When the Toyota RAV4 first appeared in 1994, it was one of a very few number of small crossover SUVs. Back then, the Corolla-based RAV4 was meant to be a compromise between a hardcore off-roader and a small sedan. While it managed to strike a good balance between the two, there was no denying that it was made on a budget – carrying probably one of the least-inviting interiors of any car. However, fast-forward to 2013 and things have changed quite a bit. Not only is there a seemingly limitless choice for small crossover SUVs, but the new RAV4 feels like a completely different vehicle to its ancestor.
While the design of the new RAV4 isn’t revolutionary, nor does it leave people stunned by its beauty, the sharp angles are well-executed and give it a very contemporary look. Compared to the original RAV4 it’s also bigger in size too, which helps create extra space in the interior. While the car is bigger than its ancestor, it is still a small-sized SUV – it feels like a hatchback with a high driving position.
You might have already seen online photo leaks of them, but what are possibly one of the most anticipated cars of the decade have been officially uncovered – the BMW M3 Saloon and M4 Coupe.
What used to be the M3 coupe is now the M4 Coupe, carrying on BMW’s new agenda of naming their coupes after even numbers. Apart from the new model designation for the coupe, the new M3 and M4 now use a turbocharged inline-six engine rather than the high-revving naturally-aspirated V8 engine from the previous M3.
After much anticipation and pre-reveal leaks, the 2015 Ford Mustang was finally uncovered this week, and in turn has made it as this week’s standout car.
The new Mustang is a blend of brand new and familiar elements. Starting with the new, there’s a new 2.3-litre four-cylinder engine that will be the base engine option when the Mustang officially goes on sale next year in Europe, as well as a new independent rear suspension.
One of my personal favourite roads is doing one lap around Lake Geneva. It’s a mix of driving through scenic roads, little towns and villages, as well as the occasional open and empty stretches. You basically start from Geneva and head to Montreux, then into France and onto Evian, then back into Geneva again. In total it’s around 172km, and considering that I haven’t done this wonderful route in years, I was very thrilled to be able to do it in the highly-praised Ford Fiesta ST.
Looking at this “Race Red” Ford Fiesta ST, it’s definitely a car that’s eye-catching. Its 17-inch wheels, low stance and roof spoiler add to that sporty look too. Despite the bright colour, it doesn’t make the driver seem like a desperate attention seeker, and it shouldn’t bring the driver any shame if they were to pull up at a dinner reception or posh restaurant. It’s also the kind of car that seems at home everywhere, whether it’s in a millionaire’s garage or a street parking outside a waiter’s apartment.