RENAULT KADJAR RANGE EXPANDED

AUG16-19

TO INCLUDE NEW EDC TRANSMISSIONS AND 1.5 TURBO DIESEL ENGINES

Renault launched their Kadjar crossover in April this year.  Combining the best of both worlds, the Kadjar crossover combines the best of three worlds – SUV, hatch and sportswagon.

Now only a few months later, the Kadjar range has been expanded to include new models featuring Renault-developed EDC transmissions as well as globally acclaimed and proven 1.5 dCi 81kW Turbo diesel engines.

New to the lineup are the: 1.5 (81kW) Turbo dCi 6-speed Manual, 1.5 (81kW) Turbo dCi EDC 6-speed Auto and the 1.2 (96kW) Turbo petrol EDC 7-speed Auto (already available in manual).

The EDC gearbox delivers the driving comfort of an automatic in tandem with the responsiveness and versatility of a manual gearbox.

The result is an excellent, fuel-efficient drive (reductions of up to 17% in fuel consumption and up to 30g/km in CO² emissions) together with seamless, smooth gear changes. Substantial reductions in engine noise have also improved levels of acoustic comfort.

Reliable and robust, the Renault-developed EDC gearbox has a host of advantages. It dispenses with the need for a clutch pedal, while gearshift control is of the ‘P-R-N-D’ type plus an ‘up/down’ shift mode. The ideal gear is selected by an electronic control unit and gearshifts are both automatic and comfortable.

The 1.5 dCi 81kW turbo diesel is the Renault engine most sold worldwide. It is currently available in the Renault Duster, launched here in September 2013, and was recently added to the Renault Captur range.

Developed using technology derived directly from decades-long Renault Formula 1 expertise and substantiated to reduce fuel consumption and CO² emissions by an incredible 35%, the 1.5 dCi 81kW turbo diesel engine is the power behind both the new Renault Kadjar Dynamique 4×2 6-speed manual and Dynamique 4×2 EDC 6-speed auto models.

The new 1.2 (96kW) Turbo petrol Kadjar Dynamique 4 x 2 (previously only available in manual), is paired with Renault’s EDC 7-speed Auto transmission which features an oil-bathed concentric multi-disc dual clutch system (wet clutch). This is a proven combination that delivers optimum ride comfort with seamless gear changes, reduced fuel consumption and CO² emissions.

The 1.5 dCi turbo diesel power plant delivers maximum power output of 81Kw with peak torque rating of 260Nm on the manual reached at 1 750 r/min. The EDC auto derivative delivers maximum torque at 250Nm also at 1 750 r/min.

Fuel and eco-friendly, both fuel consumption (4.6 litres/100km in combined cycle NEDC) and CO² emissions (120 g/km) are low. A second-generation Direct Common Rail + multi-injection fuel system, it ensures that only the minimum amount of fuel is injected into the cylinders for optimized fuel consumption.

The new Renault Kadjar 4×2 models start at R394,900.

The entire Renault Kadjarline-up comes standard with a 5-year/150 000km mechanical warranty and a 6-year anti-corrosion warranty. The range also comes standard with a 5-year/90 000km service plan. Services take place at 15 000km intervals.

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JULY16-15_01Opel Astra hatch 1.4T Sport hatchback
by Helen Carstens

Sleek and smooth best describes the new Opel Astra.  It features a new design that sets the scene for the premium vehicle from Opel.

The stylish sedan look with silver edges around the windscreen culminates in the hatchback design of the rear to create the look, certainly a different take on the Astra.

Defined lines down the sides and the sleek slightly extended roof extending to the rear roof fin all add to the sporty look.

