Car Reviews

400 Deaths A Day On India’s Roads. So Just How Safe Is Your Car?

The non-profit Global NCAP has over the years given zero star rating to many small vehicles sold in India In India, more than 150,000 people are killed each year in traffic accidents. That’s about 400 fatalities a day and far higher than developed auto markets like the U.S., which in 2016 logged about 40,000. Now, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government ... Read More »

India-bound Jeep Renegade SUV: 5 things to know

Jeep is all set to expand its India line-up to five SUVs by 2020. Joining the existing range next will be the Renegade, currently the smallest SUV on Jeep’s global line-up. Neo-retro in terms of styling, the Renegade will slot in below the Compass. Here are five things you need to know about the Renegade: 1. It’s relatively compact: The ... Read More »

2018 Subaru Forester: A Serious and Efficient SUV

For years, Japanese automaker Subaru was seemingly led by engineers whose main focus was their vehicles’ mechanics and the durability of their flat-four cylinder engine. Far behind on the list of priorities came styling, driving pleasure and passenger comfort. Things have progressed over the years, slowly at first and then more quickly, to the point where the current lineup of ... Read More »

Engine and Transmission

Engine and Transmission Rating: The Frontier has the least powerful V-6 in its class and an archaic five-speed automatic transmission. Still, it has comparable towing capacities and can be fitted with a five-speed (four-cylinder only) or six-speed manual gearbox.   What’s New for 2018? The only thing that’s unique about the Frontier’s powertrains is that an antiquated five-speed gearbox is ... Read More »

The Top Gear car review: Alpine A110

FOR: A genuinely different rival to the Cayman, and a fine advert for light weight AGAINST: Its approach may be too dedicated for some Overview What is it? It’s the new Renault Alpine A110. And it’s something very different. On the surface it’s perfectly straightforward, a compact two-seat coupe in the mould of the Porsche Cayman and Audi TT. But ... Read More »

2018 Audi RS3 review

HIGHS Surging torque Huge bite, zero-fade braking Smooth, snappy shifts Tractable performance on the daily LOWS Some interior cheapness feels out of place for its $55K price tag Cramming absurd amounts of power into compact automobiles is an art form. Thanks to Volkswagen’s pioneering work with the Golf GTI, the hatchback body style is the most common vessel for these engineering ... Read More »

Subaru XV (2018) review

Hot on the heels of the new Impreza, now it’s time to try the second car built on the Subaru Global Platform (SGP) – the 2018 XV. We’re driving it around Riga in Latvia, so it’s cold, slippery and there isn’t a lot of daylight. Ideal. It’s another small crossover, like the Toyota C-HR, Volvo XC40 and Mazda CX-3 et al it competes with. Usually that’s prefaced ... Read More »

Early Model 3 review shows off the best and worst features on Tesla’s new EV

If you’ve been wondering why we still haven’t seen a thorough and enlightening Model 3 review, the simple answer is that the number of Model 3 vehicles out on the road is infinitesimal. The reason for this, not surprisingly, is that Tesla, as some astutely predicted months ago, has experienced some challenges with respect to Model 3 production. Despite Elon Musk ... Read More »

Land Rover Discovery Sport TD4 facelift (2017) review

Delving into Land Rover’s online configurator reveals that at the time of writing you can spend over £60,000 on a Discovery Sport. Sounds a lot, doesn’t it? What if all you’re after is a hard-working four-wheel drive Disco without the bells and whistles? Would such a car really be worth having – or should you spend your money on something with a less ... Read More »

80: Toyota GT86 – following the finest traditions for blue collar sports cars

The GT86 is not just another addition to the burgeoning Toyota fleet. This has been a messenger, a motoring signal to the masses: Toyota is back in the sports car market and it means business. After mistakenly abandoning this segment with the death of the MR2, in 2012 the GT86 announced a reversal of strategy at the brand, courtesy of a partnership ... Read More »