Car Reviews, MPV Comments (2) |

Toyota Avanza: A 7-seater at the price of a Yaris

A 7-seater MPV at the price of the entry level 1.5 L Yaris? To be precise, AED 54,900! Toyota has done some amazing stuff here. I know many people for who the Toyota Hi Lux or the Peugeot Boxer serves as company transporter by day and family cruiser on the …

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What we test. What we don’t.

As we celebrate 100 reviews and beyond, it’s obvious. What we test and what we don’t. Still, it feels good to tell you all about it.   It probably matters to know who are the ‘we’ in the statement above. It primarily includes ‘me’ – your faithful test driver and …

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2015 Yaris hatchback First Drive: Growing a moustache

Makeovers seem to be accelerating their pace between generations. Toyota has already given the 2015 Yaris hatchback a thorough upgrade. Available in the UAE from the last week of June, the popular hatch is now bigger, quieter and bolder for the introduction of a new 1.5 engine, not to mention …

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Aston Martin Rapide S 2014 review: Family Bond

At the headquarters, Agent Sophia handed over a rectangular capsule to me, which I presumed was an extra thick USB with encoded classified information. “Insert it deep into the centre slot till it aligns itself invisible”, she said, “that’s when the mission would begin”. I held the tiny glass capsule …

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Tech Project to decipher your car trouble from anywhere

A few weeks ago, I ran into murky waters with one of my weekend test machines. I had hardly driven for half an hour when a signal flashed on the instrument panel, pointing to something wrong with the engine. Now, this was the last thing I wanted because that would …

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Maserati GranCabrio MC 2014 Review: Dolce Suono

It was in Venice, almost two hundred kms from Modena, the home of Maserati, that I watched Verdi’s masterpiece La Traviata. Driving the Maserati GranCabrio MC Sportline through Dubai airport tunnel, it appeared as though the entire repertoire of emotions in that opera had been captured by its sound. It …

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Nissan Altima 2014 review: Family fuelled

The first time I gave chase to an Altima was in 2007. Just as it cruised down the Sheikh Zayed Road smoothly, too smoothly, with me holding onto its steering – leaving me clueless if its CVT transmission was ever going to stabilize into a steady drive. From that time, …

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Peugeot 2008 Review: Hatching dreams, grow up!

In the parking lot, stood this cute yet weird animal and as I clicked the unlock button on my remote, like a happy, excited pet welcoming you, started wagging its tail or rather blinking its headlamps excitedly. I reciprocated the excitement by waking up my family that was already in …

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Toyota Corolla 2014 Review: Hot cake sans the raisins

The Toyota Corolla is perhaps the most important car in the history of automobiles – if only because it is driven by more people than any other car ever. So it was time well spent when I got behind the wheel of the tenth generation Corolla once again, for a …

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Nissan Tiida 1.8SV Review: Tadaa!

Much as the headline would sound silly, that would be the way to present the new Tiida hatchback. Nissan has once again played magician in inventing space from nowhere, just as it has done with the Sentra Sedan. After all they are complementing cars. UPSIDE: Stability at high speeds, Upscale …

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