Inside the sleekness continues, offering a neat dash and centre console.  My test unit was the 1.4 Turbo Sport Hatchback and featured cloth seats and lots of bells and whistles:  Cruise control with speed limiter, auto-dimming rearview mirror, lane deviation warning, dual aircon, Bluetooth telephone and media streaming, rain sensing wipers, LED daytime running lights, auto off headlamps – once turned on you can leave them on as they automatically turn off when you turn off the engine.  And that is not all – Keyless entry with push button start/stop, auto-stop/start, electric windows and side mirrors with blind-spot warning indicators to assist with lane changing.  Even more the Astra features a reverse camera and parking sensors, an adjustable multi-function steering wheel which adds to a comfortable drive.  Paramount among the extensive feature list, the keyless function is always a plus for me.

All the controls are laid out neatly with centrally located buttons below the central display screen.

I was most impressed with the six-speed manual I drove as the gear changes were effortless and extremely quiet.  The new Astra certainly sets the bar, providing a sporty, sleek ride.  The drive was smooth and comfortable. Rear-seated passengers also said that the ride was comfortable.  Additionally the 60/40 split rear seats can fold flat if you need to carry a large load in the boot.

The new Opel Astra certainly appeals to me, offering style, comfort and an unbelievably smooth ride.

HC

JULY16-15_02Jeep Cherokee 3.2L 4×4 Trailhawk
by Warren Hammond

The 2016 Jeep Cherokee brings quite a few changes to the existing formula.  The offroader has been upgrade to mirror a sleeker sports look from the rugged bundu basher of before.

The bonnet tapers downward from the windscreen ending in a more rounded front with a narrow grille that sits quite high.  The Jeep logo sits above the grille on top of the bonnet.  A nice addition to the top of the range Trail Hawk is the centre portion of the bonnet cut in black vinyl to shape that runs up to the end of the bonnet to the windscreen.  The bonnet itself tapers inward toward the grille and the front fenders wrap around on top creating a rounded front with narrow, sports car-like wrap around headlights.  These units house the main headlights as well as the daytime LED running lights.

Red badges on the body in front of the side mirrors that say “trail tested” give credit to the Jeeps 4×4 capabilities.  Park assist sensors front and rear are standard and there is a rearview reverse camera, however this is available only as an optional extra.

The Tailgate opens and closes automatically at the push of a button – perfect if you’re loading luggage and your hands are full.  The boot provides ample storage room with the option to drop the rear seats to further expand this, at the cost of carrying extra passengers in the rear of course.  The spare wheel is located under the floor of the boot on a hinged door.

The Trail Hawk features a Leather-bound multifunction steering wheel and leather seats with a modern black interior.   The seats are leather and stitched in red with the Trail Hawk label in Red below the headrest.

The bulk of the driver information is displayed is via a full colour LCD panel situated between analogue speedometer and rev counters.  The display can be adjusted, via the navigation buttons on the steering wheel, to show range, fuel economy, speed (which can be set to display in km or miles), media and a range of settings among others.

The main console features a large full colour touch display for navigating radio, media, climate control and several vehicle settings as well as the onboard GPS navigation.  Below the display are the controls for the dual-zone climate control, most of which are edged in chrome to add a certain level of class.  At the bottom are ports for Car Charger, Aux, USB, SD Card and iPod connectivity.  Bluetooth connectivity for telephone and audio streaming is also present as well as voice control accessible via the multifunction steering wheel.  Additionally the steering wheel has buttons on the back, very cleverly situated in perfect reach of your fingers when your hands are on the wheel, for controlling the volume and track selection of the media you’re playing.

At the base of the console are the controls for the Cherokee’s offroad capabilities.  The dial features settings for auto-snow-sport-sand/mud and rock.  Buttons on the dial control additional features such as hill hold assist and incline descent assist.

The automatic gear lever shifts smoothly and precisely and the electric parking brake sits just behind it.  The parking brake engages automatically when you shift into park, which I found to be really handy.

The Jeep Cherokee Trail Hawk is loaded with features.  You can expect all the standards like auto-locking doors on drive-away, electric windows all around and electric folding mirrors, but what stood out for me was the keyless entry and start with auto stop/start as well as rain sensing wipers and auto lights with daytime running LEDs.

