2020 Volkswagen Golf 8 Available Engines And Interior Review


2020 Golf 8 Crash Test

The 2020 Volkswagen Golf 8 features a high-class cabin and has great handling. The new Golf is 29mm longer, 10mm narrower and 4mm taller than before. Despite the subtle increase in size, Volkswagen has managed to improve aerodynamic efficiency...
The new Golf’s engine line-up includes three new turbocharged petrol-based eTSI mild hybrids that use a 48-volt electric drive system, and a revised petrol-electric plug-in hybrid drivetrain offering two different states of tune.


The eTSI units start with a 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine giving 81kW, with the 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol power plant featured here offering 96kW and 110kW.







All claim to boast a 10 per cent improvement in fuel economy over the non-electrified drivetrains they replace through new functions such as engine-off coasting.

The plug-in hybrid drivetrains combine Volkswagen’s 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with a gearbox-mounted electric motor, offering 110kW and 180kW in a new performance-based GTE model.

A 2.0-litre four-cylinder TDI engine with 85kW and 110kW is also available. Gearboxes include six-speed manual and seven-speed dual-clutch units depending on the engine they are mated to.
Alongside standard front-wheel drive, selected Golf models will also be available with optional 4Motion four-wheel drive. 

Volkswagen also plans to launch new GTi, GTD and R variants of the new Golf within the next 12 months. 

Inofotainment

Golf 8 features a 10.3-inch digital instrument cluster with either a 8.25-inch or optional 10.0-inch central touchscreen for the infotainment functions.
Together with a new multi-function steering wheel, they form a vastly different driving environment than that of previous incarnations of the Volkswagen best.



There are very few physical buttons. All the major controls, including for the ventilation and driving modes, are housed within a touch-sensitive panel below the central display. A 'slider' is used to regulate various functions, including the volume. 

Volkswagen offers a voice-control system too, that is activated with a 'Hello Volkswagen' command. Golf 8 has ambient lighting strips within the dashboard and door trims, as well as a host of other new optional features, including an excellent new head-up display, which is available on the Golf for the first time and is a highly recommended addition.

This Golf features the latest third-generation version of Volkswagen MIB infotainment system. It is permanently connected to the internet via an embedded eSIM, enabling online music streaming and real-time traffic information among other online features.

Volkswagen has also upgraded the Golf’s driver-assistance systems, including optional Travel Assist, which combines adaptive cruise control and lane assist to enable “assisted hand-off driving” at speeds up to 130mph.

This car is the first Volkswagen model to feature Car2X (car-to-everything) technology based on the harmonised European Union standard. It uses information generated by other vehicles and the road infrastructure to warn of tailbacks and the like.

2020 Porsche Taycan Pros And Cons


Porsche Taycan 2020 Crash Test

2020 Porsche Taycan is the new all-electric Porsche competing with the Tesla Model S. It has a great cabin design, comfortable seats, quick acceleration and great handling. Even so, it has some pros and cons such as:
Pros 
Quick acceleration
Balanced handling
Great interior.


Cons
Its price is higher than most competitors
Lack of buttons can be frustrating
Not so great mileage comparing to its rivals.




Seats

The Porsche Taycan is a sedan with a four-door basic bench. For the second row, a middle seat is available, increasing the capacity to five men.




The front seats of the Taycan are comfortable and accommodating, allowing a wide range of adjustment. It's easy to find a perfect driving position. 

There's also a generous head and legroom up front. Visibility to the front and side of the vehicle is fine, although rear visibility is poor due to the narrow rear window.

The back seats are roomy enough for two adults, however tall passengers might find it a little cramped. 

Partial leather upholstery comes as standard. Other options include full leather upholstery or leather-free suede, heated front and rear seats, ventilated and massaging front seats, and a heated steering wheel. 

You can accommodate children too in the Taycan as it has two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats.

Interior

The Taycan sets the new luxury EV interiors standard. The attention to detail and the quality of the material are outstanding. Also the cabin is well-insulated, and at higher speeds there is little road and wind noise which plagues most electric vehicles.

Most surfaces are wrapped in soft leather. Other options include wood, aluminum, and carbon fiber materials.



