Our favorite cars of 2016

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Over the last 12 months, Gulf Insider tested lots of great cars, but these were the ones that particularly stood out. Not all of them are sports or “luxury” cars, but they had a certain something that made them special. We include the issue number of the magazine in case you wish to read the full review online, as well as dealer details in case you would like to test any of them yourself.


2016 Jaguar XFS

(Issue 133)

This is a good looking car. It has a sleek body and sexy LED headlamps, and the black low profile sports alloys on the car I drove made it look even better. Parked among rival car brands of a similar car range it certainly stood out.

To arrange a test drive contact
Euro Motors Tel: +973 1746 0460.


Porsche 911 Carrera S

(Issue 133)

The 911 is a supercar that can be enjoyed as an everyday car. There aren’t many direct rivals to the 911 for the price, and many exotic rivals with often considerably higher price tags are typically unable to match the 911 for its overall practicality and handling. Therefore, the Porsche 911 remains the benchmark sports car in this price range.

To book a test drive contact Porsche Centre Bahrain,
Tel: +973 1745 991 1


718 Boxster S

(Issue 136)

For doing hot laps around the Yas Marina Circuit, the 718 Boxster S took the prize. It’s light, perfectly balanced and responsive, and terrific fun. The standard 718 Boxster is a great car, but add the S and it’s a different beast. I easily outraced a driver of the 718 Boxster while I was driving a 718 Boxster S. When we swapped cars, it was different, I couldn’t keep up. This experiment proves that so often it is a car and not the driver that “wins a race”.

To book a test drive contact Porsche Centre Bahrain, Tel: +973 1745 991 1


McLaren 570S

(Issue 137)

The McLaren 570S was a pleasure to drive, perfect in every way. As a substantially new brand competing against traditional sports cars, McLaren Automotive has progressed well in the industry. By successfully making a name in the market, it’s undeniable that McLaren’s doing something right.

To book a test drive please contact, McLaren Manama
Tel: +973 8000 8988


2016 Chrysler 200cc

(Issue 139)

The 200c drives like a luxury car and comes fully loaded, both in its powertrain and options. The price may seem a little high for a mid-size salon, but it comes with all sorts of technological wonders to make your life easier.

To arrange your own test drive of a 2.4L or 3.6L Chrysler 200c, call Ahmed Zayani on +973 1723 8822


Lexus GSF

(Issue 140)

This luxury performance car will go from 0 to 100kph in just 4.4 seconds and it will do so smoothly. This is a car that I feel you could drive for long journeys in comfort. The cockpit of the GSF is a nice place to be. There’s plenty of shoulder and hip room and clear visibility. I didn’t get to test this car at high speed but taking it early in the morning on a virtually empty of traffic North Manama causeway, I was able to keep my foot down and was propelled at such a pace that within just a few seconds I was at a speed I will not state in print!

For more information, or for a test drive, call EK Kanoo on
+973 17 737 773.


Porsche Panamera Turbo

(Issue 141)

The Panamera Turbo is a sports supercar and a luxury sedan rolled into one. It’s the fastest four door sedan you can buy while for luxury can legitimately be called a serious alternative to choices like the BMW 7 Series or the Mercedes S class. As a high performance sports car, neither the BMW nor the Mercedes came close to matching the Panamera’s performance.

To book a test drive contact Porsche Centre Bahrain, Tel: +973 1745 991 1


Infiniti Q30

(Issue 142)

The infiniti Q30 has arrived in Bahrain and is available with 1.6L or 2.0L Turbo variants in a 2WD configuration. If you’re looking for a small family hatchback, I strongly recommend you arrange a test drive for this car and test its strengths for yourself.

To arrange your own test drive call  Y.K. Almoayyed & Sons
Tel  +973 17 732 732 / 17 211 111


Infiniti Q50S

(Issue 143)

Building on the previous Q50, the Q50S is a four door luxury sports sedan. It has new interior and exterior design features with a 3.0 liter V6 twin turbo engine which delivers up to 400 horsepower and a fantastic performance. Relentless and even a bit ferocious, it pumps out 350 pound feet of torque. This is one of the most interesting and impressive cars that Infiniti has made.

To arrange your own test drive call 
Y.K. Almoayyed & Sons Tel  +973 17 732 732


Volvo S90

(Issue 142)

The Volvo has plenty of power as well as a very simple to use entertainment system. The engine offers an impressive 350 hp and Volvo will be bringing out a 407 hp twin engine model soon. Volvo has always been a favorite of people who look for quality and safety in a car. They have a built-in active safety overview which can detect large, moving objects. This is a segment leading active safety override that is very forward thinking on Volvo’s part and proves the company is a leader in such technology.

To book your test drive: Motorcity Bahrain, Tel. +973 1773 6222


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