AZFAR’S PICKS FOR 2016
With 2016 coming to an end, our contributor lists down eight cars that got his attention
Now sit down and take a break. Have you realized that 2016 is coming to an end already? Well fret not as even I am equally surprised at just how fast the year has gone by.
But on the brighter side of things, I found some cars that are really worth highlighting – eight of them, to be precise. So without diving too much into the monotony of life’s unhappiness, here are my top picks for 2016:
LEXUS GS 200 The Quinn MINI
Lexus’s GS has always been the quiet one, sitting at the corner on his own. He’s the shy, quiet lad that does his own thing, but does it rather well. But he’s still not really quite ‘up there’ with the more popular BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-benz E-class; academically a smart guy, but still lacking slightly in the sports department.
But with the new turbocharged variant, he’s given a new lease of life that not only keeps up with the popular German; you see an improved personality that puts him in the same group.
VOLVO V60 T5 Polestar
For 2016, the V60 was given some minor facelift to keep it relevant. But quietly, the local distributor also introduced a new variant: The Polestar Power Optimisation variant, which sees an improvement power wise. Thanks to a software upgrade courtesy of Volvo’s tuning arm Polestar, this particular V60 gets a power upgrade of 8bhp, 50Nm and an improved 0 – 100km/h timing – this should be good news for power-hungry daddies out there who wants to extract more during his daily drive. Most importantly, it’s via the official channel hence there’s nothing to worry about when it comes to after-sales. This car feels complete.
VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT R-line
A large sedan with the Golf GTI’S engine and transmission – need I say more?
You just have to love how this car, looking all subtle and unassuming, has the firepower and handling prowess to throw other cars off guard. Having driven this car up and down Malaysia several times, it also deserves respect when it comes to delivering comfort – yes, it could play the part of sports sedan and luxury barge when you want it to, successfully.
SEAT LEON 1.2 TSI
The brand was reintroduced into our market just a few months ago, and at the same time, they’ve brought in an extensive list of new models in hopes of getting all their grounds covered.
One model that impressed me is the Golf-based Leon 1.2 TSI, with a 6-speed manual transmission. It behaves like a hot-hatch, thanks to a punchy turbocharged engine that, despite the small capacity, doesn’t over or underwhelm at all – in fact, it’s just right and does remind me of the old Suzuki Swift GTI, somewhat. The manual ‘box is equally a joy, slotting into gears in a very precise manner along with a clutch that is nicely weighted.
So, if you’re looking for a fun