting Chance.

Posted by on Mar 7, 2014 in Road Tests

With the arrival of the slightly cheaper and FWD ES range, the IS lineup has been stripped down to just this one model. Fortunately, it also happens to be the best IS we’ve driven, but is it really good enough to compete for your signature on an HP agreement against the well-established German brands?

Well that’s a decision for you to make of course. From our particular perspective, we’d say it more than has what it takes. But for many the “Upmarket Toyota” badging lingers on.

Read all the details right here and make up your own mind.

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Cheap as Chips!

Posted by on Mar 5, 2014 in Road Tests

We all know that in our own little world of the petrolhead, that the price of a car doesn’t always necessary dictate how much fun it is to drive. We’ve been in cheapies that drive better than their more expensive stablemates, and in the current global economy it’s these cars that keep the motoring industry ticking over after all.

However the Nissan Almera 1.5 here is not one of these cars. It isn’t an expression of motoring joy on a tight budget. Even two decades ago, which is where it feels like it’s from, the Almera wouldn’t have been gifted with any level of excitement whatsoever. but does it have any redeeming qualities at all?

Read our full road test of the Nissan Almera 1.5 MT right here.

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Automatic Fail?

Posted by on Feb 26, 2014 in Road Tests

Opel’s new Astra sedan looks like it’s a car of the era. Boasting modern styling, a tiny turbocharged petrol engine for fuel economy, and most of the trends we’ve now accepted as “must-haves” inside as well, it ought to be a car ready to take on all comers in 2014.

With one glaring exception in the case of this particular car. An example of when borrowing from the parts-bin of your parent company might not be as brilliant an idea as first thought…

Read the full road test of the Opel Astra 1.4T right here.

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A Crossover’s Tale: The Sequel

Posted by on Jan 31, 2014 in Road Tests

When the original Nissan Qashqai came out, it had the advantage of being the first of a whole new breed to make it really interesting. That’s right, this Nissan is credited with having been the very first of the crossover generation, a sub-niche which is well-established and extremely crowded today due to the popularity of the concept.

Just imagine, before the Qashqai we apparently either had practical, daily-use runabout hatchbacks or sedans, or the huge, gas-guzzling SUV frequently built on bakkie underpinnings. Two cars necessary, end of discussion. Then Nissan dropped the Qashqai on our ignorant asses.

At least that’s how the company sells it, and it’s probably almost true. Mostly.

Read the rest of this Final Drive in the Drive Digimag, here. 

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