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PostHeaderIcon The New Volvo V60 Estate is Great, but is it Great Enough for a $10,000 Price Hike?

Volvo just recently introduced the V60 Estate, and it was a huge departure over the outgoing model. It featured a sportier, more attractive design to go with an interior that was suitable to actually compete with the likes of Audi and BMW. That’s something the old model, with its heavily outdated interior, just couldn’t do. There’s no denying that Volvo put a lot of work into revamping the V60, but a lot of that work was borrowed from the larger S90, so it’s not exactly new DNA. Be that as it may, Volvo believes the new V60 is worthy of a price tag that is more than $10,000 higher than that of the outgoing model – now that’s one hell of a price hike.

The truth is, Volkswagen has only released pricing for the U.K., where it will carry a window sticker that reads £31,810 or £7,665 more than the outgoing model. Do the currency conversion (Accurate as of May 18, 2018), and that computes to $42,890 or $10,334 more expensive. Volvo claims that the higher pricing is due to the step up in engineering, quality, and equipment. The equipment we can certainly agree on as the last model had an infotainment screen that looked like it was borrowed from 2008, to be honest.

In the end, though, that Volvo’s excuse for such a massive price hike only goes so far. Sure, it’s nicer, more attractive, and more technologically advanced, but the real reason is that it finally brings the pricing of the V60 inline with the Audi A4 Avant and BMW 3 Series Wagon. Volvo insists it will offer more equipment for the money, though, so maybe it won’t be so bad. Either way, a big selling point for the old V60 was that it was on the high side of affordable and now it officially moves into luxury pricing territory.

Sure, maybe it fits in the luxury category better. And, it does fit there better, but Volvo could have done much better to keep the pricing in a lower bracket compared to the competition. Either way, when it comes to the states, it’ll probably carry a price tag very similar to the A4 Allroad and the 3 Series Sport Wagon, its two main competitors in this market.

PostHeaderIcon Wallpaper of the Day: 2019 Volvo V60

Volvo finally revamped the V60 – the oldest model in its lineup – in 2018 in an attempt to give Audi and BMW a real competitor in the compact wagon segment. And, it did so by borrowing a lot of DNA from the new V90 – it’s larger brother. It becomes the most advanced vehicle in its class, putting the A4 Avant and C-Class Wagon to shame in an all-new way. It is offered with gasoline and hybrid drivetrains that are both fuel efficient, and it comes with some of the best safety features on the planet. And, to make matters even better, it looks good at the same time. As such, we figured we should give it some love and make it our wallpaper of the day. We’ve picked out our favorite and spread it through TopSpeed HQ, but we’ve included a gallery at the bottom if you want something different, or more than one. Check them out for yourself!

PostHeaderIcon Wallpaper of the Day: 2019 Volvo V60

Volvo finally revamped the V60 – the oldest model in its lineup – in 2018 in an attempt to give Audi and BMW a real competitor in the compact wagon segment. And, it did so by borrowing a lot of DNA from the new V90 – it’s larger brother. It becomes the most advanced vehicle in its class, putting the A4 Avant and C-Class Wagon to shame in an all-new way. It is offered with gasoline and hybrid drivetrains that are both fuel efficient, and it comes with some of the best safety features on the planet. And, to make matters even better, it looks good at the same time. As such, we figured we should give it some love and make it our wallpaper of the day. We’ve picked out our favorite and spread it through TopSpeed HQ, but we’ve included a gallery at the bottom if you want something different, or more than one. Check them out for yourself!

PostHeaderIcon Volkswagen Golf Estate TGI GMOTION

The annual GTI Fest at Lake Worthersee in Austria is currently underway, and per tradition, Volkswagen is bringing along a pair of custom rides built by a select group of apprentices to show off the next generation’s skill set. In addition to the GTI Next Level that we featured earlier this week, there’s also this spruced-up five-door wagon dubbed the GMOTION, intended to bring a combination of “sporting character, elegance, and off-road capabilities.”

Continue reading to learn what makes the Volkswagen Golf Estate TGI GMOTION special.

