Volkswagen, VW, Golf, 7, Mk VII, DSG, 1.4TSI

Review – Volkswagen Golf 7 1.4 TSI Comfortline DSG

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“VW Golf”, a name synonymous with the term “the people’s car”, after all, most of us at some stage or another have driven a Citi Golf, or owned one, or learnt to drive in one; not to mention the fact that many of our parents did the same.  So the Golf moniker has been around for some time, and it has always been known as the hatchback to set the bar, the benchmark so to speak.  Now, with the 7th generation at hand, we begged the question, does this once again retain “benchmark” status?  We had a week with the new Golf to find out…

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Toyota 86 High Spec Road Review: Slipping and Sliding Away the Week

 

Upon its launch nearly a year ago, the Toyota 86 received some of the greatest media coverage of any car over the past decade, and for Toyota, the past 2 decades.  We managed to set up a drive of one back then through a dealership, and you may remember how we raved about its brilliance; so now that all the hype around it had somewhat died down, we thought we’d re-visit the 86 to see if its “specialness” still remained…

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Road Review: Alfa Romeo Giulietta 1.4T Distinctive

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I’ve always loved Alfa Romeo, unashamedly so, but the new breed, under management of FIAT presented something interesting, classic artful Italian design, with great engines shared between the two brands, and a fairly affordable price tag; would there be a catch when I tested the Alfa Romeo Giulietta 1.4T Distinctive, one of my favourite modern hatches?

 

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BMW, 320i, F30

Road Review: 2013 BMW F30 320i Sport Line

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One of the most hotly debated topics in motoring circles is the never-ending battle between Mercedes-Benz, Audi, and BMW, and in particular, the “entry-level” sedan models from each of these three brands.  BMW has long held the title of the “benchmark” in the segment, and there has been many a claim that the new F30 3-Series would continue this heritage of being the best.  So, we decided to test it out for ourselves when BMW South Africa gave us a red 320i Sport Line last week.

 

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Road review: Subaru XV 2.0i-S Lineartronic CVT

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Road review: Subaru XV 2.0i-S Lineartronic CVT

We at TCR aren’t exactly fans of the increasingly popular crossover segment of vehicle; sure there are one or two interesting models such as the Nissan Juke, but for the most part, these vehicles are less than special off-road, and are basically nothing more than hatchbacks on stilts.  So on the rare occasion we receive something from arguably one of the greatest rally-brands in history, we take notice and a glimmer of hope stirs that it may be at least semi-capable!  That was what happened when we received a bright orange Subaru XV last week Tuesday, a sight to behold against the dreary greys, blues, and whites of the vehicles we see everyday on the roads.

 

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Driving Impressions: BMW ActiveHybrid 3 & 5

When BMW handed us the keys to an ActiveHybrid 3 last week and sent us on a drive, we already knew what to expect of the exterior and interior, having driven the superb BMW F30 328i last year. What we didn’t know about was just how electric would meet combustion … Read more

Driving Impression: Toyota 86

For many, many years, I have not only disliked Toyota, but somewhat despised them. For over a decade, their designs have been boring, plain, middle of the road. They haven’t dared do anything extraordinary, on the edge, or revolutionary. Their engines were consistently underpowered and under utilised. I had nearly … Read more