The Jeep Cherokee provides a solid ride.  The V6 engine pushes out 200kW and 315nM of torque to a nine-speed automatic gearbox.  The 60 litre petrol tank offers a range of approximately 500km and an average consumption of around 10.8 litres per 100km.

Ample space is afforded to all passengers and the ride is solid and comfortable.  On the road and off the road the Jeep Cherokee Trail Hawk is a great drive, affording the driver and passenger comfort and class.

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JULY16-15_03Renault Kadjar 96kW TCe Dynamique
by Helen Carstens

New from Renault is the Kadjar – an SUV that is functional and practical.  The Body presents as an SUV with large wheel arches, a curvaceous bonnet and large side mirrors.

My test unit was the 97KW turbo 1.2 model and featured an interior with leather-stitched seating and an uncluttered dash housing a large display screen with dual aircon below.  The Kadjar packs a multifunction, adjustable steering wheel with the volume and media/phone control stalk behind the steering wheel, as is Renault trademark design.  The driver is greeted by a simplified driver display with the rev counter in the centre with a digital speed display nested in the centre of that.

The touch screen allows for navigation of various menus and options as well as the handy reverse camera.

My Kadjar was loaded with features including keyless entry, push button start/stop, an electric parking brake, cruise control with speed limiter, lane change indicators, rain sensing wipers, doors that auto-lock on pull away, auto-dimming rearview mirror, electric side mirrors and electric windows all around.  Furthermore I was impressed by the number of USB iPod and Aux ports as well as built in navigation and Bluetooth telephone and media streaming.  I absolutely loved the panoramic glass roof, especially when driving through areas where trees line the roads as you feel like you’re driving through nature with a window to the beauty of the world.

The six-speed manual provides a smooth drive. It includes an ECO mode and gear change indicator which both help with the fuel economy.  You can see when you are driving economically by a leaf display that shows and guides you, aiding you to drive in the most economical manner.  After each drive you can pull up a display via the touch screen that shows you how economical your last trip was.

The Kadjar is spacious and comfortable and my test unit included my ultimate favourite feature – heated seats.  The boot is spacious and the rear seats can fold down to greatly increase the carrying capacity.

The phrase what you see is what you get most certainly does not apply here – versatile is one of the best ways to describe it because besides standard suburban driving, I had the opportunity to take the 1.6 Turbo Diesel 4WD Kadjar on sand dunes where it handled just as superbly.

While the Kadjar had a wide selection of niceties, the thing that stood out the most for me was the superb fuel efficiency, which I think is the most important aspect to most any driver in our current economy.

HC

JULY16-15_04Toyota Hilux 2.8GD-6 d/cab Raider auto
by Helen Carstens

The Hilux is synonymous with durability and functionality and, I must admit, it was not anywhere near the top of my rankings.  It had its place and was a top seller to no end, but to me it has always been just a bakkie, nothing more.

The new Hilux is, to me, anything but just a bakkie. It is different to its predecessor from every angle you can think of. It has a modern appearance, from the outside and the inside.  Besides all of the upgrades under the bonnet, it has a completely new appearance.  The exterior is bold and strong with curves and smoothness.  From the front grille over the accentuated wheel bonnet to the roof and down behind the cab to the back loading bay, it most certainly shows strength in its appearance.

The interior is radically different from anything before – you could easily be mistaken for thinking you are in an SUV and not a bakkie.  The new Hilux has a sense of style and a host of modern features absent in the Hilux of yesteryear.

The smooth, straight dash is seamless with a dual display and aircon dials, USB and Aux inputs, juice holders and the gear lever all below that.  My test unit was the Hilux 2.8 six-speed auto.

The Hilux features a leather-bound adjustable multifunction steering wheel, cruise control, Bluetooth telephone and media streaming and multiple functions for the display screens.

