After its recent unveiling in March at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, the Volvo V60 has now undergone its first official media scrutiny session, with extremely positive results. Automotive journalist Steve Fowler got behind the wheel of a D4 Inscription model, with 190 PS (187 HP) and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque, and went for a spin around some very nice roads in order to find out if this really is the most dynamic Volvo ever made, as claimed by the Swedish automaker. While the grip is good and the handling is decent even on twisty roads, Fowler says there’s no feel through the steering, which would immediately place it below the BMW 3-Series Touring if this was a direct comparison test. On a more positive note, the body roll is limited, the car is very quiet and relaxing to drive, the tech is excellent and so are all the clever active safety features, such as City Safety with Autobrake, Pilot Assist and many more. Inscription models such as this one come standard with leather … [Read more...] about All-New Volvo V60 Is A Very Convincing Premium Compact Estate
None The Honda Clarity Plug-in, left, and Toyota Camry Hybrid are similarly priced (loaded) at $37,000, including safety assist systems, big trunks and plenty of interior space. The Camry hybrid boasts longer range on a tank of gas, but the Clarity will get 50 miles on battery power alone. Henry Payne, The Detroit News … [Read more...] about Honda Clarity Plug-in vs. Toyota Camry Hybrid
There is more than one way to view the all-new 2019 VW Touareg. For example, since it uses the same platform as some of the VW Group’s poshest SUVs, you might be inclined to look at it as an affordable Bentley Bentayga. At the same time, you shouldn’t get your expectations to sky rocket, especially with regards to interior quality, which the all-new Touareg has plenty of, according to Carwow, yet certainly not on the same level as the previously mentioned Bentley, nor a Porsche Cayenne or even an Audi Q7 for that matter. Lower quality “scratchy” plastic was found in certain places around the cabin, like on the edges of the center console, on the door pockets and the glove box. Other than that, there are no complaints in this review, especially once the focus turns to the massive central touchscreen display – which is great, aside from one or two ergonomics issues. On the open road, the Touareg feels “surprisingly agile”, says the reviewer. … [Read more...] about Is The 2019 VW Touareg The People’s Bentley Bentayga?
4 By Alastair Sooke What will the future look like? After visiting the V&A’s latest exhibition, The Future Starts Here, which sets out to explore how design is “shaping the world of tomorrow”, I can tell you: sinister, that’s what. The show packs in 112 objects, products and “projects”, including solar-powered shirts that can charge a smartphone, and driverless cars – which, by my reckoning, have been a staple of crystal-ball-gazing exhibitions for years, even though engineers have yet to guarantee their safety. High above everything, though, is a drone currently being developed by Facebook, swooping among the rafters like a sort of dark, giant bat. It’s called “Aquila” (Latin for eagle), which sounds noble, but also carries scary imperialistic associations. This feels appropriate, since Aquila, which has a 140ft wingspan (comparable to that of a Boeing 737 and making it the largest object ever … [Read more...] about The Future Starts Here, V&A, review
AT what level of success do you stop caring about what you look like to others? You know, that special confidence when someone knows they’re the pinnacle of cool, and sheds the social anxiety which keeps the rest of us wearing the same brand of trainers and constantly upgrading our iPhones. You only see it occasionally, but when you do it’s impressive. I saw it last week, on the launch of the new Mercedes G-Class. Take a look at it in these pictures. Now point out how it’s changed in looks in the 40 years its been made. Not easy is it? And that’s very deliberate. The G-Class is hands down one of the most iconic pieces of automotive design of all time — and that’s why it doesn’t need to change. There’s something charmingly cocky about Merc’s attitude. While other manufacturers produce more and more SUVs to meet demand — farting out biscuit tin cars designed to play on our sheep-like instinct to fit in — … [Read more...] about The Mercedes G-Class is hands down one of the most iconic pieces of automotive design of all time
The new Suzuki Swift Sport has to prove if it still has the fun-to-drive brilliance of its predecessors, a quality that made it so respectable in the petrolhead community. Entry-level hot hatches were considered a dying breed, but cars like the Swift Sport and the Up! GTI give us hope that there’s still a market for affordable, sharp-handling daily drivers. The most significant change over the old model is located under the bonnet. Suzuki replaced the naturally aspirated 1.6-liter unit with a turbocharged 1.4-liter engine that makes 138 HP and 169 lb-ft (230Nm) of torque. The second most significant change is the new platform. just like the regular Swifts, the Sport is based on a new, lighter and stiffer architecture that enables it to tip the scales at just 970 kg. Suzuki claims it hits 0-62 mph (100 km/h) in 8.2 seconds, with the Swift Sport able to top out at 130 mph (209 km/h). Having a turbocharged engine also means that fuel economy is improved, with the new model returning … [Read more...] about Is The New Suzuki Swift Sport The Most Fun You Can Have For The Money?
