Car Reviews

Mercedes GLS 350d 4matic (2016) review

Déjà vu? If the new Mercedes GLS looks curiously familiar, that’s because it’s not quite a brand-new car, more a comprehensive facelift of the GL-class, Merc’s enormous seven-seater SUV. The fresh three-letter name is part of Mercedes’ new-era filing system, the ‘S’ denoting that it’s the largest SUV the company makes, out-bulking the GLE, GLC, GLA and old-school G-class. So ... Read More »

An Ariel Atom is Pure Joy Distilled in Car Form

The Ariel Atom brings out the kid in all of us. Whether you’re driving an Atom, sitting shotgun in one or even admiring it from a distance, the Atom speaks to our child-like wonder and love of fast things. Driving an Atom is like what you imagine driving is like when you’re nine. An Atom can also bring out excitement in someone ... Read More »

On the road: Ssangyong Tivoli – car review

This is the new way of things, I start to realise: cars that are cute like Minis or Beetles, but the size of something larger. Such a car – my first encounter was the Fiat 500X, now it’s Korean brand Ssangyong’s Tivoli – may discombobulate you for a while. You think you’re in a city runabout, and you’re not. If ... Read More »

Drunk Regular Car Reviews Just Became A Reality

In case you’ve never seen a Regular Car Reviews video before, be aware these contain some NSFW content. In the case of the latest release, it involves a drunken Mr. Regular, the show’s host, mixing some bizarre and unsettling descriptions of sex acts with his otherwise insightful take on a very common and simple American vehicle, the Chevy Malibu. The ... Read More »

Is Maruti-Suzuki’s Baleno worthy of being called premium?

There was a time when hatchbacks were generally considered the choice of those on a budget. However, all that has changed over the last few years. It all started with the Honda Jazz, which was one of the first hatchbacks in India to bear the tag of being premium. Not surprisingly, it did not find many takers. But the market ... Read More »

The Saab 900 Is a Glorious Purgatory Between the Extremes of Car Culture

The Saab 900 is not a luxury car. The Saab 900 is not a sports car. So what exactly is the Saab 900? That’s what Regular Car Reviews went to find out. Saab billed the 900 as a sports car, but that just isn’t accurate. It’s front wheel drive, and even the hand brake works on the front wheels, so ... Read More »

Jaguar XE feature review: a 1351-mile drive to Gibraltar

Sit down with the Jaguar XE’s engineers and they’ll talk about the 50-metre test: those first moments behind the wheel where a car begins to reveal its character; the weight of the steering, the sound of the engine, the touch of the controls. Even if your mind is elsewhere, those mental impressions are subconsciously forming. I blip the keyfob – one ... Read More »

Audi R8 V10 Plus (2015) review

Oh Audi, what have you done? The new Audi R8 doesn’t so much arrive with a bang as a carpet-bombing – while we all sort of knew the original was a cut-price Lamborghini Gallardo, presenting it as a V8 initially established such clean air between them that the later introduction of increasingly focused V10 variants never really threatened the established ... Read More »

Mercedes CLA 220 CDI Sport Shooting Brake (2016) review

Nice, and nearly as pretty as the CLS Shooting Brake. Nearly… Agreed. The A-class wears its CLS-inspired bolt-on bottom well, despite the car’s more modest proportions, and manages a fair impression of the bigger Merc’s arcing elegance. We’ve sampled the range-topping 45 AMG before, but it’s the 200 and 220 diesels that account for the bulk of sales. This is the ... Read More »

2012 Range Rover Vogue Luxury Tdv8 Review

It is said – not entirely in jest – that a Range Rover isn’t a car. It’s a hobby. Nevertheless, notwithstanding Land Rover’s less than stellar reputation for reliability, I had coveted one for decades. By 2010 I realised that if I didn’t bite the bullet soon, I’d be getting too old and sensible. So it was that I found ... Read More »