Compact SUV

Chery Tiggo 4 Pro

Juliet drives the Chery Tiggo 4 Pro

I so enjoyed the Chery Tiggo 4 Pro, it’s other drivers that cause me to look like I do in the screenshot! But it is not about them I say. It is about this excellent product and why you should consider the Tiggo if you are in the market for a budget compact SUV. If you need a bigger car, then look at the Ford Everest Sport. If you’re up for a chat, you can find me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. And don’t forget to be a peach and subscribe to my YouTube channel and obviously follow me on TikTok.

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Renault Kiger

Juliet drives the Renault Kiger

I don’t love doing a negative review, but when compared to its rivals, the Renault Kiger is, unfortunately, just not up to scratch. It does have a few redeeming qualities, but overall, I was a tad disappointed. But here we go… If you’re after last week’s review, it is the Audi S3. If you’re up for a chat, you can find me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. And don’t forget to be a peach and subscribe to my YouTube channel and obviously follow me on TikTok.

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Nissan Magnite

Juliet drives the Nissan Magnite

I know you guys must be sick of me reviewing compact budget SUVs, but here is one more, the Nissan Magnite. It has a bit of a Datsun GO Cross vibe about it, but you know why, right? Ag just watch the video. TAKE NOTE: Since this review I have tested the Haval Jolion and that video will be coming out soon. But for now, the Nissan Magnite. If you’re looking for an awesome family car, check out the Subaru Outback. If you want to chat, catch me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. And don’t forget to be a peach and subscribe to my YouTube channel and obviously follow me on TikTok.

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Kia Sonet

Juliet drives the Kia Sonet

I have made it quite clear that the Kia Sonet is amazing. In fact, I would go so far as to say it is one of my favourite cars launched this year. And no, it is not because of Terence that I am saying this. Believe me, if I could, I would find something to complain about just to piss him off. But alas, I love the Sonet too much to complain about anything. Last week I drove a bit more of a fancy car, check out the Audi S5 Sportback video. you want to chat, catch me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. And don’t forget to be a peach and subscribe to my YouTube channel and obviously follow me on TikTok.

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Hyundai Creta

Juliet drives the Hyundai Creta

The Hyundai Creta has never really blown me away, even though it does what it does really well. I would call it a “Goldilocks car,” though, because it is just the right fit. It might not be anything special, but this model certainly is a step up from its predecessor. The interior might be a bit bland but I do love the new exterior design. I look like I am having fun in this car, right? Watch the full video of the Creta for all you need to know. My video from last week is of a car that did blow me away, the Audi TT RS. Also, if you want to chat, catch me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. And don’t forget to be a peach and subscribe to my YouTube channel and obviously follow me on TikTok.

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First drive in the updated Audi Q2

