The BMW 5 Series: The All-Rounder from Germany

“Simply put, the 520d Luxury Line has middle child syndrome. Slightly better than its smaller brother, but not as good as its older brother. No matter how hard it may try.”

I know Germany isn’t known for being a cricket nation, so perhaps its best for me to use a football analogy that works along the parallels of Germany: Football. The 5-Series in my eyes is seen as the box-to-box midfielder which often goes unnoticed compared to its higher end counterparts in the form of the M5 and M6 respectively. You will understand my reasoning soon…

Parking Lot SA recently reviewed the BMW 520d alongside SA’s most visited online motoring marketplace AutoTrader. The WesBank South African Car of the Year finalist is very impressive, considering the price and features you get. Needless to say, the model we had on the day was fitted with all the luxury-line extras which made for a pleasurable day of driving and filming. Continue reading “The BMW 5 Series: The All-Rounder from Germany”

Wherever you go, Aygo

DRIVEN: Toyota Aygo

Last weekend I got the chance to road test, and review, the Toyota Aygo in sunny Johannesburg. Let’s get the nitty-gritty figures, and information, out the way and then I can get into my thoughts about the small hatch.

Toyota Aygo Rear End

 

159 000 of your hard-earned South African Rands would be needed to get yourself the 1 litre, three cylinder, 5-speed manual Aygo. Air-conditioning comes standard along with a Bluetooth, USB Port and AUX input on a (great) on-board computer radio system. You also get four speaker stereo system which is more than decent.

My thoughts

The small, one litre, engine packs quite the punch. It is perfect for inner city drivers which offers a firm – but comfortable – ride. To be honest, in the city, at low speeds, it performs almost as well as a 1.2 or 1.4 litre engine. Between the speeds of 45-100 km/h it would definitely compete with the bigger engines. On the inclines however, it performs like Joe Allen’s Liverpool career; a load of potential which fades into mediocrity and a sense of frustration on what could have been. Continue reading “Wherever you go, Aygo”