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Volvo V40 Review: Smooth concoction

An automotive segment was almost created anew when two cars were launched last year back to back – the Volvo V40 and Mercedes A 250 Sport – the premium hatchbacks, with a sporty twist to boot. While the Audi A3, Golf GTI, BMW 1 or even the Alfa Romeo Giulietta …

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Mercedes A 250 Sport Review: For sport’s sake

Just a few kilometers down my test road, the Mercedes A 250 gave the initial impression that confirmed what the bling-laden large grille made a point of. The low firm ride, tight manoeuvring, a delayed yet strong pick up – all of it gave a full clearance to its Sport …

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Volkswagen Golf GTI 2014 review: Torque Shark

I held the power of the cult in my hand, handed down through six generations. It was hard for me to restrain myself from going overboard but the GTI seemed to be more composed than ever. Even though what began as a mere 110 hp in the first generation has …

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Maserati Quattroporte 2014 Review: Master Artist

A man’s attitude is apparent on his brows, and a car’s in its steering. Consider that of the Maserati Quattroporte, which relishes a manly tussle before easing into corners on the power grid of a 530hp engine; or the bulwark like design lines at the rear; or even the doors …

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Audi S8 2013 Review: Blazing Chariot

The first expression of a passenger in any car is quite telling of its nature. While many full-size luxury sedans will perhaps get your riders waxing eloquent, the Audi S8 does it with just an “ooh!” just before they are stunned to utter silence. Aggressively luxurious interiors, an ingenious package …

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Hyundai Azera 2014 Review: Value at large

The Hyundai Azera is a trendsetter in its own right. When I first drove it twenty months ago, it was noted for ushering in a sense of design and advanced comfort features into its segment – a surplus of those in fact – urging the rivals to live up to …

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Chevy Impala 2014 Review: Dual Role

The Impala is all new. So much so that, it would be unrecognizable to my grand uncle who once owned one. Now when I compare the design, it will be more appropriate to forget the sheer grandeur of old times and pitch the new one against the Chevrolet Lumina and …

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Toyota Corolla 2014 First Drive: Handling expectations

Last week ended with a revelation. That the highest selling car in the world should be selling for a reason. And that needn’t anymore be just money, or fewer headaches or even resale value. In its new iteration, the Toyota Corolla will actually be bought for its drive (yes, you …

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Volkswagen Golf 2013: Steady Seven

I might have as well written this review even before I started driving the new Golf. I mean, the Golf MK7 is a predictable car and that is what four decades years and six generations of faith does to its seventh iteration. You come to know that if you turn …

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Toyota Avalon 2013 review: Lounge all the way

The new Toyota Avalon gets a complete facelift. It is slightly more compact, more aerodynamic, and in the process less bulky. Still, ‘spacious’ is an understatement inside the new Avalon cabin. Here is the new version of Toyota’s mainstream sedan in which the driver can easily make way for a …

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