The first time I saw the Audi Q2 I thought, “Now that is a car I’d love if I were younger.” I was in my mid-thirties at this stage, 2017 it was (yoh, how to give away my age), and it would have appealed to my care-free, not-in-need-of space, younger self. As a motoring journalist, however, I couldn’t quite place the Q2. Where did it fit in? What twenty-something would really be able to afford it? Was it too niche? Fast forward to 2021 and the Q2 now makes sense to me. I needed time with it. That and I need Audi to explain it to me. Which was done at the local launch this week. You see, the Q2 is niche, but that is the way Audi likes it. It doesn’t really have any direct rivals from the German brands (hint: Mercedes-Benz or BMW) and although it is niche, it is a key product for Audi. It is an attractive introduction to Audi’s SUV range, giving customers access to the Q range. It also grows brand loyalty as it targets the younger crowd who will then hopefully aspire to be Audi owners for life. Having driven it again this week I am reminded as to why it is such fab, yet pricey, offering from Audi. EVOLUTIONARY It’s sometimes the most subtle things that make the most impact. The changes to the updated Q2 are mild, yet change the look of the car quite a bit. It is more striking than ever. And there is a brand new colour on offer in the form of Apple Green, which happens to be brand new to Audi, although I am not sure if the person who named this colour has actually eaten an apple or seen one before. It is more of an olive or army green, but either way, it looks smashing in the metal. The Q2 range has been simplified and more focused with three trim levels on offer. The Standard model gets 16-inch wheels and the blade in body colour. The Advanced model has 17-inch wheels, the blade in Manhattan grey, the bumper in contrasting paint (grey finish), LED rear lights, and sports seats and index fabric upholstery. The S line sports 18-inch wheels, the blade in Platinum grey, the bumper in full paint finish, and sports suspension. I think one of my favourite elements is that of the four rings of Audi’s logo on the blade. It looks all kinds of smart. CABIN FEVER The cabin is spacious enough, despite my heading above the picture, and feels modern and really quite premium. One of the most noteworthy and stunning additions to this new model is that of the decorative inserts within the cabin that are able to light up if customers choose the contour ambient lighting package. You can choose from 10 colours and it looks pretty awesome. I would have loved to have seen it at night in all its glory, but I will accept the lighting of a parking garage. The cabin is comfortable and the boot space is claimed at 405-litres which should be able to hold at least some of my luggage. Certainly not all of it, but what car can? Look, it is by no means a large car, it is going to appeal to someone who doesn’t have kids, or perhaps only one. Someone who maybe just has a small dog. Or is single. I have someone in mind. (Hint: he has moved over to the PR side of things). Q2 ENGINE There is only one engine available which is the 1.4-litre 110 kW/250 Nm unit. It is mated to an eight-speed tiptronic gearbox which replaces the 7-speed S-tronic in the outgoing model. This engine is more than enough in terms of performance and power delivery. It is great for around the city, but having spent a bit of time on the highways at the launch, I was happy as a clam just cruising along. And when needed, I put pedal to metal and was able to overtake. That is all I need from a car. Well that and a list of other things. But something you might want to know is that we were able to keep the fuel consumption close to 6l/100 km. OVERALL I don’t want to give too much information away now, otherwise you won’t watch my video when that comes out…which, in fairness, is still a couple of months away, but still. All you need to know is that the Q2 just got a whole lot better, not that it even needed to, mind you. And if we were going to mention anything that it could directly rival, then fine, the Mini Countryman…but if you know me at all, you will know which of the two I would choose. I will just say that it wouldn’t be the Mini. Look, it ain’t cheap. And if you tick a box or five, you will see a price close to R800 000 which I just cannot even fathom spending on a compact SUV, but you know, “Practical Pam” and all. If you’re wanting a premium hatch and willing to pay a premium price, then the Q2 will certainly satisfy your tantalising appetite. AUDI Q2 PRICING Audi Q2 35 TFSI Launch Edition R519 500 (limited units available at the time of launch) Audi Q2 35 TFSI R545 500 Audi Q2 35 TFSI Advanced R567 500 Audi Q2 35 TFSI S line R581 500

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Mazda CX-30

Juliet drives the Mazda CX-30

I absolutely adore the look of the Mazda CX-30. I love the interior. And I love how it drives. BUT, for my “Practical Pram” brain, it is just too expensive when you consider that you can get a CX-5 for cheaper. With that said, this will appeal to a different target market. A market that doesn’t value practicality over design. Oh how I wish I could be one of those people, but I just love space more than I do a look. Regardless of what I think, though, the CX-30 is a fantastic car and one that I would love to see more of on our roads. A car that I didn’t love, however, is the Opel Corsa. You should see that video. Also, if you want to chat, catch me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. And don’t forget to be a peach and subscribe to my YouTube channel and obviously follow me on TikTok.

