Hop in and first impressions are favourable – there’s certainly no sign of any wear. In fact, it really does look as good as new, and there’s loads of room, too. Unfortunately, hybrid Outlanders are five-seat only (the diesel versions have seven seats), but at least all five have plenty of space to lounge around in. The driving position is tall, upright – commanding even – and although the placing of some of the switchgear seems a little haphazard, and the infotainment system is a little clunky to use, the instruments are clear and easily readable.
To differentiate the 575 (575 denoting the car’s power output in PS) from other XJs, the design team has incorporated a number of tailor-made design details for this low-production model. These include a more aggressive front bumper, curvaceous side sills and a subtle rear spoiler. Twin bonnet louvres and 20in gloss black alloy wheels complete the understated yet menacing look.
ABS is a fantastic aid to driver safety, but only if you know what it does and how to use it in emergencies – which many people don’t. The key benefit of the system is that it allows maximum braking force to be applied, yet the driver can still steer the car to avoid a collision. All you need to do to allow the ABS to work is to push the brake pedal flat to the floor, and the electronics will do the rest. Just remember that the steering will still work.
While grip is a good thing, you definitely can have too much of it. Excess adhesion will dull the responses of a car and frequently make it snappier when it does eventually reach its limits. It reduces the ability to play in that delightful shadowland where stick turns to slip.
If your car regularly breaks down and leaves you stranded, or even if it just suffers from a plague of minor faults that require regular trips to the garage, you’re far less likely to pick the same brand again.
The first thing you notice about motor homes, apart from their ginormous exterior size, is that they all seem to have aftermarket audio systems controlled by near-microscopic buttons. It takes a long time to figure them out and even longer to get yer fat fingers to hit the right buttons. Another thing I noticed right away was that when I turned on the turn signal, the CD player went mute. Weird.
As part of its new turnaround plan, Opel is exploring potential new markets for cars and light trucks outside of its European heartland.
Honda’s order sheet for the Sport leaves no room for options. Drivers who want more equipment have no choice but to opt for a higher trim, so that’s where the decisions end. Simplicity is bliss.
Unlike the ordinary Mustang, the 2018 Shelby GT350 isn’t refreshed inside and out. In fact, both of the 2018 Shelby Mustangs are virtually identical to last year’s. The only update is three new exterior colors: Kona Blue, Orange Fury, and Lead Foot Gray—replacing Grabber Blue and Avalanche Gray. While the successful Shelby GT350 lives another year, it’s uncertain if this is the last.