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2019 Skoda Scala

2019 Skoda Scala

New car, new name, but the same old DNA

Skoda announced the Rapid’s replacement in July this year, and now, the company has launched its successor under the nameplate "Scala." That was quick! Although we crib and cry when a car is teased for ages and not launched, we must admit that we missed that phase with the Scala. We saw just a couple of spy shots before the company released a few teasers and technical specs, and the car itself, all in quick succession.

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2019 Fiat 500X

2019 Fiat 500X

The high-riding 500 gets a mild update for 2019

Fiat has revealed its revised 500X crossover which has been nipped and tucked for the first time since its 2014 European debut (in the US for the 2016 model year it was launched). It comes with a refreshed exterior with new front and rear light clusters, more tech, and improved engines.

Update 12/12/2018: We’ve updated this review with images taken at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. Check them out in our gallery below!

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2019 Kia Niro EV

2019 Kia Niro EV

The battery-powered Niro is ready to play with the big boys!

The Kia Niro EV is the all-electric version of the Niro subcompact crossover that the Korean automaker launched for the 2017 model year. Unveiled in Autumn 2018 as the e-Niro for the European market, the Niro EV is the U.S.-spec model and broke cover at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show in late November. Virtually identical to its European sibling, the Niro EV and e-Niro share the same features and specification, save for the less powerful base model. Kia chose to bring only the more powerful version to the U.S., where it will compete against its platform sibling, the Hyundai Kona Electric (or EV on this side of the pond). The Niro EV is Kia’s first all-electric crossover and among the first battery-powered SUVs for the non-premium market.

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2020 Kia Soul

2020 Kia Soul

The Korean automaker’s funky freshest

It ain’t easy standing out in the overly-saturated subcompact crossover segment, but the Kia Soul does exactly that with its mix of unique and attractive styling, equipment, and overall value. Now the Soul enters its third generation for the 2020 model year with a debut at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show, and its bringing a fresh take on the boxy goodness of the outgoing model, plus loads of gear, fun features, and a stout turbo engine option, plus available AWD.

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2020 Porsche Macan S

2020 Porsche Macan S

More power, new features

The company’s smallest crossover yet, the Porsche Macan arrived in 2014 and slotted under the highly popular Cayenne. After four years on the market, the compact SUV was updated to mid-cycle specifications. The Macan S is very similar to the base model we saw hit the spotlight earlier in 2018 on the outside. It’s identical inside the cabin as well save for the trim-specific features. However, it’s a different story under the hood, as the "S" badge comes in tow with a larger, 3.0-liter V-6. What’s more, while the four-banger lost a few horses with the facelift, the V-6 delivers a bit more power and torque.

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Ford Adds the Rugged Focus Active to its European Lineup

Ford Adds the Rugged Focus Active to its European Lineup

For the moment, the Ford Focus Active won’t be sold in the United States

Persuaded by the high interest in SUVs and crossovers in Europe, Ford decided to rough up the 2019 Ford Focus a bit and give it an Active badge. The Focus is the third model in Ford’s lineup to be offered in Active trim after the likes of Fiesta and KA+. The Focus Active can be had in both hatchback or wagon body styles, and Ford says its engineers tweaked the springs, dampers, and stabilizer bars, while also lifting the ride by 30 mm up front and 34 mm at the rear.

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2018 Volkswagen Golf R

2018 Volkswagen Golf R

The company’s hottest hatch yet gets mild updates

The seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf was introduced in 2012 in Europe, but it didn’t make it to U.S. soil until 2014, when it was launched for the 2015 model year. Slightly larger and sportier than its predecessor, the Mk7 also gained a revamped interior, new convenience and safety features, and a wide range of gasoline and diesel four-cylinder engines. The new-generation Golf also spawned a new GTi model, but a more powerful R version was also launched for 2015. With the regular model having received a facelift in 2016, an updated version of the Golf R followed for 2017.

As it is the case with most Volkswagen facelifts, the mid-cycle update doesn’t bring too many features. However, the Golf R is a bit sportier on the outside and benefits from the many technological improvements made to the lineup. The turbocharged engine was also uprated, but while the Golf R is now slightly more powerful than the Honda Civic Type R, it’s nowhere near as brawny as the impressiveFord Focus RS. How does it compare to the competition? Let’s find out in the review below.

12/12/2018: We’ve updated this review with new images of the 2018 Volkswagen Golf R taken at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Check them out in the gallery below!