PostHeaderIcon Audi S6 Avant

Produced since 1994, the S6 is Audi’s go-faster version of the A6, slotting in under the even-faster RS6 variants. Currently offered as the fourth-generation C7, Audi revealed its fifth-gen A6 at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show, and as such, a new S6 is on the way, as evidenced by this long-roofed Avant wagon prototype recently spied undergoing a bit of cold-weather testing. Read on for our speculative review on what we think it’ll bring to the table (beyond the groceries, obviously).

Continue reading to learn more about the 2019 Audi S6 Avant.

PostHeaderIcon The Kia Proceed Shooting Brake Could Debut at the Paris Motor Show

The Kia Proceed Concept turned a lot of heads at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. Initially thought of as a design study to determine the design direction of the next-generation Ceed, the positive reception surrounding the concept forced Kia to rethink its initial plans for the car. A production version is now in the works, and word on the street is that it will make its debut at the 2018 Paris Motor Show this October.

PostHeaderIcon Audi A6 Avant

After seven years on the market, the seventh-generation Audi A6, also known as the C7, was finally retired in 2018, making way for a much-improved midsize sedan from the Ingolstadt-based automaker. Redesigned to look more modern inside and out and fitted with all the fancy tech that it needs to go against the competition, including semi-autonomous capability. With the A6 sedan unveiled to the world at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, Audi quietly revealed the wagon version, also known as the A6 Avant.

Just like its predecessor, the Avant takes all of its design features and tech from the sedan model. The key difference here is the longer roof and the bigger trunk, which makes the Avant more practical for drivers who haul stuff on a regular basis and an ideal family vacation car. It’s as practical as any midsize wagon out there, but it comes with premium comfort features and the latest safety technology. Does it have what it takes to compete against the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Wagon and the BMW 5 Series Touring? Let’s find out in the review below.

Continue reading to learn more about the Audi A6 Avant.

PostHeaderIcon Want a Performance Wagon Other than a AMG E 63 S or the Panamera Sport Turismo? Tell Audi You Want an RS Avant

The Audi RS Avant super wagons aren’t available in the U.S., but that doesn’t mean the status quo isn’t going to change. Audi is open to bringing its rip-roaring machines to the land of milk and honey; it just needs to make a good business case for it. In that vein, fans of the RS 4 and RS 6 Avants can do their part to convince Audi by “writing letters” to the German automaker. Tongue-in-cheek hints aside, these letters could go a long way in establishing a viable marketplace for both super wagons.

PostHeaderIcon Audi May Bring RS Avant Models To The U.S. But It’s A Reach

Who doesn’t love a fast wagon? We’re certainly pretty big fans, and we can’t help but dribble a bit when considering the prospect of getting into something like Audi’s line of RS Avants. Now, it looks like the Four-Ring brand is actually considering bringing these quick-’n-practical machines stateside. Maybe. Hopefully? All told, the brand isn’t ruling it out – we’ll take it.

Continue reading for the full story.

PostHeaderIcon 2018 Mazda6 Prices announced

We’re big fans of the Mazda6 here at TopSpeed, even awarding the new wagon Tourer model a spot on our Best In Show list for the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show. Now, Mazda just released full pricing info on the latest 6 sedan headed to these shores, and we’ve got all the vital info right here.

Continue reading for the full story.

The Full Story


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“Buyers looking to get a little top-shelf treatment with their 6 are in luck, as the latest model year brings loads of new premium touches.”

Buyers looking to get a little top-shelf treatment with their 6 are in luck, as the latest model year brings loads of new premium touches, including high-end materials like Japanese Sen wood and Nappa leather. The driving experience is also much quieter when cruising on the the freeway, while the interior layout was updated with a fresh horizontal design that we think looks fantastic.

The exterior looks quite good as well, imbued with the latest Kodo design language.

Speed fans will be happy to know that the 6 is offered with a new turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine option that should do well to complement Mazda’s unflappable suspension tuning. In addition, you can even buy yours with a manual transmission, if desired. Thank you Mazda!