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Kia Sonet

First drive in the new Kia Sonet

I know when you read the name “Sonet,” you are going to want to say it So Nay or Sue Net, this is South Africa after all…and it only has one “n.” BUT, you would be wrong in your pronunciation. It is, in fact, pronounced the same way you would say “sonnet.” Ok, now that’s out of the way, let’s get to it. WHAT IS A SONET? You may have guessed it already, it is yet another compact SUV. All the rage these fellas are. And for good reason, customers are demanding them. You see, we can’t all afford the large SUVs or even the smaller SUVs, so these budget SUVs fill a much-needed gap in the market. If, for example, you were driving a Kia Rio (or even a Picanto), and you want to move up to something just a little bit bigger, your budget might not stretch to a Seltos, so the Sonet would be your guy (or girl). Kia has cleverly ensured that there is an SUV for just about your entire life: Sonet – Seltos – Sportage – Sorento. And then when your nest is empty, you can start at the beginning again. The Seltos payoff line is, “Begin your SUV life,” whenever that may be for you, I say. LOOKING GOOD It has to be one of the best looking contenders in the segment, this is my very professional opinion on the matter. You can have your own opinion on this, but you’d be wrong if you disagree. It’s just a bit more sporty and bulky looking than the Hyundai Venue. And the Ford EcoSport is now starting to look and feel a bit outdated, don’t ya think? It is one of the largest in its segment too, measuring 4.12m in length. That means it is rather spacious inside as well. I had two colleagues with me in the car, both of whom are over 6ft, and both were more than comfortable. The headroom is noticeably good, but even my giant friend sitting in the back had more than enough legroom if I just inched a bit forward in the passenger seat…thankfully I was also left comfortable with more than enough legroom as well, not as comfortable with his constant chitter-chatter. FEATURE FORWARD As you can expect from Kia, the standard features list is pretty extensive. With two derivatives available at launch, namely the LX and the EX, you can expect an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, remote central locking, air-conditioning, Bluetooth, all-round electric windows, electric mirrors, six speakers, automatic headlamp activation, a rear-view camera and combination artificial leather and cloth seat trim…although the leather is only on the sides and back of the seats, but I love this as I hate leather under my butt! Well this review just took a turn… Let’s stay on track rather, shall we? The EX model adds 16-inch alloy wheels (the LX has 15-inch steel wheels), rear park distance control, a leather steering wheel and gear knob, silver skid plates, roof rails, side repeater lamps and front fog lights. Also standard across the range is electronic stability control, ABS with EBD, Hill-Start Assist, dual front airbags and Isofix anchorage points. GO SONET, GO! The Sonet is powered by a 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine that produces 85 kW and 144 Nm. You can choose between a manual gearbox or a CVT. Now let me tell you, before you go “eeeeuuuwww” to the CVT, it is actually pretty good. It mimics a conventional automatic transmission in that you don’t have that inaudible screech as you try and overtake someone. You know that embarrassing moment when it sounds as if you are aggressively and angrily over taking them? When in actual fact all you’re doing is trying not to die travelling toward oncoming traffic. The engine is punchy enough to overtake which is always a winner in my books. And we managed a fuel consumption of around 6.7l/100 km, which is also rather impressive. MY FINAL SAY This car is an absolute gem. I have even recommended one to my mom. To be fair, most of these budget compact SUVs I have tested of late have all been pretty great, especially the Toyota Urban Cruiser and Suzuki Vitara Brezza. But the Sonet seems to offer something a teeny bit more, if just in look and feel. I know you know I am a huge Kia fan, but that doesn’t mean I can’t be critical. I will be when it is required, but for now, I have nothing particularly negative to say about the Sonet. I’d be happy to drive one every day.

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Kia Seltos

Juliet drives the Kia Seltos CRDI

It might not be your idea of a holiday car, but the Kia Seltos is definitely my kind of holiday car. You see, I am all about the practical. Which, if you have seen any of my videos or read any of my posts, you would know. The Kia Seltos is a car that I would so happily live with every single day. And I genuinely do not say that about many cars I drive. And if you say that it is “expensive for a kia” I will very swiftly unfriend you. If you want to see more videos, or videos that are of faster more “exciting” cars then check out last week’s video on the Mercedes-AMG A45 S. Also, if you want to chat, catch me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. And don’t forget to be a peach and subscribe to my YouTube channel and obviously follow me on TikTok.

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Hyundai Venue

Juliet drives the Hyundai Venue

It’s all in a name, right? The Hyundai Venue is “the place to be.” If the name is to be believed. Look, it’s not going to blow your socks off and I wouldn’t consider it the trendiest car on the block, but it is great in so many ways. It is a fantastic offering from Hyundai in what is probably the most popular segment at the moment. So give my video a watch and let me know what you think. If you’re looking for something a lot cheaper, check out my video on the new Toyota Agya. It’s not a great offering though. Also, if you want to chat, catch me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. And don’t forget to be a peach and subscribe to my YouTube channel and obviously follow me on TikTok.

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