Ssangyong Tivoli Review: The Worthy Korean

At the end of the first day of driving the Tivoli, the response is rather positive to SsangYong’s first-ever compact SUV. I had two people asking me when the review would go online; two passengers and three onlookers lending their approving nods and, to top it all, an eager SMS …

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Volvo S60 Polestar Review: A rebel in blue

A Volvo painted like a Bugatti just cannot be silly business. Sitting like an ice mint in rebel blue, the S60 Polestar brought me memories of the Polestar concept that I had the good fortune of seeing in action on the Dubai Autodrome tracks, the only time it went around …

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Nissan Maxima 2016 Review: Deciphering inscriptions

Like a promise sealed into molten plastic, a figure and four letters repose on the cold lamp shields of the Nissan Maxima. They are the guiding lights in developing the eighth generation Maxima, and more so in marketing it. This test drive is a mission to decode those letters and …

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Volkswagen Golf R 2015 review: Razor-sharp

I love smoked salmons but the smoked tail lamps of the new Golf R, even more. With power burstin’ at its seams, you don’t have to be smokin’ fast all the time in the fastest ever Golf R. Just borrowing it in bursts simply adds up to an exhilarating drive.

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Peugeot 208 GT Line Review: One for the ramp

Last year, when the 208 GTI broke into ice (as literally as the commercial depicted) on an undisclosed location in Eastern Europe, it never made inroads into the UAE hot hatch arena. While it is still unclear when any of those challenger GTI models from Peugeot will hit the market, …

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FJ Cruiser TRD Review: With or Without

If there is a Toyota worth the TRD badge it wears, it has to be the FJ Cruiser. The able adventurer makes TRD an uplifting experience, quite literally. THE SPECS: 17” TRD black allow wheels, TRD front skid plate protector, TRD coil springs and shock absorbers, Dress up muffler, Black …

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Revisiting the Volkswagen CC 2015

The Porsche is for a guy going through a mid-life crisis? The Volkswagen CC is for a family going through it. You suddenly want to move into a sports car but there’s a whole family looking up like lost sheep. Well, that’s why there is the CC. SPECS: 3.6L V6, …

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Honda Odyssey J Review: Family suite

My familiarity with Minivans has been rather err… fleeting. Much of it was made up by airport transfers in a Mercedes Viano, which incidentally, have made me feel both comfortable and important. No wonder they go for the three-pointed star, whether the hotel was rated five-star or three. So, choosing …

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Lexus LX 570 First Drive: Villa 570

Outside the high walls of a luxury bungalow, somewhere in the Jumeirah district, a board announced ‘Villa 570’ for journalists seeking the launchpad of the new Lexus SUV. Inside, amidst merry musicians and classic fare, a line of Lexus LX 2016 were awaiting their first drive. The new Lexus LX …

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Toyota Land Cruiser 2016: First impression

The Land Cruiser is fresh and new; here in time for the greater outdoor season. The legendary dune basher that boasts Toyota reliability is keeping pace with time through a brand new 8-speed transmission, a wireless charging pad, a highly practical interior configuration that Toyota calls a ‘life control layout’ …

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