Volvo XC 70 Polestar: Romancing a station wagon

The first time I came across the term Station Wagon was in a Hardy Boys flick. At that time, it came across as something inherently unromantic and unadventurous that I couldn’t help wonder how could these flambouyant teenage detective blokes be driving around something as functional as that. We didn’t …

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Jaguar XJL 5.0 L Portfolio: Luxury Supercharged

When our family house was renovated, it was my desire to have the grain cellar converted into a modern study. The dark, ageless wood paneling that enclosed the cold, heartless flooring would now be transformed into polished wooden trims to offset audiophile speakers, glistening gadgetry and classy leather furniture. Ghosts …

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BMW 750 Li Review: Fire the chauffeur

Once upon a time, as kids, we used to watch a majestic Impala roll into the driveway with an imperial chauffeur at the wheel, and our imperious uncle in the rear. This day and age, he would have chosen the BMW 7-series for its sheer majestic presence. But I have …

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Bentley Continental GT V8: Reverse Aging

When I say the Bentley is getting younger, I am not talking the “ageless classic” line! Chances are, you will see “the young businessman of the year” taking the wheels of the new Continental GT V8 rather than a middle-aged magnate. And the secret lies not as much in the …

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Audi S6 Review: What S under the hood?

Audi A6 was one car that didn’t have to try too hard to get into my ‘best drives of 2012’ list. As I stepped on the sporty pedals of the S6, I found the car coaxing myself once again in its new avatar, to kick every other consideration out to …

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Opel Insignia Review: Germanium Unalloyed

The Opel Insignia OPC Line will be appreciated for its good sense of balance in comfort, style and handling. This German has an inspiring drive, though you might not want to call it exhilarating. The 2.8 L OPC Insignia might claim that one for a chunky 30 grand more. UPSIDE: …

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Peugeot 208 Review: Finer points

The French claim to the fashion throne isn’t all hype. They do have the power to turn heads when something new steps out of a designer’s workshop, and if automobiles were to be an exception, a veritable canvas of art would be lost! Thankfully, the new Peugeot 208 has enough …

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Hyundai Genesis Coupe Review: The Family Sports Coupe

My last encounter with a sport coupe from Hyundai was brief, uneventful and very long ago. Either in size or in the size of the engine, this one wasn’t comparable. Whatever little was left of that memory was startled to scatter as the Hyundai Gensis Coupe came to life with …

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Mercedes ML 63 AMG Review: Rumble in the brains

Have you ever had the nightmare of being followed by a beastly growl, wherever you went? Even as you try to escape it in your powerful car, its menacing guttural sputter is close at your heels, haunting your ears, following you all over town… In a Mercedes ML 63 AMG, …

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All new Range Rover 2013 Review: Long live the King!

No. It wasn’t a gender goofed-up reference to the head of the monarchy, but to her chosen carriage for many decades. No less fascinating a legend than the monarchy itself, the Range Rover lineage now has a new heir in the all-new Range Rover 2014. Groomed at the ‘Royal College’ …

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