The lower trims produce as much as 187 horsepower and 186 pound-feet of torque, plus come with cylinder deactivation technology for added efficiency. Meanwhile, the new turbo engine makes 250 horsepower and a head-turning 310 pound-feet of torque at just 2,000 rpm.


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“Speed fans will be happy to know that the 6 is offered with a new turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine option.”

Go for the Sport trim level, and you’ll get an electronic parking brake, cloth upholstery, dual-zone climate control, remote keyless entry, a push-button start, cruise control, six-speaker audio, Bluetooth support, and an 8-inch infotainment display. Outside, the Sport gets 17-inch alloy wheels and standard LEDs for the headlights and taillights, while driver assists include rear cross-traffic alert, smart city brake support, and blind spot monitoring. Add in the automatic transmission, and the Sport comes with additional assistance features, such as lane-departure warning, adaptive cruise control, high-beam assist, and more.

Above the Sport is the Touring, which tosses the cloth in favor of leatherette for the seats, as well as a standard six-speed automatic transmission, advanced keyless entry, and a six-way power driver’s seat. There are also HVAC vents for rear-seated passengers, heated front seats, and a power moonroof. Finally, the corners of the Touring get stuffed with 19-inch alloy wheels.

Opt into the Grand Touring model, and you’ll enjoy 11-speaker audio, SiriusXM radio, navigation, heated side mirrors, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and paddle shifters on the steering column, not to mention that torquey turbo engine under the hood.

The penultimate trim level is the Grand Touring Reserve, which adds full leather seating, a heads-up display, active traffic sign recognition, an eight-way power driver’s seat, six-way power front passenger’s seat, adaptive front lighting, a rear spoiler, heated rear seats, and a heated steering wheel, not to mention, for the first time, ventilated front seats.


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“The top of the line is occupied by the Signature model, which offers new colors for the leather seating, as well as Japanese Sen Wood trim.”

The top of the line is occupied by the Signature model, which offers new colors for the leather seating, Japanese Sen Wood trim, a 360-degree around view monitor, parking sensors front and back, a 7.0-inch digital gauge cluster display, and a gunmetal front grille insert.

Check out the full pricing info below. How would you spec yours?

Mazda6 Sport 6MT $21,950
Mazda6 Sport 6AT $23,000
• Sport i-ACTIVSENSE Package (6AT only) $625
Mazda6 Touring $25,700
Mazda6 Grand Touring $29,200
Mazda6 Grand Touring Reserve $31,700
Mazda6 Signature $34,750

Premium Paint Colors:

Soul Red Crystal $595
Machine Gray Metallic $300
Snowflake White Pearl Mica $200

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PostHeaderIcon Petrolicious Features A ‘90s Audi Wagon That’s Ready To Hit The Slopes

The calendar might be saying March, but all over the country, the white stuff keeps on falling. Of course, as Mark Birch will tell you, that’s no big deal if you’ve got the right vehicle. You see, this Four-Ring enthusiast is rocking a ’94 Audi RS2 wagon, which mates an eternally desirable five-cylinder power plant in the nose with quattro AWD grip in the corners. As a result, it can churn powder with the best of ‘em.

With a ski rack up top and loads of space in the rear, this German five-door has an impressive amount of cargo room to haul whatever you want. Throw some cold-weather rubber under the fenders, and it’s pretty much the perfect daily driver for the mountains. Unfortunately, finding spare parts for these rarities can be pretty tricky, as Birch found out after another driver took the bumper off his wagon in a crash.

But while firing up only on the weekends might improve the Audi’s chances of staving off another collision, this Audi doesn’t want to stay parked. “It wants to be used all the time. So we use it as a family quite a lot, we use it for going on holiday, going away for the weekend.” Birch explains. “It’s a great car, it’s meant to be used.”

We love this thing. It’s a do-anything, go-anywhere, AWD luxury car that’s comfortable when you need it and quick when you want it. Wagons for the win.


