2014: The year of Mobius II, Great Run 6 and the Russian revitalisant

Kenya vs Uganda: Mobius II vs Kiira EV Our neighbours across the border are a demure, taciturn lot and as such, it is a little difficult to imagine what they are up to all the time. Never mistake quietness for lack of resolve; and, clearly, meekness is not weakness, because what they did recently was […]

Which is the fairest from the list of Rav4, XTrail, X3, Forester, CRV?

Hello Baraza, I have previously owned a Toyota AE100 and 110. I now believe it is time for upgrade. I am looking for a used car that won’t cost more than Sh2m. Though I mostly drive in urban areas, I won’t mind a four-wheel drive (4WD). I am looking for stability, safety, comfort and manageable fuel cost. […]

Automatic diffs, wipers, transmissions… boy, aren’t we all getting lazy!

Hi JM, Could you please explain to us this small mystery… Many versatile 4x4s like the (police) Landcruisers have free-spinning front hubs which you must physically get out into the mud to lock before engaging four-wheel drive. This free-wheeling, we were told long ago, enhances fuel consumption on tarmac by reducing drag on the front […]

The Camry is not sexy, but it is still a Toyota

Hi Baraza, I always enjoy reading your insightful reviews on various brands of vehicles. I am just wondering whether you have ever tried out the Toyota Camry. It seems to me a very well-built car and good shape and gives me the impression that it is a very stable car. But I do not see […]

I’m waiting for new RAV4 to outrun the X-Trail and CRV

In the recent past I have found myself in a good number of new cars, all of which beg reviews, but since there is hardly any time (or space) to do them all, they will have to share a bed or rather a space. To kick things off we have the new RAV4, the 2013 […]

The Benz Wagen will go where no Audi Q7 would dare

Hello Baraza, I drive a Mercedes Benz G Wagen while my husband drives an Audi Q7. We will be in Iten for six weeks, during which I will have to drive 12 kilometres off road every morning down and up the Kerio Valley as I trail him on his running track. I would like your […]

What is the problem with modern diesel engines?

Hi Baraza,I recently bought a second-hand VW Touareg with a five-cylinder TDI engine from the UK. While I love the car (after replacing the shocks), I fear I may have not done my pre-purchase selection well enough as I have been informed that local agents refused to stock diesel Touaregs due to a potential mismatch […]

The Surf slightly edges out the Pajero and RAV4

Hello Baraza, Thank you for your advice on motoring. Could you kindly take your time to help me decide on what is the best vehicle in relation to the issues I state below? 1. Infrequent travel on the rough roads of areas like Marsabit, Turkana, and the coastal region. 2. Going to work in town. […]

The Leone: A flower bed car

Hi Baraza, I am currently in the process of acquiring a saloon Subaru Leone, 1500 cc. It’s an old model as far as I can see, with a carburettor boxer engine, (the one that fits a spare tyre in the hood) and is a 4-speed manual. Please give me details of the car’s history and […]

If you’re determined, you can achieve 1 kpl in a Forester

Hi Baraza, Kindly educate me on the following issues: 1. What is the consumption of the Subaru Forester when driving in a normal manner and when driving like you want to fly? 2. What is the cost of the new model of the Volkswagen Passat and can I get a second-hand one? 3. Which among […]