Cargo Space

The Taycan has 12.9 cubic feet of rear trunk space and 2.8 cubic feet of front trunk space. The front trunk is big enough to fit a few grocery bags. The rear trunk can accommodate a pair of large suitcases with room to spare. The back seats fold in a 60/40-split, making it easier for longer items to fit in.

Taycan's infotainment system

The Taycan’s cockpit has four screens. Behind the steering wheel is a curved 16.8-inch digital screen, which has great graphics and a highly configurable layout, so you can see as much driving information as you want.

A 10.9-inch touch screen is located in the center of the dashboard. It handles most of the infotainment functions, like the radio, navigation, and Apple CarPlay. Below it on the center console is another touch screen. 

This display manages the climate control, seat heating, and volume settings. Another touch screen is located on the passenger-side dashboard, and its abilities are similar to the main infotainment screen: audio tuning and navigation, mostly. However this touch screen does not come as standard.

There aren’t any physical buttons, making it difficult to adjust settings quickly while driving. 

Taycan Performance

The Porsche Taycan has an electric all-wheel-drive system. It consists of two electric motors (one at each axle) that produce a combined 429 horsepower in the 4S model and 616 horsepower in the Turbo and Turbo S models. 

The Taycan 4S can go from zero to 100 km/h in less than four seconds. The two Turbo models are faster; just three seconds to reach 100 km/h ( 60mph ).

This straight-line speed is only part of the Taycan’s allure though. Switch into Normal or Range mode and the Taycan behaves like any good luxury sedan. It’s easy to drive. The throttle has a responsive feel, the electric motors are very quiet at high speeds, and the acceleration is outstanding.

Unlike other electric cars, the Porsche Taycan has a two-speed transmission fitted into the rear axle. This helps the car accelerate quickly at low speed and drive efficiently at high speed.



Taycan mileage

Unfortunately, the EPA reports the Taycan Turbo manages just 201 miles with that huge 93.4 kWh lithium-ion cell. This report disagrees with Porsche claim that Taycan  can run for around 265 miles with fully charged batteries. 

To compare, the most expensive Tesla Model S with a similarly sized battery manages 315-370 miles on a charge, according to the EPA.


Charging the Taycan at home using a 240-volt household charger takes 10 to 11 hours. Level 3 public chargers can get the Taycan to 80% capacity in 90 minutes or less.

To get the fastest charge, you’ll need to find a public charger that can provide 270 kilowatts. Using this method can charge the Taycan to 80% in just over 20 minutes.

2019 Tesla Model 3 Review And Features, Pros And Cons

 The all-electric Tesla Model 3 drives likes a sports sedan and has a great technology. However it has some pros and cons such as:

Pros
Fast acceleration
Great handling
Extremely low energy cost
Great tech.

Cons
Adjusting some driving controls can be distracting while driving.

Tesla Model 3 is a fantastic car. It has a great handling and smooth ride, while its acceleration is very quick.

Seats

The Model 3 is a five-person four-door sedan. The interior is spacious and comfortable, and the large glass roof lets the cabin feel airy. The Model 3 comes with standard cloth upholstery and front seats that can be manually adjusted. Upgrades include front seats that can be power-adjusted, new seat upholstery, and front and back heated seats. 
The Model 3 has two full sets of LATCH anchors in the back seat.


Cargo Space

You can hold quite a bit in the trunk of the Model 3 between its deep opening and fold-flat rear seat. The 15-cubic-foot trunk can easily manage two sets of golf clubs, and even enough space for a bike is available with seats folded. An additional storage area up front (where usually a gasoline engine is located) is sufficiently large for a carry-on suitcase.

Tesla Model 3 infotainment system

Tesla opts for an unconventional path for interior controls and screens. A single 15-inch touch screen mounted in the center of the dash shows driver data–such as how quickly you drive–and is used to make almost every interior change, from sound volume to cruise control settings. The advantage is that switches, displays, or physical buttons do not clutter the cockpit. The downside is that to make even minor changes, including adjusting the windshield wiper frequency, the driver has to divert attention from the route. Several professional reviewers say that keeping track of the pace of the car can be difficult, and they regret the absence of a head-up display. In addition, Tesla does not offer any kind of integration of smartphones. However, bluetooth is still available.


Tesla Model 3 Performance

Telsla Model 3 is a fast car. Acceleration from the electric motors is immediate, and the near-silent power delivery makes it feel like you're flying in a small space ship, not an earth-bound aircraft. This Tesla isn't as good as a Model S, but depending on the trim level, you can still reach 60 mph in 3.2 to 5.6 seconds.

