Category: Volkswagen

VW Polo Beats – Great sound for your travels

The VW Polo is probably one of the most popular cars on South Africa roads, especially with the young generation.  It’s a small hatch, its German – which makes it extremely reliable and its reasonably priced.

A problem that I find with these little hatchbacks is that the audio quality is never great. The majority of people that drive these cars are young adults, many young adults love music, especially when cruising around and on road trips. Whether it’s hip-hop, Jazz, Pop, Dubstep, Classical ( everyone has room for a little bit of classical), there is nothing worse when you pump up the volume and with that increase comes distortion, crackle, and hiss. You wanted to listen to your favourite tracks on your way to work. Instead, it sounds more like firework show on New Year’s Eve, not great.

VW have fixed this issue by teaming up with Beats Audio. You know, those bright pink, red, yellow, orange, black, and white colored earphones you see the hip kids and “cool Dad’s” wearing. Beats Audio knows their stuff when it comes to sound and in conjunction with VW, has introduced the Polo Beats – a VW Polo with seven speaker – 300 Watt sound system.

Here is the not so good part, The Polo Beats differs from other Polo’s with different 16” wheels, red door mirrors, dark red tail lights, beats side film and a beats badge on the b-pillar.  After looking at the images, it doesn’t look as bad as first thought. The interior also has changed with  Beats sports seats and a few other bits such as a leather steering wheel and coloured seatbelts. In fairness, it looks pretty good.  Personally, this should have also been available as an option extra rather than a sperate model; I’m sure the whole Beats branding might put a few people off.

It will, however, be an optional extra in the new VW UP released later this year. We may see it as an optional extra in future Polo models. Not everyone wants red wing mirrors.


The Polo Beats comes in at R260,700




Volkswagen South Africa’s new launched Passat, is it a game-changer?

Not just a great personality: Volkswagen South Africa’s new Passat.

Most people have experienced what it’s like to be set up with a potential boyfriend or girlfriend. It’s awkward and uncomfortable. When this happens, there is usually a build up to the first “date” and this build up often involves a great deal of selling. Your friend or friends that are facilitating all this tell you about all the good things and they omit the bad. At this point, it’s a known fact that if the phrase “he/she has a great personality” is the biggest selling point, chances are the person you’re being set up with is not good looking. We’re not supposed to be shallow in life and focus purely on beauty, but it’s always easier to get to know somebody who is easy on the eyes. The person does not need to look like a model, but it’s nice to see that he/she tries to do the best with what they’ve got.

This has been part of the problem for Volkswagen South Africa when it comes to the Passat over the years. The car has always been the one in its segment with “the great personality” and as a result in South Africa, it’s always battled to get a date to the matric ball. As mentioned before we shouldn’t be shallow when looking for relationships but when it comes to cars, we have every right to be. A car needs to have a want factor, something that makes you say “that’s hot” and the Passat has lacked that over the years. Not to say it’s been an ugly car, but it can be likened to the introverted girl or guy who doesn’t put much effort in presenting themselves to others in an appealing way. This has been the opposite with its competitors, the “big three” who have always made an effort to be dolled up and present themselves as the “cool kids”, making them the popular ones in school or in this case, the roads.

The new Passat has been launched by Volkswagen South Africa recently and it has undergone an extreme makeover. The nerdy glasses have been replaced with contact lenses, the old polo neck and sweatpants have been done away with and replaced with a new wardrobe. The results? A car that makes you say “that’s hot”. This is especially the case when the new Passat is kitted with the R-Line Package, this package acts as the little black dress that makes everyone look. The “think new” slogan that’s marketed with the new Passat shows that Volkswagen has thought deeply about the importance of creating a “want one” factor for the car, something the likes of Mercedes, BMW and Audi have accomplished over the years with their cars.

So we’ve established that the car looks good, but besides that, what’s new in the B8 Passat? Everything. The car is built on the MQB platform, which makes it lighter through the use of more lightweight materials such as metals found in the engine and suspension. The total weight difference between the new and old model is 85 kg’s. Despite the car’s new physique, it’s longer on the inside yet shorter on the outside as well as lower than the car it replaces. As a result the car offers great interior space for its five occupants. The extra space comes with a great view as the cabin is a great place to sit in physically and aesthetically, with modern lines and good quality materials creating a premium feel.

