How do you update an already retro design? You flatten its roof, make it look more masculine and hope the design attracts more male buyers. Longer, lower and wider than the New Beetle, the new Beetle is based on an all-new chassis (related to the Golf's), fitted with either a 170-bhp 2.5-liter 5-cylinder and a 6-speed automatic or the 200-bhp direct-injected 2.0-liter turbo mated to VW's dual-clutch 6-speed automatic. Manual transmissions, says VW, will come at a later date. Also coming later (in 2012) is the super-efficient 2.0-liter TDI diesel engine, which is expected to give this 4-seat front-driver highway fuel economy of 40 mpg. The Beetle Turbo, of note, has multilink rear suspension, whereas the standard Beetle has a twist beam.
The Cadillac SRX is a mid-size luxury crossover vehicle that offers all the features Cadillac customers expect, as well as the utility of a five-passenger CUV.
The SRX is available in both front-wheel and all-wheel drive configurations, and is powered by a 3.6-liter, direct-injection V6 engine, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with manual shift control. Standard safety features include anti-lock disc brakes, Stabilitrak electronic stability control, six airbags with occupant sensing system, tire pressure monitor, theft-deterrent system, daytime running lights and OnStar. Available luxury and high-tech features include genuine wood interior trim, adaptive Xenon headlights, forward collision alert, lane departure warning, rearview camera, navigation system, Bose audio, HD radio, double-sized glass sunroof, 20" wheels and tires and rain-sensing wipers.
For 2014, the Cadillac SRX Premium Collection is now standard with IntelliBeam headlamps. The Driver Assist Package now contains a new motorized safety belt restraint feature. Also, a new 18" chrome alloy wheel is available with the Luxury Collection.
There's a special feel in the Continental, from the moment you open the heavy door and get your first nose full of that leather interior. Keep in mind that, in a Bentley, we're not just talking "seating surfaces." This is leather everywhere, including the dash, the pillars, the headliner, everything. The front thrones are about what you'd expect, but the well being of the back-seat passengers is completely dependent on the generosity of those up front to scoot their seats forward.
The Continental has used a twelve-cylinder engine from the get-go; it's a large, 6.0-liter unit with its cylinders arranged not in a V but in a W shape. Spin the W-12 to life and it settles into a deep bass rumble. 567 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque are waiting to be unleashed by your right foot. More recently, Bentley added the (lower-cost) option of a turbocharged V-8. Although its 500 hp and 487 lb-ft are shaded by the W-12, it's amazing how similar in character the two engines are. The V-8 accelerates the Continental GT from 0 to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds; the W-12 accomplishes the same feat in 4.4 seconds.
Any version of the Continental GT or GTC is impressive underway. This is a heavy car and yet it accelerates and changes direction with alacrity. The steering is neither overboosted nor too heavy, and it is commendably precise. Also notable is the beautifully matched calibration of the throttle and brake -- neither jumpy nor grabby; both have a long travel that is nicely progressive.
The Hyundai Genesis Coupe is the most sporting offering to date from Hyundai.
Two powerful engines are offered for Hyundai's rear wheel drive coupe: a 274-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder or a 348-horsepower, DOHC 3.8-liter V6. Depending on the engine chosen, six-speed manual, or eight-speed automatic transmissions are available. Automatic transmissions feature Hyundai's SHIFTRONIC paddle-shift technology. Standard wheels are 18-inch alloy and 19-inch alloy wheels are available. Driver interaction is intensified with a leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. Standard air-conditioning and front seats with lumbar support ensure passenger comfort. Traction control, stability control, seat-mounted side and overhead curtain airbags ensure the driver and passengers remain safe.
The Genesis Coupe receives some significant changes for the 2013 model year. The exterior now features standard LED taillamps and revised front and rear fascias. The interior includes a redesigned center stack, gauges and new sound systems. The 2.0-liter four cylinder sports a new twin-scroll turbocharger, while the 3.8-liter V6 gains direct-injection technology and an available eight-speed automatic.
It’s three for one with Suzuki’s entry-level but amply equipped SX4. Instead of a single boring little sedan, the SX4 offerings are the SX4 Sport/Sport sedans with content reaching up to leather and a standard navigation system; the SX4 Crossover AWD with its raised ride height; and the new-last-year SX4 SportBack “hot hatch” with a lowered ride height and an appetite for asphalt. The Sport/Sedan models have a traditional sedan profile with separate trunk while the Crossover AWD and SportBack share a 5-door hatchback body with an abbreviated cargo hold. All SX4s enjoy an ample 2.0-liter 4-cylinder and 6-speed manual or CVT automatic; the Sedan/Sport and the SportBack are front-wheel-drive only. All are well received and easy on the wallet.