People-movers are pretty passé, which explains the continual success of seven-seat crossover SUVs like the group tested here. We’ve assembled what we consider to be six of the best, with the added bonus that all are either new models or at least recently upgraded. There’s the Hyundai Santa Fe and its related Kia Sorento cousin, the new Mazda CX-8, the left-field Peugeot 5008, stretched Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace, and its Skoda Kodiaq twin-under-the-skin. All of these are positioned as five-seaters with small, stowable third seating rows that can be pulled up and thrown into work at the drop of a hat. Many brands have identified this ‘5+2’ market as a sweet spot. We’ve tested all of these in high-end specification levels, with the pricing as tested ranging between about $58,000 and $61,500 before on-road costs. Naturally, all can be had for much less if you’re willing to forgo some luxuries. Pricing and equipment Kicking things off is the … [Read more...] about 2018 Large 7-Seat SUV Mega Test
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If one thing's clear about the Kia Stinger GT, it's that it doesn't have a clear competitor. There just aren't many mid-sized, twin-turbocharged, V-6, rear-wheel-drive hatchbacks out there. Absent an exact match, we humbly suggest the Alfa Romeo Giulia Ti. Both are new players in the sports sedan-ish game, and we can connect the dots: Kia hired the former vice president of engineering for BMW's M Performance division to lead high-performance development at Hyundai-Kia, and the Giulia stole the crown of best-driving sedan from BMW in Cars.com's 2017 Luxury Sports Sedan Challenge. OK, it's a stretch, but the matchup makes sense — that is, dollars and cents. As-tested pricing for the Stinger GT was $50,100, and the Giulia Ti was $51,990 (all prices include destination charges). Related: Braun Vs. Brawn: BMW M4 Vs. Ford Mustang GT Performance Pack 2 Part of our test was to see if the cars deliver on their sporting intentions by driving both at GingerMan Raceway in South Haven, … [Read more...] about Kia Stinger GT Vs. Alfa Romeo Giulia Ti: Who Does Luxury and Lap Times Best?
The Hyundai Elantra is an attractive and affordable option in the small segment, with the usual Hyundai strong points and versatile day-to-day usability. If you’re thinking the 2018 Hyundai Elantra Active looks like it's been around for a while, you’d be right – it has been with us in its current form for a few years now. The small-car segment is an interesting one for Hyundai in Australia too, with both the i30 hatch and Elantra fighting it out for sales.We already know the i30 is an excellent car, so how does the Elantra stack up in a segment that has seen something of a resurgence? Strong small-car contenders include the Ford Focus, Holden Astra, Honda Civic, Mazda 3, Peugeot 308, Renault Megane, Subaru Impreza, Toyota Corolla and Volkswagen Golf. It seems we’re writing it all the time now, but this is a seriously competitive segment in Australia – more people are looking at it as an option now too – and the aforementioned contenders all mount … [Read more...] about 2018 Hyundai Elantra Active review
0 Comments Review: Nissan Leaf - 'composed, refined and impressive - expect its domination' BelfastTelegraph.co.uk This is the new Nissan Leaf, the second generation of the bestselling electric vehicle, which accounted for nearly half of all pure electric car sales in the UK last year. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/cars/review-nissan-leaf-composed-refined-and-impressive-expect-its-domination-36548297.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/incoming/article36568698.ece/75c52/AUTOCROP/h342/17531330-1%202.jpg Email This is the new Nissan Leaf, the second generation of the bestselling electric vehicle, which accounted for nearly half of all pure electric car sales in the UK last year. It's loaded with advanced technology, has a new look and a longer range. Nissan says 12,000 orders have been taken since it was revealed three months ago, with 7,000 of those being from previous Leaf owners. It's also the poster child for Nissan's Intelligent Mobility ecosystem. The Japanese … [Read more...] about Review: Nissan Leaf
Gallery New electric Nissan Leaf looks better, goes further, provides better value, is more refined and better to drive. Picture: Nissan Nissan Having dominated the electric vehicle market since its initial release, the Nissan Leaf is back. Can it pick up where it left off? Darren Cassey finds out. Nissan Leaf is much more stylish than before, a handsome car. Picture: Nissan The new Nissan Leaf, second generation of the best-selling electric vehicle which accounted for nearly half of all UK pure electric car sales in the UK last year, has advanced technology, a new look and longer range. It’s also the poster child for Nissan’s ‘Intelligent Mobility’ eco system. The Japanese firm is branching out to promote a more sustainable society, using renewable energy and allowing owners to plug their vehicles into the grid to support the national network. Electric vehicles are more expensive than petrol and diesel models but the new Leaf’s starting price is … [Read more...] about Nissan turning over new Leaf for electric vehicles