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Lifestyle Car Reviews

  • BMW 2 Series Convertible : 2015 220i and 228i

    What’s Hot: Buttoned-down chassis, RWD dynamics, snug fabric roof, reasonable boot capacity What’s Not: Suspension fussy on bigger wheels, no heated seats in 220i. X-FACTO...

     

    POSTED THU, 5 MAR, 2015

     
  • Honda HR-V : 2015 VTi-L, A Magic Little Honda

    What's Hot: Super-flexible ‘magic seats' system; attention-grabbing styling. What's Not: No air-vents for rear-passengers; no electric seat-adjustment. X FACTOR: Car-like driving d...

     

    POSTED FRI, 27 FEB, 2015

     
  • BMW 2 Series Coupe : 2015 228i Sport Line

    Vehicle Style: 2-door luxury coupe Price: $64,400 (plus on-roads)   Engine/trans: 180kW/350Nm 2.0 turbo petrol 4cyl | 8sp auto Fuel Economy claimed: 6.3 l/100km | tested: 9.9 l/100km O...

     

    POSTED MON, 23 FEB, 2015

     
  • Audi TT Coupe 2015: Lighter, Faster, Better

    What's Hot: Brisk performance, stunning design. What's Not: Tiny rear seats, passenger is far removed from infotainment display. X-FACTOR: Beautiful to behold, a delight to drive. The n...

     

    POSTED FRI, 20 FEB, 2015

     
  • Alfa Romeo 4C : Fast, Raucous, Raw... Simply Brilliant

    What's hot: Everything about the drive, brilliant handling, riotous speed. What's not: It's noisy, you can't hear your phone (is that bad?), big tyres can 'tram-track'. X-FAC...

     

    POSTED THU, 19 FEB, 2015

     
  • Lexus RCF : A Track Day Beast Unleashed

    What's hot: Stonking quad-cam V8, brilliant chassis, simply beautiful premium interior. What's not: Heavier than the M4 (but much cheaper), tightly controlled traction settings. X-FACTOR: It...

     

    POSTED MON, 16 FEB, 2015

     
  • 2015 Honda HR-V : CR-V's Baby Bro Gets High Marks

    What’s Hot: Spacious rear seat, comfortable suspension, sharp interior design. What’s Not: Doughy CVT, flimsy parcel shelf, no integrated sat-nav. X-FACTOR: Honda's HR-V shows other...

     

    POSTED THU, 12 FEB, 2015

     
  • 2015 Volkswagen Scirocco : Style, Substance‚Ķ And Speed

    Vehicle Style: 3-door performance hatch Price: $45,990 Engine/trans: 188kW/330Nm 2.0 turbo petrol 4cyl | 6sp manual Fuel Economy claimed: 8.1 l/100km | tested: 9.8 l/100km OVERVIEW If the V...

     

    POSTED MON, 9 FEB, 2015

     
  • 2015 Renault Captur : Funky Looks, Sweet To Drive

    What's hot: Spunky style, superior comfortable ride, well-featured and fun at the wheel. What's not: Interior plastics a bit naff, couldn't match fuel consumption claims. X-FACTOR: Style...

     

    POSTED THU, 5 FEB, 2015

     
  • 2015 MINI Cooper 5-Door : Seriously Sensible Fun

    What’s Hot: Added space and versatility, spirited on-road feel What’s Not: Chunky pillars can hamper visibility, options can quickly get expensive X-FACTOR: The grown-up way to enjoy a M...

     

    POSTED SAT, 31 JAN, 2015

     
  • 2015 Mazda2 Genki Manual : So Easy To Love

    What’s Hot: A rewarding drive, modern interior and frugal engine What’s Not: Petite boot and backseat, lacks a reverse camera X-FACTOR: Offers impressive technology and capable dynamics...

     

    POSTED THU, 22 JAN, 2015

     
  • 2015 MINI Cooper S 5-door Automatic

    Vehicle Style: Five-door light sports hatch Price: $40,700  (plus on-roads), $48,470 as-tested Engine/trans: 141kW/280Nm 2.0 petrol 4cyl | 6sp automatic Fuel Economy claimed: 5.5 l/100km | t...

     

    POSTED THU, 15 JAN, 2015

     
  • 2015 Mazda2 Maxx Automatic : Premium For A Low Price

    Vehicle Style: 5-door light hatchback Price: $18,990  (plus on-roads) Engine/trans: 81kW/141Nm 1.5 litre petrol 4cyl | 6sp automatic Fuel Economy claimed: 4.9 l/100km | tested: 5.9 ...

     

    POSTED FRI, 9 JAN, 2015

     
  • 2015 Audi A3 Cabriolet : Ambition 1.8 TFSI - Droptop With Quattro Grip

    Vehicle Style: Small luxury convertible Price: $54,900 (plus on-roads) $62,350 (as tested) Engine/trans: 132kW/280Nm 1.8 4cyl turbo petrol | 6spd automatic Fuel Economy claimed: 6.6 l/100km | tes...

     

    POSTED TUE, 30 DEC, 2014

     
  • 2014 Fiat 500S Cabriolet

    Vehicle Style: Light convertible Price: $24,500 (plus on-roads) Engine/trans: 74kW/131Nm 4cyl petrol | 5spd automated manual Fuel Economy claimed: 5.8 l/100km | tested: 8.4 l/100km OVERVIEW...

     

    POSTED SUN, 21 DEC, 2014

     
  • 2015 Mercedes-Benz SL400

    What’s Hot: Big performance boost over SL 350, comfy ride. What’s Not: Cornering less than stellar, price is rather huge. X-FACTOR: The last SL model to go turbo, the SL 400 has the stra...

     

    POSTED WED, 17 DEC, 2014

     
  • 2014 Audi A3 Cabriolet 1.4 TFSI COD

    Vehicle Style: Small luxury convertible Price: $47,300 (plus on-roads) | $51,400 (as tested) Engine/trans: 103kW/250Nm 1.4 4cyl turbo petrol | 7spd automatic Fuel Economy claimed: 4.9 l/100km | t...

     

    POSTED TUE, 16 DEC, 2014

     
  • 2015 Mazda CX-3 : Sales Storm Bound For Australia

    What’s Hot: Handles well, looks great, classy interior. What’s Not: Small boot and compact rear seat dimensions. X-FACTOR: If our first taste is anything to go by, the CX-3 should sell u...

     

    POSTED WED, 10 DEC, 2014

     
  • 2015 BMW i3 : Best City Car Ever Created

    What’s Hot: Lively acceleration, liberty from petrol stations, cool interior. What’s Not: Firm ride, overly-sensitive steering, lacking luggage space. X-FACTOR: The i3 shows the wor...

     

    POSTED TUE, 9 DEC, 2014

     
  • 2014 Volkswagen Polo 66TSI Trendline DSG

    Vehicle Style: 5-door light hatch Price: $18,790 (plus on-roads) Engine/trans: 66kW/160Nm 1.2 4cyl petrol | 7spd dual-clutch auto Fuel Economy claimed: 4.8 l/100km | tested: 6.6 l/100km OVERVI...

     

    POSTED FRI, 5 DEC, 2014

     
 

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