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2019 Hyundai Kona Electric

2019 Hyundai Kona Electric

The world’s first all-electric compact crossover!

Although Hyundai didn’t offer an SUV until the Terracan was introduced in 2001 (the 1991 Galloper doesn’t really count since it was a rebadged Mitsubishi), the Korean firm now has four different crossovers on offer. The latest to join the family is the Kona, and it’s the company’s first subcompact offering. But more importantly, it’s the first subcompact SUV to get an all-electric version. Unveiled in February 2018, the Kona Electric is the first of its kind on the European market and crosses the pond to the U.S. for 2019.

Much like any other EV or hybrid based on a conventional vehicle, the Kona Electric is very similar to the gasoline-powered Kona. The styling carries over with a few changes inside and out, while the equipment lines remain pretty much the same. It’s the drivetrain that makes a big difference, as the Kona Electric doesn’t use dinosaur juice. What’s more, the Kona Electric comes with impressive performance and range of a crossover that will cost significantly less than the expensive Tesla Model X. Let’s find out more about that in the review below.

Update 12/12/2018 We’ve updated this review with fresh images of the 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric take at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto show. Check them out in the gallery below!

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2019 BMW 3-Series Review Roundup: Does it Get the Class Crown?

2019 BMW 3-Series Review Roundup: Does it Get the Class Crown?

New G20 is larger, better and more talented in every way

Journalists have tried out the all-new, seventh-gen, 2019 BMW 3-Series G20 at its official launch event in Portugal, and first impressions of the car are really good. You’d expect BMW to want to pull out all the stops in order to get its smallest and most popular sedan right and, apparently, it did.

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2020 Porsche Macan S: New Engine, More Power, Same Sexy Appearance

2020 Porsche Macan S: New Engine, More Power, Same Sexy Appearance

Porsche’s entry level crossover is ready for primetime

The Porsche Macan often gets overshadowed by its bigger and more accomplished brother, the Porsche Cayenne. But, that’s about to change because the new Macan S breaks the crossover out of its shell. Not only is the 2019 Macan S sexier, but it also packs a new engine that produces more power than its predecessor. Those three elements are the biggest highlights of the new Macan S, underscoring what we’ve all been waiting for from the model since it first arrived in 2014. Put together; the new Macan S sheds its rough-around-the-edges label in favor of a more balanced ride. Don’t look now, but it appears that Porsche’s entry-level crossover is ready for the big leagues. The new Porsche Macan S starts at $58,600.

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BREAKING - This Is The New, A90-Gen 2020 Toyota Supra Before You're Supposed to See It

BREAKING - This Is The New, A90-Gen 2020 Toyota Supra Before You’re Supposed to See It

I Think It Looks Quite Nice

We have something special for you today - the first look at the long-awaited Toyota Supra A90. SupraMKV forum leaked the picture that clearly shows the front end of the new Toyota Supra. Of course, nothing is official as of yet, but I am really confident that this is the real deal. It shows the Toyota Supra being transported by a car transport wagon. The photo we have does show clear links with the FT-1 concept Toyota presented five years ago. That is a really good thing as the FT-1 looks rather stunning. The first public image of the new Toyota Supra in grey is the biggest news today, and I can say right now that this car does not look like the Z4 as some have feared.

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You Won't Believe How Fast This Tuned Mercedes GLC 63 is!

You Won’t Believe How Fast This Tuned Mercedes GLC 63 is!

For those who think over 500 horsepower and a 0 to 60 time of under 4 seconds isn’t enough

The Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S Coupe is one of the fastest, most powerful SUVs in Mercedes’ repertoire right now. But German tuner GAD Motors is ready to offer an insane version with almost twice the power over twice the torque. The bundle of insanity that comes out of GAD’s workshop is capable of eating miles down the Autobahn at over 186 mph seemingly effortless.

The GLC-Class is a compact luxury SUV; the jacked up brother of the C-Class sedan. It was launched back in 2015, and the most powerful variant is the AMG-tuned GLC 63 S. It comes with an aggressive aerodynamic package with extended bumpers, side skirts, and huge 20-inch wheels. There’s room for more, though, and GAD Motors is doing just that, exploring the limits of the coupe-bodied SUV to the point that it reaches 62 mph faster than a McLaren 675LT, a Porsche 991 911 GT3 or a Ferrari 488.

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