To add to the interior experience, the new Passat comes with a host of new features which modernise the car even further. One of the most notable being the optional Active Info Display which is a fully digital instrument cluster that offers the driver various modes to view such as  navigation, entertainment and economy. The cluster adapts to whatever mode it’s set in and is automated with the centre 6.5 inch colour infotainment system which comes standard with Bluetooth. The option of Head Up Display is also available in the Passat, which enhances the technological prowess of the car too.

Since the new Volkswagen Passat has undergone such drastic changes, does it mean that the car has lost its great personality? Not at all. The new Passat retains a comfortable ride quality but adds some nifty driving aids such as Automatic Multi Collision Braking System (which applies the brakes on the car after an accident has occurred to prevent a secondary collision), Adaptive Cruise Control and Driver Alert System. Driver Profile Selection is standard on all Passat’s, allowing you to choose between economy, sport, normal and individual mode to suit your driving style.

The engines in the Passat are very refined and quiet, with a 1.4 TSI (110 kW), 1.8 TSI (132 kW) and the current flagship 2.0 TSI (162 kW) being the choices to choose from at the moment. A 2.0 TDI option will be available mid 2016. The current offering is well matched to the car, with all the engines providing enough power to get the car moving smoothly and comfortably. All models except the 1.4 TSI are fitted with the DSG gearbox as standard, with the 2.0 TSI being given the faster 6- Speed DSG found in the Golf GTI. In the case of the 2.0 TSI, the Golf GTI DNA has been imprinted in the car, giving it a sporty edge that the other engines cannot match.

The 2.0 TSI also comes as standard with lovely the R-Line package, but the R-Line kit is available from the 1.4 TSI up-words. The new Passat’s handling characteristics are impressive, combining suppleness with sportiness very well. At speed the vehicle is quiet, giving you the illusion that you’re doing much slower speeds than you really are. Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) which adjusts vehicle damping is standard in the top of the range 2.0 TSI which also comes standard with the XDS limited slip differential to improve handling dynamics. The 2.0 TSI is a sure rival for the likes of the BMW 330i, the Mercedes C300 and the recently launched Lexus IS 200t. Whereas the other models are sure to create some competition for the big three’s lower end models.

Overall the new Passat is a wonderful vehicle in its segment. It has already claimed the title of Eurpean Car of The Year 2015 which speaks for the car immensely. This comes as no surprise as the car offers a great deal of features and quality for the segment it operates in. The new Passat also happens to be priced competitively compared to its rivals. Being that as it is, the deciding factor is how the market receives this new Passat in South Africa. Has it managed to get out of the “old man” stigma it has carried for a long time now? We certainly think so. Now it’s up to Volkswagen South Africa to market the car as something hot and not the fact that it only has a great personality. If they can succeed in changing people’s perception of the Passat, maybe people can finally see that blind dates aren’t always a bad thing.



1.4 TSI Comfortline 110kW Manual                                                                                R378 800

1.4 TSI Comfortline 110kW DSG                                                                                     R398 800

1.8 TSI Highline 132kW DSG                                                                                           R444 200

2.0 TSI R-Line 162kW DSG                                                                                              R476 800

Volkswagen Polo Sedan: Jetta, is that you?

The new Volkswagen Polo sedan has been revised.

The breakdown:

The Volkswagen Polo sedan has been around for a while now, with its popular baby brother stealing all the lime light, it has been the “ugly duckling” of the range. Well the folks at VW have splashed some water on the face of the car and it looks…like a Jetta. This not a bad thing considering that the Jetta is not a bad looking car, neither is it impractical. The same goes for the Volkswagen Polo sedan, it offers great space for someone who wants a Polo but has many kids, or dogs, or anything that requires a large boot.

The good news is with this update, the Polo sedan now comes with a 3 year/ 45 000kms service plan mahala (free). Also if a diesel VW is your thing (touchy subject), the 1.6 litre TDI is no longer, it is replaced by a 1.5 TDI producing the same power of 77 kW.

