The Land Rover Range Rover Sport is an athletic SUV designed to bring on-road performance driving to the traditional Land Rover off-road experience. It enters its second generation in 2014, with bold, revised styling inside and out and additional standard equipment, along with a new lightweight all-aluminum monocoque platform and new powertrains.
The five-passenger Range Rover Sport is now available in four trim levels: SE, HSE, Supercharged and Autobiography. The SE and HSE are powered by a new 340-hp 3.0-liter supercharged V6 engine, while the Supercharged and Autobiography trims boast the carryover 510-hp 5.0-liter supercharged V8. Both powerplants feature Both powerplants feature new start/stop technology, which shuts the engine down during temporary stops to save fuel, and are mated to a new eight-speed automatic transmission with manual mode; additionally, Supercharged and Autobiography trims get steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters. Full-time four-wheel drive with Land Rover's acclaimed "Terrain Response" system helps tackle a wide range of off-road conditions, while Supercharged and Autobiography trims add Adaptive Dynamics with variable suspension dampening for sportier handling and an active locking rear differential. Standard equipment on the SE includes a power liftgate, 19-inch aluminum wheels, bi-xenon headlights, LED daytime running lights and tail lamps, dual-zone automatic climate control, passive entry/start, a new Meridian audio system and voice-activated hard drive-based navigation with internal memory storage; HSE and Supercharged trims add a panoramic sunroof, fog lights, 20-inch aluminum wheels, heated front seats and leather upholstery. Autobiography trims are further outfitted with 21-inch aluminum wheels, adaptive headlights with automatic high-beam assist, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, three-zone automatic climate control and upgraded audio with HD and satellite radio. Standard safety features on all trims include eight airbags, four-wheel anti-lock brakes with brake assist, electronic stability control with traction control and roll mitigation, and a rearview camera with front visual display; Autobiography trims also get a surround camera system and blind spot monitoring with closing vehicle sensing and reverse traffic detection.
The Audi Q5 provides the versatility of an SUV with the driving characteristics of a sport sedan, with the goal of being the sportiest in its class.
The quattro all-wheel drive Q5 is powered by one of three engines: a 220-hp 2.0T four-cylinder engine, or a 272-hp 3.0-liter supercharged six-cylinder engine, or a 240-hp 3.0-liter V6 direct injection diesel (TDI). All bolted to an eight-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission. Standard features includes 12-way power front seats, aluminum trim, 10-speaker DSP sound system, leather seating, LED rear lights, a trip computer, garage door opener, satellite radio, Bluetooth wireless connectivity, Audi Music Interface with iPod integration, and tri-zone climate control. Standard safety features include anti-lock brakes with brake assist, electronic stability control, five seatbelt pretensioners and six airbags.
For 2014 the Q5 now comes standard with Bluetooth and garage door opener on all trims. Also, a new diesel engine is offered.
The Scion xD is the brand's "urban subcompact", designed to balance fuel efficiency and value with style and comfort. It is packaged as a versatile five-door hatchback, with a top-hinged liftgate that provides easy access to the rear cargo area.
The xD is powered by a 128-hp 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine, paired with either a standard five-speed manual or an available four-speed automatic transmission. Every xD is equipped with 16-inch wheels, air conditioning and cruise control, as well as power windows, exterior mirrors and door locks with remote keyless entry; additionally, a Pioneer sound system features HD Radio, 6.1-inch LCD touchscreen, Bluetooth hands-free/audio streaming, MP3 capability and a USB port, along with a regular auxiliary jack for other types of portable music devices. The rear seats are split 60/40, and can be folded down flat for increased cargo carrying capacity; they can also be reclined up to ten degrees, as well as moved fore or aft up to six inches for increased leg room. Safety features include a vehicle stability control system with integrated traction control, anti-lock brakes with brake assist, a tire pressure monitor, and dual front, front side-impact and overhead curtain airbags.
For 2014 the Scion brand is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Unique 10th Anniversary Edition xD is available in limited numbers. It features exclusive exterior paint, silver seatbelts, a solar powered illuminated shift knob, illuminated badges, gray finish 16" alloy wheels, and BeSpoke premium audio.
They may share names, but the Outlander Sport shares little with the bigger Outlander; the Sport is the smaller, lighter, more efficient sibling. It's also one of the few SUVs that's offered with a manual transmission. With its rear 60/40 split seats folded down, you get 49 cu. ft. of storage space. And although it rides higher than a car, the step-in height is certainly more car than off-roader. A 140-watt stereo, USB jack and steering-wheel-mounted audio controls are standard, while awd SE owners can opt for a 710-watt Rockford-Fosgate 9-speaker system and hard-drive-based navigation system. For 2012, the Sport gets recalibrated transmission and engine mapping, new wheel designs and better engine noise management.
The BMW Z4 has the classic two-seat roadster look, but features a modern two-piece power retractable hardtop. The result is an elegant looking car that blends the sportiness of a coupe with the enjoyment of a convertible.
The Z4 is offered as three different models; sDrive28i, sDrive35i, or sDrive35is. Power for the sDrive28i comes from a 240-hp 2.0-liter direct-injection, turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The sDrive35i is powered by a twin-turbo, 300-hp 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine, while the sDrive35is gets a 335-hp version of the twin-turbo 3.0-liter inline six. Transmission choices include a six-speed manual, eight-speed automatic, or an advanced double-clutch seven-speed transmission. Standard features include Driving Dynamics Control which allows the driver to change the vehicles characteristics between normal, sport, and sport+ mode, Servotronic electric power steering, auto-dimming interior and exterior mirrors, Comfort Access keyless entry with push-button start, and a two-piece lightweight-aluminum hardtop.
For 2014, the Z4 gets a refresh with slight interior and exterior refinements, also the storage package and BMW Assist with eCall become standard equipment. There are also new exterior colour choices and a new Hyper Orange design package.