Tweet TweetThe all-new 2018 Audi Q2 is definitely the type of compact crossover you would want to drive for daily commuting, for picking-up your children from school or going for some shopping in a big crowded city. It is a fast SUV that has become even faster now with the newly-introduced 2.0T engine in Australia. In the Land Down Under, the 2018 Audi Q2 Sport 2.0 TFSI costs $48,500 and is placed as a mid-entry level variant between the standard Q2 Design 1.4 TFSI ($41,800) and top of the line Q2 Sport 2.0 TDI ($49,100). The model involved here features a turbo petrol engine with flat-four cylinder displacement, capable of churning out 140 kW and 320 Nm of torque. The entire power is sent to all four corners via a dual-clutch automatic transmission. The 2018 Audi Q2 2.0 TFSI drives so smooth that you won`t realize when you reach 100 km/h from a standstill, and that happens in just 6.5 seconds, at a top speed of 250 km/h. This variant is much feistier than the 2.0 TDI model, which … [Read more...] about Australia: Audi Introduces New 2.0T Engine for 2018 Q2 Sport Compact Crossover
*Go straight to the FULL REVIEW. Overview (Final Score: B) The Chevrolet Cruze was redesigned a couple of years ago, with the new hatchback and a diesel engine option coming out last year. This year both the diesel and hatchback are available in one model, completing the new Cruze lineup. The little 2018 Chevrolet Cruze is sporty and economical, and has an appealing interior. With versatility and comfort in spades, it’s a great entry-level compact option. The interior design and on-road presence are high points for this little car, marking it as a highly competitive option for small-car buyers. The 2018 Chevy Cruze is a five-seat sedan or hatchback available with a gasoline or diesel engine option. The sedan model has four trim levels and the hatchback has two. What We Love About the 2018 Chevrolet Cruze: Great hatchback option Wonderful interior that is more upscale than expected Diesel option gives a good comparable to competitive hybrids What We Don’t Love … [Read more...] about Review: Sporty 2018 Chevrolet Cruze Is Solid Option for Compact Buyers
General Motors is celebrating this year’s New York Auto Show with the debut of an all-new compact SUV. The 2019 Cadillac XT4 is supposed to step up the brand’s crossover game and gain it a bigger share of this enormous pie. But does it have what it takes to do that? Let’s see. On the face of it, 2019 Cadillac XT4 remains loyal yo Caddy’s principle of not giving in to the latest design trends. That does not mean the XT4 looks outdated, just that it doesn’t look like anything else in this segment. That should be a good ting, if the car didn’t look too niche, as it were. We don’t think the looks of the XT4, refreshingly original though they are, will appeal to the masses. Under the skin though, 2019 Cadillac XT4 seems to be a world-class product. Powering this crossover is a new 2.0 liter turbo engine with a decent output of 237 hp (177 kW) and 258 lb-ft of torque (350 Nm). It is coupled with a 9-speed automatic transmission, … [Read more...] about 2019 Cadillac XT4 Compact SUV Unveiled in New York
Mercedes-Benz never has quite given up on its quest to become the purveyor of relatively affordable, commodity cars. It soon will expand its lineup of entry-luxury models that start at a middle-class point. If you can find a 2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 with absolutely no options, not even an extra-cost paint color, it will set you back $33,695 retail, about the average price of a new vehicle in the U.S. today. That’s a notch above Mercedes’ past commodity efforts, which include the Smart brand it initially shared with the Swatch watch company, and its nine-year ownership of Chrysler. Now, the A-Class lineup is expanding according to Ola Källenius, Mercedes-Benz’s vehicle research & development chief. The lineup consists of the CLA-Class and the GLA-Class crossover/utility in North America, as well as the new A-Class hatchback recently launched in Europe. We scooped the Mercedes A-Class sedan for the U.S. in our August 2016 Future Cars print issue. It’s an … [Read more...] about Mercedes Plans a Family of FWD-Based Compacts for the U.S.
No carmaker wants to miss out on the SUV boat, and filling every crossover size segment is an ongoing mission for most. Over in Coventry, Jaguar has wheeled out a smaller sister to the F-Pace, its first ever SUV and the 2017 World Car of The Year. The all-new Jaguar E-Pace will take on the established BMW X1 and Audi Q3 in the premium compact SUV class. Said to be inspired by the F-Type sports car in design, the E-Pace is claimed to have “exceptional interior space” for a vehicle in this class. At 4,395 mm, it’s 44 mm shorter than the F48 BMW X1, but the Jag’s 2,681 mm wheelbase is 11 mm longer. Rear legroom is 892 mm while luggage capacity is a decent 480 litres, 25 litres down on the BMW. Folding the rear seats creates 1,234 litres of space. Gesture Tailgate allows one to move a foot beneath the sensors positioned at each side of the rear bumper to open the hatch, which can be closed with the same gesture. Jaguar’s Activity Key from the F-Pace is a … [Read more...] about New Jaguar E-Pace compact SUV