“No wagons,” she said. Having grown up with Magna and Verada wagons as family cars, I knew how useful wagons were for trips to the local Bunnings, IKEA or the airport. The Mrs was adamant. Our previous car was a 2005 LC Hyundai Accent sedan, which the Mrs found relatively low and too narrow for a baby capsule and two adults to sit comfortably in the back. A higher driving position was a must, and we didn’t want a car that was too big either, so that inevitably led us to looking at mid-sized SUVs. We quickly settled on the Mazda CX-5 and took delivery of a FWD Maxx Sport auto in August 2014. The only dealer option was to add rear parking sensors. Four years on, the first-generation CX-5 remains a very handsome shape, and to these eyes the KE model is a more cohesive design than the current KF. It’s an SUV, so practical matters first. We liked the CX-5’s size. At 4.54m, it’s a little shorter than a BM/BN 3 sedan and only 8cm longer than the 3 … [Read more...] about 2014 Mazda CX-5 Maxx Sport (4×2) review
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The topic of the SUV killing the station wagon, nee estate/sport tourer/avant or whatever each automaker decides to call them, has been beaten to death in recent years. And still, manufacturers keep rolling out one SUV after another for the simple reason that people line up to buy them. Apparently, Carfection is so fed up with people buying SUVs that they made a video about it. Most petrolheads and motoring journos have been really hard on SUVs and crossovers, as they don’t see the point to the body style. Over-the-top tests reveals that the majority are useless at serious off-roading, hopeless on the track and not good at holding cargo. Those are things that one would assume a tall, lengthy vehicle would be good at doing. But the outlet takes a more grown-up approach to the dilemma. They drive both vehicles and then discuss why one would choose a SUV over a wagon. Instead of butchering the SUV, the hosts try to put themselves into the seat of a regular consumer to try to see … [Read more...] about Volvo V90 Cross Country Vs LR Discovery Sport: Would You Take The Estate Or The SUV?
The 2019 Porsche Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo is a dream car in more ways than you might think. Of course it’s expensive; something many of us can only fantasize about buying. But it’s also the literal stuff of dreams. Something that shouldn’t exist in real life. Something that feels impossible. This is, after all, a 550 horsepower, twin-turbo V8 wagon, from Porsche, based on a popular concept that everyone demanded to see production, and for sale here in North America. And, again, it’s from Porsche. I don’t know how this thing is even real. But after a week indulging in its crushing acceleration and sheer weirdness, I’m glad it is, even if it’s not always the best at being an actual wagon. (Full Disclosure: Porsche knows we at Jalopnik appreciate a good wagon or three, so it dropped one off at our New York office for a week with a full tank of gas.) What Is It? The second-generation Porsche Panamera sedan (and the first one to look good, … [Read more...] about The 2019 Porsche Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo Is The Dream Wagon That Keeps Up With Supercars
We are in an unexpected golden age of wagons. This year alone, your hardworking Jalopnik staff has tested wagons from Volvo, Buick, Mercedes and Jaguar. Wagons are having a bit of a moment thanks to the crossover boom and how Americans are going nuts over anything with a hatch. But now we find ourselves in what may be the wagon apex predator: the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo. You may recall that we’re currently on the second-generation Panamera, and the first ever good-looking one. Well last time, Porsche flirted with a wagon concept but never actually brought it production. For this iteration of the Panamera, it finally happened, and it is for sale in America. The one you see here is not just any Panamera, either: it is a Panamera Turbo. This wagon has a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 pumping out 550 horsepower. Zero to 60 mph happens in 3.4 seconds with launch control, top speed is 188 mph, power goes to all four wheels via an eight-speed PDK, and it’s got up to 49 cubic feet … [Read more...] about What Do You Want To Know About The 2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo?
Tweet TweetWith the 2011 Volvo V60 Sport Wagon and it’s naughty sister the R design version scheduled to have an official launch in Britain in December it was about time the Swedish started showing off price labels and taking orders. While Volvo call the 2011 V60 a Sport Wagon you shouldn’t be frightened by that tag as it’s just an elegant way of avoiding the Estate badge. The whole range includes a variety of engines that teamed with appropriate gearboxes and driving styles 51.4 mpg UK and 35 mpg UK and most of them hardly make a difference for driving feel and don’t seem about sporty driving. The most economical version is the 2.0 liter D3 unit (which is a diesel, of course) capable of developing 163 horsepower and 400 Nm of torque while the most fun version is the same best engine Volvo has been selling for years but with updated bits in it. The result can be found in the latest version of the T5 petrol engine developing 240 horsepower and 320 Nm of torque. … [Read more...] about Volvo released UK pricing for the V60 Sport Wagon