Audi A5 – More Vorsprung, more Technik

Audi A5 – More Vorsprung, more Technik

I have always been a fan of German cars, and as a result, at my latest visit to an Audi dealership I was salivating in anticipation of test driving the gorgeous Audi A5. The avid Audi team from the East Rand were keen to have my opinion of the vehicle personifying “timeless design and impressive performance” as their tag line suggests, and I was more than happy to comply. The sensuous styling Audi is so famous for has been beautifully refined in the Audi A5 – sweeping lines that curve languidly across the side of the body from the front wheel arch, and a lower, more defined nose that gives the A5 a more distinguished look. The interior is no less classy, with elegant, sophisticated finishes and a clean-cut dashboard design that gives of an air of self-assured practicality. There’s just something special about sitting in an Audi, and a tingle of excitement runs through me as the engine springs to life with a throaty growl. The power is there with even the slightest touch to the accelerator, and at take-off reacts with an obedient and confident pull. The ability to change gears with the steering-mounted paddles is not only convenient, but – as a nod to its Sporty supercar siblings – hints at the potential the car has for delivering more power at a moment’s notice by shifting into Dynamic mode. By contrast, Eco mode offers the driver the chance to use fuel more economically. In classic Audi fashion, there is nothing short of the kitchen sink in the cockpit – USB and aux ports are available, tech-savvy...
Haval H2 – Great Wall’s Great SUV

Haval H2 – Great Wall’s Great SUV

As the top selling SUV manufacturer in China, Haval’s new H2 is making waves in South Africa. David Venter from the Haval dealership in The Glen, Johannesburg, recently afforded me the opportunity to test drive this dynamic new vehicle. Currently scoring high on its economical price, this compact SUV from Haval is kitted out with excellent safety features and on-board technology, and is a promising contender in the market segment for medium SUV’s. At first glance, the H2 draws the eye along it’s pleasing lines, showing off its smooth, curved shape and modern styling. A solid-looking vehicle that portrays a steadfast and reliable driving experience, the H2’s lovely exterior flows into an equally attractive interior. Seats merge beautifully with leather in-lays on the door panelling, and an appealing dash space. The cabin has ample head room, and is even more generously spaced in terms of leg room – in the back, I could sit comfortably with the front seat extended all the way to the back. Finishes are tasteful and radiate quality and care, leaving me suitably impressed. Push-button start and a gorgeous exterior design make this vehicle feel all the more luxurious, and a conveniently laid-out multifunctional steering wheel has cruise-control and audio buttons within easy reach. I find myself not needing to lift my hands from the wheel as I drive, and with bonusses such as reverse-view camera as well as a curb-side camera, parking (with steering tracking, which I found particularly useful) is incredibly easy. In addition to the standard SUV airbag system, the H2 offers an impressive Front Active Headrest, which provides critical support to...
Suzuki Vitara – Vitara for the Win!

Suzuki Vitara – Vitara for the Win!

The Suzuki Vitara was first launched in the 80s as a revolutionary crossover compact SUV; now, after 25 years spent perfecting their craft, Suzuki presents the new generation Vitara as a fierce competitor in its class. Suzuki Centurion, with expert salesman Colin and the hospitable receptionist Kaylene, welcomed me this month to test drive the new Vitara. Offering an easy-on-the-eye appearance at the outset, the Vitara has been pleasantly updated from its legendary predecessors. It has a fresh, sporty look whilst still appealing to more conservative preferences with its deceptively compact size – the interior is stunningly roomy, with more space in the back than most other brands in this class. It also boasts boot space that is on par with the bigger SUV’s, making it a forerunner in the practicality race, in my books. The interior is precise and ergonomically laid out. Whilst not appearing overly luxurious, it provides a sense of calm confidence that everything you may need as the driver is right where you need it to be, including audio toggles on the steering wheel, a user-friendly infotainment system, and the modern technological conveniences relating to cell phone connectivity. At start up, the Vitara seems eager to please, reacting instantly to my commands. With its light-weight body structure, this vehicle offers impressive pull for such a small SUV, and (according to the knowledgeable salesman Colin) in top of the range variants, can give a Hot Hatch a definite run for its money. It cruises effortlessly through city traffic, feeling almost gleeful as it navigates twists and turns with efficiency. The Vitara proves to be nippy and...
Nissan Navara – Rugged and Womanly?

