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27-Year Old Mercedes 560 SEL Is Still An Impressively Comfortable Cruiser 20
Jan
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Classics, Film, mercedes, Mercedes S-Class, Mercedes Videos, reviews, video on 01 20th, 2018


Back when the Mercedes S-Class didn't feature any V12 units, let alone AMG power, the 560 SEL was the top dog in the range.
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This Is What It’s Like To Live With The New Volvo XC60 19
Jan
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Film, reviews, video, VOLVO, Volvo Videos, Volvo XC60 on 01 19th, 2018

If you think that owning a premium SUV with modern safety and connectivity features will make your life easier… well, you're probably right.
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Was The Hummer H3 Actually A Decent 4×4 Unjustly Killed By GM? 19
Jan
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Film, HUMMER, Hummer H3, Hummer Videos, reviews, video on 01 19th, 2018


Back in 2005, when GM first started producing the Hummer H3, it was pretty much the only military-inspired off-roader you could buy on a family SUV budget.
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2018 VW Golf R: Too User-Friendly For Its Own Good? 18
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Film, reviews, video, VW, VW Golf R, VW Videos on 01 18th, 2018

Most motoring enthusiasts have always favored the Volkswagen Golf GTI over the competition, but in recent years the ante has been upped considerably to the point that 300 horsepower is now the admission ticket to the super hatch niche.

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Can The 2018 Hyundai Sonata Hang With The Mid-Size Heavy Hitters? 17
Jan
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Film, Hyundai, Hyundai Sonata, Hyundai Videos, reviews, video on 01 17th, 2018


When it comes to the mid-size family saloon segment, nameplates such as the Toyota Camry or Honda Accord are the default choices, and breaking through isn't that easy.
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Can The 2018 Hyundai Sonata Hang With The Mid-Size Heavy Hitters? 17
Jan
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Film, Hyundai, Hyundai Sonata, Hyundai Videos, reviews, video on 01 17th, 2018


When it comes to the mid-size family saloon segment, nameplates such as the Toyota Camry or Honda Accord are the default choices, and breaking through isn't that easy.
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Can The 2018 Hyundai Sonata Hang With The Mid-Size Heavy Hitters? 17
Jan
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Film, Hyundai, Hyundai Sonata, Hyundai Videos, reviews, video on 01 17th, 2018


When it comes to the mid-size family saloon segment, nameplates such as the Toyota Camry or Honda Accord are the default choices, and breaking through isn't that easy.
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Hyundai Ioniq Electric Is Not That Exciting, But It Ticks All The Right Boxes 14
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Electric Vehicles, Film, Hyundai, hyundai ioniq, Hyundai Videos, reviews, video on 01 14th, 2018


If you’re in the market for an affordable electric car, there’s a number of options to choose from, from the Nissan Leaf to the Volkswagen e-Golf. Hyundai has recently started offering their own zero-emission hatchback as well, in the form of the Ioniq Electric, which joins the Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid versions of the same car.

It has a conservative styling both on the outside and inside, which makes a huge difference over the somewhat flashy BMW i3, but it can fit three adults at the back, although the one in the middle seat won’t be very happy.

The Ioniq Electric also has a decent boot space that’s said to be bigger than what you’d get in a Volkswagen e-Golf, but slightly smaller than the Ioniq Hybrid.

CarBuyer recently took one out for a short review, finding that it’s as quiet as expected on the go. Still, the wind and tire noise coming in at higher speeds could make you forget you’re sitting in an EV.

As far as the technical bits go, naught to 60mph (96km/h) takes a decent 10sec, and you’re going to need 4.5 hours to fully charge the battery, or up to 12 when using a domestic 3-pin socket, which allows you to travel for a claimed range of 124 miles (199km). There’s a fast-charge option as well, which fills the battery up to 80 percent in just 30 minutes.

Money-wise, the Hyundai Ioniq Electric comes at around £25,000 ($33,885) in the United Kingdom, after the government electric car grant, which makes it more affordable than an e-Golf, but if money is a concern, then perhaps you may want to check out the Nissan Leaf, too.

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Is The Skoda Karoq The Compact SUV You Were Looking For? 13
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Film, reviews, Skoda, Skoda Karoq, Skoda Videos, video on 01 13th, 2018


Consumers flock to crossovers and SUVs and, as a result, automakers launch one model after another in order to satisfy the demand. Skoda’s proposal in the compact segment is the recently launched Karoq, which replaces the Yeti.

