Overview Honda has given its 2023 HR-V a complete makeover, the better to combat the onslaught of desirable and stylish small SUVs that have flooded the market. The outgoing generation was practical and offered good value but it lagged the segment's best—the Hyundai Kona, the Kia Seltos, and the Mazda CX-30—in almost every way. No surprise then that the new HR-V looks totally different from the outgoing model. The new HR-V shares its platform with the Civic and uses a 2.0-liter naturally aspirated inline-four from Honda’s compact sedan. Gone, sadly, is the outgoing model’s trick second-row Magic Seat, which flipped down to make the HR-V one of the most flexible cargo-friendly small SUVs. But the new generation is wider and…
The verdict: The 2022 Bronco Raptor delivers on just about every promise Ford made when the off-road SUV debuted, with incredible off-the-lot capabilities that seem up to tackling almost anything owners can throw at it. Versus the competition: The Bronco Raptor has the specs and abilities to match or beat the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 off-road, and it can more than hold its own on-road, too. Ford used to have the high-performance, factory off-road market cornered with the F-150 Raptor, but in the last few years, Stellantis — parent company of Jeep and Ram — has one-upped the Blue Oval with vehicles like the Wrangler Rubicon 392 and Ram 1500 TRX. Both vehicles subscribe to the “put a powerful V-8…
The verdict: Flashy to the point of gaudiness, expensive but flimsy-feeling, big outside but not inside, Lexus’ flagship SUV drives well but is disappointing overall. Versus the competition: Competitors from BMW, Land Rover and Mercedes-Benz are more luxurious and higher-tech, while Cadillac, Jeep and Lincoln offer SUVs that are more reserved in their styling and more comfortable in their spacious cabins. Let’s face it: Big, full-size sedans meant to showcase the best the brand offers are no longer the flagships of any of the world’s top luxury marques. That distinction has been passed to the full-size SUV, a more popular — and usually more expensive — choice than a traditional sedan. It’s understandable; big SUVs are generally roomier, with the…
The new BMW M4 Convertible sticks with the tried and test performance cabriolet formula Verdict The BMW M4 Convertible is one of few options at this price point in the performance cabriolet market, so the fact buyers have this choice when many German rivals have deserted this sector should be celebrated. It’s not the sharpest driver’s tool, and removing the roof doesn’t provide much more access to the noise. But it does give a different dimension to the driving experience. If you want an exclusive, larger convertible with lots of performance, this is your best bet. Performance cabriolets are a dying breed. Book-ended by cars such as the Mazda MX-5 at the lower end and many carbon fibre-chassis roadsters beyond…
More power, more torque, and a new transmission transform VW’s gorgeous midsize sportback. Pros Powerful engine Well-tuned suspension Great exterior design Cons Pricey across model range Capacitive controls can frustrate No wagon sold here It's easy to be cynical about the 2022 Volkswagen Arteon. This is a full-size sedan in an era when the general public favors SUVs, and VW hasn't put a lot of marketing muscle behind its flagship four-door. So you might be surprised to hear Arteon sales have increased annually in the three years since its introduction, with VW moving more than 5,500 examples in 2021. Sure, those are still tiny sales by industry standards, but Volkswagen has worked to make the Arteon better and better. The…
Pros Cheapest electric MPV on sale Available with five or seven seats Proven tech from the Nissan Leaf Cons Van-like styling Uninspiring to drive Outdated feel As a fully electric MPV, the Nissan e-NV200 Combi used to sit in a class of one. Until relatively recently, most electric cars have been smaller hatchbacks and city cars and, although the Tesla Model X can carry seven, it’s more of a luxury SUV than a full-size MPV, costing three or four times as much. Essentially, the e-NV200 Combi is exactly the same as the Nissan e-NV200 van, but with seats in the back instead of a large load space. These days, the Citroen e-Berlingo, Vauxhall Combo-e Life and Peugeot e-Rifter all occupy…
While we were in Germany to enjoy a lengthy stint behind the wheel of the 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQE, our handlers shoehorned in a brief drive of the 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQB as a first taste of the battery-powered subcompact SUV that goes on sale in the States later this year. Whereas the EQE is highly advanced in every way—leading-edge aerodynamics, intergalactic sensor array, sci-fi Hyperscreen, sepulchral silence—the EQB is brighter, lighter, easier to use, and more fun to drive. That brightness is literal. The gas-powered GLB's upright, roller-skate form is unchanged for the electric version, and the tall windows welcome heaps of light into the cabin and offer far better visibility out of it than we experienced through the compressed greenhouse…
Pros Fast Quality interior Lots of safety features Cons Expensive subscription service Not much fun to drive Feels derivative The Volvo C40 Recharge is the brand’s first model to be sold as an electric car only. While that might sound like a big step, in reality the vast majority of the car is derived from the existing Volvo XC40. The XC40 is a car we really like at Carbuyer but we had hoped the C40 would feel more distinct, given it’s a new model for the brand. It appeals if you simply see it as a coupe version of the XC40, in the same way that Audi has the Q4 e-tron and Q4 e-tron Sportback. But you’ll need to be…
The verdict: The 2022 Volvo V90 Cross Country stands out in the sea of luxury SUVs as a sleek, sophisticated alternative, but some aspects of its driving experience and touchscreen system aren’t up to luxury standards. Versus the competition: Luxury wagons have been in retreat, but the ones that remain, like the Audi A6 Allroad and Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain, follow a similar formula as the V90 Cross Country: off-road-inspired styling, extra ground clearance and standard all-wheel drive. The V90 and V90 Cross Country are Volvo’s largest wagons, measuring as long as the automaker’s three-row SUV, the XC90. The wagons, however, have just two rows of seats with seating for five. The V90 Cross Country starts at $57,295, including a $1,095…
"The Volkswagen Golf R Estate is an incredible all-rounder, offering plenty of performance and practicality in one package" Pros Good to drive Very fast and powerful Practical and easy to drive Cons Engine is a bit dull Interior quality could be better Expensive to buy The Volkswagen Golf R Estate is one of the most impressive all-round petrol cars on the market, as it has just about everything you could want in one place. If you’re interested in driving, and don’t mind paying a little bit more for a fun car, it’s a fantastic option - albeit one that isn’t quite as impressive as it once was. The Golf R Estate that you can buy new is the Mk8 version,…
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