Road Tests

2008 GMC Terrain | road test

The compact SUV market here in the UAE is hotly contested. The pure facts of the matter are that the people driving our bustling, congested roads like to ride a little higher, feel and little safer and enjoy a little more luxury from their daily transport than they would perceive…

2008 Volkswagen Passat V6 | road test

You might not realise that this new top-of-the-range, mid-size saloon car from Volkswagen is actually a rather exciting prospect, until you drive it! The Passat V6 FSI is like a powerfully-efficient secret agent in full and perfect disguise. On crowded Dubai streets, you might not notice this efficient performer amongst…

2008 Honda Accord Coupe V6 | road test

Having a coupe variant alongside the mainstream four-door sedan jazzes up the line-up for any car manufacturer and the Germans have been doing so with much ado all these years and with great success. The Japanese have not lagged behind in any way – take the case of the Camry…

2008 Volkswagen Phaeton | road test

The Volkswagen Phaeton is a car for people who don’t drive. ‘How does that work,’ I hear you say. Simple really; the Volkswagen Phaeton is a car for people that get driven, chauffeur-style. This is VW’s answer to the top of the range stretched sedans from the likes of BMW,…

2008 Nissan Qashqai | road test

Raking In The Qashqai It would seem to be the trend nowadays to put your PR/ad agency to the challenge by finding the most obscure name for your product and to see if they can come up with some method for the public to buy into what is in essence…

2008 Kia Mohave | road test

Desert Stormer? The Kia Mohave (pronounced Mo-har-vee) is named after Kia’s rigorous testing ground in the US desert which intrudes on four states and has Las Vegas as a glittering oasis in its centre. So in theory, having been honed in such a demanding environment – the desert, not Las…

2008 VW Touareg V8 | road test

If you’re anything like me, when you hear the words ‘V’ and ‘8’ said together, you’re eyes will light up, your smile will broaden and there might even be some slight tingling as the hairs on the back of your neck stand to attention. A powerful V8-engined car is the…

2008 Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet | road test

There is a fundamental argument against driving convertible sports cars and purists will snort their derision at the ‘hairdresser’ cruising past in this Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet. But that is old-school thought and that supposed know it all laughing at the new chop-top flagship is simply proving how little he…

Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster | road test

The Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster is the quintessential British grand touring car. Except that, from a day in March this year, Aston Martin has been majority owned by finance companies from Kuwait.…

2008 Audi A5 | road test

The place is Verona, made famous with the love story of all times -Romeo and Juliet – and we are here testing Audi’s new A5. So is it going to be love or something else? We find out. Honestly, for Audi this year has been all about the uber fast…