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PostHeaderIcon 2019 Mercedes-AMG C43 Debuts In Geneva, And It’s A Classic Mercedes Refresh

The AMG C43 is a great choice for anyone looking to get into the Affalterbach lifestyle without the usual auctioning off of vital organs. Now, there’s a new model dropping in Switzerland, and it looks to be a classic Mercedes refresh.

Continue reading for the full story.

The Full Story


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“Some brands are better at the art of the refresh than others, and Mercedes is arguably one of the best. The 2019 AMG C43 is a prime example.”

Keeping an older model feeling as fresh as possible without putting a ton of work into it is a special art. Some brands are better at it than others, and Mercedes is arguably one of the best.

Let’s take a look at the 2019 AMG C43 as an example. At a little over $50,000, this pumped-up C-Class is definitely desirable and sporty, but it isn’t quite as insane as some of the other AMG models. Rather, this is a model that must exhibit all the usual AMG characteristics (aggressive styling, luxurious yet performance-capable interior, and a solid wallop under the hood), but without going so far off into the deep end as to make it unobtainable to average folks. Think of it as entry-level AMG lifestyle stuff.


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“To that end, the AMG C43 once again comes equipped with a 3.0-liter V-6 stuffed by two turbochargers.”

To that end, the AMG C43 once again comes equipped with a 3.0-liter V-6 stuffed by two turbochargers. This time around though, the tune was tweaked to yield a maximum of 385 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque. While the latter figure is unchanged compared to the outgoing model, the power increase represents an extra 23 horses compared to the old C43’s 362 horsepower.

And that’s perfect for a refresh like this – enough to grab some headlines, but definitely still within the realm of a simple engine tune. The engineers probably knocked it out in a few weekends.

Once again, the 2019 AMG C43 connects the six-cylinder with a nine-speed automatic transmission and 4Matic AWD system with rear-biased torque distribution.
The 0-to-60 mph run is done in 4.6 seconds, while 130 mph is achieved in the top end. Still impressive, but nothing that breaks from the outgoing model.

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Note: 2018 Mercedes-AMG C43 pictured on the left, 2019 Mercedes-AMG C43 pictured on the right.

The same can be said of the exterior. The look is technically new, but not terribly different in any one way. For example, the grille gets double divider lines finished in silver, while the wheel designs (sizing ranges between 18 and 19 inches in diameter) are fresh as well. Further sub-divisions can be found in the corner intakes. LED lighting is standard, while circular exhaust tips replace the outgoing model’s squared pipes.

Moving inside, we find Merc is offering the right gear to entice customers. There are optional digital gauges, a first for the model, with a 12.3-inch screen behind the steering wheel plucked from higher in the model lineup. Nappa leather once again covers the flat-bottom steering wheel, but the wheel now gets touch-sensitive inputs. Carbon fiber remains the material of choice for the center console. An AMG Dynamic Select module is used for all the different driving modes, with the latest model year adding a “Slippery” driving mode to the usual “Comfort,” “Sport,” etc.


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The latest AMG C43 will debuts in Geneva alongside the rest of the C-Class lineup. Look for even more information as the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show gets rolling this week.

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PostHeaderIcon Volvo Unveiled the V60 as the BMW 3-Series Touring, Mercedes C-Class Wagon, and Audi A4 Avant Trembled with Fear

What do you do when you have a new and gorgeous flagship vehicle? You shrink it to give the market a smaller and equally appealing product. That’s exactly what Volvo did with the V90 wagon earlier this year, and now it’s showcasing it at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. I’m talking about the new Volvo V60, which will take on the BMW 3 Series Touring, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Wagon, and the Audi A4 Avant in Europe.

2019 Volvo V60 Exterior Features


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“The V60 is arguably the most modern looking compact wagon available right now”

A close copy of the V90 but in a smaller package, the V60 is arguably the most modern looking compact wagon available right now. It has the same “Thor’s hammer” headlamps and the big, rectangular front grille, but a slightly sportier rear end. The interior once again mimics the V90, but with different trim, steering wheel, and door panels. Despite these changes, the V60 is just as luxurious as its bigger sibling, offering leather upholstery in the more expensive trims and a state-of-the-art Sensus infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, 4G, and controllable via a tablet-style touchscreen.

