Chris Bowen

Chris works at Australia's leading radio station 2GB. He's worked on three radio Olympic games broadcasts, attending Beijing 2008 & London 2012. Deep down Chris harbours ambitions to one day sit behind the microphone himself. Aside from radio his other great passion is the motor car. Strangely he owns a Toyota Camry Hybrid, he defiantly rejects the knockers. Chris is married to Gillian and resides in Sydney's North West. They have Sam the English Springer Spaniel and Felix the Burmese cat to keep them company.
  • BMW 530e Review – A Masterclass

    Recently I drove the latest addition to the BMW iPerformance range, the BMW 530e. Aside from acknowledging its significant merits there are some drawbacks. Our test drive navigated a small sample of Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs from the charging stations at Westfield Bondi Junction, to the serene but 30km/h mandated...
  • Holden Captiva LTZ Review – EFTM Quick Fix.

    Scan the comments section of any motoring review forum when it comes to Holden’s surprisingly popular SUV and you won’t read nice things. Most of course have never driven one, some have and either want to start their life again or have been perfectly happy with the aging, but...
  • Holden Colorado Z71 – EFTM Quick Fix

    The ute market is flaming hot right now and rightfully so as these vehicles have evolved into comfortable runabouts that even a timid sedan driver can cope with. The latest crop of dual-cab style people movers all received significant updates a few years back. The Holden Colorado superseded the...
  • Nissan Pathfinder Ti Simulated Owner’s Test

    We drive many cars here at EFTM, in fact there are at least two in the garage every week during the year. It’s certainly a privileged position to be in but the entire concept is to provide our readers with honest driving impressions from everyday people. Our mission is...
  • Big Wheels: Nissan Patrol V8 Ti Review – Quick Fix

    It was 2014 when Chris Bowen first took the Nissan Patrol Y62 V8 variant for an epic run through mud and snow. A scenario that led us to award it the EFTM 4×4 of the year. Fast forward to 2017 and he’s back in it, still the same car...
  • Driving the Audi A5 & S5 Sportback on the Great Ocean Road

    Back in March the Audi A5 and S5 coupé were launched, revealed was an exciting clean-sheet design following the previous model’s 10-year reign. Now the next instalment in the A5 range has hit Australian shores with the arrival of the Sportback five-door variant, the more practical and versatile offering...
  • If You Can’t Beat Them, Hire Them – Rent a 4WD from Bear Rentals

    How’s this for an idea. Are you a wannabe 4×4 outdoor type but don’t have the bank account or the time to invest in a fully set-up vehicle? Trust me, after hosting a radio program for several years on this topic I get just how much the spend can...
  • The Updated 2017 Nissan X-Trail

    Apollo Bay in Southwestern Victoria along the Great Ocean Road is a one of the country’s great locations. Combined with the Otway National Park mountains as a backdrop then you really do have one of those must visit locations on hand. Chris Bowen recently found himself piloting the not...
  • We test-drive the all new 2017 Hyundai i30

    The third-generation i30 has arrived, with three engine choices, 5 variants and inevitable technology upgrades on some models. After selling 37,000 in 2016 the good people at Hyundai will be sweating on the new arrival that accounts for basically a third of its sales. On the Australian local launch...
  • The Nissan Patrol Y61 Legend Edition Review – is it legendary?

    To be honest it’s getting harder to really unload on any vehicle these days. Most new cars offer increasingly impressive levels of technology, some offer wildly futuristic designs, others amazing performance and fuel economy from small engines that in the past would be laughed at. As far as interior...
  • That’s not a hammer – THIS is a Hammer – Fiskars new hammer range

    Have you ever struck a blow with a hammer and reeled away in shock as the resulting vibrations use your body like a shock absorber? Well a globally renowned garden and kitchen brand named Fiskars has literally created a solution that doesn’t involve the aforementioned problem. Known as IsoCore,...
  • You Took the Weight Right off My Back: Osprey Aether AG & Ariel AG backpacks

    The biggest problem when it comes to an extended hike to some far flung corner is lugging all your stuff. In Trevor Long’s case that would mean, drones, smart devices, laptops and previously unheard of tech that he simply can’t exist without. Thankfully I have fond memories of the sheer...
  • Lexus NX200t Sports Luxury AWD Review

    It’s the baby Lexus SUV, sitting below the RX range. The edgy in your face design is there, as is the refinement that is the Lexus hallmark. But is it really worth forking our $72,500 for what at the end of the day is still just another small SUV....
  • First Drive: Infiniti Q60 Red Sport – a performance coupe worth a look

    I’ve always enjoyed the offerings from Infiniti, it simply delivers luxury and edgy design in its own unique way at a decent price. Since returning to Australia five years ago, its dealer network has expanded from three to 11, sales have gone from 85 units in 2012 to 807...
  • EFTM Quick Fix: Toyota Hilux SR5

    It was the best-selling model in 2016 and for years has helped Toyota stay at the top of the charts. But when compared to the current crop of today’s fashionable, flashy alternatives it doesn’t rate a mention, at least in the critic’s eyes. Chris Bowen spent a week in...
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