SUV

Chery Tiggo 7 Pro

The Chery Tiggo 7 Pro is blindingly good

Another Chery Tiggo, this time the Tiggo 7 Pro, and again, it is blowing it out of the water. This brand is really taking things to a new level. Excellent products at excellent prices with an excellent warranty. What more could you ask for? I know that Chery has had its ups and downs and many people might still fear trusting this car brand, but let me assure you that these cars are worth considering. If you are in the market for a new car, then the Chery Tiggo 7 Pro, or 4 Pro, or 8 Pro needs to go on to your list. Take one for a drive and then let me know what you think. If you’re more interested in electric cars at this point, take a look at last week’s video of the Audi e-tron 55. 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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Kia Sportage GT-Line

First drive in the Kia Sportage GT-Line

I know I begin each Kia review with the same line. It states something about being a huge Kia fan and that I have always been a Kia fan and that I am in no way biased now that my bestie is the PR there. All this remains completely true. I will even go a step further, I think Kia Motors South Africa puts on some of the best car launches in the industry, and that I can now praise ol’ Terry for, but as for the product, well he has nothing to do with that. No matter how good a launch is, or how wonderful the people who run a brand are, at the end of the day, it comes down to the product and whether it is actually any good or not. And thankfully for Kia Motors South Africa, they have it all; incredible people, incredible after-sales service, incredible launches AND incredible products. Barring the Pegus maybe 😉 So I shall continue to begin my Kia reviews with praise. SPORTAGE MONTAGE The Sportage is no stranger to our shores. In fact, it has been around for more than 30 years. And although it remains Kia’s top-selling model, it really only caught my attention just over 10 years ago with the introduction of the third generation. This was thanks to the designer at the time, a Mr Peter Schreyer, who was known for the Audi TT. You could feel the difference when you stepped in to this car, it felt like a completely new era, and it was. This current generation (which sold like a bazillion globally) is nearing the end of its life cycle, but not before it has a little more life breathed into it in the form of the GT-Line. The GT-Line has also been around for some time, but we have only really experienced it recently in South Africa with the introduction of the Seltos GT-Line. “Sportage has a nearly three decade-long heritage, and remains Kia’s best-selling model globally,” says Stephen Crosse, Sales and Marketing Director, Kia South Africa. “Now, with the addition of the GT-Line derivative at the peak of the range, the Sportage is at its most expressive, dynamic and luxurious, and offers a distinguished last hurrah before the fifth-generation model debuts next year.” GT-LINE BABY So what makes this model so special? Well it has all the bells and whistles and feels all kinds of fancy pants. It has all the usual awesomeness such as Smart entry with push-button start Dual-zone automatic climate control Auto-folding mirrors 8-inch HD touchscreen infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Electrically adjustable front seats, including lumbar support Seat heating for front and rear passengers Bi-LED headlights with an auto-on/off function Height-adjustable powered tailgate Panoramic sunroof Wireless smartphone charging Electro-chromatic rear-view mirror Cruise control And then it has even more goodies such as dual exhaust outlets with chrome trim, 19-inch alloys, and distinctive LED combination lamps, as well as two-toned, diamond-patterned and perforated artificial leather seats, a gloss finish on the centre console, a GT-Line specific flat-bottomed steering wheel and a 4.2-inch colour instrument cluster. From a safety point of view, the GT-Line boasts six airbags, Electronic Stability Control, Hill-Start Assist, ABS with EBD and Downhill Brake Control, a rear-view camera with front and rear parking sensors. I told you, it has it all. OUTPERFORM The Sportage GT-Line is powered by a 1.6-litre T-GDi turbocharged petrol engine that produces 130 kW of power and 265 Nm of torque. It is punchy and refined. I can vouch for the punchiness because I drove about 180 km by myself (ok so it wasn’t fully loaded, but it did have my overnight bag in the boot which would count for about three people’s bags) and I was able to overtake with ease, which is always my gauge. I don’t want to be half way past a truck with the solid line coming in to view, and realise I have to abort the mission. I want to be able to put my foot down and make it past any slow moving traffic with ease, and this was achieved. But back to the luggage area, it is claimed at 466-litres which means you can get a fair amount in there. I always want a bigger boot, I always need the extra space, but the Sportage is a perfectly spacious family car. The rear legroom is ample and overall, it is a comfortable car, and that is hugely important if you enjoy a road trip. Which I don’t, but here we are. PRICING OF THE GT-LINE You are looking at R649 995 for this particular model, which comes with Kia’s awesome five-year/unlimited km warranty (inclusive of Roadside Assistance), as well as a five-year / 90 000 km service plan. If you haven’t driven a Sportage and you are in the market for a family SUV, then you need to take it for a test drive. You don’t have to go for this fancy pants GT-Line, as nice as it is, any of the Sportage models are excellent. It just depends on your needs and requirements really. But it is certainly near the very top of my list when it comes to this segment. Obviously it is!

