Road Tests

2007 Volkswagen Touareg | road test

FOR Excellent build and refinement, smart executive looks, ride dynamics, technology AGAINST Sluggish take off , few awkwardly placed controls ON THE ROAD Performance (3.5/5) Fair turn of speed but low down acceleration could have been better Ride & handling (3.5/5) Very stable with excellent mannerisms Refinement (4/5) Superb. Very clinical yet…

2007 GMC Acadia | road test

FOR   Well-judged suspension, good interior space, on-road performance   AGAINST Steering feedback, simplistic interior ON THE ROAD Performance – A reasonable blend of power but sports SUV it is not – 3/5 Ride & handling – Well sprung with handling to match if driven sensibly – 3.5/5 Refinement –…

2008 Lexus LS460 | road test

Silent Lounge on Wheeels The LS has seen a steady progression in engine size from the first LS400 (4.0-litre) to the LS430 (4.3-litre) to the current model’s 4.6-litre cubic capacity. This engine in its V8, 32-valve configuration has VVT-iE3 – an optimised variable intake and exhaust valve timing system allowing…

2007 Porsche Cayenne | road test

If the old Porsche Cayenne was only ever approached with cynicism, then the new one is a car, err SUV that inspires hope. Porsche, being Porsche, now endows the new Cayenne with a drive that mirrors its sports car sibling ever so more and it is all thanks to the…

2007 Toyota Yaris | road test

Well on its way to becoming the world’s largest automotive manufacturer, Toyota is known for its acumen when it comes to recognising trends and immediately acting to seize opportunities. This foremost Japanese brand has had a chequered history in the Middle East, being well rooted in this market, especially in…

2007 Chrysler Sebring | road test

The Sebring is not a bad car, but in the same breathe, it isn’t really thought provoking either. What I mean is that although the Sebring is all-new (well, actually it shares its chassis with the Dodge Caliber), it does not really inspire much notwithstanding its looks which according to…

2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 | road test

I have always had an affinity to Jeeps. Don’t know why? Maybe it’s ‘cause of all that masculinity associated to it. Well, some may argue at that blatant statement, considering the new crop of cars that the brand is churning out, the Compass being a point in case. But for…

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…