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2017 Volkswagen Golf GTD

The Volkswagen Golf GTI is one of South Africa's most popular vehicles but it has become pricey, putting it out of reach of many consumers. However, what if there was something cheaper that could offer a comparable ownership experience, most of the performance, but importantly, consume half the fuel? We present you with the Golf GTD.

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Price: R506 700 (August 2017)
Engine: 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder turbodiesel
Transmission: 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox
Power: 130 kW
Torque: 350 Nm
Fuel consumption: 5.0 L/100 km (claimed)
0-100 kph: 7.4 seconds (claimed)
Top speed: 230 kph (claimed)

A diesel GTI? Wait, what?

The concept of a diesel-powered Volkswagen Golf GTI may be foreign to South African consumers, but in Europe, the car’s hugely popular. In fact, sales of the GTD are higher than that of the petrol GTI and, in some European markets, the GTD outsells the GTI 2 to 1. The recipe is simple. Take the remarkably versatile, composed MQB platform, then insert a potent-yet-frugal diesel engine, retain all the creature comforts [...]

2017 BMW 420i Gran Coupe

Is the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe just a 3 Series with a sloping roofline and hatchback tailgate? We spent some time with the turbopetrol-powered 420i to find out...

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Price: R670 698 (August 2017)
Engine: 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder turbopetrol
Transmission: 8-speed automatic
Power: 135 kW
Torque: 270 Nm
Fuel consumption: 5.5 L/100 km (claimed)
0-100 kph: 7.7 seconds (claimed)
Top speed: 236 kph (claimed)

A styling 3

Compared with the popular 3 Series sedan, the BMW 4 Series offers something with a little more style to harness BMW’s famed dynamics. The sloping rear roofline gives it a coupe look, but in the case of this Gran Coupe, BMW still squeezes in 2 rear doors. So yes, it is a 3 Series but in a sexier shape. The facelifted version has tried to separate the two siblings [...]

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