Road Test: Subaru Forester 2.5 XS Premium

The Subaru Forester 2.5XS Premium is more than just an SUV, it's a lifestyle vehicle.

The roads of Johannesburg are at best loathsome – if not for the Jacuzzi-size potholes and assortment of debris strewn across them, then for the idiots that drive them, the taxi drivers and the overloaded bakkies that somehow defy the laws of physics, teetering towers of furniture and other items piled metres high on the back.  But when the February torrential downpours hit, potholes go from puddles to ponds and then some, patches of dirt multiply into sand banks worthy of an appearance in oceans somewhere in the Caribbean, and although you know that somewhere beneath the swathing torrents of water rushing past lies a piece of dark grey tarmac, you’d be forgiven for thinking Joburg had been converted into a ramshackle Venice, fit only for boats.  It is in these times the sure-footedness of the Subaru Forester shines, with Subaru’s Symmetrical AWD system and the unflappable ability to conquer all.

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Road Review: Subaru Forester 2.0X

A manufacturer’s job is to sell you their car, to do anything within their power to quote facts and figures, performance times and fuel consumption, all in an effort to swoon you into joining the corporation for which they are employed.  But as much as this is the case, it’s truly rare when such claims can be met in an everyday world, by everyday drivers, without the slightest bit of hassle.  I encountered such a situation on my recent test of the Subaru Forester 2.0X, the entry level model of the Forester range.

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Road Test: 2013 Volkswagen Polo Vivo Maxx

 

Volkswagen, VW, Polo Vivo Maxx

“Nice isn’t a very nice word,” my English teachers used to tell me growing up, it’s a bland adjective and one no one would be happy to be described with.  They were right, but wrong, for if there was no such word as “nice”, what would we compare all other adjectives to?  You see, we need the boring, we need the bland, we need the mundane, especially in the automotive world, otherwise we’d never know an exciting car when we drove it.  So would our Polo Vivo Maxx be mundane or mouth-watering to test out?

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