Posts Tagged: test drive

Road Test: 2013 Toyota RAV4 2.0 D-4D 2WD
By May 6, 2013 Read More →

Road Test: 2013 Toyota RAV4 2.0 D-4D 2WD

Toyota RAV4’s wheelbase length has been increased by 100 mm. This, together with a thinner front seatback design, provides generous rear seat accommodation. The rear seats may be split 60:40 and each section can be reclined independently to enhance passenger comfort . The driver’s seat hip point has been lowered by 5 mm and seat height adjustment range has been increased by 15 mm to 30 mm. The steering wheel angle has been lowered by 2.3 degrees, and reach adjustment towards the driver increased by up to 38 mm. The increased seat height adjustment range makes it possible to have a lower and more engaging driving position.

Road Test: 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe 2.2 CRDi 4WD
By April 29, 2013 Read More →

Road Test: 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe 2.2 CRDi 4WD

Hyundai Santa Fe has got all-new looks. The exterior design is now sharper and gives the Santa Fe a modern Hyundai look. The front of the car looks massive with a hexagonal front grille and large, tear-drop headlights above the bumber. The lowered roofline, swept-back windshield and upswept lower edges to the rear side windows give the car sporty looks.

Road Test: 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander 2.2 DiD 4WD
By April 22, 2013 Read More →

Road Test: 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander 2.2 DiD 4WD

In Europe, Outlander is offered with a Mitsubishi’s own 2.2-litre diesel engine. This aluminium, 4-cylinder, 16v, double overhead camshaft, common rail, direct injection diesel unit belongs to the Mitsubishi’s 4N1 family of high-tech Clean Diesel engines. Using the MIVEC valve timing system, the engine achieves lower CO2 emissions. Low-end torque has also been improved by reconfiguring the boost pressure setting in the low-load range and by optimising turbocharger geometry.

Road Test: 2013 BMW 120d xDrive
By April 8, 2013 Read More →

Road Test: 2013 BMW 120d xDrive

For the first time, BMW has equipped the compact 1 Series with the intelligent all-wheel drive system. The first engine variants available with the xDrive are the 120d with the four-cylinder diesel and the M135i with the six-cylinder petrol engine. The 120d comes with the six-speed manual gearbox, while the M135i has the eight-speed automatic. You can choose either the 3-door or this 5-door version.

Road Test: 2013 Ford Fiesta ST
By April 1, 2013 Read More →

Road Test: 2013 Ford Fiesta ST

The 2013 Ford Fiesta ST has arrived to European markets. The new Fiesta ST offers lot of same qualities as its big brother, Focus ST, but in some cases it might be even more capable.

Road Test: 2013 Audi RS 4 Avant
By March 18, 2013 Read More →

Road Test: 2013 Audi RS 4 Avant

The Audi RS 4 Avant is kind of combination of two very different car types. From the starting point it is a family wagon, while on the other hand it has the performance of a sportscar. Combining these two features is not always easy, but RS 4 Avant is able to provide the best from the both worlds incredibly well without making any big compromises.

Road Test: 2013 Kia Sorento 2.2 CRDi 4WD
By March 4, 2013 Read More →

Road Test: 2013 Kia Sorento 2.2 CRDi 4WD

From the outside it might look pretty much the same as before, but actually Kia Sorento has changed quite a bit. The updated Kia Sorento comes with an all-new platform and a more rigid bodyshell. Thanks to the use of ultra-high-strength steels in the body construction, the torsional stiffness has been increased by 18 percent compared to the predecessor. The new body construction has also helped the Sorento to loose some weight, but the car’s kerb weight with the automatic transmission is still over 2000 kilograms.

Road Test: 2013 Volvo V40 Cross Country D4
By February 11, 2013 Read More →

Road Test: 2013 Volvo V40 Cross Country D4

At first look the Volvo V40 and Volvo V40 Cross Country might look very much the same, but there are some major differences between these two cars. While the V40 has almost completely body-coloured exterior, the new Cross Country comes with contrasting front and rear bumpers and side sills. In the Cross Country, there is also a bit different looking honeycomb mesh grille at the front. Other exterior details include the black mirror housings and roof rails. Cross Country also comes as standard with the bigger wheel size. The exterior styling can be upgraded with side scuff plates or rear diffuser and skid plate. The big panoramic sunroof is also available as an option. A really useful option in the winter weather is the heated front windscreen.

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.