If you’re in the market for a family-focused supermini, opting for a wagon body style can be a wise decision. The thing is, your options are pretty limited. Aside from the Skoda Fabia Estate, or the similarly styled Clio from Renault, there isn’t much else you can look at. Seat discontinued the Ibiza ST a couple of years back, while the Dacia Logan MCV isn’t exactly a supermini, despite the low price tag. Based on these findings by What Car, the 2018 Fabia Estate is sufficiently roomy up front and in the rear, very practical, has good quality materials (although not as good as the VW Polo) and, if you opt for the SE spec, that means getting a 6.5-inch touchscreen display instead of the smaller 5-inch one available on the entry-level S spec. Boot space is impressive too, where you get 530 liters (18.7 cu.ft) with the rear seats up, and 1,395 liters (49.2 cu.ft) with everything folded away. For driving satisfaction, this reviewer recommends the 1.0 TSI version, which … [Read more...] about Is The 2018 Skoda Fabia Estate The Sensible Choice For Young Families?
None The Ford F-150 Power Stroke Diesel doesn't come cheap. Ford only offers it in high trims (Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum). In Lariat, the diesel is $4,000 above the base 2.7-liter, turbo V-6. While in King Ranch trim, it is $3,000 north of the standard V-8. Henry Payne, The Detroit News … [Read more...] about 2018 Ford F-150 Power Stroke Diesel
Corka in Majorca Some people believe that all convertibles are essentially the same when you put the roof down, but the heroic hybrid tech of this electric two-seater proves them wrong QUESTION. What’s the difference between a BMW i8 Roadster costing £124,730 and a 13-year-old MX-5 costing £2,000? Er, £122,730 obviously. But apart from that, not much at all. My point is this, once you put the roof down on a car everything else about it is much less important. And you get the same sensations — the same views, the same wind in you hair, the same sunburned bonce — in a battered old MX-5 as you would in an i8. Except you don’t. Not really. The i8 Roadster is light years ahead of any other drop-top I’ve driven, not just for its jaw-on-the-floor looks but for its heroic hybrid tech. It can do up to 30 miles in pure electric mode — at speeds up to 75mph. Yes, you can save the world in this car, buddy, and look damn good while … [Read more...] about BMW i8 Roadster Review: Jaw-on-the-floor looks, environmentally friendly and light years ahead of any other drop-top
While the regular Tiguan is a very strong competitor among non-premium compact SUVs, the Allspace version struggles a bit with being a 7-seater. At least that’s how Carwow feels, following their review of this 2018 VW Tiguan Allspace 2.0 TDI diesel. Right off the bat, the reviewer jumps in the back row and realizes that there’s less room than you get in the Skoda Kodiaq. And by less room, it means almost no room, as this reviewer’s head just about touches the roof and his feet spread awkwardly. In order for an adult to fit in the third row, the middle row would need to be pushed forward, which in turn means a tight squeeze for anyone sitting there. Of course, it’s not all bad with the Tiguan Allspace. The SUV does feature loads of storage space (even for third row passengers), reclining rear seats, solid visibility and good road manners. In fact, the Allspace is said to drive just like the normal Tiguan, which is obviously a compliment. The steering is sharp and … [Read more...] about VW Tiguan Allspace 7-Seater Review Raises Concerns About Practicality