Renault Zoe First Drive: Switching on an e-ra

It was about time. Questions about electric cars were getting harder to answer. Answers began with Tesla and didn’t get very far. Yet, a Tesla that everyone could put on their buying list rather than their wish list was still somewhat far. Nissan Leaf had moved to the second generation …

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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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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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2014 Peugeot 301 review: As good as basic gets

In the beginning – and in the end – there are three S factors that make up an essential family car – Safety, Space and Storage. In an ideal world, everything else would be just frills. However, times are such that value is often perceived in how much is packed …

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Toyota Yaris 2014 Sedan Review: Basic Plus

You buy a Toyota Yaris sedan, feel happy and throw a party. Life moves on till it’s time for an upgrade. But with the new extra-large Yaris sedan, the upgrade too could perhaps wait. Even so, moving from A to B is the Yaris sedan in a nutshell. So, the …

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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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Fabia Montecarlo 2012 Review: Badge of amour

I know some people who are unstoppable fans of races and rallies. Many of them are good drivers themselves, but not rally drivers. Decked up in colour-coded caps, T-shirts and even goggles, they lean on fences or hang off trees, wearing their racing spirit on their sleeves, literally! They are …

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2012 Ford Fiesta Review: A class above

With its level of refinement and ride quality, the Ford Fiesta could bid for the next category. But the penny-pinching subcompact segment would be left poorer for it.     I settled down, shifted, and settled down again in the refined cabin of the Fiesta – but the air of …

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Toyota Yaris 2012 Review: Safety scores over style

Celebrated as the miniature embodiment of Toyota’s legendary reliability and residual value, the Yaris has enjoyed walkovers when it comes to accolades. But at a time when compact cars compete to stack up their space with more, is it a hands-down victory?   Overheard between the Yaris and a reviewer… …

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Kia Rio 2012 Review: When first car demands a second thought

Every car in the compact segment seems to be obsessively attempting something or the other to stand out in design while, ideally, they should be focusing more on the extra inch they can spare and the extra mile they can reach. Kia has done an impressive job here with its …

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