The Touareg is the vehicle that kicked things off for Volkswagen in the SUV segment more than 16 years ago. It is now in its third generation and sits on top of the Tiguan, T-Roc and T-Cross. The current Touareg shares its underpinnings with the Audi Q7 and Q8, Porsche Cayenne, Bentley Bentayga and Lamborghini Urus. You wouldn’t know it by just looking at it, though, as it adopts VW’s new design language on the exterior, while the cabin is includes the brand’s latest and greatest technologies. Also Read: Here’s How The 2019 VW Touareg Visually Compares To Its Predecessor Among them, there’s an infotainment system with a massive screen, which may be a bit of an overkill, according to CarBuyer’s review. It apparently takes a lot of time to get used to, but on the plus side, it’s highly customizable and offers access to various functions of the car. As far as practicality is concerned, there are some good-sized door bins, a generous glove box … [Read more...] about 2019 VW Touareg Is A Tech-Laden, Extra Comfortable Cruiser
The Land Cruiser has, through the years, earned a reputation as the world’s most reliable and capable SUV. And rightly so, as a multitude of generations that were launched since 1951 has proven all around the world. The thing is, the current iteration has become too expensive. So much so, that Toyota has priced it roughly the same as the posher Lexus LX. Yes, you read that right: the 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser and the 2018 Lexus LX (which is based on the Land Cruiser), cost about the same. Actually, at that price range you can buy lots of premium SUVs, such as the Audi Q7, Mercedes GLE and GLS, BMW X5, 2019 Land Rover Discovery – or two Highlanders, and get lots of change, too. What’s more, if you add just $3,000 more to the base price of the Land Cruiser, you can buy a brand new 2019 Range Rover, which is by no means a scrub when it comes to taking on harsh terrain. According to Doug DeMuro, there is more than enough method to the madness here. Toyota builds its Land … [Read more...] about 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser Is Very Good, But Does It Justify An $85,000 Price Tag?
Volkswagen has been constantly updating the Amarok with new powertrains and special editions ever since they started producing it in 2010. However, the body-on-frame pickup truck remains largely unchanged, and opting for such a vehicle, instead of the more popular SUVs, means having to live with some of the flaws. Technically, the Volkswagen Amarok is a commercial vehicle, so it’s not as refined as modern SUVs. There’s quite a lot of wind noise coming into the cockpit at highway speeds, and it’s not as agile through corners. Also, things are quite tight at the back for passengers due to the limited legroom and headroom. Also Watch: VW Golf GTD Takes On Amarok V6 TDI, Place Your Bets But if consumers can live with these issues, then they’ll find that for a pickup truck, the Volkswagen Amarok drives and rides fairly well. The interior feels solidly put together, although there are lots of hard plastics, and they won’t miss out on some of the technologies … [Read more...] about Is The Volkswagen Amarok Still A Good Buy, 8 Years After Its Launch?
About eight years ago, Swedish automaker Saab began manufacturing its second-generation 9-5 model, which was way overdue and a direct rival to the Volvo S80, Audi A6, BMW 5-Series and Mercedes E-Class. Unfortunately, the car never got a chance to really get off the line properly, as production ended with only 11,280 units in the clear, due to Saab’s financial issues which dragged on for a while and its eventual insolvency. But where does that leave the actual product? Well, according to Doug DeMuro, the 9-5 is a pretty good car, with no shortage of noteworthy quirks and features. For example, did you know that by pressing its ‘Night Panel’ button, you won’t be just shutting off the backlight on various gauges and displays, but also their functionality? For example, once you press it, the fuel gauge needle drops to empty. Another interesting quirk is the alternative digital speedometer, which is made to look like something you’d find in the cockpit of a … [Read more...] about Second-Gen 9-5 Was A Good Car
The Ascent is Subaru’s largest model ever, offering seating for up to eight in its practical cabin and plenty of features. It is also the first model to feature a new turbocharged 2.4-liter boxer engine that kicks out 260hp and 277lb-ft of peak torque. A CVT gearbox is the only option, featuring a manual mode with eight simulated ‘gears’ that can be operated via the steering wheel-mounted paddles. Subaru claims that the Ascent can tow up to 5,000 lbs (2,267 kg) and offer a driving range of over 500 miles (800 km) on a full tank of fuel. The cabin is offered in various configurations, among which is a set of captain’s chairs in the second row if carrying up to eight people isn’t a necessity. The infotainment system features an eight-inch touchscreen display in more expensive trim levels and comes with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Practicality features are plenty and include things like four USB ports, 19 (!) cupholders, a three-zone climate control … [Read more...] about 2019 Subaru Ascent Has Everything You’d Want From A Mid-Size SUV