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...
New Jaguar F-Pace

New Jaguar F-Pace

The Jaguar brand is known for it’s exquisite, high-power vehicles that turn heads wherever they go – not the least of which is the new Jaguar F-Pace SUV which I was privileged to drive. The team at Jaguar Bryanston noted that this vehicle, as the pioneer for Jaguar’s venture into the SUV market, is an explosive combination of sports-car performance and SUV comfort coupled with the sublime luxury Jaguar is so famous for. With its magnificent body shape, the F Pace commands attention from the moment you lay eyes on it – a pronounced grill, cat-like headlights and the smooth haunches reminiscent of the big South American cat it was named after. The interior of the vehicle is of the high-quality one is accustomed to from this brand, with smooth finishes and a sensual feel that highlights the level of comfort incorporated in this design. With advanced driving aids, such as the InControl Multimedia system, not only are your entertainment needs met, but hands-free communication, navigation and vehicle information are readily available to enhance the driver’s sense of complete control. Together with ample head- and leg room, the F Pace is a truly comfortable vehicle for driver and passengers alike. Naturally the power of the engine in this vehicle is what piqued my interest; the imposing 3.0 litre turbodiesel engine has no problem churning out 221 KW and 700 NM torque, and the R-Sport variant I am driving jumps ahead eagerly when released at take-off. As per it’s sports-design mission, the F-Pace performs consistently like a sports car (with advanced chassis and suspension designs) and grips the road beautifully,...
Renault Kadjar – Economy meets Performance!

Renault Kadjar – Economy meets Performance!

The South African Guild of Motoring Journalists chose the Renault Kadjar as one of its finalists for 2017 – with it’s reputation for reliability, eye-catching design and dedication to quality, Group 1 Renault The Glen presents the Kadjar as the pinnacle of SUV comfort and style, with the added bonus of excellent performance and economy. Having a closer look at its specifications, one can easily see why this vehicle has everyone talking. At first glance, the Kadjar is indeed striking; flowing lines and elegant arches speak to its class, and present this SUV as more than just a family carrier. A fixed glass roof, high ride-height, high-end finishes inside and optional 19-inch rims add to the athletic nature of the Kadjar, and reveal the intention of this vehicle to provide you with comfort, adventure and safety all in one stylish package. The Kadjar proudly presents a host of technological features set to make the drive – and experience – uncomplicated, including a 7-inch Multimedia touchscreen, USB/AUX and Hands-free Technology, 360° Auto Park Assist and Rear Camera, as well as front and rear Park Sensors. The Kadjar also flaunts voice recognition or navigation and cell phone use. Climate Control and Automatic Rain sensing wipers come standard and only add to the sense of easy luxury that is emphasised by the vehicles panoramic windows and spacious interior. Available in both petrol and diesel engines, the Kadjar has achieved impressive statistics in the fuel consumption arena, ranging from an extraordinary 4.6 litres to 5.7 litres to every 100 kilometres across its variants. Engine size across the range begins at 1.2 litre Turbo...
Subaru XV Spec Review

Subaru XV Spec Review

The new generation XV on show at Subaru Centurion, has an incredibly distinct look that identifies its crossover nature, tapping into both the 5-door hatchback body and the original SUV package that Subaru offers. Having been generally overhauled – from its engine to the new Subaru global platform on which the body rests – this vehicle comes jam-packed with class-leading safety features, a brand-new touchscreen infotainment system, all the while maintaining practicality. Although this vehicle has kept its SUV-like ground clearance, the lowered centre of mass in this design means that it provides better handling and a more pleasant drive due to improved aerodynamics. Coupled with a lengthened wheel base, the XV now boasts more leg room in the back, as well as a spacious 310 litre boot that can be maximised by folding the back seats down. Subaru capitalises on the adaptable persona of this vehicle by highlighting the standard roof rails with a roof mounted spoiler, and accentuating the cheeky new image of the vehicle with unique and eye-catching rims. Interior specs are impressive, starting with a multifunction steering wheel that provides all access operations to the likes of audio, Bluetooth and cruise control. The multi-mode trip computer provides the driver with real time information on the car’s performance. A 6- or 8-inch touchscreen display (depending on variant) provides access to audio, satellite navigation, and hands-free operation of your cell phone in a user-friendly way, through both Apple and Android operating systems and tapping into the Siri Eyes Free voice recognition program. Anti-theft security encrypted access means keyless entering of the vehicle and further to the theme...