This has been a very good week for the Wheels24 team with regards to road tests and new vehicle reviews.
It’s not every day that you get to drive one of the finest sports cars on the planet. Wheels24 editor, Janine van der Post, got behind the wheel of a Lamborghini Huracán EVO. The prospect and excitement surrounding the experience got Van der Post looking forward to the experience she’s been dreaming about since being a little girl.
She wrote: "When I was a little girl and didn't know much about cars, there was one brand that stirred emotions in my soul that I could not comprehend. Now decades later, I had the chance to drive a new Lamborghini."
The Huracán EVO sells for R5.5-million and is powered by a 5.2-litre V10 engine. The motor develops 470kW and 600Nm, with all of the power sent to all four wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.
0-100km/h is cleared in 2.9 seconds, while top speed is rated at 325km/h.
Image: Lamborghini / Peet Mocke
Citroën C3 AirCross
Wheels24’s Charlen Raymond spent time with the C3 AirCross recently. This model forms part of Citroën’s relaunch to the South African market, and is an integral part of the automaker’s attempt at winning back customers.
The C3 AirCross is powered by a 1.2-litre engine. Producing 811kW and 205Nm, the three-cylinder motor delivers maximum torque from 1500rpm.
Raymond wrote: "The turbocharged motor’s (power) is adequate for application in this car. On the road, the engine feels somewhat delayed to throttle inputs, despite the torque being available at a lowly 1500rpm."
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The model we had on test was the Shine derivative, sitting at the top of the entire C3 range.
Raymond concludes his thoughts on the C3 AirCross by saying: "This crossover is a left-field option in a segment filled with the likes of Volkswagen T-Cross and, to a degree, the Hyundai Venue. It is not a bad option to consider and it should give consumers food for thought on what the market has to offer."
2020 Citroën C3 AirCross. Image: Wheels24 / Charlen Raymond
Volkswagen GTI long-term wrap
Wheels24’s Sean Parker was the custodian of our long-term Volkswagen Golf GTI. Over the past 12 months, Parker truly put South Africa’s favourite hot hatch through its paces and came away impressed after every test.
With the GTI’s time at Wheels24 having drawn to a close, Parker reflects on why the car left such an impression on him and why it’s such a hit among South Africans.
He wrote: "The GTI handles superbly well for a front-wheel drive car and offers supreme levels of grip. It's the grip and a lovely weighted steering feel that gave me lots of confidence when driving enthusiastically.
"The GTI is a car that rewards the driver. It's a car that implores the driver to become a better driver and push it further."
The Golf GTI is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine that develops 165kW and 350Nm. It sells from R568 600.
2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI. Image: Wheels24 / Charlen Raymond
Mercedes-AMG C 63 S
Raymond also had the opportunity to spend a few extra days with the C 63 S AMG and opted to take the brawny Mercedes on an in-land road trip. Covering a variety of roads, the C 63 S impressed in a number of ways, and its burly V8 engine kept on ticking without missing a beat.
This Mercedes-AMG is powered by a bi-turbo 4.0-litre V8 engine that kicks out 375kW and 700Nm. While not ideally suited to road trips, especially with that very sporty suspension setup, the car nonetheless did its part to contribute to a memorable trip.
Raymond wrote: "Cars like the Mercedes-AMG C 63 S are not your ordinary, run-of-the-mill road trip cars; they’re just too… compromised. […] Fuel consumption and stiff suspension aside, this car impressed all round.
"It created smiles more than I thought it would, and it showed that serious performance sedans could double as cross-country road trip machines."
2020 Mercedes-AMG C 63 S. Image: Lauren Fredericks
Mitsubishi ASX 2.0 CVT
Parker also drove the recently-updated Mitsubishi ASX. Two models make up the revised range – a manual and an automatic, of which the latter came in for scrutineering.
One of the standout features regarding the ASX CVT was its price. In his review Parker notes that he estimated a price between R450 000 and R500 000, but that it actually was a smidgen under R400 000! (R399 995, to be precise.)
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Parker said: “It's a really comfortable car to move around the city in, offering good ride comfort thanks to its fully-independent suspension. I found the seats very comfortable and a short drive to Gordon's Bay from the Cape Town CBD proved to be an effortless jaunt with hardly any wind noise creeping into the cabin.”
The ASX range is powered by naturally-aspirated 2.0-litre engine that delivers 110kW and 197Nm.