In a bid to clean up its nomenclature, Mercedes-Benz decided to add the letters 'GL' to all their cars that could go off the road - a nod to the Gelandewagen (or the G-Class), which is the marque's ultimate off-road vehicle in mass production. A suffix like A, C, E or S from their sedan lineup is then added to those letters to denote the equivalence of luxury and equipment in the SUV. Going by that logic, the GLE would be an off-road capable vehicle with E-Class level of luxury. But what if you would want it the other way round - the elegance of an E-Class, coupled with go-anywhere capability? If that is what you seek, then you don't need to wrap your head around these suffixes and prefixes. You could simply walk into a Mercedes-Benz dealership and start configuring an E-Class All-Terrain. How is it different than the E-Class we know? To give it its off-road capabilities, the All-Terrain employs the Air Body Control air-suspension from Merc's kit, which gives it the ability to ride … [Read more...] about Exclusive: Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain first drive review
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Another take on a limited-run MX-5, exclusively for the UK Mazda’s feisty sports car has had plenty of admirers over the years, but that hasn’t stopped the company from producing a range of limited-run editions. And this is the latest one, limited to just 300 cars, all of which will be sold in the UK. Even though this only appeared in March, there’s yet another limited-run special that has already come out since, the RF Sport Black, so is it worth searching out the Z-Sport? Close your eyes while driving and you won’t notice any difference between the Z-Sport and the normal MX-5. That’s because all of the changes are cosmetic. On the other hand, driving with your eyes open is, on balance, recommended. Mazda MX-5 Z-Sport Price: £25,620 This version is based on the Sport Nav, which is the top of the range MX-5, with the Z-Sport costing another £1215 over that model, at £25,620. The Sport Nav itself throws in a lot of kit, such as sat nav, Bose … [Read more...] about Mazda MX-5 Z-Sport review
New tech and revised cabin, while E53 replaces E43 The updated Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan and wagon have been revealed this week, ahead of a European launch in June.While the overall look hasn't changed that much, there are some significant updates for the new range, including the availability of the company's latest driver assistance systems borrowed from the S-Class flagship, along with the AMG 53 mild-hybrid performance variants to replace the AMG 43 versions of the outgoing model.That means the E-Class can now be had with the newest iterations of Mercedes-Benz's adaptive cruise control and semi-autonomous steering systems – which adjusts the vehicle's speed automatically ahead of bends, junctions and roundabouts using data from the satellite navigation system.Also new to the range is a dual phone mode for the infotainment system, meaning owners can have two phones connected and functioning at the same time for incoming calls.The cabin has received some revisions, too. … [Read more...] about 2019 Mercedes-Benz E-Class revealed
Auto Review by Jay Khan, 11th April 2018, Less than a minute ago Last updated 16:35 quick Model spec: SE Premium Price: £33010 Engine: 2.5-L, 4-Cyl Boxer, Lineartronic Max Speed: 123 facts 0-60: 10.2 seconds BHP/Torque: 175 / 235 Economy: 40mpg combined C02: 166g/km Tax: 220/year Subaru has a larger profile in the U.S. than they do in Europe a region where Subaru sold just over 35,000 units. A tidy sum you may think, but that is a tiny sum compared to Subaru’s US sales which amounted to over 600,000 units sold in 2017. So what is the problem? The easiest answer is Price, Product, Placement. But it could also do with attitudes and perceptions and most probably no diesel engine option. Moreover, the competition is tough, Subaru has to face down rivals like the VW Passat estate and Volvo V60 which is odd because it outsizes the latter … [Read more...] about Subaru Outback SE Premium Review
For a carmaker whose overriding priority is safety, Volvo sure pulls plenty of motoring enthusiasts. Yes, its cars lack the all-out driver involvement of those from Germany and Italy, but there’s an intrinsic appeal to understated, yet fastidious Swedish design and engineering – and with Saab out of the picture, Volvo is now the default flag bearer for those of a more Scandinavian disposition. Its at times shaky financial history (not actually shaky enough to put it out of business, unlike Saab) has probably only helped it become more endearing. Originally founded in 1927 as a carmaking subsidiary of SKF, Volvo became independent in 1935 as a small, vulnerable concern that was eventually swallowed up by Ford in 1999, and was nearly shuttered as its parent company was on the verge of bankruptcy. Chinese conglomerate Geely became its current custodian in 2010, and although Volvo fleshed out the lower end of its lineup in the interim with the V40 in 2012, it took its time to … [Read more...] about DRIVEN: Volvo V90 T6 AWD review – looks above all else?