All posts by Mark Davis

Mark is a contributing road tester at PerformanceDrive. With the soul and background of an IT nerd, Mark especially appreciates technology advances, safety, and attention to detail. His first car was a rusty powder blue 1972 Volvo 144 sedan. When he's not road testing vehicles, his daily drive is still a Volvo only now it's able to steer and brake all by itself.

2020 Peugeot 508 GT review (video)

Jan 10, 2021

If there is one sedan that has a chance of bucking the SUV trend, it’s the 2020 Peugeot 508 GT. If you haven’t heard of it before, the new 508 plots itself in the medium...

2020 Peugeot 308 GT Line review (video)

Jan 05, 2021

Competing in the small car market is a tough gig in 2020. Not only is it one of the most competitively fought markets, it’s also shrinking due to the increasing popularity of SUVs. Nevertheless, the...

2021 Toyota Yaris review – petrol vs hybrid (video)

Jan 03, 2021

Throw everything you know about the Toyota Yaris out the window. Any preconceptions you have on the light-sized hatch will be forgotten when you get to know the fourth generation 2021 model. It would have...

2020 Nissan X-Trail Ti review

Dec 21, 2020

Nissan has fermented a fine success story in the medium-size SUV market. Over the years, the X-Trail has become well-known to the people for its primeval design, attractive price, and competitive interior space. The current...

2020 Mazda3 Astina Skyactiv-X review (video)

Dec 01, 2020

The Mazda3 has been a huge success for the Japanese manufacturer. But since the recent price hike with the introduction of the current generation, and as more and more consumers clamber into the SUV arena,...

2020 Ford Focus ST review – manual & auto (video)

Nov 25, 2020

The hot hatch world is sizzling fiercely at the moment and is almost ready to burst through the pressure cooker. That’s great for driving fans because it means there are lots of options to choose...

2020 MINI Countryman JCW review (video)

Nov 21, 2020

It’s got to be one of the most iconic cars of all time. Now worlds apart from then and in use of technology and actual dimensions, the 2020 MINI Countryman JCW stretches the nameplate further...

2020 Suzuki Jimny review – manual & auto

Nov 11, 2020

In a wonderful world full of technology and gizmos, sometimes it’s nice to get back to basics. We’re not talking about turning into naturists, we’re talking about the 2020 Suzuki Jimny. The primitive, pint-sized four-wheel...

2020 Ford Everest Sport review (video)

Oct 29, 2020

The Ford Everest was first introduced in 2015 to fill the large SUV shoes left by the locally-built Ford Territory. Since then, Ford has reinvigorated the Everest with a new engine and a new variant,...

2020 Toyota RAV4 review – GX & GXL (video)

Oct 08, 2020

The ever-popular Toyota RAV4 would have to be one of the biggest trendsetters in what has become the most popular car market today – the medium SUV. Starting out in the ’90s as a smaller...

2020 Suzuki S-Cross Turbo Prestige review (video)

Sep 17, 2020

With so many big, bold carmakers flooding the compact SUV market, it’s easy to forget about the quiet achievers. And in some cases, they deserve just as much attention. Like the 2020 Suzuki S-Cross. It...

2020 Audi Q7 45 TDI review (video)

Sep 12, 2020

Audi has turned into a king of SUVs nowadays, with no less than six in its current catalogue. At the top of the realm in terms of size stands the seven-seater Q7. 2020 brings a...