In our August 2019 issue, we bring you India-exclusive drives of the newly launched BMW X7 and BMW 7 Series facelift. To go with those, we have two more exclusives in the form of an India drive in the Porsche Cayenne e-Hybrid and a spin in the gorgeous Lexus LC500. There are also two big SUV comparison tests – the MG Hector takes on the Tata Harrier; and the Hyundai Venue squares off against the Tata Nexon and Ford EcoSport in the battle of the petrol-automatic compact SUVs. Additionally, this issue packs in drives of the Kia Seltos, Hyundai Kona Electric, a face-off involving the Mahindra XUV300 diesel and Hyundai Venue + our reviews of the BMW S1000RR, KTM RC 125, 2019 Ducati Diavel 1260 S and a showdown between the Royal Enfield Himalayan and Hero XPulse 200 + more juicy news from the industry and features you’ll enjoy reading. Here are the highlights:
BMW X7 and 7 Series facelift
All set to spend over a crore on your next set of wheels? BMW could have just the models for you in its refreshed 7 Series and X7 SUV; and we’ve driven them both.
Porsche Cayenne e-Hybrid
With the diesel version gone, can the Porsche Cayenne e-Hybrid fill the void in the range? We find out.
The LC500 represents the new, in-your-face approach of Lexus. We head to Costa Rica to drive this stunning luxury coupé.
A quick first drive around Kia’s manufacturing facility reveals that the Seltos has plenty of potential.
Hyundai Kona Electric
Hyundai’s first EV for India is also the first true long-range EV in our market. But is it good enough for daily use? We find out.
MG Hector vs Tata Harrier
On paper, they seem similar enough to be siblings, but in practise, they couldn’t be more different. We pick a winner from among the Hector and Harrier.
Hyundai Venue vs Tata Nexon vs Ford EcoSport
Which is the best petrol-automatic compact SUV around? We pit the Venue against the Nexon and EcoSport to answer that question.
Hyundai Venue vs Mahindra XUV300
If you’re seeking a diesel-engined compact SUV but are confused between the Hyundai Venue and Mahindra XUV300, allow us to help.
Across Iran in a Mahindra Alturas convoy
A 10-day, 1,600km drive in a convoy of Mahindra Alturas G4 SUVs through the heart and soul of Iran has left us completely smitten with the country.
2019 BMW S1000RR
Its predecessor was a star, but can the second-gen BMW S1000RR match the original and impress just as much? We find out.
Royal Enfield Himalayan vs Hero XPulse 200
If you want an off-road-capable motorcycle on a reasonable budget, you only have two options – the Hero XPulse 200 and Royal Enfield Himalayan. We hit the trails astride these ADVs to pick a winner.