Category: Cars

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport (ix45)

The new 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe has been revealed at the 2012 New York Auto Show and it surely is a step forward in the right direction for the Korean brand. Known as ix45 in Europe, it will start selling in April in the US, and towards the end of the year in Europe.

Hyundai prepared two variants of the new Santa Fe. As you can see from the pictures, the new Hyndai Santa Fe Sport (the shorter version) is a compact SUV, 184.6 inches long (4.690 mm), 66.1 inches tall (1.680 mm) and 74 inches wide (1.880 mm). It’s wheelbase is 106.3 inches, which is a lot for this segment.

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport (ix45)

Under the hood, the new 2013 Santa Fe Sport will have a choice of two engine: 2.4 l GDI offering 190 hp and 181 lb-ft (245 Nm), and a 2.0-l T-GDI turbo developing 264 HP and 269 lb-ft (364 Nm) of torque. Both engines are coupled with a six-speed automatic gearbox, while the front axle is benefiting from Torque Steering Control.

The new Hyundai Santa Fe is also prepared with safety in mind: customers can opt for a Lane Departure Warning System, while the car comes in standard with no less than seven airbags, including one for the driver’s knees.

Among comfort technologies that will be available on the new Santa Fe we can count a Start/Stop button, keyless entry, a multimedia Supervision Cluster incorporating a color LCD, BlueLink connectivity, LED headlights, heated steering wheel and sliding second-row seats.

BMW 1 Series 2012

We had the opportunity to test and review the new BMW 1 Series 2012 (F20) at the Berlin official launch, and we’re able to bring you the main good and bad points of this car, as well as a comprehensive photo gallery from the test drives.

First of all – BMW 1 Series 2012 at a glance:

1. The car is bigger, wider and the interior space is taller. You have more space for the ankles and feet in the back due to the wider wheelbase, as well as more space for the head and shoulders. This means that now you can have 1.80m (6 ft tall) and sit relaxed in the back. The third person on the back seats will not sit as comfortably, though, so this car is for 4 adults only.

BMW 1 Series 2012

2. The back seats can fold individually, as well as the headrests. This is nice if you want to travel with lot of luggage, the 360 liters offered being above the standard offer in the C segment. Also, you have plenty of storage space in the front, and the door panels are designed intelligently to fit all kind of bottle sizes.

3. Trim quality is up a little, you get better plastics than in the former generation, but the textiles, Sensatec and real leather remain of the same quality (that is, abysmal for the textiles, good for the Sensatec and very good for the real leather).

4. You get the latest installment of the iDrive interface, which at first is extremely confusing and complex, but with time you will grow to like it because of the vast array of options that it offers: from synching with an iPhone to BMW’s Assistance program that can help you (in Europe) find practically anything you want, downloading the data on your navigation system. Continue reading