Road Tests

2008 Dodge Caliber | road test

Sun, sea, short skirts, sweaty sexy bodies clinging on the dance floors in the nightclubs and techno beats thats Ibiza. Dodge obviously thinks that its new offering has got the legs to dance rings around the opposition and so introduced its new C segment car er, SUV, uh, CarUV –…

2007 Lexus ES350 | road test

The new ES350 in its new apparition is quite a departure from the frumpy styling of the model its replaces. This is so because Lexus has gone from pret-a-porter to haute couture with its new generation of vehicles thanks to its L-Finesse (short for leading-edge finesse) design philosophy. This gives…

2007 Saab 9-7x | road test

It is surprising and not so at the same time to find manufacturers jumping on to the SUV bandwagon in spite of the high prices of fuel prevailing all over the world. Sports Utility Vehicles have, in the recent past, become a sort of beacon in many a manufacturer’s armoury…

2007 Toyota RAV4 | road test

It’s still fresh in my memory – the very first time that I ever thought I should have one too if ever I can afford a second car! My girlfriend was on a short visit to Dubai (her first to this part of the world) and I was being the…

2007 Volvo S80 V8 | road test

Easily the best-looking Volvo in more than a generation, Volvo’s flagship S80 is luxurious, roomy and safe. New for 2007 is the fitment of a V8 powerplant up front and all-wheel-drive. Inside as well as out, the S80 is welcoming, attractive and understated. Volvo designed the S80 to compete against…

2008 Toyota Aurion | road test

I am not really into star gazing. Celestial beings interest me as much as the numerous raffle draws advertised in the UAE. In short, I just do not get it with stars, constellations, galaxies and the lot. But this has slightly taken a turn when I spent some quality time…

2007 Infiniti G35 | road test

Infiniti – the luxury arm of Japanese auto maker Nissan – is on a roll cranking out new models with the speed of a rollercoaster. Whereas earlier it was just a one model brand in the Middle East region with the Q45, it now boasts many products – both on-…

2007 Volkswagen Jetta | road test

  At a time when dynamics of the car industry are evolving at a frenetic pace – witness the increasing interest in alternative propulsion systems such as diesel, hydrogen and electric, not to forget the shift from larger vehicles to small, more efficient cars – manufacturers in Europe are forging…

Porsche Cayman | road test

Introduced in early summer, this is the little brother of the hugely successful Cayman S, which was introduced at the end of last year. The only significant difference between the two models is that the ‘S’ enjoys the benefit of a 3.4 litre power pack, while the new Cayman has…

2007 Range Rover Supercharged | road test

Back in a previous existence I owned a small hotel and restaurant. Part of its charm was the roaring log fires that we would burn during the dark, windy and rainy months of bleak British winters. It helped that a family trust owned several tracts of woodland in the Borders…