The Volkswagen Eos is a unique all-season convertible with an integrated power panoramic sunroof that sets it apart from all other retractable hardtop convertibles on the market.
The 2013 Eos is powered by a 200-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and a six-speed DSG automatic transmission. There are four available trims: Komfort, Sport, Lux, and Executive. Standard features include heated front seats, electronic dual-zone climate control, a leather-wrapped multifunctional steering wheel, SIRIUS satellite radio, and Bluetooth Handsfree wireless connectivity. Safety features include active seat-integrated rollover bars, daytime running lights, electronic stability program, hill hold control, a tire pressure monitoring system, and front and side airbags. Steering linked Bi-xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights are standard on all but the Komfort trim.
For 2013, a new Sport trim has been added to the line-up.
The Chevrolet Sonic combines a fuel efficient engine, seating for five and ample cargo space; it competes in the sub-compact market.
The front-wheel drive Sonic is offered in two body styles; sedan and hatchback. All models come standard with a 138-hp 1.8-liter engine mated to a five-speed manual transmission. There are two available transmissions, a six-speed manual and a six-speed automatic. A 138-hp 1.4-liter engine is also available on the LT and LTZ trims, and standard on the RS trim. Standard safety equipment includes stability control, ABS brakes, panic brake assist, hill hold control, automatic headlamps, OnStar and ten airbags. Standard and optional features depending on the trim level include front fog lights, power windows, heated front seats, cruise control, a security system, air conditioning, XM satellite ratio, alloy wheels, and remote engine start.
For 2014, the Chevrolet Sonic is now available with some advanced technology for the segment: forward collision alert, lane departure warning, and rear camera, are now offered. Also, the RS trim is now offered on the sedan.
The BMW 650i Gran Coupe is the first four-door Coupe in the history of the brand. The company describes the vehicle as having with distinct exterior styling, creating a unique aura, and a luxurious interior.
Available in both rear- and all-wheel drive configurations, the 650i Gran Coupe and 650i xDrive Gran Coupe boast stellar performance which is attributed by a 445-hp 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 engine with direct fuel injection; paired with an eight-speed Sport automatic transmission with manual mode and shift paddles. Notable standard equipment includes a sport-tuned suspension, Dynamic Driving Control, 19-inch aluminum wheels, adaptive bi-xenon headlights and Comfort Access keyless entry/start. Inside the well-appointed cabin, which offers 4+1 seating capacity, is high-quality leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control and genuine wood trim. A voice-activated hard drive-based navigation system, including 12 gigabytes of dedicated media storage, HD radio and Bluetooth wireless connectivity are also standard. Safety features include anti-lock brakes, electronic stability and traction control, front and rear parking sensors with rearview camera, active anti-whiplash front head restraints and eight airbags. A Driver Assistance Package is available, providing more advanced systems such as lane-departure warning, blind spot detection, head-up display and an automated parking assistant. The 650i Gran Coupe can also be outfitted with active cruise control and night vision, full LED lights and Integral Active Steering.
While Nissan's Versa sedan came in for a ground-up redo for 2012, the 5-door Hatchback version carries over from the 2011 model year with two models, S and SL. Perhaps to soothe hatchback fans, Nissan ups the ante by adding four new option packages for the S model and then making what was the Premium package now standard equipment on the SL edition. With that upgrade come such extras as the Bluetooth Hands-free phone system, the "Intelligent" key and 16-in. alloy wheels. Opt for the S version and you get the 122-bhp 1.8-liter twincam four with a 6-speed manual or 4-speed automatic. SL models also have the 1.8 but are only fitted with the CVT transmission. Now the Vehicle Dynamic Control system is standard on both S and SL models.
What used to be a narrow niche of vehicle is growing into a class of its own as more manufacturers look to provide variety for a wide range of customers. Here in the 4-door coupe category, Audi presents the A7, which stylishly blends together room for four adults and hatchback cargo capacity with a sporty silhouette. Where others have failed to produce something cohesive and proportional, Audi succeeds and adds to that a supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 (310 bhp), 8-speed automatic transmission and Quattro all-wheel drive as standard. For those wanting even sportier performance, the S7 isn't far off, injecting 420 twin-turbo V-8 horses into this Sportback with commensurate chassis and exterior upgrades to go along. How far the interior goes is up to you.