Car Reviews

BMW Alpina D3 Bi-Turbo Touring (2016) review

Alpina might be better known for its high-revving, high-dramapetrol sports saloons and coupes, but the D3 is the ultimate expression of a different kind of athleticism: one with the tracksuit bottoms of estatedom and the marathon-runners’ fuel of choice, diesel. Yes, it’s a derv-slurping 3-series Touringtweaked by Buchloe’s famous Beemer fettlers Alpina. The D3 first appeared in 2005, when it ... Read More »

New Porsche 718 Boxster first-ride preview: 7 things we learned from winter testing

This is anything but a routine mid-life makeover for the Porsche Boxster and its Cayman cousin. Not only are the mid-engined twins being given a new name for 2016 – they’ll now be known as the Porsche 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman – it’s all change in the engine bay too. It’s out with the naturally aspirated flat-sixes we know ... Read More »

Review: Mercedes-Benz A-Class Facelift

Yes I have driven the ‘new’ A-Class. A facelift is essentially carried out to add a little spark or bring back the charm to an existing model offering. The updated Mercedes-Benz A-Class does that for sure, because it makes the car look instantly sporty – and yet remains instantly recognizable. And that is in keeping with the facelifts we see ... Read More »

Mahindra XUV500 Automatic Review

I know why I was fascinated by the TV series ‘Giant Robot’; well, it was a machine that was controlled by a boy which saved the world and frankly the world thought that the boy was the hero. Who didn’t want to be one at that age? But things moved on swiftly and the controls began to be thrown out ... Read More »

Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe 450 AMG Review

  Mercedes-Benz lopped off the rear of its ML-Class when it rebadged the facelift to the GLE and the GLE Coupé was born. And like it or not, thanks to the BMW X6, we already know the SUV Coupé is here to stay. The BMW X4 and X6 do swift business, and Mercedes-Benz is looking to capture that with the ... Read More »

Mahindra KUV100 Review

Mahindra KUV100, which has been launched in India at 4.42 lakh (ex-showroom, Pune), is a name (that like its stable-mates the TUV300 and XUV500) will take quite a lot of getting used to. The KUV nomenclature comes from Cool Utility Vehicle (yes cool with a k!) and is in line with Mahindra’s obsession of forcing alphanumeric names down our throats, ... Read More »

2016 Ford Endeavour Review

The very first Ford Endeavour we got in 2003 was everything the market lacked – a big old pickup truck style SUV. Traditional and all American – the car stood out and stood tall in the meagre SUV category at the time. By the very long time it’s taken Ford to bring a new generation the entire picture has altered. ... Read More »

Jaguar F-Pace 2016 review

Jaguar’s conviction in its car design knows no bounds at the moment. From the C-X16 concept that previewed the F-Typesports car to the C-X17 that gave us a glimpse of the Jaguar F-Pace crossover back in 2013, both designs morphed from sketch to showroom virtually unchanged. Nearly three years later and Jaguar’s first ever SUV is now a whisker away ... Read More »

Mitsubishi L200 Series 5 (2016) review

The pick-up market picture is one that’s rapidly changing at present. Unusually for a corner of the industry that’s known for its leisurely pace of change, a total of eight separate new pick-up models are expected to be launched between 2015 and 2017. The first of this new breed to hit the road earlier in 2015 was the Mitsubishi L200 ... Read More »

Extended car warranties – are they worth it?

Buying an extended warranty for your car can be a sensible precaution, but it’s important to understand exactly what you’re getting An extended car warranty is effectively an insurance policy. So, much like covering the contents of your home, your decision on whether or not to buy one boils down to your attitude to risk, and the value of the item concerned. ... Read More »