Driving Impressions

Big shoes to fill

The previous generation of the Ford Everest was one of the most popular offerings within its segment. During its tenure, it gained a massive fanbase that developed great loyalty toward the vehicle and the brand itself. Anton Willemse Jnr was one of those fans and, as such, he was eager to see if the new-generation Everest – launched in South Africa towards the end of 2022 – could fill the very big shoes left by its predecessor.

No need to reinvent the wheel

The competition within the bakkie market has been spiking recently, with the introduction of the all-new Ford Ranger and the imminent arrival of the Volkswagen Amarok. Toyota’s answer to this renewed onslaught on its rule of the bakkie roost comes in the form of the formidable Hilux GR-S. Anton Willemse Jnr recently put it through its paces.

Ready to humble

There was great excitement when Jeep revealed the Gladiator for the first time in 2018. The first units rolled off the assembly line in 2020 and caused an even bigger stir thanks to a ruggedly attractive design, a plethora of standard features, and great performance, both on the road and off the beaten track. Here in South Africa, the Gladiator was finally launched in June 2022. ANTON WILLEMSE SNR recently put it to the test.

The French way of doing things

The French are known for many things – croissants, the Eiffel Tower and for building quirky cars. That‘s a thing of the past, though. These days there are some truly great products coming from La France. One of these is the medium-sized Renault Koleos SUV, which ANTON WILLEMSE JNR put through its paces.

No need to break the bank

There is a bit of a predicament with the new Ford Ranger Double Cab XLT Bi-Turbo 4×4 Auto. ANTON WILLEMSE SNR believes it is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma. Because what is it actually?

Take 5

Following the introduction of the brand-new Grand Cherokee seven-seater in August last year, Jeep have added a five-seater to the mix. According to LIANA REINERS it’s everything a premium SUV should be, and then some!

Pretty baby

Who needs a big, brash and cumbersome SUV when a cute and compact crossover can get the job done just as effectively? LIANA REINERS explains why the Hyundai Venue is a great choice for anyone who is in the market for a versatile and practical ride.

That’s the spirit

Renowned for its challenging terrain and thrilling atmosphere, the Spirit of Africa challenge is the brainchild of local motorsport legend, Sarel van der Merwe. Described as one of the toughest 4×4 challenge in Africa for amateurs, this year saw the 19th edition of the event, run in partnership with Nissan for the first time. ANTON WILLEMSE SNR participated in the media challenge.
Photos by BRADLEY JONES

Ever(est) ready for adventure

WILLIAM GREEN loves wild adventures but loathes braving holiday traffic to get to the remote places he likes to explore. He also loves his Ford Ranger Raptor. So, when he was ‘forced’ to drive the latest Everest on a recent trip, he was understandably reluctant… would the Everest be able to conquer Africa’s roads?

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