(Please note: Jeremy Clarkson politely told us which cliff to drive ourselves off when we asked him to write for us. We just like the picture.)
We have our opinions, but we’re no Jeremy Clarkson. For one thing, we’re not likely to punch anyone over a cold steak. That’s the problem with being in top gear for too long. There’s way too much friction.
Still, we’re entitled to our opinions when it comes to cars. After all, we’re in the vehicle-buying business. One thing that’s fun to do (and this is pretty much why social media was invented) is to force your opinions on other people.
So we have selected our favourite three cars released so far in 2018. They might not be everybody’s favourite, but they’re definitely in most people’s top ten list.
You can let us know how you feel about them in the comments on our Facebook link to this blog post.
We chose our favourite family vehicle, SUV, and finally purely Richie Rich ride.
Volvo XC60: the family pick
Okay, so technically not a 2018 release – but it’s only arrived on South African shores this year. And we just had to include it, because it is magnificent. We’re all about creature comforts. It’s the perfect family vehicle. After all, Volvo is basically synonymous with family transports: the symbol of the classical soccer mom or dad. What makes this especially true with the XC60 is that it has phenomenal class-leading safety features. Seriously. Wikipedia that rude-word-for-a-number-two. The list of safety features is about as long as Bill Clinton’s nose after a hard day testifying under oath before a senatorial committee. Not only that, but it has a tasteful, elegant design (yes, it’s an SUV, but we choose it as a family vehicle mainly because of its safety features – perfect blend of power and safety, it is one of the safest ways for you to carry your kids.)
BMW X2: the SUV pick
The latest iteration of this classy class-hybrid has effective marketing. The artwork and copy basically (this is our interpretation) presents the X2 as that young cocky kid in the conservative boardroom meeting. You know the one? The hot shot who’s risen through the ranks at a rate of knots, and sports just-visible tattoo ink under his Armani suit – you can see it come out from his cufflinks to his hand. It certainly delivers as a luxury SUV that seems aimed at the not-really-serious outdoor adventurer. Perhaps it’s more about getting onto the beach. Though you can ford low water level streams with it. Power and comfort, while it’s almost-hatchback design makes parking a cinch. And out of the available colours you can ride off into the sunset with, we most definitely prefer the molten gold. It shimmers with lustre – appropriate for the lust we feel for this magnificent beast.
Mercedes-Maybach S 650 Pullman: the rich man’s pick
Are you a military dictator? Superstar? Oil baron? Industrialist? Owner of Silicon Valley? And love creature comforts to such an extent you sleep with fluffed up pillows and stuffed toys made of duck down? Then the Mercedes-Maybach S650 Pullman is the vehicle for you. And it even comes with the option of armour. (We’re not sure if it can handle sustained assault by rocket propelled grenades, though.)
It’s also a fantastic vehicle for romance. If you’re being chauffeured around, the Pullman has a glass partition separating you from the driver’s row; and you can turn it opaque whenever you want. The condensation caused by things getting steamy might give away the game, however.
And despite its immense weight, the Pullman has unbelievable power. It can rocket from standstill to 100 kms in about 6 seconds.
Well, those are our picks for top three cars. What are your thoughts?