Road Tests

2018 Aston Martin DB11 V8 — Road Test

Aston Martin’s partnership with Mercedes-Benz has resulted in the new 2018 DB11 entry-level model with an AMG-sourced 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine — Auto Middle East tests it at the car’s launch in Spain Hang on a bit, this looks familiar — are you a little late with this one? It’s the…

2018 Volvo XC60 – Road Test

On the back of a record sales year (more than 530,000 cars) Chinese-owned Swedish marque Volvo is continuing its resurgence with the latest XC60 mid-size crossover — Auto Middle East tested it in Turkey… Hang on a second, AED250,000 for a compact crossover? As in, a quarter-million? It’s not a…

2018 Chevrolet Equinox — Road Test

Chevrolet has replaced the old Captiva crossover with the Equinox nameplate and downsized to 1.5-litre and 2.0-litre turbocharged engines. We drive it in Oman How can you tell if that new car you’re looking at is American? It’s not that easy any more, with styling much more in line with…

2017 Maserati Levante — Road Test

The 2017 Maserati Levante may lag behind some of its rivals when it comes to cold, hard numbers, but look beyond the spec sheet and this is possibly the greatest SUV out there We’re not going to subject you to the obligatory ramblings on the 2017 Maserati Levante being the…

2017 Ford Focus Ecoboost — Road Test

At AED75,000 this is the cheapest Focus you can buy today and when we say entry level, we really mean that. That said, there are quite a few things to like about it Exterior For a segment as middling as this, the cars populating it aren’t actually bad looking at…

2018 Mercedes S-Class – Road Test

For 63 years Mercedes’ Sonderklasse has been living up to its name, translated from German to Special Class. S-Class is enough, to typify a concept of ultimate luxury on wheels, or at least an expectation of it. The name carries weight, but also a responsibility – with this car Mercedes-Benz…

2017 Aston Martin DB11 — Road Test

Introduction These days Aston Martin is hogging headlines with the outrageous Valkyrie road race car designed by Red Bull’s genius Adrian Newey and Woking’s own Marek Reichman. But road cars pay the bills, and the new DB11 is the much anticipated successor to the DB9 (DB10 went straight to some…

2017 Jeep Compass – Road Test

2017 Jeep Compass review: The ‘baby’ Jeep has real off-road abilities and will likely be well priced, but it does have its share of problems The Jeep faithful are some of the most brand-committed consumers out there, right on level with Apple junkies and those freaks who go into sweats…

Jaguar Land Rover’s New Transcend Transmission

Jaguar Land Rover is expanding its powertrain family, unveiling new technologies to reduce vehicle emissions and improve fuel economy across its range. At the heart of its low-emissions strategy, the new four-cylinder Ingenium petrol engine is now in production, delivering up to 25 per cent more power than the engines…

Porsche’s Macan Turbo Gets Even More Serious With New Performance Package

Porsche’s baby SUV is offering some very grown up specs with the launch of a new Performance Package for the Macan Turbo. With Stuttgart’s enhancements, the twin-turbocharged, 3.6-litre V6 engine now delivers 440 hp. That’s 40 hp more than the, er, standard Macan Turbo. As such, the car will do…

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