The pricing of the range is as follows:

1.4 63kW Trendline R189 900

1.4 63kW Comfortline R207 900

1.6 77kW Trendline R204 900

1.6 77kW Comfortline R219 900

1.6 77kW Comfortline Tiptronic R234 900

1.5 77kW TDI Comfortline R247 200

Do you love cars or do you want to get to work?: The new Suzuki Ciaz.

Feature Friday: Suzuki’s answer to those looking for an affordable Sedan, the Ciaz.

Keep-It-Simple-Stupid. This is a phrase that has been told to many and said by many, for good reason too. When things get complicated especially in cars, it detracts from the purpose of a car being a car. There’s nothing worse than a car that drives terribly but tries to distract you with gimmicks to hide the fact that it’s a rubbish car. Good thing nowadays there aren’t many new cars that are very terrible. Then again you do get some cars that make you wonder why the manufacturer put more emphasis on the sound system than the gearbox.

The Suzuki Ciaz 1.4 GL is a car that uses the K.I.S.S. philosophy. It doesn’t try wow you in any way, but it’s very effective in its purpose, that of being a good quality sedan. You get two types of people in the car buying world, those who love cars and those who want to get to work. The majority of people want to get to work but that doesn’t mean that they don’t require some creature comforts such as Bluetooth, a solid ride and good build quality. For those looking at those qualities in a car whilst needing some space at the same time, the Ciaz will tick all the boxes. The biggest box the Suzuki Ciaz will tick, is the price box. With a starting price of R180 000 you can’t disagree that this car is probably one of the best priced cars in its segment.

This makes me think of Pick n Pay’s no-name brand items. To be honest, If you gave me a glass of no-name brand milk versus a glass of Clover Milk, I wouldn’t be able to tell you the difference. At the same time if you placed both products in front of me and asked me which one I thought was better, I would probably say the Clover milk. Why? Because since I was little boy, each time I opened the fridge the only milk I would see is Clover milk, so automatically I think it’s the best. That’s the biggest problem in South Africa, we’re too used to brand names so in terms of sedans, we think something other than the “Big Three” isn’t any good. The reality is that there are good cars out there that are spacious and comfortable at half the price.

Obviously the brands that are regarded as the sedan staples in South Africa offer more in terms of performance, comfort and prestige. Those cars are in a different league, they are premium brands but the attributes they have don’t come for free. That is why you will pay double for those cars. The “big three” can be regarded as organic milk, yes it has more nutrients, but normal milk won’t stop you from eating your Corn-Flakes. Many health fanatics only drink organic milk, which is okay if you can afford it, but some may not be willing to pay R40 for 2 litres of milk, or it may be out of their budget to do so.

The same goes with cars, what about those individuals who aren’t in the market for a premium sedan? Those who simply want reliability and spaciousness at a good price? For those who want to simply eat their Corn-Flakes, they have great choices such as the Volkswagen Polo Sedan, Honda Ballade and Chevrolet Cruze. These cars offer just that and they compete directly with the Suzuki Ciaz in terms of price and specification. The Ciaz definitely holds its own against these cars. the fact is that the Suzuki Ciaz 1.4 GL or GLX will not implode if you drive it quickly, it responds well for a car larger car with a 1.4 litre engine. The car will also not refuse to turn a corner properly. The safety belts will not fall off in an accident and the large boot will not reject your groceries, in fact many things will be welcomed in the boot. This car is the direct answer to an affordable sedan.

If you’re looking in this segment of car, you need to decide what kind of client you are. Do you love cars or do you want to get to work? For some it may have always been a dream to drive one of the “big three”. If you part of that group and want the status that comes with driving a brand name, buy the brand and pay the premium. If you’re a more simple person and you want a car that operates in a different segment but is still spacious, comfortable and gets you from A to B, the Suzuki Ciaz should be one of your top picks. The choice is yours.