The 4×4 controls are handled via a dial (as opposed to a lever), ensuring that the functionality of the Hilux is still there – and somewhat better than before.  Now I can say, and it’s about time too, that the Hilux has finally arrived and can comfortably compete with others on an even playing field.

I thoroughly enjoyed the ride.  It was smooth and gear changes silent. The ride was most comfortable and there was most definitely power.  I was unfortunately unable to unleash that power, but believe me it is definitely there!

The new Hilux is here and I think it is a welcome addition that the die-hard Hilux fans are going to love.  It shows boldness and strength in the suburbs and durability and functionality in the great outdoors where it will sparkle and shine like never before and can definitely compete with any of its rivals.

HC

Hyundai Tucson 1.6 Turbo Executive review for her

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JUN16-18Hyundai has reintroduced the Tucson SUV back to the public with the new model.  Back in 2005 the Tucson was available here and was later replaced by the ix35.  Hyundai SA’s marketing director said that the overall total sales of the Tucson and the ix35 prove just how popular this SUV is.

There are offerings of a diesel engine or a turbocharged petrol engine.  The six-speed manual 1.6 Turbo Executive was the model that I drove.

The Tucson is certainly well-rounded in the SUV contender range, with a dynamic design, solid build quality, a range of creature comforts, loads of space and offers a smooth, light drive.

The interior is spacious and the rear seats fold down, to create a large and versatile option.  The centre console has a six-speaker audio system with Bluetooth connectivity, USB and auxiliary inputs.   Features include daytime running LED lights and auto lights with auto windows and side mirrors.  The rear view mirror is auto dimming and the Tucson has cornering lights which are always most helpful when driving at night. Additionally the side mirrors fold in on locking.  The Tucson also has auto-locking doors on drive-away – this remains one of my favourite features on a new car as I am very security-conscious, which anyone on the road should be.  Another feature I really enjoyed was that of the reverse camera that displays in the rearview mirror. Read more

RENAULT KADJAR INTRODUCED TO SA SUV MARKET

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Bold and beautiful, the NEW RENAULT KADJAR SUV Crossover is the embodiment of the brand’s entire DNA and set to make its mark on one of South Africa’s most hotly contested vehicle categories. New Kadjar expands Renault’s presence in this segment and follows the successful launch of the Renault Captur in May last year.

Renault Kadjar is the result of the integration of three vehicle categories: capable SUV, dynamic hatch and versatile sportswagon. Solid and sporty by design and exuding an air of ‘dare to live’ determination, Kadjar’s aggressive grille is complemented by a sleek yet muscular build which underscores the fact that this is a vehicle geared for action and adventure. Athletic, dynamic and sturdy by design, its length, width, wheelbase and ground clearance dimensions exceed those of comparable competitor models making Renault Kadjar a serious contender in SA’s SUV stakes.

The New Renault Kadjar line-up comprises three models all powered by forced induction turbo engines. At the top end of the range is the turbo diesel-powered Dynamique 96kW 1.6 dCi (320Nm) 4×4 followed by the turbo petrol-powered Dynamique 96kW (205Nm) and entry-level Expression variants.

These new generation low-inertia turbo engines boast efficient and advanced technologies derived from Renault’s Formula 1 expertise affording the New Renault Kadjar significantly lower fuel consumption and CO² emissions.

Renault continues to emphasise its new brand identity and its hallmark diamond-shaped centrepiece dominates the new crossover’s front grille. Kadjar’s innovative new lighting signature: distinctive C-shaped LEDs on its daytime running lights double as a bold visual statement and a safety feature. The full LED headlights on the Dynamique variants are 20% more powerful than conventional halogen lamps.

New Renault Kadjar’s generous and well-appointed cabin makes driving on-or off-road a comfortable and luxurious experience. From the elegant double topstitching and body-contoured seats to the soft touch dashboard – with chrome-bordered gauges – the onboard environment is stylish and refined. Leather seats (electric and heated) are available as an option on the Dynamique trim.

