Road Tests

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio First Edition — Road Test

Auto Middle East exclusively drives the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio in the UAE ahead of its Middle Eastern debut at the 2017 Dubai International Motor Show. Here’s what we make of it. Words and images: Amit Benjamin Isn’t this the fastest SUV around the Nürburgring, or something?  Yes indeed, the…

2018 Jaguar XJR575 — Road Test

For 2018 Jaguar has updated its flagship XJ sedan line and introduced the fastest ever XJ to the line-up — Auto Middle East tested the 300km/h XJR575 on some winding roads of northern Portugal… So it’s called the Jaguar XJR575 — I bet I can guess the horsepower? Yes, well…

2018 Porsche Cayenne Turbo — Road Test

Auto Middle East headed to the Greek island of Crete to try the all-new third-generation Porsche Cayenne Turbo, all 550 horsepower of it… Well, well, if it isn’t the all-new third-generation Porsche Cayenne, and in top-dog Turbo trim too, I see? Yup, it’s all-new, based on the same platform as…

Long-Term Test — 2017 Audi A5 40 TFSI

Week 1: It wasn’t the first coupe to spring to mind in the German two-door segment, but this new model hopes to change that, and given its recipe, the new A5 most likely will. BMW 4 Series, you’ve been warned. Text and images: Amit Benjamin It’s been a while since…

2018 Jaguar XF Sportbrake S — Road Test

Jaguar never offered the first XF Sportbrake in our region, but with this 2018 model update the British carmaker has decided to launch the estate in the Middle East with a choice of  a 2.0-litre rear-drive entry-level model, and this top-spec 3.0-litre V6 with all-wheel drive, which we’ve tested in…

2018 Audi A8 — Road Test

Ingolstadt’s latest flagship, the 2018 Audi A8 sedan, introduces the company’s design evolution and loads of firsts for the brand, such as four-wheel steering and a 48-volt electrical system, not to mention a carbon fibre reinforced structure… The fourth-generation, 2018 Audi A8? I heard this thing can drive itself. It…

2018 Lexus LC500h – Road Test

In the premium coupe segment all the Germans offer similar propositions, but the Japanese have hit back with a pretty interesting, and brave choice. Auto Middle East tested the new Lexus LC500h in Dubai… Hang on, I’m confused. The badge says Lexus, but this is the most un-Lexus Lexus I…

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…

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