Mainstream buyers may be shunning cars in favor of SUVs and trucks, but luxury sedans that offer a compelling blend of technology, performance, and design never seem to go out of style. That’s no surprise. Not when you consider the engineering excellence behind sedans such as the Acura TLX or the Mercedes-Benz C-Class. Indeed, from power and performance to comfort and safety, these all-wheel drive (AWD) sedans are built to provide an immersive driving experience. In this segment of the market, AWD isn’t just about safety and improved traction during inclement weather or in poor driving conditions. It’s also about creating grip during performance driving – something that almost every model on this list is quite capable of providing. To help you pick the right luxury AWD car for under $50,000, we’ve compiled this list of our top choices just in time for winter. How we rated the list In addition to offering AWD for $50K or less, our selected cars had to meet … [Read more...] about Get a grip on snow and ice with one of these 8 great luxury cars with all-wheel drive for under $50,000
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The BMW X1 has proved popular with buyers around the world, but what is owning one really like? James takes us through what his X1 is like 12-months on… How time flies. It feels like only yesterday, but in fact was almost three-years ago, when I first drove the F48 BMW X1 as part of the new model launch in Australia. It impressed from the outset. From the smart ex-pat Aussie styling of Calvin Luk, to the practical and flexible interior, it seemed that for our SUV-centric market the second-generation X1 was the premium, compact SUV that BMW needed. And, as it would turn out, it was the premium, compact SUV that I needed too. So often in this business, we write about a car and recommend that readers go out and spend their money, only to think no more of it and move on. But occasionally, it’s time to back up that recommendation with action, and in July last year I purchased my own BMW X1. Say hello to ANW 802, a Black Sapphire on black Dakota, X1 xDrive 25i. … [Read more...] about DRIVE REVIEW: BMW F48 X1 – 12 Months Ownership
If a Hollywood studio wanted to fake a Mars landing, I’d strongly suggest sending a film crew to the Atacama Desert in northern Chile. The vast, empty stretches of reddish sand peppered with loose rocks form a convincing backdrop in which to embed UFO-related props. I’m not in an exploration rover, though, or in any kind of Rover for that matter. I’m taking it all in from the driver’s seat of the 2019 Audi Q8. It’s the newest addition to the brand’s growing lineup. The Q8 finally catapults Audi into a segment it has spent the past few years bird-dogging from the sidelines. Its main competitors include Land Rover’s Range Rover Sport, the BMW X6, and the Porsche Cayenne. It’s the flagship of the Q range, much like the A8 occupies the top spot in the brand’s sedan hierarchy, and it’s the model that sets the design course all future Audi SUVs will follow. It shares its basic platform and its wheelbase with the Q7 but is shorter, … [Read more...] about 2019 Audi Q8 first drive review: the Q flagship
Burnt coffee, unlined trousers, post-Achtung Baby U2. Life is rife with mild disappointments. With four fewer cylinders under its hood than its W-12 cousin, does the V-8 Bentley Bentayga deliver another? Math with us here for a moment. A W-12 Bentayga with 600 horsepower lashes out at 60-mph runs in 4.0 seconds, hardly restrained by its 5,379-pound curb weight. A 542-hp Bentayga V-8, a hundred-odd pounds trimmed from the weight over its nose at 5,264 pounds, covers the 60-mph dash in 4.4 seconds. MORE: Bentley Bentayga Hybrid unveiled in Geneva Translated into English, that means the Bentayga V-8 is barely slower, not enough to register through mortal sensory inputs. That credit-card-slim performance gap aside, it avoids gas-guzzler taxes, steers more finely, and makes nearly all the W-12’s lavish features available, if not standard. So, about that possible letdown. “No” about covers it, don’t you think? Specs appeal More color may help you see how well the … [Read more...] about 2019 Bentley Bentayga V-8 first drive review: eight is enough
There’s no automotive segment in Malaysia that is quite as competitive as the B-segment sedan market. The crossover may be the darling of the car-buying public right now, but the affordable three-box, four-door with a small engine and a big boot remains firmly in the mainstream, and pretty much every mass-market carmaker that has a proper foothold in the Malaysian market has an entry in this cutthroat sector. For years, the Toyota Vios and its arch-rival, the Honda City, have sat at the top of the food chain, being the progenitors of the genre. At the time when the latter was an ungainly Jazz sedan, the world’s largest carmaker showed with the original Vios that you could have a handsome, reliable sedan for minimal outlay, and it established an early dominance. Fast forward to today, and the City has turned into a formidable competitor, with thrusting, square-edged styling hiding a new drivetrain and plenty of new toys. Hamstrung not least by an engine and gearbox … [Read more...] about DRIVEN: 2016 Toyota Vios review – new heart, but any better?