A high-tech touchscreen infotainment system, automatic climate control (Dynamique) and intuitive digital instrument cluster make motoring even more enjoyable and effortless. Safe and user-friendly in the extreme, the New Renault Kadjar does away with convention: its efficient engine, multiple driving assistance features and intelligent modularity make it the ideal vehicle for the great outdoor escape.

To make motoring easier and more fluid, high-tech Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, including Self-Parking with Blind Spot Detection and 360° Park Distance Control with rear camera are available as an option (Dynamique).

The New Renault Kadjar comes to the South African market only a year after its international reveal at the Geneva Motor Show in 2015.

The Renault Kadjar will retail from R 359 900 and comes standard with a   5-year/150 000km mechanical warranty and a 6-year anti-corrosion warranty. In addition the entire Kadjar range comes standard with a 5-year/90 000km service plan.

Volvo Cars to launch UK’s largest and most ambitious autonomous driving trial

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Volvo Cars is to begin the UK’s most ambitious autonomous driving trial in 2017 in order to speed up the introduction of technology that promises to massively reduce car accidents as well as free up congested roads and save drivers valuable time.

The Swedish company, whose name has been synonymous with automotive safety ever since it invented the three point seat belt in 1959, is pioneering the development of autonomous driving (AD) systems globally as part of its commitment that no one will be seriously injured or killed in a new Volvo by the year 2020.

Volvo’s UK-based test will be called ‘Drive Me London’ and differentiate itself from other AD programmes by using real families drivingAD cars on public roads.

Volvo will source its data from these everyday users and use it to develop AD cars which are suitable for real world driving conditions, rather than the more unrealistic conditions found on test tracks. Thatcham Research will be providing the technical data analysis and any professional test drivers needed as part of the trial.

Drive Me London will begin in early 2017 with a limited number of semi-autonomous cars, expanding in 2018 to include up to 100 fully-autonomous cars, making it the largest and most extensive AD testing programme on Britain’s streets. The introduction of AD cars promises to revolutionise Britain’s roads in four main areas – safety, congestion, pollution and time saving.

Independent research has revealed that AD has the potential to reduce the number of car accidents significantly, in some cases by up to 30 per cent. Up to 90 per cent of all accidents are presently caused by driver error or distraction, something that should largely disappear with AD cars.

In terms of congestion, AD cars allow traffic to move more smoothly, reducing traffic jams and by extension cutting dangerous emissions and associated pollution. Lastly, reduced congestion saves drivers valuable time.

All-New Ford EcoBlue Engine Cleaner, More Fuel Efficient, More Power, More Torque

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Ford’s new EcoBlue advanced diesel engine will offer optimised fuel efficiency and reduced CO2 and NOX emissions for customers, using sophisticated technologies and innovative design.

Building on the industry-leading performance and technology of Ford’s award-winning EcoBoost petrol engines, Ford’s range of EcoBlue diesel engines will power the company’s future passenger cars and commercial vehicles with power outputs ranging from 100 PS to 240 PS.

The four-cylinder 2.0-litre Ford EcoBlue debuts in the new Transit and Transit Custom commercial vehicles, delivering an unrivalled package of fuel efficiency, performance and refinement.

Drivability is enhanced with 20 per cent more torque at 1,250 rpm compared with the outgoing equivalent power 2.2-litre TDCi diesel engine, helping commercial vehicle drivers effortlessly tackle challenging everyday driving scenarios such as creeping in traffic, or overtaking slower-moving vehicles. The new engine also delivers passenger car refinement to the commercial segment, reducing radiated noise by 4 decibels at idle.

Advanced technologies include an integrated intake system with Ford’s first application of mirror-image porting for optimised engine breathing; a low-inertia turbocharger featuring rocket engine materials designed for high temperature applications; and an all-new high-pressure fuel injection system that is more responsive, quieter and offers more precise fuel delivery.

