CAR December 2021

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.

South Africa
RamsayMedia (PTY) Ltd
12 Issues

in this issue

1 min
from the editor

Greetings CAR readers. This has always been one of my favourite issues. Slightly spent from a busy year, yet brimming with positivity for what lies ahead, we look to the future, contact local PR departments and cast an eye over international media portals to best paint a picture of what the next 12 months of motoring will look like. Elmer Wheeler’s infamous phrase, “You don’t sell the steak, you sell the sizzle,” comes to mind as I leaf through the 2022 Preview (p20). Gloriously sculpted metal compassionately photographed in an ideal setting; as yet unexplored power, performance and efficiency. All 62 featured cars are full of promise. We’re yet to find out if the interior plastics are sub-par; if there’s turbo lag and the drivetrain hunts through its ratios; whether the…

32 min
the starts of 2022

01 ALFA ROMEO TONALE ETA Q4 2022 What is it? Previewed in concept form at the Geneva Motor Show in 2019 and set for an official world reveal in March 2022, the Tonale will slot into the Alfa Romeo stable beneath the Stelvio and will feature a plug-in hybrid powertrain with full-electric mode. Production-spec details are thin on the ground at this stage but it’s believed the Tonale will be underpinned by the EMP2 modular platform from the Peugeot 3008 and a choice of 1,4-litre turbopetrol (125 kW) or 1,3-litre petrol plug-in hybrid with an 11,4 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that’s good for 140 kW and an all electric range of roughly 42 km. Why we’re excited There’s been much talk of Alfa Romeo’s demise but the marque – now under the stewardship of the…

1 min
the full list*

Q1 Audi E-Tron Audi E-Tron Sportback Audi E-Tron GT/RS E-Tron GT BMW iX3 BMW i4 BMW 2 Series Coupé Bentley Continental GT Speed Fiat 500X Sport Cabriolet Hyundai Kona N Hyundai i30 N DCT Jeep Compass Isuzu D-Max Kia Sonet 1,0 T-GDi Kia Sorento Kia Carnival Lexus NX Maserati MC20 Mazda CX-5 Nissan Qashqai Opel Grandland Opel Mokka Porsche 911 GT3 Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT Renault Clio Subaru Forester Volvo XC60 Volkswagen Polo/GTI Volkswagen Golf R Volkswagen Tiguan R Q2 Audi RS3 Sportback and Sedan Ferrari 296 GTB Hyundai Tucson Kia Sportage Lexus LX McLaren 765 LT Spider Mercedes-Benz EQA Mercedes-Benz EQB Mercedes-Benz EQS Range Rover Renault Captur Rolls-Royce Ghost Black Badge Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace Q3 Aston Martin Valhalla Ferrari 812 Competizione Honda HR-V Honda BR-V Maserati Grecale Subaru WRX Toyota GR 86 Volkswagen Taigo Q4 Alfa Romeo Tonale Jeep Grand Cherokee McLaren Artura Rolls-Royce Spectre 2022 TBC Ford Ranger Hyundai Alcazar Kia EV6 Mercedes-AMG EQS 53 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Maybach Mitsubishi ASX, Eclipse Cross Pajero Sport and Triton *Please note this list is in no way exhaustive and dates may be impacted by COVID-19-related production and delivery delays. Unfortunately, GWM/Haval and Suzuki were unable to give…

11 min
c-level rising

GarethD_CARmag MilemanMedia Engine: 2,0-litre, 4-cyl, turbodiesel + 48V mild hybrid Transmission: 9-speed automatic Power: 195 kW @3 800 r/min Torque: 550 N.m @1 800 r/min 0-100 km/h: 5,70 seconds* Top speed: 250 km/h Fuel consumption: 5,00 L/100 km* CO2 : 132 g/km Rivals: Audi A4, 3 Series, Lexus IS + strikingly styled inside and out; impressive refinement; effortless cruising ability - adaptive suspension leans towards comfort rather than agility When Mercedes-Benz South Africa invited us for an exclusive first drive on local soil of the W206 C-Class at its East London plant, it would be the latest instalment in a history of quality cars produced locally for a discerning global market. The facility opened in 1950, with marques as diverse as Nash, Packard, Fiat and Auto Union rolling out of the factory door. In 1958,…

1 min
keeping options open

ADVANCED PACKAGE (NO COST OPTION) • Avantgarde interior styling package • Avantgarde exterior package • Folding rear seatbacks • Thermatic Individual climate control • USB package • Central display ADVANCED-PLUS PACKAGE – R21 000 Adds the following to Advanced package: • Driver display • Wireless charging • Illuminated door sill panels • Ambient lighting PREMIUM PACKAGE – R62 000 Adds the following to Advanced package + Advanced-plus package: • Memory package • MBUX Navigation Premium • Parking package with 360-degree camera PREMIUM-PLUS PACKAGE – R118 000 • Digital headlamps • Head-up display • Thermotronic automatic climate control • USB package plus (6 x USB-C ports, 2 x 12V sockets) • MBUX augmented reality OTHER OPTIONS • Rear-axle steering – R22 400 • Head-up display – R22 000 • MBUX Navigation Premium – R13 900 • Panoramic sunroof – R22 900 • AMG Line exterior styling package – R54 000 NB: All prices correct at time of going to print and…

6 min
land cruiser of plenty

@MarkSamuel_ZA Price: R1 811 900 Engine: 3,3-litre V6 turbodiesel Transmission: 10-speed automatic Power: 225 kW @4 000 r/min Torque: 700 N.m @1 600-2 600 r/min 0-100 km/h: n/a Top speed: 210 km/h Fuel consumption: 8,90 L/100 km* CO² : 238 g/km Rivals: Land Rover Defender 110; Mercedes-Benz G-Class, Nissan Patrol + supreme off-road capabilities; smooth suspension; on-road comfort; interior spaciousness - pricey; availability constraints Based on reputation alone, there aren’t too many four-wheel-drive vehicles I’d entrust with my life. When it comes down to it, is there anything that matters more than a vehicle’s track record? What’s come before speaks volumes about quality, durability and reliability. It gives us a pretty accurate sense of what to expect from a new model because it tells us if a manufacturer knows what they’re doing. In the world…