Category Archives: First Drives

FIRST DRIVE: Audi A3 Sedan

FIRST DRIVE: Audi A3 Sedan
As we mentioned in yesterday’s Hyundai Elantra First Drive, small sedans seem to be the done thing this year. Our second launch this week was also a small sedan – the new sedan version of the Audi A3. Are small sedans the new black? Well, we drove a red on at the Audi launch, so probably not. But the A3 sedan was rather a nice little machine, especially in red. What is it? Rather obviously, it is an Audi A3 with a boot. There isn’t really a hell of a lot to say after that, as it ...

FIRST DRIVE: Maserati Quattroporte

FIRST DRIVE: Maserati Quattroporte
Sometimes car companies don’t put much thought into their car names. Take, for example, the Maserati Quattroporte. The name translates literally into “Four Door” in English. This may be a revelation to anyone who hasn’t actually noticed that the car has four doors, but to the rest of us it is blindingly obvious. But Maserati can get away with it because in Italian it sounds musical, it trips off the tongue and dances through the air. “Four Door” is something the Japanese may have called a ...

FIRST DRIVE: Kia Cerato Koup

FIRST DRIVE: Kia Cerato Koup
Traditionally – well, in recent history, at least – small, sporty, two-door cars have been mainly bought by people over 40, with at least half of them being of the female persuasion. That was, of course, until the ...

FIRST DRIVE: BMW X5

FIRST DRIVE: BMW X5
Every time a new BMW X5 is launched there comes the constant reminder from BMW that it is most definitely NOT an SUV. Nope. SUV stands for Sports Utility Vehicle and the X5 most certainly not that. No, apparently the X5 is an SAV or Sports Activity Vehicle. Yes, apparently there IS a difference. To someone in the BMW marketing department, at least. ...