February 2022

CAR is Southern Africa’s leading automotive-interest magazine – and has been since 1957. It’s aimed at petrol-heads of all ages looking for, expert reviews, road tests, driving impressions of the latest models available and great motoring content from the country’s leading motoring journalists.

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1 min
from the editor

Greetings CAR readers. If the start of 2022 has you suffering from a bout of Janu-worry – what with the economic uncertainty of yet another year disrupted by the pandemic, currency volatility and record-high fuel prices and inflation – we’ve got you covered on the motoring front. This month we test six family SUVs that err on the affordable and frugal side. The first quartet is of the compact varietal: the Ford EcoSport, Nissan Magnite, Kia Sonet and Suzuki Vitara Brezza. They form part of our mini-SUV Group Test on page 68. Which one gets our vote? Then we delve into upsized SUVs in the form of the new VW Tiguan R-Line and perennially underrated Jaguar F-Pace. It’s not all sensible consumer advice, though. For the aspirational sort, we’ve driven two…

4 min
v12 symph ony

motorscribe & SeanParker Sean_ParkerSA A new Ferrari is always a big deal, but one that marks a return to the idea of analogue driving pleasure makes us sit up and pay attention. Don’t expect a manual gearbox, though, it’s not that analogue. The car in question is the new Daytona SP3, the latest in an exclusive series of models that Ferrari refers to as its Icona line. The first were the windscreen-less Monza SP1 and SP2, but their lack of protection from the elements meant many potential owners would have been unwilling to drive them on public roads. Mercifully, Ferrari chose not to do the same with the Daytona SP3 and, while 499 have been allocated to Icona line owners, a further 100 will be made available for those people who wanted but…

2 min
cayman to the max

Racecar for the road, anyone? Porsche has upped the ante of its phenomenal Cayman GT4 by releasing an RS version that slots into the flagship position … or should that be pole position? The power comes courtesy of a naturally aspirated 4,0-litre flat-six engine used in the 911 GT3 Cup car and the road-going 911 GT3, which produces 368 kW and 450 N.m of torque with a rev limit of 9 000 r/min. With a kerb weight of 1 415 kg, the new model will sprint from zero to 100 km/h in 3,4 seconds and top out at 315 km/h. This model will only be available with the brand’s seven-speed PDK, sorry purists. Porsche confirmed its track-orientated credentials when the GT4 achieved a startlingly quick Nürburgring Nordschleife lap time of…

2 min
can’t agya with this

Toyota is placing its bets on a funky nameplate that many associate locally with their first newcar purchase. For 2022, the Aygo X rides slightly higher but is still very much a small city runabout. Measuring 3 700 mm, it’s 235 mm longer than the model it replaces. With this increase in size, the new model offers an extra 90 mm in wheelbase, while the front overhang has been decreased by 72 mm. Overall width has increased by 125 mm to 1 740 mm but the sub-compact crossover boasts a tight turning circle of 4,7 m. Thanks to the wider body, the front seats have moved 20 mm further apart, which increases shoulder space by 45 mm. The luggage space is a claimed 60 litres while the utility space is…

2 min
family of 5

Volkswagen’s ID range has added a new coupé-SUV to its electric inventory, spearheaded by a 222 kW ID5 GTX model (pictured). The rakish look of the ID5’s exterior is easy to differentiate from the ID4, particularly when viewed in profile. Like the ID3 and ID4, the new ID5 is manufactured at VW’s Zwickau plant and both models are carbon-neutral on delivery to the customer. Set to go on sale internationally this year, it is based upon the company’s modular electric drive matrix (MEB) that underpins all of the current ID range and is scalable for future models. Boot space is a claimed 549 litres and the ID5 can carry five adult passengers. The more powerful ID5 GTX model was announced simultaneously. The difference between the two derivatives sees the ID5 utilising…

2 min
authentic sustainability

South Korean carmaker, Kia, has unveiled its second electric SUV. The Concept EV9 made its debut at AutoMobility in LA, and the company is aiming to achieve its goal of carbon neutrality by 2045. Models like the Concept EV9 and EV6 are a sign it is confidently heading towards that goal. The EV9 SUV is built on Kia’s advanced Electric Global Modular Platform (E-GMP). The design is inspired by nature, using upcycled materials developed from waste in the ocean’s fragile ecosystem. The EV9 was penned with Kia’s new “Opposites United” design philosophy in mind, with a focus on “Bold for Nature.” Of course, the latter could mean many interesting and exciting things, but the focus is on being adventurous, outgoing and recreational, its proportions give the impression of a three-row SUV…