December is a great time of year. If you are in retail, business booms, customers are generally in a great mood and you get to spend time with your family. If you have done well during the year, you may even be able to take the family on a well-deserved holiday. After all, they supported you when you spent all those hours working late. We explore two great cars to travel in with the family.
The Honda CRV
Honda has been around for donkey’s years and is regarded in South Africa as one of the most reliable and established brands. Their Ballade is still one of the most visible cars on our roads, with models dating back to the late 80s still cruising the streets of Mzansi today. The CRV is Honda’s answer to the ever-growing demand for SUVs in South Africa. An SUV is a Sports Utility Vehicle and is designed for going off-road, but with plenty of space and comfort, while still fitting in on city streets.
Honda has been around for donkey’s years and is regarded in South Africa as one of the most reliable and established brands.The CRV is Honda’s answer to the ever-growing demand for SUVs in South Africa.
The CRV is both practical and adventurous. It has all the comforts of a city sedan made for the discerning businessman, yet it has all the space of a full-sized family station wagon. The CRV is very comfortable to drive and is smooth on a tar road as well as a dirt track. Honda prides itself in advancing their green technology to save the environment, so the fuel efficiency is superb, but the automatic gearbox can sometimes be a bit sluggish. Because of all the space inside, the driver is very comfortable behind the wheel and so are all of his passengers. The leather seats, great sound system and interior bells and whistles (all controlled by buttons on the steering wheel) make for a five-star driving experience.
The CRV is a true businessman’s car, for a man who has a family to support. It costs anywhere from R328800 to R541000, but its looks match the price tag, so it’s very worth the spend.
Subaru Forester XT
If you prefer a little more bite, even from your family car, then the Subaru Forester XT is definitely the SUV you should choose. We were lucky enough to test the Forester recently and it impressed. It is a family car, with the Subaru BRZ Turbo engine under the bonnet. Putting a turbo engine in the Forester is like giving Usain Bolt a 50m head-start at the Olympics. The Foresters we have tested in the past have already been quick and had a punch from the engine that is well above its weight, but the XT took that grunt to a whole new level.
It has a 177kW engine that can get you to super-fast in no time at all. But before you start panicking, the Forester is not all beast… it is beauty, too! With a premium colour multi-function display, a six-speaker audio system with auxiliary jack to pump the tracks, USB connectivity and Bluetooth wireless technology with hands-free mobile communication and audio streaming integration, everything you need inside the Forester is at your fingertips.
Having all that muscle would mean very little if there were no safety elements to protect your most valuable cargo, but the Forester has seven SRS airbags and some of the best results under braking we have ever tested. With dynamic all-wheel drive, you can be assured you have grip on any surface.
The Forester starts at around R329000 for the base model and the one we tested was a cool R529000, but owning one of these Japanese beauties will mean the world will have to watch in envy as you whizz by them on your way to town or home for the holidays.