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Toyota RAV4 vs. Volkswagen Tiguan comparison

by Neil Briscoe on 09 Jul 2016

changagoidem Features | Toyota RAV4 vs. Volkswagen Tiguan comparison

It's the battle of the family crossovers, as the handsome new Volkswagen tries to interlope on the territory currently commanded by the strong-selling Toyota.

In the Metal

The recent facelift for the Toyota RAV4 made it look much more interesting than its predecessor, and in some ways it's a very striking SUV. Those slim, angled headlamps, the sharp creases in the bodywork and the jutting lower jaw of the nose should give it an edge over the relatively conventional looking Volkswagen.

And yet, they don't. Partially, this is down to colour. In bright metallic blue or even white I think…

Group B rallying: the madness begins

by Maurice Malone on 09 Jul 2016

changagoidem Features | Group B rallying: the madness begins

In the first of a new series, we investigate the rise and fall of one of motorsport's most exciting and dangerous eras.

Thirty minutes: the timesheets looked sautomobilecely believable and frantic calculation checking ensued. Ominously, the figures were correct. Thirty minutes was the margin that Hannu Mikkola's development Audi Quattro would have beaten its nearest opposition by, if it was running in the main field as opposed to running as a course automobile in a national-level Portuguese event in 1980. Audi, without any real rallying pedigree up to that point, had changed the sport forever.

each of-wheel drive is so…

162 plate kicks off in style

by Neil Briscoe on 08 Jul 2016

changagoidem Features | 162 plate kicks off in style

The 162-registration plate sales fever is in full flight right now and buyers are flocking, so it would seem, to dealers to grab their brand new automobiles. More than 13,000 of us have registered a new automobile in just the first seven days of the month, which officially makes the first week of July a more prosperous seven days for the motor trade than the first week of January. Make no mistake: in the tight, insular world of the automobile trade, that's a monumental shift in buying patterns.

And those customers, you and me, are able to snap new automobiles…

Hyundai Tucson vs. Nissan Qashqai vs. Renault Kadjar

by Dave Humphreys on 04 Jul 2016

changagoidem Features | Hyundai Tucson vs. Nissan Qashqai vs. Renault Kadjar

Nissan's Qashqai arguably started our craze with SUV-lite crossovers and it has taken several years for the other manufacturers to catch up. But catch up they have, as evidenced by the runaway success of the Hyundai Tucson. Here we pitch the best-selling Korean machine with the latest Qashqai and, for good measure, Renault's take on it, the stylish Kadjar.

In the Metal

When it boils down to it there is only a limited number of ways in which a modern day SUV can be packaged. This has led to some quite homogenous silhouettes, but in the case of our three…

BMW M4 Coupe vs. Jaguar F-Type Coupe comparison

by Shane O' Donoghue on 22 Jun 2016

changagoidem Features | BMW M4 Coupe vs. Jaguar F-Type Coupe comparison

Although these automobiles are very different in personality, their pricing pitches them up against one another. Can we choose a favourite?

In the Metal

Both automobiles are two-door coupes, but the visual similarities end there. Where the Jaguar is all feline curves and delicate detailing, the BMW is muscular and aggressive. Because the F-Type doesn't share its basic body shell with any other automobile (as the M4 does with lesser 4 Series Coupes) it stands out as the most special looking, drawing admiring glances from all and sundry. Yet up close, the BMW exhibits obsessive attention to detail by its…

Your automobile awaits, Mr President...

by Neil Briscoe on 18 Jun 2016

changagoidem Features | Your automobile awaits, Mr President...

While we wait, with bated breath and badly-combed-over ginger hair, to see the results of the upcoming US presidential election, it's worth remembering the iconic structure that protects the president's life and which is part bomb shelter, part hospital and all badass. No, not the White House, but the official presidential limousine; the vast, armour-plated Cadillac that is officially known as the Presidential State Automobile, but insiders know best as "The Beast."

In fact, calling it a Cadillac is something of a misnomer. It's actually built on the chassis of a Chevrolet Kodiak, which is what the Americans call a…