Chris Bowen

Chris is EFTM's Motoring Editor, driving everything from your entry level hatch to the latest Luxury cars through to the Rolls Royce. He has been in the media for 20 years, produced three Olympic games broadcasts, attending Beijing 2008 & London 2012. 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, and recently welcomed baby Henry to the family.
  • What’s the Jaguar F-type Convertible like to drive – EFTM Australian Review

    Jaguar certainly has a knack for producing cars with classic looks and a striking presence. The tradition remains well and truly alive with the new F-type, a stunner in every sense of the word. But just how practicable and liveable is the modern day reincarnation of the glorious E-type?...
  • The Garage – Volvo V40 T4 Luxury

    The Swedish executive hatch is back with more space, more tech and quite frankly better looks. It’s quirky, offers a world first pedestrian airbag along with tempting pricing. After sampling a diesel version in Sweden recently, in the EFTM Garage this week is the Volvo V40 T4 Luxury hatch....
  • The Garage – Jaguar F-Type Convertible S/C V6

    Is it a performance car, is it a supercar? The very fact we’ve asked the question says plenty about the Jaguar F-type Convertible that this week sits in the EFTM Garage. Triumphant looks, feral exhaust note and a turn of pace that will cause a goose bump flair-up, here’s...
  • The Renewed Renault Mégane Hatch And Wagon – Driven By EFTM

    Renault’s third attempt at its most successful model has now arrived on our shores, headlined by the announcement of a 5 year / unlimited kilometre warranty for GT and RS models.. The Mégane III now features uniformed brand identity styling already seen on the smaller Clio and some technological...
  • We drive the Mercedes Benz GLA 200 CDI – review

    In the ultra-competitive compact SUV market there are some contenders who are starting to thumb their noses at the very definition of what a SUV really is. One case in point is Mercedes-Benz and its latest lifestyle orientated model, the GLA. It has the higher stance, the macho mud...
  • The New Audi A3 Cabriolet – Driven By EFTM

    Kangaroo Island, only Tasmania and Melville Island off the Northern Territory coast are bigger. This week the southern oasis was the scene for the national launch of the 2014 Audi A3 Cabriolet. With zero traffic and an abundance of open and sometimes demanding roads, it proved to be the...
  • The Garage – BMW 428i Coupe M Sport Line

    German luxury dominates the EFTM Garage this week, now we cast our eyes over one of BMW’s most attractive propositions – the 4 Series. Now a standalone variant, this executive compact coupe turns heads and simply makes you feel just a little bit special....
  • Nissan X-Trail Ti Review – It’s finally got Style

    The popular Nissan X-trail has had a makeover worthy of a reality TV program. The stocky, boxy creation of the past has been wiped out. The 2014 Nissan X-trail has succumbed to peer pressure, joining many of the others with European-styled looks, and a more urban friendly presence. EFTM...
  • BEST Dual-Cab 2014 – VOLKSWAGEN AMAROK

    The pearl in the battle of the dual cabs oyster is the Volkswagen Amarok, in particular the as tested TDI 420 Highline Dual Cab. What sets it apart in this close fought category? Largely the sophisticated driveline. With a 2.0-litre four-cylinder biturbo-diesel producing figures of 132kW / 420Nm. It’s...
  • BEST 4WD 2014 – Nissan Patrol V8

    What the hell are doing awarding a gong to an Elephant sized 4WD monster armed with a 5.7-litre 298kW PETROL V8? Well that’s the point of the EFTM Best award, it’s all about casting aside normal sensibilities – like having to sell the idea of buying one to your...
  • BEST Luxury Car 2014 – Infiniti Q50 Hybrid

    We regard the Infiniti Q50 range as a fine example of automotive design. Looking like a sexed up Mazda 6, it’s a uniquely different sedan proving indulgent luxury doesn’t always have to be European. But it was V6 Hybrid Premium variant that really pushed our motoring lust button....
  • BEST Drop 2014 – Glenfiddich Anniversary Vintage

    Aside from the cars, the gadgets and other goodies we’re recognising with the EFTM BEST awards, there’s a very important category – The BEST Drop.  A beer perhaps?  Vodka mix drink?  Nope, we’ve gone to the very top of the pile when it comes to scoring a truly great drop...
  • BEST Hatch – Volkswagen Golf

    There’s a lot of hatchbacks on the market these days, the old Ford Laser was ahead of it’s time way back when wasn’t it:) Having driven the Barina, Clio, Golf, Fiesta and many others it’s a crowded, but quality market....
  • Range Rover Evoque Dynamic Coupe SI4 Test drive and review

    There comes a time when you simply have to acknowledge that the All-Wheel-Driving credentials of most compact SUV’s are simply a gimmick. Ask a Mazda CX-5, Holden Captiva or Mitsubishi Outlander to tackle anymore than a grassy knoll and you’ll get what you deserve, a winch from some bloke...
  • The Garage – Mazda 3 SP25 Astina Sedan

    Last week we poured a bucket load of praise onto the 2014 Mazda 3 Maxx hatch, and rightfully so. This new model easily rides roughshod over the previous model which was conceived back in the “Noughties”. We’ve since returned the keys and spent another week in the top shelf...
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