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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.

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.