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RS Q8

Juliet drives the Audi RS Q8

I am really ok with being seen driving the Audi RS Q8. You see, usually, I am not one for attention…in a car that is. But this is something quite special. And I felt like a boss! I was even a bit smug. As you can tell from the screenshot in the video pic below. Here is my video review of the Audi RS Q8 For something a little less smug, check out my review on the new Hyundai Creta. 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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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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PEUGEOT 3008

First drive in the updated Peugeot 3008

I am going to kick off this Peugeot 3008 review with the elephant in the room and that is Peugeot’s reputation in South Africa. For as long as I have been a motoring journalist, readers have come to me with concerns about buying a French car, specifically Peugeot or Citroën. The worry has always been about parts sourcing and the turn around time it takes for your car to be fixed. I am not going to lie, for years I have not really recommended Peugeot models above their German and Japanese counterparts because I didn’t want it to come back and bite me in the butt. The sad thing is that I have always been a huge fan of Peugeot’s SUV models. All of them. And the 3008 is not different. SO WHAT NOW? Peugeot clearly realised that I was not happy and so they launched PACT, an aftersales initiative that stands for Professionalism, Availability, Conformity and Transparency. They also went all in with Fiat Chrysler to create Stellantis – the fourth largest automaker in the world in terms of volume. I don’t even need to mention the epic rebrand Peugeot has just undergone. Its new brand identity is all about Excellence, Allure and Emotion. And I think the new logo looks smashing! Needless to say, Peugeot has stepped it up and I think it is about time we all changed our tune about this brand and its reputation. In fact, I think some people are way ahead of me on this. Q1 in 2021 saw Peugeot’s best quarter in terms of sales in five years. This is thanks, in part, to the awesome 2008. BUT LET’S TALK 3008 This is a car that needs no introduction. Crikey, I don’t think there is an award it hasn’t won! It was launched in 2016 and since then has notched up more than 67 international awards including Car of the Year in 19 countries. INSANE, right?! We really should be seeing a lot more of these models on our roads! This updated model doesn’t see a change to the model line up or to the engine. It is a mere nip and tuck to the design and such. The front has been restyled with a frameless grill that integrates in to the front bumper. There are new LED head- and taillights and the GT model boasts a chrome roof trim, which looks pretty cool, as well as new 19-inch aluminium wheels. The 3008 also has scrolling indicators which is always a crowd pleaser. And there are two new colours up for grabs; Celebes Blue and Vertigo Blue. GET IN The GT model gets a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system with all the bells and whistles. You’ll be able to hear whistles loud and clear thanks to the Focal Premium Hi Fi audio system which boasts 10 speakers. There is also now an option of a red Nappa leather interior which looks all kinds of…well…I am not sure. It is certainly not my vibe but I will try not judge you if it is yours. There are new textiles on the Allure model so don’t think it is all about the GT here. Although it pretty much is with the frameless rearview mirror. Which, if I am being completely honest, I just don’t see what the hoo-ha about. Regardless of whether you choose the Active, the Allure or the GT model, you are guaranteed a bunch of standard spec and a fantastic cabin all-round. The only thing I don’t love about the interior, which isn’t something unique to the 3008, but in fact stretches in to most of the models, is the “piano key” vibe. I am so appreciative of actual buttons instead of just a touchscreen, but I find them to be a bit tacky, if you will. But this is completely subjective and goes against all my journalistic integrity. Bah! Like you believe I had any anyway! UNDER THE BONNET The range is still powered by a 1.6-litre turbopetrol that produces 121 kW and 240 Nm of torque. It is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, across the range. And this makes sense due to the fact that 88% of models sold in this segment are in fact automatics. Manuals are so last season. As are diesel engines in this segment. The drive on this car is just superb. It is smooth and beautifully refined. I adore the small steering wheel and the manoeuvrability of this car. Everything just works and it works well. It is super comfortable as well. SAFE AS HOUSES I am going to let the press release help me out here because there is an array of standard safety features and driving assist technology packed in to the 3008 and I can’t be bothered to go and reword it all just to make it sound like I have written it. We all know the PR at Peugeot would have done a much better job than me anyway. Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go function on the GT, and it automatically restarts the vehicle if the stop was less than 3 seconds. Otherwise, a simple press action by the driver will restart the function. This forms part of the Drive Assist package. Lane Keep assist, the system monitors road marking and road edge to actively assist in keeping the vehicle in the lane should it unintentionally drift across without the indicator being put on. Part of the Safety Plus package. Latest-generation automatic emergency braking (detects pedestrians and cyclists, day and night, from 5 km/h to 140 km/h depending on version) with collision risk warning, Extended recognition of traffic signs (stop, one-way, no overtaking, etc.). Visiopark 1 with 180° rear view camera, Visiopark 2 with 360° front and rear cameras, Park Assist, sensors to assist in parking, Active warning of unintentional lane (or roadside) departure with trajectory correction, Driver Warning Alert, to detect driver alertness over long driving times and at speeds above 65 km/h by analysing steering wheel micro-movements, Automatic switching to and from high

