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Road Test: 2013 Peugeot HYbrid4
By January 28, 2013 Read More →

Road Test: 2013 Peugeot HYbrid4

Peugeot has taken a new approach to the hybrid technology with their 3008 HYbrid4 model. Unlike most of the hybrid vehicles which are petrol-engined, the 3008 HYbrid4 combines electric motor with a diesel engine. Well actually the diesel engine and the electric motor are not combined, as the HDi diesel sits at the front of the car, while the electric motor is located at the back. There are now mechanical links between the front and the rear drivetrains. Everything is controlled electronically between these two drivetrains.

Road Test: 2013 Audi A1 quattro
By January 14, 2013 Read More →

Road Test: 2013 Audi A1 quattro

By borrowing parts from the Audi TTS and fitting them to the compact body of the A1, Audi has created a real driver’s edition. The new Audi A1 quattro is produced only as a limited-edition with just 333 cars available worldwide. We got a change to drive one of the three cars destined to Finland.

Road Test: 2012 Ford Focus ST
By December 31, 2012 Read More →

Road Test: 2012 Ford Focus ST

Ford Focus is a fun car to drive even in its standard form, so the performance boosted ST model lifts the expectations quite high. Fortunately, the long-awaited new Focus ST doesn’t fail the expectations but delivers driving enjoyment and performance we hoped for.

Road Test: 2013 Audi A6 Avant 3.0 BiTDI quattro
By December 17, 2012 Read More →

Road Test: 2013 Audi A6 Avant 3.0 BiTDI quattro

For the new Audi A6 Avant, the 3.0-litre, V6 diesel engine is available in three variants. The basic version with 204 hp and 450 Nm provides an enjoyable performance for a big car with an acceleration from zero to 100 km/h taking 7,2 seconds. The next version with 245 hp and 580 Nm makes the A6 a performance wagon with a sprint time of 6,3 seconds. However, this third version makes the Audi A6 Avant to accelerate like a sports car.

Road Test: 2012 Audi A8 Hybrid
By December 3, 2012 Read More →

Road Test: 2012 Audi A8 Hybrid

The big and luxurious Audi A8 can now be ordered also with the hybrid technology. Powered by a four-cylinder petrol engine, the new hybrid provides much smaller CO2 emissions and fuel consumption than the other petrol-engined A8 versions. The A8 hybrid offers a new possibility to be eco-friendly and drive a luxury car, but unfortunately it is not all perfect.

Road Test: 2012 Ford Ranger 2.2 TDCi 4×4 Super Cab
By November 19, 2012 Read More →

Road Test: 2012 Ford Ranger 2.2 TDCi 4×4 Super Cab

The all-new 2012 Ford Ranger has been designed from the ground up. It has a new chassis, new engines and gearboxes, new suspension, new steering system, new brakes and of course new interior and exterior design. At 5359mm long and 1850mm wide, the new Ranger is bigger than its predecessor. It also looks much bigger and more muscular than the previous-generation model. Ranger is offered in three cab body styles; Regular, Super and Double Cab. Regular Cab has a bit shorter overall length (5274mm), but offers the biggest cargo bed with a length of 2317mm. This Super Cab provides a bit more cargo space inside the car. The four-door system in the Super Cab includes two forward-hinged doors and two rear-hinged access panels. It provides access to the cargo space behind the seats. The four-door model, Double Cab offers seats for five. Cargo bed length of the Double Cab is 1560mm.

Road Test: 2012 Toyota GT86
By November 5, 2012 Read More →

Road Test: 2012 Toyota GT86

Toyota has a wide model range, but one thing has been missing recently, a sports car. This is a bit of a shame as Toyota’s history includes many great sport models, like 2000GT, AE86 and Celica. Now the wait is finally over and the list continues with the new GT86. Jointly developed by Toyota and Subaru, the new sports car is known as Toyota GT86 in Europe, Toyota 86 in Japan, Scion FR-S in USA, while the Subaru’s version is named BRZ. Comparing to the other cars in the Toyota’s model range, this new driver-oriented vehicle is a bold move for Toyota. GT86 returns to Toyota’s sporting roots with the combination of a front-mounted, naturally aspirated, free-revving petrol engine, rear-wheel drive and a compact body.

Road Test: 2012 Audi RS 5 Coupe
By October 22, 2012 Read More →

Road Test: 2012 Audi RS 5 Coupe

The top-of-the-line Audi A5, the RS 5 clearly differs from the rest of the A5 models with its more muscular exterior. The body has been widened with flared wheel arches and side sill rims. The car also sits 20 millimetres closer to the ground than the standard A5. The sportier front bumper has large air intakes in the place of the fog lights. The single frame radiator grille is in high-gloss anthracite with an aluminium-look surround. Also the mirror housings have a matt aluminium look. At the rear, the diffuser and two oval exhaust outlets provide a powerful look. A tailgate spoiler extends automatically at a speed of 120 km/h and retracts when the speed drops to 80 km/h. Driver can also activate the rear spoiler with a press of a button. The 19-inch, forged alloy wheels are shod with 265/35-series tires.

Road Test: 2012 BMW M550d xDrive Touring
By October 15, 2012 Read More →

Road Test: 2012 BMW M550d xDrive Touring

BMW M GmbH has created a completely new model range in addition to their traditional M cars. The new BMW M Performance Automobiles take position between BMW’s standard models and the M sport versions. The M Performance Automobiles have improved performance and driving dynamics compared to the standard models, but offer more comfort and better everyday usability than the M models. At launch, the M Performance Automobiles product category includes 1 Series, 5 Series, X5 and X6 models.

Road Test: 2012 Mercedes-Benz GLK 220 CDI 4Matic
By October 1, 2012 Read More →

Road Test: 2012 Mercedes-Benz GLK 220 CDI 4Matic

It is strange how small changes in exterior can have a big impact on the car’s appearance. The updated Mercedes-Benz GLK looks all-new, although basically only things that have changed are the lights. Both the headlights and rear lights have been restyled. Beneath the new headlamps are the LED daytime driving lights, which are standard in the GLK. At the rear, GLK has new rear lights and a new underguard, which is optionally available in chrome. The chrome-plated tailpipes integrated to the rear apron are a standard feature. In addition, the roof rails have a new design and there are also new wheel designs in sizes 17, 18 and 19 inches available for the updated GLK.