Baby firecracker – Audi A1 1.8 TFSI S-Line

Feature Friday: We drive the Audi A1 1.8 TFSI S-Line

It’s funny what perception does to the human brain and driving the Audi A1 1.8 TFSI made me realise that. This car is essentially a Volkswagen Polo GTI with a different body on it. Same engine producing 141KW and 250Nm, same 7-speed DSG gearbox and even the same noise that comes out of the exhaust pipes. That being said, since the packaging is different, the A1 commands a different level of respect. Why? The Audi is a premium brand, that’s why.

Does premium really matter?

A premium brand automatically carry’s more street credibility, especially amongst the target market that these small hot hatches appeal to. One can liken it to fashion. An Edgars suit can be made from the exact same fabric that a Woolworths suit is made from, but because Woolworths is Woolworths, one would generally gravitate toward that brand. There is absolutely nothing wrong with the suit from Edgars but when someone says “nice suit, where did you get it from?” it rolls off the tongue nicer to say “Country Road from Woolworths” doesn’t it?

All these analogies may seem quite trivial but as previously mentioned, for the clients buying these cars, it matters. That is why in the world of branding, packaging counts and the S-Line package is a very nice package indeed. Just looking at the car gives you the impression that it means business, the rear spoiler, the beefy bumpers and that red centre piece on the bottom of the front bumper make this little A1 look like a baby RS Audi. The silhouette of the Sportback A1 is longer due to two the added rear doors, that further enhances the look of the car making it more imposing in stature.

Is it practical?

The added two doors aren’t just for looks though, they add greatly to the practicality of the car. As cool as you look driving in the A1 S-Line, coming out of the rear when it’s a two door is never charming. The space in the rear is also much better in Sportback guise, making it definitely the one to go for. Although the car is geared for performance, comfort is not compromised. Even at speed the car sits firmly on the road giving you a feeling confidence behind the wheel but without braking your back, something it’s rival the Mini Cooper S is guilty of unfortunately. Technology wise like all other Audi’s, the sound system is superb, packing enough of a punch to annoy your neighbours as you drive in to your home if you live in a complex or an estate. Bluetooth and USB are available and the pop up infotainment screen can be closed into the dashboard for a flush look to the cabin.

Does it go fast?

As previously mentioned the car looks ready to fight, but does it deliver on its looks though? In short, yes. The long of it is this – the A1 1.8 TFSI gives you three options in terms of vehicle characteristic settings. You have a choice of an Eco, Comfort and Dynamic mode. After spending a few days with the vehicle I learned how to get the most out of it. The Dynamic setting was the best but the gearbox was better in Manual mode with me up-shifting and down-shifting myself as opposed to Sport mode which decides for you which gear is best. The only flaw I can fault Audi on with this car is the fact that you don’t have paddles at the back of the steering wheel to change gears as you would have had in it’s sibling the Polo GTI. The fact is that as much as this car shares many similarities with the Polo GTI, the Polo is not its direct rival. The BMW 118i Sport and the aforementioned Mini Cooper S are, as they play in the more premium segment too.

It’s only when you make that realisation do you see why the A1 is priced at R390 000. the options in the one I drove retailed the car at R440 000 due to navigation, S-Line kit and Sunroof and Bi-Xenon headlamps as added options. The A1’s rivals depending on specification are priced very similarly too, so if you’re looking to purchase a small hot hatch be prepared to pay.

It is worth it?

That is a tough question, as there are many factors to look at. I feel that it depends on the client, most people I know who drive cars like the new Mini Cooper S are clients who drive bigger cars but seek a small fast run around. So for a client like that an extra R50 000 isn’t a big deal. The truth is, if you’re looking for value for money there are other options in the R400 000 price bracket that could convince you to either buy the A1 or not. That being said, the A1 1.8 TFSI makes for a very good little fast car, it’s a great all rounder and an exciting little car to pilot everyday. If you do buy one and are annoyed that you paid a lot for it, all you have to do is look at it and you may feel better. Happy Feature Friday Motorists.

