Having been around for almost a decade now, here’s the third generation Suzuki Swift that was just launched here in Malaysia in January, to take over the reigns from the previous generation 1.5L Swift to take over the reigns of being a small and fun driver’s 5-door hatch back.
Test Drives Archive
Affordability for many is often seen as a great necessity, especially in this day and age, and very much so when you’re in the market for a sedan that’s versatile, spacious and gets you all them bells and whistles – well almost ‘all’ that is. In this case, with a Peugeot 408 in mind, there’s plenty of space to go around to fit a family of four rather comfortably as you cruise outward beyond the borders of the city; enjoying what it has to offer in terms of its drivability and features.
When I received the keys for the Polo TSI, I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect. In unconventional fashion, I test drove the Polo GTI before the less powerful TSI variant and if I have to be honest, was prepared to be disappointed. In truth, I need not have worried. After all, I’ve never really driven a disappointing VW before…
The face-lifted B8 A4 was launched earlier this year in April, with significant visual enhancements and efficiency gains, but with price still intact: starting from RM235k for the base model. I’m going to jump straight to the conclusion here, but I have to say this – the 1.8T A4, despite being ‘just’ an entry-level model, is a very competent package. Allow me to elaborate…
Renault unveiled four electric concept cars at the Frankfurt Motorshow in 2009, and they clearly believe in Electric Vehicles (EVs) because they have been working steadily to turn concept to reality. In this ambitious project, Renault has spent plenty of effort to secure backing of governments, signing partnership agreements as well as testing battery safety. Fast forward to today, and we’re at TC Euro Cars showroom to test the Fluence Z.E.
Everyone needs a set of Big Brake Kit or BBK, unless you’re a regular A-B commuter, and a car is nothing more to you than a depreciating investment, then mods are not for you. If not, then this review may just help with your quest for affordable braking performance and of course, style. But what has style got to do with brakes? In today’s tuning scene, I’d say half the car owners out there place as much importance on style as they do on performance. Who can blame them? If you’re going to put on bigger wheels, you’d ‘need’ bigger brakes, so why not look good while you’re at it?
Above: The MINI with front K-Sport 330mm BBK fitted. Barely nestling beneath the 17X7 OZ Ultraleggera wheel.
The Aftermarket big brake market were at a point dominated by big brands such as Brembo, AP, Mov’it, Tarox and so on, costing either an arm or a leg and sometimes both. But up until the recent years, Taiwanese manufacturers jumped on the tuning bandwagon and were not shy to release their own BBKs with applications for almost any car make and models in 4, 6, 8, 10 and even 12pots! And yes, we’ve all heard how cheaply made and dodgy these Taiwanese products were. Not to mention the kiddish anodized finish and bad English. Ever heard of XYZ brakes?
Looking at the Evoque, it is clear that this is a Range Rover like no other. This crossover SUV loses the traditional boxy dimensions and is wrapped instead in a sexy silhouette. Much of the LRX Concept styling that debuted in 2008 at the Detroit Motor Show has trickled over into the production vehicle and whilst it isn’t conventionally pretty, has the sort of sex appeal that captures attention from both men and women in equal measure. This was clearly evident from the way the Evoque elicits stares, finger pointing, and tongue wagging wherever it went. This compact SUV is the third model in the Range Rover line-up and sits, literally, as the baby of the fleet, under the massive Range Rover and Range Rover Sport models.
Some weeks back, just before the World of Bentley exhibition held in Malaysia, ‘(00) was invited to test drive the new V8 powered Bentley Mulsanne and Continental GTC. Both cars were fresh off the boat from UK, as part of the fleet of test cars during the exhibition, and we were amongst the first to get our hands on them. We started off in the Mulsanne first, weaving through KL traffic towards the highway before swapping into the Continental GTC for the journey home.
Big things were expected from the Clio RS200; big things indeed. Especially when you consider how I fell in love with the Megane RS250 (read my review here), it was clear the Clio RS had sizeable shoes to fill. The formula was promising – 2.0-litre 16-valve naturally aspirated four-pot making 200PS and 215Nm, mated to a six-speed manual, quick enough to dispatch Zerotohundred in 6.9 seconds, up to a top speed of around 230km/h. Certainly respectable hot-hatch figures. Thanks to TC Eurokars, we find out just how the Clio RS shapes up.
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‘(00) was invited as part of the media by Honda Malaysia last week to drive up north to Penang and back. This included of course the 1.5 Hybrid, 1.8, 2.0 and 2.0 Navi (which, as its name suggests, comes with a built-in navigational system that doubles up as a reverse camera and infotainment system). Despite having only brief moments behind the wheel of each car, we were still able to draw our impressions of the all-new Honda Civic.