New fuel injectors are capable of delivering up to six injections per combustion event, with each injection taking as little as 250 microseconds (0.00025 seconds) and delivering 0.8 mg of diesel  equivalent to a grain of sugar. This tiny volume of fuel is injected through eight conical holes each 120 microns in diameter  about the width of a human hair.

The all-new compact turbocharger has been specifically designed to deliver more air at lower engine rpm compared with the outgoing 2.2-litre TDCi engine, for a light and urgent feel across the rev-range and up to 340 Nm of torque at 1,250 rpm.

The 2.0-litre Ford EcoBlue engine will be the first diesel commercial vehicle powertrain from Ford to achieve passenger car noise, vibration and harshness criteria, contributing to enhanced driving appeal.

The new 2.0-litre Ford EcoBlue engine meets Ford’s demanding global commercial vehicle durability standards for extreme usage in markets as diverse as Europe, the U.S. and China.

SAFETY TIPS for Driving in the Rain

MAY16-14

Did you know that when it’s raining with poor visibility, wearing your sunglasses helps – the rain droplets on the windscreen disappear and you get clear visibility on the road.

Another good tip – never drive in the rain with your cruise control on.  If you think you are being cautious by setting the cruise control and maintaining a safe consistent speed in the rain, you actually are more at risk.  If the cruise control is on, your car will begin to hydroplane when the tyres lose contact with the road, and your car will accelerate to a higher speed making you take off like an aeroplane.

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APRIL16-14-1Mazda MX-5 2.0 Roadster Coupe

by Helen Carstens

This was an eye-stopper and most people were confused, thinking it was anything but a Mazda.
The coupe is striking, low down with a long, flat and curvy bonnet. It is small, perky, smart and stylish.
The interior is by no means spacious but rather built-up. Climb into bucket seats in an all-leather interior with red stitching on the seats, gears and steering wheel. The doors are clad in leather with red gloss matching the outside of my metallic red test vehicle.
As the name denotes this is a car for the driver and their passenger. I term it a “me” car. The confined space makes it suitable for you and a passenger, no more.
The MX-5 provides a lively ride, low and tight suspension, six-speed manual gears that are close and precise. The steering wheel is adjustable and includes multi-function controls for cruise control, telephone, volume and navigating the infotainment system menus.
Keyless and push button start add convenience. The headlights once on can stay on and will automatically turn off when locking the car.
The cabin area is compact with a built-up section between the seats where the gears, handbrake and infotainment controls sit.
Above this is are the dials for the aircon, just below the LED display, all neatly laid out.
The MX-5 features power windows and mirrors, rear park distance control and reverse camera, heated seats, media unit with radio, CD, aux and iPod connectors as well as Bluetooth telephone and audio streaming.
The MX-5 is clearly focused on the experience of driving fast and free. The 2.0 4 cylinder engine puts out 118kW and 200 Nm of torque and is capable of reaching 100km per hour in just 7.3 seconds.
The foldable soft-top roof comes down with ease. Just one clip needs to be released in order to fold the roof away. Once you have the top open the experience of driving is further amplified. Put the pedal to the metal and you are treated to an exhilarating, adrenaline-filled drive.
HC

APRIL16-14-2Suzuki Vitara 1.6 GL+

by Helen Carstens

One can be confused at the sight of this one, as many in fact were, thinking it was the Range Rover Evoque. It is however from the stable of Suzuki and it is the Vitara (which is smaller than the Range Rover to which it bears a passing resemblance).
The cross-over SUV has a higher ground clearance which provides a clear view of the road ahead. The body is two-tone with a slope to the back and tinted rear windows, which help to create a very appealing view as do the slightly larger wheel arches.
The interior is uncluttered with controls neatly laid out and easy to see, operate and navigate around. The cloth seats are large and comfortable. The steering wheel is height-adjustable and has controls for menu options, volume, cruise control and Bluetooth telephone.
The instrument cluster has a display screen with buttons on either side and has a CD player and radio which includes Bluetooth streaming, Aux, USB and iPod points. The aircon dials are located below.
On top of the dash sit two moveable air vents and the digital clock.
The five-speed manual that I drove provided a clean and crisp drive, comfortable at all times, with precise gear changes. The Vitara is easy to drive, smooth and comfortable to handle.
Passengers in the rear sit comfortably and leg room is ample, according to my passengers.
The boot area is of a fair size, with the option to drop the rear seats to further expand the space. Additional versatility is offered by way of a concealed area under the boot floor as well in the side walls. The plastic holders located on the side walls can be removed, and stuck onto the top of the boot cover, providing extra width without constriction. I found this to be a rather nifty feature.
The Vitara provides fuel efficiency as well and is an all-round good ride with space and versatility to suit a varied lifestyle.
HC