Nissan Navara – Rugged and Womanly?

Being a bit of a closet tomboy, I relished the opportunity to test-drive the Nissan Navara recently at Group 1 Nissan The Glen.  Guided by their product specialist and New Car Sales Manager Francois Jacobs through the initial specs of the vehicle, indicating the robust engine cranking out sufficient torque to impress the guys and a choice of either a 6-speed manual, or 7 speed auto. Pleasing to the eye, the Navara looks as good as it sounds when started – a deep purr that feels as satisfying as sliding into the smooth leather interior. As expected, the Navara has all the bells and whistles associated with its power-house and off-road reputation, not the least of which is the formidable engine and rugged exterior; it also includes headlamp surrounds, nudge bars and various options for upgrading off-roading capacities with the likes of heavy duty bull bars and undercarriage protection plates, as well as a winch and 7” LED spotlight. As impressive as this is, the softer side of this beast is what drew me in: a quieter ride than expected for a bakkie, thanks to its extremely low engine noise vibration and harshness levels, meaning I didn’t feel like I was sitting in a commercial truck rattling through the traffic. Adding to the SUV-feel with some luxury touches was the extreme comfort offered by the zero-gravity spinal support for the driver’s seat. The interior of the vehicle is classy and pleasing to the eye, with comfortable seating for passengers (neutral posture seats) and environmental comfort guided by automatic air conditioning and dual-zone climate control. Whilst paying attention to the...
Euromotive: At  your service

Euromotive: At your service

In June 2015, Euromotive was established to meet the growing need for reliable second-hand car dealers in greater Johannesburg. By March 2016, Euromotive’s reputation, work ethic and level of service had led to the rapid growth of the company, and the need for new premises. Subsequently, Euromotive relocated to it’s current premises in Edenvale, Johannesburg. One of the greatest advantages of buying a pre-loved vehicle lies in the variety and choice available; at Euromotive, a broad spectrum of pre-loved vehicles is available for you to view, test-drive and buy at the most competitive prices in the market. With our experienced and knowledgeable staff available to provide you with the best advice, buying a pre-loved vehicle does not have to stressful. Similarly, should you wish to sell your car, Euromotive offers the best deals for your quality pre-loved vehicle, and will assist you without hassle or anxiety. Euromotive further offers excellence in vehicle diagnostics, testing, mechanical repairs and the specialised field of reconditioning engines and gearboxes. Additional services such as vehicle collection and drop off, are offered to make your experience with us convenient and user-friendly, and by offering you a courtesy car, we acknowledge the importance of your ability to maintain your freedom whilst your vehicle is in our car. The experienced workshop at Euromotive is also well-known for quality windscreen replacements, minor cosmetic repairs and panelbeating (such a hail-damage, or small bumps and scrapes) at affordable rates. As an added bonus, we also offer key-coding services for most vehicles. With an excellent reputation and a growing client base, Euromotive is there to meet your needs, whether you are...
Hyundai Veloster Turbo

Hyundai Veloster Turbo

Being an existing fan of Hyundai vehicles, I was thrilled to be offered the opportunity to test drive the new Hyundai Veloster Turbo at Hyundai Corlett Drive recently. Greeted by its assertively styled grill and headlights, I felt a thrill as I took the keys. A dynamic combination of hatchback practicality and swagger of a coupe, the Veloster boasts sexy curves that highlight its sporty mission. I am most interested to note this vehicle has 4 doors, set out as 2 plus 1 door configuration, with only one rear door situated on the left-hand side, leaving the driver’s side with only one door. I immediately loved the shark-like aerodynamics of the vehicle, and note the sporty theme is underscored as I slip into the racing-styled bucket seats; the steering column adjusts expansively to suit my frame, and the cockpit as a whole presents as sassy yet comfortable and user-friendly. The sporty trim continues throughout the interior with Turbo embossing, and blends well with the technological features cleverly displayed on the dash: a large touchscreen infotainment panel with Android and Apple interface, bold audio features and standard climate controls. With a grin, I note the front seats are heated, making the spacious interior even more appealing. In the rear, the seats are divided by a console providing two cup-holders and a small storage cubby, and prove to be roomy and comfortable. Looking up, I notice the gorgeous panoramic roof that creates a sense of freedom and excitement, and I briefly imagine the thrill of driving under a star-filled night sky. Back in reality, I am shown the expansive boot space...