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Makes you remember
how much fun small
cars can be!

Reviewed on 26 Nov 2010 4:10PM
Reviewed by: Heltar
Fuel consumption: 13 km/litre
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The nippy 2 may be small but it contains much fun! For one the driving characteristics of the car tempts you into driving harder than you normally would and it rewards you with a grin on your face. Suspension and steering setup is spot on for a car this size. It makes you wonder how much you lose when you upgrade to a larger family MPV or saloon. The inside is comfortable but a little squeezy but then again that's to be expected from a car this size. The dashboard and stalks are nice to touch and use. Plastics are hard but they are cleanly and simply designed. Overall this is a well sorted supermini!


No Mr. Bond, this
isn't an Aston.

Reviewed on 16 Oct 2010 11:23PM
Reviewed by: Heltar
Fuel consumption: 12 km/litre
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Got to sit in one last thursday and it made me believe once more than you don't have to spend a bomb to look good and feel special. The Laguna shares quite a bit of its looks with cars that come from Aston Martin. The svelte curves and rear lights do really make you take a second look when a car like that drives past. It is classy, understated and simply handsome. The interior betrays the fact that it isn't an Aston. It is reasonably dolled up for a car in this class but it is a little bare for my liking. The plastics and layout are simple and feels a little bit on the cheap side. But then again Renault isnt known for lavish interior dressings. The drive itself is also rather uninspiring. It will take corners and speed but not both together. It does make you feel special driving down the road in something that looks this good but it doesnt make you special when you have the open road and have nothing under the hood to make good use of it. Overall, it is a really good looking car to own. The fact that not many ppl chose to buy a Renault, much less a Laguna, means that you will feel pretty cool owning one.


Neither too hot nor
too cold a HB

Reviewed on 27 Jul 2010 3:11PM
Reviewed by: Heltar
Fuel consumption: 12 km/litre
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The Yaris will probably never top the list as the most desirable hatchback. But it is quite a capable hatch. It looks simple and pleasing to the eye. It does not try to be overtly cute like some of the other HBs in this segment. Chery QQ anyone? The Yaris, I feel, is one of the only, if not THE only compact HB in the lower end segment that a guy can sit in without looking,well, too metrosexual. Performance wise, the thin tires do little to make the drive entertaining. But slap on slightly wider tires and I bet the excitement level will be upped instantly. The steering wheel is on the light side but at least it communicates some feel of the road back to the driver. Perhaps it has more to do with cutting cost of production that makes the Yaris's steering communicative rather than by design. Lesser/cheaper powersteering column = lesser interference btw road and driver. Interior is simple and comfortable. It can carry 5, if you don't mind squeezing a little. It is surprisingly a very practical car for a vehicle of this size. Boot space is also decent. When you think about it, everything abt the Yaris is decent or slightly above average. It does not get the heart racing nor does it really make you hate the car. I suppose it can be considered Toyota's Hallmark - to make inoffensive cars. It is practical and decent to drive. Though no spectacular, the Yaris has its place in the hearts of people who simply want transportation.


Beautiful aggression

Reviewed on 7 Jun 2010 1:06PM
Reviewed by: Heltar
Fuel consumption: 11 km/litre
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I've heard my artist friend comment that the most beautiful cars in the world can be drawn in three lines. And those three lines combine masculinity and femininity. I never quite understood what he said till I laid eyes on the S5. The lines on the car are heart achingly beautiful. And usually that amount of passion is reserved for only the best of Italy's creations. Yet the S5 has svelte lines on the side; the graceful shoulder line that runs below the windows and the bold line at the bottom of the door that underscores it all. The front facia is aggressive but tempered with restraint. It has classic Americana muscle car lines - straight cut air dams and squarish brow. The little V8 badge on the fender panels add a touch of hooliganism too this overall elegant and stylish design. It drives like a monster. 345bhp through all four wheels is an experience indeed. Well this all goes up against the perennial favourite, the BMW335i. I wasn't a fan of the previous gen's Bangle butt and I'm still deciding on the new gen's very plain body work. So for now, the S5 gets my nod of approval and perhaps, my promise of a purchase.

Strengths

Power, plenty of it.
4WD, plenty of traction.
Simple, clean and beautiful lines.