APRIL16-14-3Mazda CX-3 2.0 Individual auto

by Helen Carstens

Sleek, curvacious and bold is how best to describe the CX-3. On top of that you can add sporty and smart because the look certainly draws attention and turns a head or two.
The CX-3 is the smaller option to the CX-5 and I think it is the perfect option for the “I want it but not all of it” crowd.
Diversity is what the CX-3 is all about. My test vehicle was the higher-specced 20.L auto Individual. The sleek interior boasts a variety of textures with leather suede and thick plastic blending in black, dark grey and red. The red inserts particularly highlight the sport aspect.
The clean and neat interior is designed with a minimalistic approach, with an uncluttered dash that has a LED display and aircon dials. The controls are located between the front seats next to the hand-brake.
The steering wheel is stitched in leather and features a host of multi-function controls. When driving your speed is displayed as a floating digital readout thanks to the active driver display. This is a lovely feature as your eyes stay on the road and in front of you at all times.
There is no conventional speed dial, only a second digital speed display in the main driver instrument cluster and an analogue rev counter centre of the instrument cluster.
The CX-3 is keyless with push button start. This is one of those features that I absolutely adore – no keys in the hands at all means one thing less to worry about.
Features include LED daytime running lights and auto lights, rain sensing wipers, cruise control, Bluetooth telephone and streaming, power windows, power mirrors with folding, reverse camera, radio with aux, 2 USB and iPod ports and a CD player. I enjoy having a conventional CD player because time to transfer music to USB does not exist for someone like me, and my phone is for work purposes, not music!
On the road the CX-3 is a comfortable and smooth drive. A higher ride height adds visibility. The auto gears change smoothly and efficiently and if you prefer a more manual approach simply slide the gear lever across and you can manually change up and down with a flick of the lever.
The CX-3 can comfortably seat 5 occupants and the boot, while not the largest, is adequate.
The CX-3 is a sporty, sleek and comfortable drive, perfectly suited to those who want it, but not all of it.
HC

SUV KING RETURNS WITH LAUNCH OF NEW FORTUNER

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The stalwart of SUV’s and some will say the creator of the SUV segment, is the Toyota Fortuner. The history takes you back a number of years with a subtle change here and there however now, we welcome the new Fortuner.
Toyota have just launched the all-new Fortuner and it has a new look both on the exterior as well as the interior. The exterior boast new shapes with sloping detailed defined back windows, new bi-halogen head lights that wrap around the front of the bonnet; new accentuated rear lights with detail that wrap around the back; thicker seats for more comfort; roof racks and a shark fin; improved body, style and core performance aspects.
The interior boasts a combination of leather, soft materials, wood grain and gloss that creates a new look for the dash area with a Tablet-style 7 inch display screen with DVD compatibility.
The 7-seater provides more space for all passengers with even the back row able to carry adult passengers. More space was created by thickening the seats and keeping the backing thinner, thereby creating more leg room. The one-touch-tumble back seats fold to the side in the boot area.
New colours have been introduced to the lineup including Sporty Blue and Chestnut Brown. There are 6 diesel variants with a new 6-speed auto transmission diesel and 2 petrol variants. Prices start at R429 400.