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South Africa says hello to Brabus

Modded Monday: Brabus is officially available in South Africa

Walking into Daytona is like walking into the equivalent of a candy store for petrolheads. One the one side, you have the choice of various Mini’s and BMW’s, raging from M models to the eco-friendly I-stable. One the other side you have Aston Martin and Rolls Royce, the two most suave car brands out there. Then lastly, in the middle, there is the McLaren and Daytona showroom, which is always stocked full with different types of exotics. At Daytona, there is a division called Daytona Customs, this part of the company caters specifically for those who want a little bit more in terms of exclusivity. If more is what a client wants, then more is what they will get at Daytona. As of last week Daytona was happy to announce that Mercedes Benz Clients wanting more, had to look no further since Daytona is the now sole official importer and distributor of Brabus in South Africa.

What does that mean for Mercedes Benz clients?   

This means that a Mercedes Benz client can customize their car with Brabus parts, which is world renown for its quality and craftsmanship. The modifications include exterior parts such as body kits, wheels and suspension kits, interior parts and last but not least, exhaust system. All of the highest quality. The aim of these modifications is to enhance the assets of Mercedes Benz’s and still maintain the car’s classy nature.

What this does for the South African Modifications industry.

In South Africa modifying vehicles is a big business, one that is popular among different ages, races and genders too. The issue about modifying cars is that there is a negative association with this because often times, certain modifications are done without the right knowledge. As a result there have been numerous issues that have happened to modified cars and vehicle manufacturers have generally been against modifying due to the risks associated with it. On the other hand, if modifications are administered properly to cars by trained professionals that can guarantee that the car will function properly in day to day scenarios, the risks are reduced of things going wrong.

Slowly but surely, viable solutions are being put in place for certified modifying to happen in South Africa, which is great for local clients looking to customize their cars without risk. For BMW there is Schnitzer, for Volkswagen there is Oettinger and now for Mercedes Benz there is Brabus. This shows that if the right steps are followed, tuning brands and manufacturers can meet half way, creating great solutions for clients seeking something different. Daytona is one of the companies at the forefront of making collaborations like this happen and we hear that there will be more options like this available in the near future. We welcome this progression in the modifications industry and we are excited for what is in store in the near future from Daytona and other companies run by enthusiasts. Happy Modded Monday Motorists.



No it’s not a Golf R, it’s an R-Line Package

Modded Monday: Volkswagen’s R- Line Package

As any car lover would do, I was driving the other day and I spotted a Golf with big bumpers and shiny wheels. Automatically I thought to myself “nice work buddy, a Golf R is always a good choice”, until I drove closer to this car and realised it was not in fact a Golf R. This Volkswagen Golf was a normal TSI dressed in a kit that made it look sportier, very similar to the Golf R. Volkswagen have officially introduced the R-Line Package into their Golf models and even the Beetle too. Yes, the beetle. I’m sure the decision makers at Volkswagen have heard the public’s pleas to make the Beetle look more masculine and they’ve listened.

For the Golf, the R-Line Package is basically different front and rear bumpers, a rear spoiler, a badge, a diffuser and 17 inch mags if you have a Comfortline or 18 inch mags if you have a Highline. This treatment turns your Golf from looking nice, to a Golf R look alike which is a bit more than nice, it’s hot. As for the Beetle, the R-Line package give the car the same treatment but instead of 17 or 18 inch wheels, you get 19 inch wheels for your bug including a sport suspension. All these extra bits and bobs for a mere R12 500 on both cars? Now that’s a very sweet deal. If I was buying one of these cars, I would much rather opt for the R-Line Package and leave something else out at that price, I’m sure most people will do the same.

It’s nice to see that manufacturers are buying into the modifying aspect of new cars, whether it’s aesthetics or performance. Packages like the R-Line Package will surely encourage younger audiences to specify their cars with these kits during the buying process instead of getting tasteless body kits installed through after-market tuners. All in the name of keeping it in the family whilst keeping the client happy. Good job Volkswagen, Good job.

New VW Scirocco receives a heart transplant

Modded Monday: New VW Scirocco gets modified

Customers looking to buy a sporty new car, specifically a sporty new VW often had a conundrum on their hands.  Do they go for the more practical Golf GTI which gives you the power, the boot space and the legroom, or do they go for the Scirocco that was less practical than the Golf in all aspects but looks fantastically delicious. Some may disagree with the latter statement, saying the car doesn’t look good but most will agree that the Scirocco is a good looking car.

