The eighth generation VW Passat (B8), introduced in mid-2014, has received its mid-life facelift. Here’s how the original and facelifted models stack up.The 2019 VW Passat features a mildly updated design. The bumpers, the radiator grille, and the Passat logo (now repositioned to the central area at the rear) all have undergone a redesign. Following the third generation VW Touareg last year, the new mid-size sedan is the German automaker’s second model to feature IQ.Light LED matrix headlights. The tweaked LED tail lights are inspired by those of the flagship SUV. There are four new styles of 17, 18, and 19-inch alloy wheels and new paint options as well, such as Lapiz Blue, Bottlegreen and Sandgold.Moving to the interior, the 2019 Passat is the company’s first model to feature a captive steering wheel, which detects touch by the driver. If the driver lets go off the steering wheel for more than around 10 seconds, a series of warning signals are issued, and if … [Read more...] about 2019 VW Passat vs. 2014 VW Passat
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Andrew McDonald • There are so many different types of vehicles on the road, and so many variations in engine choices in one model of vehicle, it can be confusing to the everyday motorist to decide on the appropriate fuel. There are also many reports of people putting the wrong fuel in their vehicles, often with catastrophic results. This guide will help clarify fuel differences, and what to do if you put the wrong fuel into your vehicle. What are the fuel types commonly available? Enter any fuel station and you’ll see a whole range of different fuels, especially the premium offerings. You’ll see regular unleaded, or 91-octane, premium unleaded 95, premium unleaded 98, E10 unleaded, E85 ethanol, diesel and premium diesel. That’s a lot of choice and potential disaster considering that there are only two major fuels: unleaded petrol and diesel. LPG, or liquid petroleum gas, is another fuel you’ll find, but it’s not as popular as it … [Read more...] about Which fuel type do I need? Petrol, diesel, E10, LPG… what’s the difference?
The G-Wagen's origin story is a familiar one. Conceived in the early seventies, the first model approved by the Daimler board in '73 was so brazenly perpendicular that the designers had reputedly cut it from a single block of wood. The medium was appropriate: the 'Gelandewagen' was intended to be rudimentary and hard-wearing, essential commodities in a military vehicle, which was precisely how the last Shah of Iran (an influential Mercedes shareholder) imagined the car when he recommended the idea. Following extensive testing, it fulfilled its battlefield runaround role admirably and by '79 it was being offered as a robust way for civilians to thwart mother nature, too. Its journey from there though, particularly since 1990, has mirrored the implacable, upmarket rise of the 4x4. Mercedes - with no little help from AMG along the way - found the presumed tiny niche for powerful and increasingly luxurious SUVs about as shallow as the Mariana Trench. Well-heeled customers, prominent … [Read more...] about Mercedes-AMG G63 vs Toyota Land Cruiser Utility