Two households, both alike in dignity…..the opening line to Shakespeare’s evergreen “Romeo and Juliet” applies equally to two wonderful turbocharged vehicles A Wheel Thing squired for a week: the mental Fiat 500 Abarth Esseesse and Kia’s sublimely potent Pro_Cee’d GT. Engine wise there’s not much in it size wise, 1.4L under the Abarth’s pert bonnet […]Read More Duelling Turbos: Fiat 500 Abarth Esseesse vs Kia Pro_Cee’d GT
Hyundai has been in Australia for some time now and is still, mysteriously, stigmatised as “that Korean car company”. As a rule, this kind of comment comes from people that have never driven a car from Hyundai or sister company, Kia. Well people, you’re missing out. A Wheel Thing has spent time triple treating, with […]Read More Prize Double Up: Hyundai’s Elantra Active and Elite
Australia has had a long held fascination to cars with just two doors, going back to the sixties with cars such as the XP Falcon in 1965 or the muscular Holden Monaro. There are others, such as the (at the time, Chrysler) Lancer of the early ’70s and the car best known for being being […]Read More It’s A Koup! Kia’s Two Door Sportscar Foray
Italian name, Korean bloodline, English born and German refined engine technology. Kia has dipped into the world basket to refine its Sorento range and tips out the SLi diesel in all wheel drive (AWD) form, with which A Wheel Thing spent some very enjoyable time. The Driven Heart It’s “just” a 2.2L diesel under the […]Read More Diesel Do It: Kia Sorento SLi CRD AWD
People movers aren’t quite as big business as they used to be and you can thank the rise of the SUV for that. However there’s still a few out there including the Italian as apple pie Fiat Freemont. A Wheel Thing gets family oriented for a week sampling the top of the tree Freemont Lounge […]Read More FFFF = Fiat’s Family Friendly Freemont
In an Australian world where uncertainty about local car manufacturing reigns supreme, Holden stays true to one traditional element: the station wagon. Of the four manufacturers of recent years, Mitsubishi gave up after the final Magna, Toyota canned it with the change from Camry to Aurion and Ford said the Territory will have to do. […]Read More Gaseous Anomaly: Evoke/Calais V Sportwagons from Holden
Mitsubishi owns a nameplate that has forty years of history attached; from road cars to world rallying the Lancer has strode the stage, selling six million vehicles along the way. A Wheel Thing has had the pleasure of the company of the CJ Lancer Ralliart sedan with twin clutch auto and VRX Sportback manual. The […]Read More Twin Cheeks: Mitsubishi’s Sporting Lancers, Ralliart and VRX.
Mitsubishi’s tidy little ASX has been around for a while and was given a new and bigger diesel heart earlier this year. It’s punchy and quiet, sitting nicely behind the Lancer based SUV’s nose and it does the job. Here’s A Wheel Thing’s view. The Driven Heart It’s a 2.2L diesel, only available with the […]Read More Diesel do it: Mitsubishi ASX Aspire.
Hyundai’s growth worldwide has been nothing short of spectacular; the brand consistently wins awards for the vehicles they produce and, somewhat, share with sister brand Kia. There’s been some success stories of late, including the funky Veloster and the i30 hatch. A Wheel Thing spent time with the diesel powered i30 Tourer (wagon) and came […]Read More Softly, Softly: Hyundai i30 Diesel Tourer.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. It means that the perception of beauty is subjective; with the Jaguar XF’s reskin from the first model being seen as one of the most beautiful cars around, it seems that all agree. When Jaguar released the XF, in its initial guise (circa 2007), it was a […]Read More Jaguar’s Xtra Fine XF 2.0L Turbo Sedan.