When the seventh generation Golf GTI got introduced, this created a slight problem for Scirocco buyers. The power difference between the new VW GTI and the Scirocco 2.0 TSI although small, was enough to make a Scirocco client think twice before buying one. Although the kilowatt difference was only 7kW, the torque difference was an immense 70Nm and with turbocharged cars, 70Nm is a great deal. Volkswagen was not oblivious to this, as a result, they called their top surgeons and hatched a plan.

We bring good news to those thinking of buying a new VW Scirocco. Volkswagen have announced that the model range will be fitted with new engines. The 1.4 TSI is now a thing of the past, it will be replaced by a 2.0 TSI producing 132KW and 280Nm of torque. This is a very interesting configuration as the “baby” Scirocco will produce the same torque as its older bigger brother, the previous 2.0 TSI. The previous Scirocco 2.0 TSI, will now be exclusively badged the “GTS” and will make the same power as the new VW Golf 7 GTI, 162kW and 350Nm of torque. A lovely combination that has been very well received in the GTI. New hearts for the win.

On top of the internal modifications, they have given the new VW Scirocco GTS some exterior changes too. The R-Line package is standard on the car which adds black gloss bits and sportier bumpers and diffusers. The car also comes standard with 18 inch wheels, but the most striking thing about the styling of the Scirocco GTS has got to be the red striping that the car has. These decals were introduced in the GTS package already available in the previous Scirocco 2.0 TSI, but will now be an option for the new VW Scirocco. Thank Goodness. Interior trim has been updated too, the most notable feature being the infotainment system which will definitely give the car a modern look and feel. “Red and Black” is the theme for the GTS interior, with the steering wheel, seats and gear knob being changed – all with GTS emblems on them.

As usual, you can add all the bells and whistles as extras on the car. Adaptive Chassis  Control is an option, which may well be a good one to take because you can soften the suspension when you’re travelling on pot-holed South African roads. Service plans on the car remain the same, a 5 year/90 000 km service plan and a 3 year/ 120 000 km warranty is standard. If you were wondering, the answer to your question is no, the Scirocco R hasn’t been given the 206kW power plant found in the new VW Golf 7 R, a sad revelation to find out. Who knows what the future will bring though, we never know what the brains at Volkswagen have got in store for us, so don’t stop praying. For now, I’m sure the new engine line up will make for happier Scirocco customers, we are pleased with these modifications and welcome them with open arms. So what are customers looking for a new VW Scirocco going to pay for each model? Read below and find out. Happy Modded Monday Motorists.Scirocco GTS_005

  • 2.0 TSI Scirocco Highline 132 kW Manual:          R369 900
  • 2.0 TSI Scirocco GTS 162 kW DSG:                        R439 000
  • 2.0 TSI Scirocco R 188 kW DSG:                             R494 200

Feature Friday: Suzuki Celerio vs Volkswagen UP!

Battle of the babies

When I was a very young boy I remember my mother purchasing her first car, a white Fiat Uno. She went for the slightly fancier version called the “Tempo” and she had it specified with colour coded bumpers and mag wheels. We loved that car because it was so simple and small. I spent many years sleeping in the back seat of that car on our way back from school. Whenever I see one of those cars on the road now, I laugh because in my mind it felt like such a spacious car at the time and it was for a six year old. Cars like those were literally four wheels, some seats and a steering wheel. The biggest safety feature you had in a car like that, were your prayers to God. What could you expect for around R35 000 for a new car? That was more or less what my mother paid for hers.

Gone are the days of spending very little on a brand new car. With inflation being what it is, eighteen years make for a very big price hike for entry level cars. For R100 000, your options are limited, if you have a bit more saved up we might be able to assist you. I’ve spent the past week reviewing two small cars, the Volkswagen UP! and the Suzuki Celerio manual. Both cars are competitively priced, both cars offer similar features yet both cars are very different. Let’s start by discussing the target market these cars are aimed at.