Mileage

Compared to most luxury small cars, driving the all-electric Model 3 will save you a bundle of fuel costs. For example, the Model 3 saves the average driver about $1,200 each year compared to the typical fuel costs of a BMW 330i. Standard Range Model 3's have an estimated 240-mile range, while Long Range and Performance trims are estimated to go 310-mile at full charge.

All Model 3's are equipped to use Tesla Supercharger stations, although the car does not include free supercharging. Such stations provide 150-170 miles of range for each half-hour of charging, according to Tesla. The EPA reports that a 240-volt home charging station can fully recharge the battery in about 8.5 to 10 hours.

Features

Tesla version 10.0 
This new software update can be installed via smatphone app.

Netflix and Youtube 
The new software update brings Netflix and Youtube for you to watch. Naturally, its not safe watching and driving so Tesla doesn't allow you to, unless you're not driving.

Smart Summon
Smart Summon was a feature for the app in v9 which would let you move the car in or out a parking space while you were out of the car. What's new in version 10 is that the car will actually drive to you so you don't have to walk for it. For this you'll need a full self-driving or Autopilot Enhanced.

Easter eggs and games
Tesla is known for the selection of easter eggs. There is already the surface of Mars in the navigation system. Version 9 added a collection of Atari video games controlled by scrolling buttons on the steering wheel. The games include Asteroids, Lunar Lander, Missile Command, and Centipede. Version 10 brings CupHead, but in order to be able to play it, you'll need a USB controller.

Car-aoke
Yes, caraoke. The new version 10 bring car-aoke with highlighted lyrics of caraoke version of classic tracks.

"I'm feeling lucky"
Tesla has added a "I'm feeling lucky" option. This will find something interesting that you might want to visit. There's also a "I'm feeling hungry" option which allows you to get direction to a nearby restaurant.

2019 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe Review

2019 Mercedes S-Class coupe is a great, luxury supercar. It has powerful engines, it's smooth and has a great interior. However, it has some pros and cons such as:

Pros
luxurious interior
comfortable cabin
powerful engines.

Cons
Small trunk in coupe models.
Car Seats

The S-Class seats five in sedan models and four in convertible and coupe models. The S-Class has some of the best seats in the automotive industry, no matter where you're sitting or what body style you're in. Both rows of seats are friendly, extremely comfortable and spacious, while two-door versions are a little less accommodating in the rear. Numerous comfort enhancements will only make things better.


There are two full sets of LATCH connectors for the installation of child car seats. From a usability point of view, there are no problems with the system, and the rear seats have enough space for any type of car seat.

Infotainment system

Standard features include a panoramic sunroof, wireless charging device, and a 12.3-inch COMAND infotainment system, 13-speaker Burmester audio system, satellite radio, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, two USB ports, and navigation.
Available features include a refrigerator box for the rear cabin, a wireless rear cabin charger, a Wi-Fi hot spot, a 26-way Burmester audio system, and a rear-seat entertainment system.
The COMAND infotainment system has a large, easily visible display screen. It's not a touch screen, however, and it may take you a while to get the infotainment system to work with the touchpad controller.

Cargo space

Cargo room in the S-Class varies considerably depending on which body style and trim you select. The base sedan, which provides more than 18 cubic feet of space, is at the top of the spectrum. That's a good total for the class, and it's enough room for a family vacation luggage or four sets of golf clubs. On the low end, you've got some of the cabriolet models that provide less than 10 cubic feet of space when the top is down.

Performance and handling

Four powertrains are eligible for the S-Class. A 362 horsepower twin-turbocharged V6 drives the base model. The most powerful engine is the AMG S 65, which features a 621-horsepower V12. All four engines move this car well and provide quick acceleration, but the two high-performance AMG models move with the kind of enthusiasm rarely seen outside sports cars.
This car is designed to provide the most comfortable ride possible, and it does. Nevertheless, while it handles well for its size–especially the more agile AMG models–it is not a sports car.

Gas mileage

The S-Class has a typical fuel economy class, earning EPA ratings of 19 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway with its base engine. The V8 models are not as efficient, and the ratings of the V12 are pretty bad.