Car Reviews

Tata Safari Storme: Long Term Report 1

We have cars that are new or fairly new in our long term fleet and the reason is to tell people how they feel to live with and help them with their buying decision. So then, the Safari Storme that was launched a few years ago is certainly an aberration. And that is not only because my boss loves it ... Read More »

2016 Volvo S90 Review

Usually when we head out for drives, the flights are early and we have to head out just before sunrise and everything is a bit chaotic, though the city we leave is serene and, well, unaware of us. So, I expected something similar, when I headed to Jodhpur, to drive the Volvo S90. To my surprise, it was smooth sailing ... Read More »

Along Came A Spyder: The Audi R8 Spyder Review

It is the latest mean machine from the four-ringed Bavarian stable, and is set to excite and exhilarate. The new generation Audi R8 Spyder is the topless or convertible avatar of the second generation of the flagship sports car, which launched last year. The coupe though is the V10 Plus while the Spyder gets the ‘regular’ new V10 – the ... Read More »

Mahindra e2oPlus Review

We first laid eyes on the Mahindra NXR concept at the 2009 Frankfurt motor show and the DC designed car made it to production in the form of a 2-door and was christened the e2o in 2013. The car is still viewed as ‘expensive’ for its size but that hasn’t stopped Mahindra from bringing in the e2oPlus, the 4-door version ... Read More »

Tata Hexa Review

Every car company needs a flagship product that can demonstrate its technology and design prowess to the world. And in 2016 the best way to do this is with a crossover or a SUV. And a flagship is exactly what Tata Motors is going for with its new Hexa. At first glance, the Hexa might look like a facelifted Aria, ... Read More »

Audi RS7 Performance Package Review

Four doors, four seats, weighing close to 2 tonnes, endowed with extremely usable space, quite the looker and of course very, very powerful – this sounds like a recipe for something that’s sure to make you go bananas. Well it is. On the outside, it may look like the normal Audi RS7, but it’s a wolf in wolf’s clothing. Let ... Read More »

Skoda Rapid Facelift Review

It was in 2011 that Skoda introduced a Fabia hatchback based sedan – the Skoda Rapid and after 5 years and contributing to over 70% of Skoda’s sales in India it still wasn’t the most popular car in its segment. Skoda has finally given the car a much needed and major facelift and hopes to increase its market share in ... Read More »

Exclusive First Drive: Skoda Kodiaq

Everybody knows that the new Skoda Kodiaq is exactly the same car as Volkswagen Tiguan or SEAT Ateca, so what’s the point in testing another version of the same machine, right? But then again, all three take part in the World Car of the Year contest as separate candidates, so it’s my duty as a world car juror to spend ... Read More »

Exclusive: Second Generation Audi Q5 2.0 TDI Quattro Ultra Review

The new generation of the Audi Q5 is a comprehensively improved vehicle. Not that the last car had glaring flaws – after all it has been a hit since its 2008 launch. But yes 8 years really called for a new model. And so 1.6 million units later the next generation car is ready to roll. The new Q5 has ... Read More »

Mercedes-Benz CLA Facelift Review

The Mercedes-Benz CLA stormed into the world automotive scene as an affordable sedan from the German automaker for everyone who wanted something that had a prestigious badge, was affordable and yet, looked a million bucks! Not only did it make the 4-door coupe styling affordable for a whole generation of buyers that would have normally chosen something else, the CLA ... Read More »