One of the great things about technology is – with the exception of Apple products – consumers get more for their money every year. For example, the first 1GB USB drive I bought in 2005 cost me $30. Today you can get 10 for that price, delivered to your door thanks to Amazon. The same goes for car tech. Features such as navigation and Bluetooth started out on high-end vehicles before trickling down to entry-level cars. Same with driver assist features ranging from rearview cameras to forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking — so now it's not only rich people who are protected in car crashes. I've found that this democratization of tech has reached a point where amenities on low-cost cars can be as good — and sometimes even better — than those on vehicles costing tens of thousands of dollars more. While attending a media event for the launch of the all-new 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback, I was impressed by the car's cool styling and … [Read more...] about Economy-car buyers increasingly get the best deal on technology
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Customisation is in vogue at the moment, but choice can be seriously confusing. In our new configurator challenge, we’re going to let the CarAdvice team loose on a manufacturer’s website to create their ideal spec of a certain model. For this edition of the Configurator Challenge, we’re building BMW M cars of essentially every flavour. Start your engines, folks. Let us know what you think in the comments, and let us know which cars you’d like to see next! Scott Collie, Journalist There are lots of brilliant BMW M cars out there, and the M2 was very, very tempting, but the new M5 is just too much of a stunner to look past. Also, having read Rob’s review, you’d be mad not to consider the twin-turbo bahn-stormer. Maybe because it’s brand new, or maybe because BMW is gunning for the AMG E63 S, there aren’t many options to be had here. There’s only one engine – a 4.4-litre turbocharged bent-eight making 441kW of power and … [Read more...] about Configurator Challenge: BMW M cars
With these luxurious cars you stand a chance of having your cake and eating it too. Not only will you sit or lie in a cabin of unrivalled comfort, but you can even be doing so in a vehicle which has sensible running costs – as company cars these just can’t be too silly to run. So, sit back and enjoy our top ten choices, from Audi to Rolls-Royce. 10, Audi A7 Sportback Just look at those elegant lines, then look inside at that beautiful cabin. The tailgate gives easy access to the big and accommodating boot and, in this guise, you get a gorgeous V6 diesel for hardly more than the 2.0-litre four-pot. Top choice: 3.0 TDI Ultra SE Executive S tronic 9. Rolls-Royce Ghost The Ghost costs from £225,000 yet that does actually make it a bit of a bargain compared to the Phantom. For that you get one of the finest cabins known to man, and a 6.6-litre, 563bhp V12 which might tempt you from the back seat to the front. Top choice: EWB 8. Mercedes CLS The graceful lines … [Read more...] about The top 10 luxury cars on the market
The world is shifting, and with it, the automobile. In another generation or so, gas powered cars may be a thing of the past, left only to enthusiasts and collectors. Electric cars are nothing new. In fact, the world’s first practical electric vehicle dates back to 1835, predating Karl Benz’ patent on his motorized carriage by 50 years! However, what is new in the world of electric cars is mainstream variety. EV’s are no longer an obscure novelty item, nor are they being stamped out by “Big Oil” like GM’s fabled EV1 of the 90’s. Nowadays nearly every car company offers some variant on an electric car, hybrid or plug-in hybrid. With more and more popping up every day, you now have your pick of the litter. Electric cars now come in a variety of shapes, sizes and trim levels. With an electric vehicle that can meet almost any budget, there’s an electric out there for you. Here at Auto City, we are fortunate enough to see some really great … [Read more...] about THE ELECTRIC CAR SHOOTOUT: Chevrolet Volt vs. Nissan Leaf vs. BMW i3
FINAL REPORT - scroll down for earlier reports“Do you know what?” my partner asked me as we homed back in on Calais after 1500 miles in a week in the BMW 320d xDrive, adding those to the 15,000 miles racked up in the previous 11 months. “I’m really going to miss this car.” Why did she think that? “I don’t know why...”Ah. But as strange as it sounds, I’m with her on that. Well, I do know why, but I understand what she meant: the 3 Series is one of those cars that gets pretty much every little thing right, in such an unassuming way, that it makes life with it so easy, enjoyable and rewarding almost without you ever really noticing it.Whatever the 3 Series’ status and reputation as a stellar car to drive and a fine all-rounder, though, it still arrived in our possession last summer with a lot to prove. Back then, it had just undergone a facelift and its position as the star pupil of the class it had ruled for so long was under … [Read more...] about BMW 320d long-term test review: all the car you’d ever need?