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Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

Juliet drives the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk can only be described as MONSTROUS! It is, after all, the most powerful SUV in the world. You may have to be a lunatic to buy one though. But don’t we all have a little bit of lunacy inside of us? I would like to think so. If you missed last week’s review, then fear not. Because you can still watch it, I am sure you have the time 😉 It is a video of the Lexus RX450h. 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 obviously follow me on TikTok. And now for the main event: The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk!

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Lexus RX450h

Juliet drives the Lexus RX450h

The ride and comfort of the Lexus RX450h car has luxury written all over it. It is after all, the luxury brand of Toyota, but still, it is worth noting. The RX450h is a car, if it weren’t in this colour, I would be happy to drive on a long road trip. It’s more about the elegance and grace with this car. Which I do love. If you missed last week’s review, then fear not. Because you can still watch it, I am sure you have the time 😉 It is a video of the Citroën C5 Aircross. 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 obviously follow me on TikTok. And now for the main event:

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BMW X3 M Competition

Juliet drives the BMW X3 M Competition

Yoh guys, we are day six of the lockdown here in South Africa. I hope you are all keeping safe, staying home and feeling somewhat sane. I am hoping the video I filmed before the lockdown kicked in will bring you some joy. This is the BMW X3 M Competition which certainly brought me some joy while driving it. You’ll see. Live vicariously through me for a moment. I don’t mind. Don’t forget to be a peach and subscribe to my YouTube channel and follow me on Facebook,Twitter, and Instagram. And obviously on TikTok. And if you missed last week’s video of the Hyundai Venue, then keep yourself entertained for a while longer by watching it. Otherwise just watch the BMW X3 M Competition video again…and again.

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Peugeot 5008

Juliet drives the Peugeot 5008

The Peugeot 5008 is a flipping great car. Fine, I don’t love the interior, but so many do, so that doesn’t count. I had to look quite hard to find fault, but I think I may have found one. Although, if I am truly honest with myself, the car is not to blame for the ‘fault’ I found. I fear I may just have a faulty leg. Decide for yourself once you have watched the video. Can I really blame the Peugeot 5008? I doubt it. Don’t forget to be a peach and subscribe to my YouTube channel and follow me on Facebook,Twitter, and Instagram. And obviously on TikTok.

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Ford Everest

Juliet drives the Ford Everest

The Ford Everest has to be one of the most spacious cars on the market. It can fit the whole family, all their luggage and Grandma (just don’t put her in the third row of seats, you might not get her out again). If you are interested in buying a Ford Everest, you can always head over to CARmag.co.za to check out their listing of new cars and/or used cars. And if you want to hear my free advice about cyclists, you should watch this video. If you missed last week’s video, you missed out on the Volvo XC90. Don’t forget to be a peach and subscribe to my YouTube channel and follow me on Facebook,Twitter, and Instagram.

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