A standout feature is the ‘free floating’ wide-screen cabin design that does away with the traditional instrument cowl and houses the MBUX system, with ‘artificial intelligence’ algorithms that claim to adapt to driver preferences
Instead of stretching budgets to jump into an A3, traditionally the smallest and cheapest Audi hatchback for quite some time, the A1 made it possible for many people to drive a ‘cheaper’, yet still ‘premium’, Four-ring car.
This double cab can run from 0-100km/h in 7.9 seconds, according to claims, but lets face it, this vehicle is not built for speed, but more for effortless cruising and overall comfort.
Kia’s all-new Soul has broken cover at the Los Angeles Auto Show and it’s packing an arsenal of technology at the upper end of its (American) range.
Motivated by a recently revised 3-litre twin-turbo that now pushes out 287kW at 6000rpm (17kW more than the pre-facelift model) and 520Nm from 2500, the C43 might sound a lot weaker than the V8-powered C63, which produces 88kW and 180Nm more, but ...
This too has its own pair of side effects: the oil gets contaminated and degraded faster by mixing and dilution with petrol; and with it washed off the cylinder walls, your pistons have no lubrication to slide up and down the bore with ease.
Kia quotes a 4.9 second 0-100km/h sprint and 270km/h top speed, and while acceleration is impressive to say the least, what really stands out here is the responsiveness of the turbo unit and the eight-speed automatic gearbox through which it power...
The 992 shows how it could be done: It has a new streamlined eight-speed PDK gearbox (up from seven speeds previously) built in such a way that would easily accommodate a hybrid motor.
Now, a top right-hand side engine mounting is broken [could you tell me how much it costs] and when I start the car in the morning, it emits black smoke for a while which smells like burning oil.