Road Tests

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…

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…