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.
  • Citroen C4 Cactus – EFTM Quick Fix

    Not since ever have I felt so awkward driving a car, especially when it happens to be a yellow Cactus on wheels. (Sorry ‘Hello Yellow’). Strange, bizarre and potentially alienating this curious little offering from Citroen turns heads for good and bad. But how does this departure from the norm...
  • Driving the Jaguar XJR – Our Review: Boy oh boy it makes you feel good

    It’s always a great pleasure to experience a European full-size flagship sedan. You know it’s the pinnacle of what that particular manufacturer has on offer and often the vehicle itself sets benchmarks that eventually filter down to not just its own range but motoring in general. But life becomes...
  • FORD EVEREST Review – goes the distance when the bitumen turns to dirt

    A ute with a roof and a couple extra seats if you’re lucky. It’s an easy way to simplify what vehicles such as the 2016 Ford Everest are at the very core. But in this instance Ford has managed to turn what was already the best driving, but still...
  • Range Rover Evoque HSE Dynamic TD4 180 – EFTM Quick Fix

    The last time we sampled the mid-sized luxury SUV Range Rover Evoque was in 2014. What impressed most at the time was the combination of luxury, radical design and a more than wannabe penchant for capable off-road work. Since then the concept turned reality vehicle has received a new...
  • Rolls Royce Wraith (2016) Review – Epic

    Ok, so I’ve driven two Rolls Royce vehicles during the course of a year. Not just for a tentative loop around some squillionaire’s roundabout driveway fountain but on actual roads in real world situations, far removed from the pretentious coastal or upper North Shore areas of Sydney. For my...
  • It’s a luxury treat with a spring in its step – our review of the BMW 740i

    Sheer driving pleasure – it’s the boastful motto that BMW has banked on for years. But can a car normally reserved for heads of state, oil tycoons, banking CEOs or an indulgent Uber experience really deliver the alleged sheer pleasure from behind the wheel. Chris Bowen was lucky enough...
  • Honda Accord Sport Hybrid – EFTM Quick Fix

    “Sport” – An athletic activity requiring skill or physical prowess and often of a competitive nature, such as racing. So how did such a word slip into Honda’s description of its newest Accord and hybrid powertrain? To be honest, buggered if I know. Words such as “luxury”, “premium’ or...
  • Audi Allroad A6 Quattro Quick Fix

    An all-wheel drive European station wagon, how can this be in what is an SUV crazy land? Well it certainly is and what’s more it has earned quite the reputation, now a permanent part of the A6 stable of vehicles after once being a limited run vehicle. It looks...
  • Chris Bowen: My Surprising Top 3 Cars – An F-Type alongside a Rolls and Lambo

    I drive a stack of cars each year for EFTM, some admittedly are a little blander than others. But you need to drive all comers to really get a sense of the market and what people can expect in today’s largely tech-laden cars. But every now and then along...
  • Quick Fix – 2015 Holden Calais V Sportwagon VFII V8

    Ok so we know Holden has gone all out when it comes to the latest VFII Commodore, especially if you’re the type that just must have a V8. A 6.2-litre LS3 engine now adorns the newish front end of the 37-year-old iconic nameplate. It’s damn loud too, with a...
  • Driving the high-tech 2015 AUDI Q7 3.0 TDI QUATTRO – Our review

    The launch of the brand new Audi Q7 farewelled the hugely popular circa 2006 model. For a luxury SUV to hang around without major changes for so long proves what a capable vehicle it already was. But let me tell you the new Q7 is simply remarkable. It lifts...
  • Ford Ranger Super Cab Hi Rider XLT with Tech Pack

    The rise and rise of the “Lifestyle Ute” continues with 2015 marking the biggest year for at least a decade. All players are embarking on a similar approach, turn usually rugged workhorses into livable, family friendly runabouts. But it is perhaps Ford who has taken the ute market to...
  • Revealed: The Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4 Spyder

    Midway through the year we spent a couple of days in the Lamborghini Huracán, Yep the EFTM number plates have sat on few finer cars and the bucket list is now shorter. It is a stupidly quick, massively stunning piece of motoring gold but now they’ve gone and taken...
  • Aston Martin DB9 GT Bond Edition

    EFTM’s Chris Bowen attended a glittering premiere of the new James Bond “Spectre” movie during the week. Centre stage was the limited edition Aston Martin DB9 GT Bond Edition, a vehicle sure to tantalise those fascinated with one of the most successful franchises of all time....
  • 2015 Holden Astra VXR – EFTM Quick Fix

    It’s time, time to get over the fact General Motors has dumped Australia as a manufacturing outpost. While Holden fans may find that statement about as easy to swallow as a golf ball, there is life after the Commodore et al. Over the coming years Holden has 24 vehicle...
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