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Road Test: 2012 Volkswagen Passat Alltrack 2.0 TDI 4Motion
By September 24, 2012 Read More →

Road Test: 2012 Volkswagen Passat Alltrack 2.0 TDI 4Motion

The new Volkswagen Passat Alltrack offers features of an SUV in the form of a conventional Passat Estate. From the outside, the new Passat Alltrack looks very similar to the Passat Estate, except being 30mm higher off course. In addition, the Alltrack can be recognized from the 17-inch alloy wheels, new bumber styling, flared side sills, silver roof rails and front and rear underbody guards. The window surrounds, door mirror housings and radiator grille have matt chrome finish. Naturally there are also Alltrack signatures at the front and rear of the car.

Road Test: 2012 Audi A5 Cabriolet 2.0 TFSI quattro
By September 10, 2012 Read More →

Road Test: 2012 Audi A5 Cabriolet 2.0 TFSI quattro

The Audi A5 model series offers three body types. The Coupe looks fantastic, Sportback is more useful with its rear doors, and this Cabriolet is perfect for sunny weather. Audi updated the whole A5 model series for 2012 and added a few design details to its exterior. At the front the most noticeable changes are the new headlights which now have a wedge shape. LED daytime running lights provide a distinctive look with the optional xenon plus headlights. Also the front grille and the front bumper have been redesigned. At the rear the lights and the bumper got a little facelift. The rear lights are optionally available with continuous LED light strips.

Road Test: 2012 Volvo S60 T6 AWD Polestar
By September 3, 2012 Read More →

Road Test: 2012 Volvo S60 T6 AWD Polestar

The most powerful engine variant available for Volvo S60 is the 6-cylinder, 3.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine known as the T6. As standard, it produces 304 horsepower and 440 Newton metres of torque. This provides quite a good performance for the Volvo S60. Acceleration from zero to 100 km/h takes 6,1 seconds and the top speed is 250 km/h. This kind of performance is usually enough for all your driving needs. But no matter how fast your car is, as the time goes by, you get used to its performance and the car may start to feel just a bit slow. Luckily, this kind of problem can be solved quite easily especially when you have a turbocharged engine. By tweaking the engine management system, you can have a nice improvement in the engine’s power output. However, with a chip tuning there is always a little risk that you don’t want to take, especially when you have a new car.

Road Test: 2012 Mercedes-Benz SL 350
By August 27, 2012 Read More →

Road Test: 2012 Mercedes-Benz SL 350

The Mercedes-Benz SL is now in its sixth generation. This latest SL roadster has a new design, but much has stayed the same. The new SL has kept its traditional proportions with a set back passenger compartment, long bonnet and muscular rear end. The radiator grille and the headlights have have a bit of similar design as in the smaller SLK, while the rear lights look very similar to those in the previous model. Compared to the predecessor, the new SL is 50mm longer and 57mm wider. However, due to the consistent weight reduction, the new SL is considerably lighter.

Road Test: 2012 BMW M5
By August 13, 2012 Read More →

Road Test: 2012 BMW M5

It looks much like a BMW 5 Series Sedan, but the new BMW M5 is actually a very different kind of a car. It is a sports car disguised as a friendly looking sedan. For the first time, the BMW M5 is now powered by a turbocharged engine. While the preciding M5 had a 5.0-litre V10, there is now a 4.4-litre V8 under the bonnet. The turbocharging not only improves performance, but also the efficiency of the car.

Road Test: 2012 Audi Q5 hybrid quattro
By July 30, 2012 Read More →

Road Test: 2012 Audi Q5 hybrid quattro

Audi Q5 hybrid quattro is the first hybrid model from Audi. In 1997 Audi built a limited edition of Audi Duo hybrid cars. The Audi Duo was based on the Audi A4 Avant. However, the car was ahead of its time and didn’t create much interestest. Thing have changed a lot among car buyers since then so the new Q5 hybrid quattro will probably have much better success on the market. From the outside, the Q5 hybrid quattro can be recognized by its fully painted bumpers, new 19-inch wheels and small hybrid emblems in the tailgate. Inside, a special instruments display replaces the tachometer. Otherwise, it looks much the same as the basic Q5. The all-white Q5 looks nice, but much more interesting is the technology that it contains.

Road Test: 2012 Audi A6 allroad 3.0 TDI quattro S tronic
By July 16, 2012 Read More →

Road Test: 2012 Audi A6 allroad 3.0 TDI quattro S tronic

Audi A6 allroad 3.0 TDI quattro S tronic. This long model name reveals that the latest A6 allroad comes as fully packed. Actually, to make the list perfect, it could be continued with the air suspension. Now in its third generation, the new Audi A6 allroad is 4.94 meters (16.21 ft) long, 1.90 meters (6.23 ft) wide and 1.47 meters (4.82 ft) tall. So it is just marginally bigger than the A6 Avant. The special features in the exterior are the single-frame grille with vertical slats, more widely flared fenders, front and rear underbody covers made of stainless steel, two flattened exhaust tailpipes and the roof rails mounted on double bars. The wheel well edges, the bumpers and the sills are painted in a contrasting colour. Audi offers LED technology as an option for the headlights and tail lights and the xenon plus headlights can be combined with adaptive light feature.

Road Test: 2012 Abarth 500 Esseesse
By July 2, 2012 Read More →

Road Test: 2012 Abarth 500 Esseesse

The Abarth 500 has a turbocharged, 1.4-litre 16v engine. It produces 135 horsepower and 206 Newton metres of torque. Enough to provide quite a good performance for this small car. Sprint from zero to 100 km/h takes 7,9 seconds and the top speed is 205 km/h. For those of you, who want more, Abarth offers the Esseesse tuning kit. Tuned with the Esseesse kit, the 1368cc T-Jet engine produces now 160 horsepower and 230 Newton metres of torque. With its better power reserves, the Esseesse model can reach 100 km/h in 7,4 seconds and the top speed is 211 km/h. The fuel consumption and the emissions are the same as they are in the standard model. Combined fuel consumption is 6,5 l/100km and the CO2 emissions are 151 g/km.

Road Test: 2013 Volvo V40 T4
By June 18, 2012 Read More →

Road Test: 2013 Volvo V40 T4

The competition in the premium hatchback segment is only getting tougher as Volvo brings out its new V40 model. The V stands for Versatile, and so far the V-models have all been wagons. Naming this new car as V40 is a bit confusing as earlier Volvo had the V40 wagon in its lineup. However, this all-new Volvo V40 hatchback is soon on the market and it has allready build up expectations to do well in the market, as it is going to replace the current S40 and V50 model ranges.

Road Test: 2012 Citroen DS5 THP 156
By June 4, 2012 Read More →

Road Test: 2012 Citroen DS5 THP 156

The latest addition to the Citroen’s DS-range is the Citroen DS5. The new DS5 looks like a sportier and more stylish edition of the Citroen C5. At the front you notice the double chevron grille and the chrome finished sabres that flow from the top of the headlights to the windscreen. The bonnet section is quite short, but with a huge windscreen, the driver actually sits quite far from the nose of the car. From the front the Citroen DS5 looks more like C5, but from the rear it’s something very different. The roof line starts to drop from B-pillar backwards and the rear overhang is very short. DS5 has a kind of a hatchback rear end which looks a bit funny, until you get used to it. The sporty design is finalized with the dark tinted rear windows and the twin exhaust.