Well folks, after an eventful and exciting roller-coaster ride of a year, we’re fast approaching the end of 2014. Before we make our wishes and resolutions for 2015 and hurl ourselves once more unto the breach, we’re casting a last glance into our rear-view mirror, and the Driven Web Series quickly emerges as one of our biggest highlights.
Back for a second term with a bang, the new episodes packed sharper opinions, more thrills and spills, more guest stars (including everyone’s favourite RV expert!) and more placing Harvinder in compromising situations, all while singling out the best of some of the latest and most popular cars on sale in Malaysia.
We sincerely hope you enjoyed watching the season as much as we did planning, writing and filming it – and if yes is the answer, you may be pleased to hear that we’ll be back next year! Until then, watch (and re-watch!) all of this year’s seven episodes here. Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and Happy Holidays from all of us at paultan.org!
Episode 1: Honda City vs Toyota Vios vs Nissan Almera
We begin by dissecting Malaysia’s most popular vehicle category – B-segment sedans. Bringing together the Honda City, Toyota Vios and Nissan Almera in their respective top-spec V, TRD Sportivo and VL variants, we demonstrate the importance of safety features such as stability control and airbags – and attempt to find out if rear disc brakes really make a difference in this class.
Episode 2: MINI Cooper vs Citroen DS3 vs Volkswagen Beetle
Urban, trendy and fashionable – the qualities these cars possess that us three… don’t. So we decided to rope in celebrity host Megan Tan to help us decide which should take home the tiara: the new MINI Cooper, Citroen DS3 or Volkswagen Beetle. But wait… where’s Harve gone?
Episode 3: Honda Accord vs Nissan Teana vs Kia Optima
Enter the D-segment company car battle. It’s the Honda Accord, Nissan Teana and Kia Optima – all hiding 2.0 litre engines under their expansive bonnets. It matters at the back here, so we play chauffeur to our boss Paul Tan (or three of him?) and get his verdict on the rear quarters. We also put the trio through the all-important Pak Guard test – nobody should barge in and disrupt anything, right?
Episode 4: Mercedes-Benz A 45 AMG vs Volkswagen Golf R vs Subaru WRX STI
It’s horsepower time – in this action-packed episode, the cool, sophisticated Volkswagen Golf R, the stark raving mad Mercedes-Benz A 45 AMG and the reborn legend from the Land of the Rising Sun that is the Subaru WRX STI, duke it out on Bukit Tinggi’s spaghetti of tarmac. What are the chances of, say, a legendary rally driver gate-crashing our party and taking us on in a purpose-built, stripped out track car?
Episode 5: Mazda 3 vs Toyota Corolla Altis vs Kia Cerato
The C-segment sedan has it tough. With the Bs climbing up the ladder and the Ds reaching down below, there’s little room to breathe, but that doesn’t stop them trying. We look at the Mazda 3, Toyota Corolla Altis and Kia Cerato to see which packs the most substance behind the style. We even attempt to chat up some ladies using pick-up lines derived from the names of our cars… with varying degrees of success.
Episode 6: Ford Fiesta EcoBoost vs Honda Jazz Hybrid vs Mitsubishi Attrage
Excuse us, for we go a bit scientific here. Or as scientific as we can get on video without lulling you to sleep. Which technology saves the most fuel – small turbo engine, hybrid or good-old lightweight? We fill the Ford Fiesta EcoBoost, Honda Jazz Hybrid and Mitsubishi Attrage with RM10 worth of fuel each, and try to get to the top of Genting Highlands… via a massive traffic jam courtesy of Harvinder’s brilliant route planning. Which one of us will make it?
Episode 7: Audi A3 Sedan 1.8T quattro vs Mercedes-Benz CLA 200 vs BMW 316i
If you find yourself having to decide between the Audi A3 Sedan 1.8T quattro, Mercedes-Benz CLA 200 and BMW 316i here, well done, for you’ve made it to the first rung of the premium ladder. One sends drive to the front wheels, another to the rear wheels and yet another to all wheels – but when you’ve got four rings, or a three-pointed star, or a propeller roundel on the bonnet, does that really matter? We overlook all the snobbery to decide which of them deserves your hard-earned bread.