COMPETITIONS

2018 COTY FINALISTS ANNOUNCED

The 2018 COTY finalists have been revealed.

ON THE ROAD WITH THE BMW X1

The BMW X1’s interior reflects that solid build quality and premium feel that I hope for from a top-class German vehicle.

BENTLEY CONTINENTAL SUPERSPORTS

Why have merely a sporty Bentley Continental, when you could have a super sporty one, right?

Volkswagen Move up!

Zippy and nippy in traffic, the Move up! is small enough to sneak into tight spots, thanks to its modest 3.6-metre length and delectable 9.8-metre turning circle.

MINI COUNTRYMAN

Few brands have attained, then lost, regained, and ultimately reimagined its pop-icon status as successfully as MINI.

MITSUBISHI TRITON

Whether choosing rear wheel-drive for urban application or the sophisticated 40/60 split when things get muddy and tricky, the automatic gearbox, even at R20,000 more than the manual six-speed unit, just seems to make more sense with its smooth shifting, well chosen ratios which link up seamlessly with the 2.4-litre turbodiesel.

ASTON MARTIN DB11

The DB11 is as British as they come, which means it carries itself with an air of sophistication and pride that befits the stature of the British race cars of yesteryear.

TOYOTA COROLLA

Last year, the Corolla was the only C-segment sedan that sold well in a declining sedan market – an accolade that Toyota hopes to retain with the facelifted car.

HYUNDAI CRETA

The range-topping turbodiesel Creta fares slightly better against the likes of the Nissan Qashqai 1.6dCi Acenta auto, delivering only 2 kW less power, although, at 260 Nm of torque, it cannot outgun the Qashqai’s 320 Nm.

MITSUBISHI TRITON

In South Africa, bakkies are big business. We tend to look at the competence of any new bakkie through the skewed lens of its sales figures against the figures of the ‘Big Three’ from Toyota, Ford, and Isuzu. But, is this a fair measure of what makes for a great bakkie?