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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.

Road Test: 2013 Peugeot 208 1.6 e-HDi 115 FAP Allure
By May 21, 2012 Read More →

Road Test: 2013 Peugeot 208 1.6 e-HDi 115 FAP Allure

It’s always interesting to test drive a new 200 series Peugeot. After the successful 207, it’s now time for the Peugeot 208. The new 208 makes a little exception what comes to the new cars as this new model is actually a bit smaller than its predecessor. Due to the shorter overhangs front and rear, 208 is 70mm shorter than the 207. Designers have also cut slices from its width (-20mm) and height (-10mm). The Peugeot 208 is also considerably lighter. Basic model’s kerb weight is just 975 kg. This diesel engined model weighs 1090 kilograms.

Road Test: 2012 Mercedes-Benz ML 250 BlueTec 4Matic
By April 30, 2012 Read More →

Road Test: 2012 Mercedes-Benz ML 250 BlueTec 4Matic

When it comes to the fuel economy, the star of the show is the new ML 250 BlueTec. Mercedes-Benz’s 2.2-litre turbodiesel has been seen in many Mercedes model series and now it has found its way to the new ML. The four-cylinder diesel sure is economical. The combined fuel consumption of the ML 250 BlueTec is just 6,0 l/100km. The CO2 emissions are only 158 g/km. These are pretty remarkably numbers for a big SUV with a four-wheel drive. On the test drive, the average fuel consumption was little over seven litres per hundred kilometres.

Road Test: 2012 Suzuki Swift Sport
By April 9, 2012 Read More →

Road Test: 2012 Suzuki Swift Sport

Even the basic version of the Suzuki Swift is pretty fun to drive. With the 1.2-litre engine, it is not very powerful, but small and agile. Now there is a new Sport-version available, that should provide more of everything. It looks a bit sportier and has an updated chassis. And most importantly, instead of the 1.2-litre, there is a 1.6-litre engine under the hood.

Road Test: 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee 3.0 CRD Overland
By March 19, 2012 Read More →

Road Test: 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee 3.0 CRD Overland

It took a while before we got to test drive the new Jeep Grand Cherokee, but here it finally is. And I must say, it looks pretty great. Car’s designers have spent a significant amount of time to improve Grand Cherokee’s aerodynamic numbers, and it shows. Improved aerodynamics reduce wind noises and also help with the fuel efficiency. It also makes the Grand Cherokee look a bit sportier. Eventhough every surface of the exterior has been redesigned, the Grand Cherokee still has the familiar form. The front grille and headlamps look like a modern version of the classic Jeep design. The bold wheel arches give the car a muscular look and the 20-inch wheels are standard on the Overland-model. The dark exterior colour with the chrome parts look like a perfect compination. A new feature is the CommandView dual-panel sun roof that extends from the windshield to the rear of the vehicle. The front panel may be opened rearward providing additional light and fresh air to first-row passengers. The rear panel, which is fixed, allows light and open viewing for second-row passengers.