The Karoq slots under the Kodiaq and shares its platform with the Seat Ateca, but it is far more than a reshaped Spanish SUV, as the latest video review points out.

It’s a well equipped vehicle, with an interior that resembles that of its larger sibling, lots of storage spaces, cup holders, and places to store your mobile devices. Things aren’t that cramped either on the rear bench, and its boot has a decent size for a car in the compact segment.

The Karoq is front-wheel drive, but Skoda offers the option of an all-wheel drive system on certain models. Customers can currently choose between four engines: two petrols, with 115PS (113hp) and 150PS (148hp), and two diesels, with the same amount of power, but more torque, which can be mated to a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed DSG automatic transmission.

A more powerful 2.0-liter TDI with 190PS (187hp) will be offered later this year, and a performance-oriented vRS variant might be on the cards.

Pricing start from €24,290 ($29,122) in Germany, which makes it €3,800 ($4,556) more expensive than the base Nissan Qashqai, but opting for the range-topper, equipped with all optional extras, sees the price skyrocket to €45,000 ($53,951).

All things considered, should you put the Skoda Karoq in your list if you’re out shopping for a compact SUV? Scroll down and watch the video to find out.

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Track-Focused Crown Vic Is Ready To Serve, Protect And Entertain 13
Jan
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Film, Ford, Police Cars, reviews, tuning, video on 01 13th, 2018


While the Ford Crown Victoria isn’t exactly known for its racing prowess, this 2008 Interceptor looks just about ready to do exactly that.

What you’re looking at here is a heavily modified car, with a stripped out interior and multiple chassis and handling upgrades courtesy of Maximum Motorsports, Energy Suspension and Tokico.

The result is something that absolutely blew The Smoking Tire’s Matt Farah away with its steering feel, grip and high-revving nature. In fact, as soon as he got on the road, the word “NASCAR” immediately came out of his mouth.

He also used superlatives like “fat Miata”, “awesome” and “shockingly good”, which is quite an achievement considering how the engine was left mostly stock and the amount of horsepower produced wasn’t all that impressive.

The only thing missing from this Crown Vic, so to speak, was the rear seat, which could have made this car both fun and practical.

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Is A Maserati Levante Really Worth $20,000 More Than A BMW X5? 12
Jan
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Film, Maserati, Maserati Levante, Maserati Videos, reviews, video on 01 12th, 2018


People looking for a stylish premium crossover with a posh badge can choose between many brands nowadays, one of them being Maserati.

The buy a Levante is the brand’s first-ever SUV, and it’s supposed to be sporty and at the same time elegant.

Doug DeMuro got hold of one and, well, let’s just say that he had more than a few reservations. His biggest issue with the Levante is the price tag: the model shown here is a base-spec version, yet it costs almost $20,000 more than an entry-level BMW X5.

Inside, the Levante has a few quirks, such as its pyramid-style center console dials or the fact that there is no physical button for the heated seats – you have to access the main infotainment screen first.

On a positive note, he really did enjoy driving it around, saying that it not only sounds great for a V6, but the ride quality is good and the handling is very impressive, too.

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2018 Kia Stinger Gets A Big Thumbs Up From Kelley Blue Book 9
Jan
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Film, Kia, Kia Stinger, Kia Videos, reviews, video on 01 9th, 2018


If you’re on the lookout for a practical yet sporty grand tourer that’s also great value for money, the Kia Stinger might fit the description perfectly.

The latest review of the 2018 Stinger comes from Kelley Blue Book, and is full on the superlatives. According to the reviewer, the only downsides he found on the Stinger were the thick rear pillars and the infotainment display, specifically the fact that it was positioned a little too far away from the driver.

Otherwise, inside the Stinger you’re treated to high levels of practicality and connectivity, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto available, plus leather seats as standard – although if you want the luxury of hand-stitched nappa leather, you need to pay extra for it.

In the back, while leg room is fine, as everyone has pointed out, taller people will struggle with headroom due to the slopping roof – a clear case when form didn’t follow function and a small sacrifice was done in favor of styling.

As for performance, the 3.3-liter V6 is the engine of choice, as it’s not just faster but smoother, too, than the base 2.0-liter turbo.

