2018 Volvo XC60 T6 AWD

The redesigned Volvo XC60 T6 scoots to 60 mph in 6.1 seconds and hangs on to a cloverleaf at a very carlike 0.87 g, but it’s not built for those feats. A less expensive, base-engine BMW X3 will easily keep up while a similarly priced Porsche Macan S will embarrass the Volvo on a winding two-lane. Buying an XC60 for its performance is like purchasing a Rolex for the way it keeps time. No, you get the XC60 to salve the right part of your brain: You buy it for its quiet, comfortable, and all-around stunning…

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Car Seat Headrest: Twin Fantasy Review

To understand the new Car Seat Headrest release, you first have to understand Car Seat Headrest’s origin story. That story has been told many times before, so let’s keep it brief: In 2010, Virginia teenager Will Toledo started recording songs and posting them to Bandcamp under the name Car Seat Headrest. He posted six full-length albums in about 18 months, the last of which was called Twin Fantasy—a lo-fi concept record about the dizzying highs, terrifying lows and confusing in-betweens of a romantic relationship. Its themes highly relatable, Twin Fantasy attracted lots of…

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2018 Nissan Leaf review, test drive

They say ‘What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas’. I wholly subscribe to the notion, but as a conscientious auto journalist I’m forced to make an exception here. With me is the second-generation Nissan Leaf and I think it’s prudent to talk about the car in some detail. Not only because it’s the follow-up to the world’s best-selling electric car, but also because this is a model that you just might see on sale in India in the not-too-distant future. The plan is to drive out of Las Vegas to…

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2018 Porsche Cayenne Review: Gradual Evolution

The new-generation Porsche Cayenne is based on VW Group’s MLB platform Highlights The Porsche Cayenne has been one of the bestselling Luxury SUVs The new-gen model comes in 3 trims – Cayenne, Cayenne S and Cayenne Turbo The Cayenne employs the MLB platform like the Audi Q7 & Bentley Bentayga Evolution, per say, is a topic which has been at the centre of a lot of discussion lately and no matter which side you take, you’re equally responsible for proving that Darwin was indeed scientifically and psychologically right! Porsche too…

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Volvo XC40 First Drive Review

The Volvo XC40 is an interesting SUV. Here’s our first drive report of the XC40 Highlights The XC40 is Volvo’s first ever compact SUV It gets a T5 petrol and a D4 diesel engine It will be launched in India in the middle of 2018 Fresh, creative and distinct! That is what the Volvo XC40 is all about. It is the first ever compact SUV from Volvo and is also the smallest SUV on offer from the company. The compact SUV segment is what we would call ‘trending’ in social media parlance. Scroll down…

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Jeep Compass Trailhawk First Drive: Trail Rated!

Jeep Compass Trailhawk with diesel engine and automatic gearbox driven. Highlights Jeep Compass Trailhawk will be top of the line variant in Compass range Will most likely make it to India with a 9-speed ZF automatic gearbox Trailhawk variant expected price point of about Rs 23 lakh (ex-showroom) The Jeep Compass won the 2018 NDTV Car Of The Year for good reason. It is priced well, drives considerably nicer than almost everything else in its segment and is built well too. The Jeep Compass also throws in four-wheel-drive in the top spec models for…

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2018 Volvo S60 Inscription T5 AWD

What It Is: The long-wheelbase variant of the Volvo S60 entry-luxury sedan. Imported from China, the S60 Inscription has a wheelbase that’s 3.1 inches greater than that of the standard car. The additional space is gifted entirely to rear-seat passengers, where legroom grows from 33.5 inches to 36.9. Only the S60’s entry-level turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four is offered in the Inscription. Christened T5 in Volvo parlance, the engine produces 240 horsepower and mates to an eight-speed automatic transmission (the standard S60 that Volvo builds in Sweden also is available with either a 302-…

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2018 Jeep Compass Trailhawk review, test drive

What is it? There’s an adventurer inside every one of us. For some, this may mean switching on National Geographic, while there are those who prefer to put on their hiking boots and head out for adrenaline-pumping thrills, and the Trailhawk is this kind of on an adventurer. Every model that Jeep builds must have a Trail Rated or Trailhawk (as they are called) version; one that displays better off-road ability than the regular model and comes out on top in tests in five specific areas – traction, water fording,…

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Audi A8 TDI Quattro first drive brings autonomy to luxury saloon market

Review Audi has set a new benchmark with the latest version of its A8 luxury saloon. The new flagship will be the first production car to offer an autonomous driving function. While it isn’t a core fleet model, the A8 is extremely important as it showcases technology that will eventually filter down into future mainstream models. Traffic Jam Pilot will allow hands-off driving in certain conditions up to speeds of 37mph. The A8 will also have an autonomous remote parking capability. These functions are possible thanks to a dedicated driver…

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First drive: Volkswagen T-Roc 1.0 TSI

“The T-Roc is roomier than a typical small car, and provides a good degree of comfort boosted by the high-riding cabin.” Review The VW newcomer is a rational choice in the increasingly crowded SUV market, Simon Harris discovers in its first drive.  It could be contended that the Volkswagen T-Roc shows in microcosm how consumer tastes and expectations for cars have developed in the past decade or so. Volkswagen’s latest SUV borrows some of the letters of its name from the discontinued Scirocco coupé and takes the Scirocco’s place at…

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