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  1. 2017 Volvo V90 R-Design 2017 Volvo V90 R-Design: a Sportier Swedish Beauty
  2. First Drives 2018 Audi RS 5: Two Less Cylinders, Two More Turbos

    SOLDEU, Andorra – It's all the rage. After the BMW M4 and Mercedes-AMG C 63, it's the Audi RS 5's turn to have its engine resized. So long, naturally aspirated V8, hello, 2.9-litre V6 with two turbochargers. Output at 444 horsepower is unchanged, but torque makes a prodigious leap from … Full story

    Rating : 4.0/5

    Filed in: Audi | A5

  3. First Drives 2018 Subaru Crosstrek: The Impreza Recipe Applied to the SUV

    SANO, Japan – For our first encounter with the second-generation Crosstrek, Subaru brought us to its testing centre in Sano, Japan, where we were able to put this vehicle through its paces on asphalt and gravel roads. The vehicle, of course, looks like a genetically modified version of the Impreza, … Full story

    Rating : 4.0/5

    Filed in: Subaru | Crosstrek

  4. First Drives 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT: Slightly Below Expectations

    When Hyundai unveiled the new Elantra and its now-famous Superstructure, the press was sceptical. What could possibly be so special about this chassis? But despite our collective doubts, the final product was impressive and refined, elevating the Elantra sedan among the leading compact cars. The same doubt crept up when … Full story

    Rating : 3.5/5

    Filed in: Hyundai | Elantra

  5. First Drives 2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet: Who Could Ask for Anything More?

    We talk a lot about the Mercedes-Benz E-Class , and rightfully so. This car comes in four variants, including sedan, wagon, coupe and cabriolet, not to mention the world-rocking AMG versions. It’s no wonder that the company has become the number-one luxury brand in the United States. The E-Class Cabriolet … Full story

    Rating : 4.5/5

    Filed in: Mercedes-Benz | E-Class

  6. First Drives 2017 Land Rover Discovery Sport: a Capable SUV with an Edge

    A couple of years ago, the Land Rover Discovery Sport replaced the aging, but capable LR2 model as the company’s answer for regular people wanting luxury combined with off-road prowess. I characterise the LR2 as “aging” because it was a design which first debuted way back in 2006, and was … Full story

    Rating : 4.0/5

    Filed in: Land Rover | Discovery Sport

  7. First Drives 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan: Seven Passengers, Three Versions, One Engine

    With 68% of new vehicles sold in Canada being pickups or SUVs, it’s easy to understand why manufacturers put so much effort into developing sport utility vehicles of all shapes and sizes. Traditionally, Volkswagen hasn’t been a major player in this segment, but it’s hoping to make up for lost … Full story

    Rating : 4.0/5

    Filed in: Volkswagen | Tiguan

  8. First Drives 2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe: In A Class By Itself?

    Mercedes-Benz's vehicle lineup has never been so diverse. From affordable models to supercars, from wagons to SUVs of all shapes and sizes, the manufacturer has something for everyone. After last year's introduction of the 10th generation of its E-Class sedans and wagons, this year sees the arrival of the third … Full story

    Rating : 4.5/5

    Filed in: Mercedes-Benz | E-Class

  9. First Drives 2017 Nissan Qashqai: a Veteran Newbie to the Segment

    Nissan Canada invited The Car Guide to drive the all-new Qashqai subcompact crossover at a media event in Montreal. Qashqai represents a major North-American product launch for the company particularly because they expect it to be the brand’s second-bestselling vehicle in a very short period of time—behind their Canadian sales … Full story

    Rating : 4.0/5

    Filed in: Nissan | Qashqai

  10. First Drives Meet the 2018 Volvo XC60

    Barcelona, Spain – Woody Allen once said, "Eternity is a long time, especially towards the end." Volvo seems to have reached that point and has decided to completely update its best-selling XC60 after a long career that spanned ten years and over a million units sold. So it’s a fresh … Full story

    Rating : 4.0/5

    Filed in: Volvo | XC60

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