Cars like these are aimed at the young and up coming. Perhaps they’ve just graduated from university or they’ve just started a new job, whatever the case, these are start-up cars for many. Let’s narrow that market more by talking about the words many people use to describe both these cars. “Cute”, “Sweet”, “noo-noo” and “Aww” are a few words I was told these cars represent when asking my peers. That being said, its safe to say that many men, especially young men won’t want to drive something labelled as “cute”. If you give a pimple faced man-child  R140 000 to spend, he will most likely find some used turbocharged car that’s seen better days, it’s silly but true.   DSC_0031

Therefore at the risk of sounding sexist, I will say the Volkswagen UP! and the Suzuki Celerio are cars that young females would be drawn to. As a result, there are aspects about both cars that may or may not affect your decision making.

Firstly: Is it practical? The Volkswagen UP! loses this round as it only has two doors. You may think two doors are fine but wait until its Friday night and you have to go out with your friends, then it’s not fine. The Celerio wins this round since it has four doors and can snugly seat three people in the back. The Celerio is also a higher car so you have more headroom to bob your head to your tunes.

Secondly: Is it safe? Both cars have air-bags and ABS braking systems but the Volkswagen UP! has curtain air-bags additional so based on that, we will give the point to the Volkswagen UP!

Thirdly: Is it economical? Both cars use 1.0l three cylinder engines and the power difference between the two is 5kW so its not a lot. Both cars have the same size fuel tank and having driven both I can say both cars are excellent on fuel so for economy, it’s a draw.

Fourth: Is it affordable? The Suzkuki Celerio I drove was the higher specification GL model which comes in at R126 900. It comes with many features as standard such as full electric windows, radio with bluetooth, central locking and power steering. The Volkswagen UP! I drove was the Move UP! which is also the one with higher specifications and has all the same features as standard. The difference is that for the UP! you will spend R144 700. So this round goes to the Suzuki again.

At this point, the Suzuki Celerio has got the upper hand, with practicality and price. The Volkswagen UP! has got the added air-bags as its only advantage now. It’s not over yet though, there is still a very important factor to consider, the looks or “Aww” factor as some may call it.

Fifth: Is it “Aww?” The Suzuki Celerio is not a bad looking car, it looks average in my opinion. There is nothing about it that stands out from an aesthetic point of view. The Volkswagen is the winner of the “Aww” factor, it is the better looking car. It has a unique modern shape that sets it apart from its competitors.

So it looks like we have a tie on our hands. The Volkswagen UP! takes safety and looks whilst the Suzuki Celerio takes the price and the practicality. The truth is, whatever car you buy you won’t be making a mistake because both are fantastic little cars that were both fun and entertaining to drive. Kids growing up in this generation and falling asleep in the back of either one of these cars are spoilt, they don’t know how good they’ve got it.



Modded Monday: Volkswagen Golf R400

Volkswagen’s Golf R400 is a serious machine.

From time to time, manufacturers create something to show us that they know a thing or two about modifying their cars. After all, they did make the car so if anybody will know how best to modify it, it will be them. Volkswagen has done this with their Golf. Last year, Volkswagen made peoples mouths water with the Golf R400 concept, the car again made an appearance at the GoodWood Festival of Speed last month. If you don’t know about the R400, let us give you some details. Firstly the number 400 wasn’t chosen because it sounds cool, it’s meant to indicate that this is a 400 horsepower car, so around 295Kw. Yes you read right, from a 2.0l turbocharged engine. Crazy right? That is immense power to extract from a small engine, but the brains at Volkswagen have managed to do it.


How will all this power be put down onto the tarmac? A Haldex 4 wheel drive system, the same as in the Golf R. The Golf R already is a very impressive piece of  kit, but this car will make a Golf R seem redundant as it will accelerate from 0-100 in a claimed 3.9 seconds. Styling wise the car still keeps it cool but definitely shows you that it means business by means of  larger front and rear bumpers, as well as chunkier wheels. Hints of yellow striping are also utilised to distinguish the car from its younger siblings. Apparently this car is not a mere concept, but will be a reality in the future. If that’s the case, hopefully sunny South Africa will see a couple coming this way but know that if that will happen, chances are they will be already sold. Happy Modded Monday