In the end, what makes the Stinger stand out in a crowd is undoubtedly the fact that it ticks all the right boxes. It’s a sporty looking, high-value sports sedan that’s also practical, solidly built and well equipped – plus it undercuts its posher rivals. What’s not to like?

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Can Seat’s Arona Small SUV Lure You Away From The Competition? 9
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Film, reviews, Seat, Seat Arona, Seat Videos, video on 01 9th, 2018


In 2016, Seat launched their first SUV, the compact Ateca, and one year later, it was followed by the smaller Arona.

It represents the Spanish brand’s foray into the very crowded subcompact SUV segment, and takes on the Hyundai Kona, Citroen C3 Aircross, Ford EcoSport, and the old Nissan Juke.

The Arona posses a clean styling both inside and out, combined with plenty of standard features, even on the entry-level model, which gets 17-inch alloy wheels, metallic paint, and DRLs, among others.

Sharing its underpinnings with the latest Seat Ibiza, the new Arona offers plenty of storage spaces, and it can take four passengers on long journeys, but add a fifth one, and they might not be your friend for long, as the middle rear seat is very cramped. The Seat SUV also offers one of the largest boots in the class, which can become even more generous with the omnipresent 60/40 split rear seat.

On the go, the petrol powered versions are smooth and quite, although you may want to ditch the entry-level 95PS (94hp) 1.0-liter TSI and go for either the 115PS (113hp) version, or the FR, with a  punchier 150PS (148hp) unit, as the former can be a tad slow.

Those who still want to have a diesel, can get the 1.6-liter TDI, with either 95PS (94hp) or 115PS (113hp). Still, regardless of the model, all versions come exclusively with FWD.

Now, is the Seat Arona really worth buying? Well, let’s see what CarBuyer had to say about it.

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2018 Hyundai i20 Reviewed, Likened To OnePlus Smartphones 7
Jan
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Film, Hyundai, Hyundai i20, Hyundai Videos, reviews, video on 01 7th, 2018


If you want to get the most value for money car in the supermini segment, you might want to include the 2018 Hyundai i20 on your shortlist.

According to Carwow’s review, buying an i20 is a bit like buying a OnePlus phone, in the sense that it generally performs just as well as a Samsung or an Apple phone, but costs a lot less.

Despite it being cheaper to purchase than rivals such as the VW Polo, the i20 still comes with a reasonably roomy interior, featuring loads of storage areas, massive door bins front and rear, as well as good knee and headroom for all passengers.

While the infotainment system proved easy to use, there’s no Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, which is something you would have in the all-new Ford Fiesta, for example.

On the road, this 1.0-liter petrol-powered i20 proved easy to drive, boasting super light steering around town, and decent handling characteristics for country roads, although on in this aspect it’s still not on the same level as the Fiesta.

Yet, not all customers at this have sporty handling high on their priorities’ list and the i20 has a lot to offer, so you might want to check out the video that follows for a more comprehensive look at Huyndai’s supermini.

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Can The New Volvo XC40 Beat The Germans At Their Own Game? 6
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Film, reviews, video, VOLVO, Volvo Videos, Volvo XC40 on 01 6th, 2018


Volvo’s latest SUV is called the XC40 – and it’s their smallest one to date, after the XC90 and XC60, and potentially the biggest seller as it is more affordable.

Coming as a Scandinavian alternative to the well-established Audi Q3, BMW X1, and Mercedes-Benz GLA, it’s underpinned by the brand’s new CMA architecture, which was co-developed with Geely, the brand’s parent company, specifically for compact cars.

Depending on the market, consumers will be able to choose from several powertrain options, including the D4 diesel with 190hp, and the T5 gasoline that makes 247hp. More importantly, Volvo will make the new XC40 even more affordable with a new T4 option, and it appears that the range will be expanded further with plug-in hybrid and electric versions, although it’s unknown when they might arrive.

The XC40 is a nice place to sit in. You get comfortable seats at the front, an infotainment system that can take some time to get used to, and the same overall feel that you get in the larger XC60 and XC90. Space at the rear is quite good too, even with the optional sunroof that shaves some of the headroom, and there are plenty of storage spaces – even a waste bin.

However, not everything is great with the XC40, as there is some road and wind noise coming into the cabin, which is more than you’d expect from a Volvo, as Edmunds pointed out in their review.

But is this the only drawback, or are there some other things that consumers would need to know about? Let’s see what the publication’s senior writer had to say about it, after driving it on the roads of sunny Spain.

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