2019 Volvo V60 Performance


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“The gasoline range includes the turbocharged T4 with 190 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque, and the turbocharged T5, which generates 254 horses and 295 pound-feet”

Engine options are obviously similar. The gasoline range includes the turbocharged T4 with 190 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque, and the turbocharged T5, which generates 254 horses and 295 pound-feet. The range-topping T6, which is both turbocharged and supercharged, cranks out 360 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of twist.

The diesel lineup starts with the D3, rated at 150 horsepower and 240 pound-feet, and moves up to the D4 with 190 horses and 300 pound-feet. The D5 version delivers a more solid 235 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of twist. All-wheel-drive is standard on most models and optional for the rest. Finally, the T8 hybrid drivetrain, which pairs a 2.0-liter, turbocharged and supercharged four-banger and a 60-kW (80-horsepower) electric motor, cranks out 390 horsepower. A less powerful T6 hybrid comes with 340 horses on tap. The eight-speed automatic transmission is standard regardless of the drivetrain setup.

2019 Volvo V60 Pricing


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European pricing starts from £31,810 in the United Kingdom, with deliveries scheduled to commence in the third quarter of the year. Make sure you check out our review for the full details.

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PostHeaderIcon The Mazda6 Wagon Puts the New Mercedes C-Class Estate to Shame

We knew the Mazda6 Wagon was coming, and recently we found out that it would for sure show up at the Geneva Motor Show, but we didn’t expect our first thought to be that it puts Mercedes to shame. After all, the Mazda6 isn’t exactly in the same class with pricing starting around $10,000 less than it’s Mercedes counterpart. Yet, here it is, all new and fresh, looking like a million bucks. Mazda has yet to release many details, so European specs are still a mystery, but just by the look of the exterior, it’s pretty safe to say that it’ll be a real winner inside and under the hood.

Mazda6 Wagon Details


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“The rear end got the new taillight units, and the way the blend in below the beltline is just amazing.”

Despite the fact that Mazda hasn’t said much about the 6 Wagon, we already have a pretty good idea of what you want to know. All we have to do is look at the Mazda6 Sedan, and the picture becomes clear. The outside, clearly, takes on the same design language with the updated Kodo look, standard LED headlights, larger front grill, and it even debuted in the new Soul Red Crystal Paint—an option that should be available once the order books open. Like the sedan, 17-inch wheels should come as standard, but 19-inch rollers will be on the option list. And, like its sedan counterpart, there should be plenty of metal trim to really provide that upscale look.

What really stands out on the wagon is the rear end. It’s got the new taillight units, and the way the blend in below the beltline is just amazing. Where Mazda could have ruined the design with the rear hatch, it went the extra mile to make it look as stylish as possible. The rear glass is recessed just a bit, the roof isn’t too slanted, and you’ve got the traditional metal trim on the hatch as well. And, just look at the rear fascia. Sure, it’s got the round exhaust outlets in the corners, but damn is it sexy.


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“The car will get the same upscale feel with redesigned seats, and there will even be Japanese Sen wood trim”

What’s inside will also mirror the sedan, except that – like the exterior – things will be a little different beyond the rear doors. All in all, the car will get the same upscale feel with redesigned seats, and there will even be Japanese Sen wood trim. The German-like floating instrument cluster should amass eight inches while seat ventilation and digital gauges will make their way to the option list.

Expect the same horizontal presence from the sedan to carry over into the wagon, and rear seat passengers should get a little extra space thanks to the nature of the wagon body style. There will be ample cargo room, undoubtedly an improvement over the previous model (1664 liters with the rear seats folded; 522 liters with the seatbacks up.)

Mazda6 Wagon Performance


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“The Mazda6 Wagon is destined for Europe, so it’ll be offered with a range of diesel engines alongside the gasoline engine”

The one thing we’re not sure about is the wagon’s performance. Here in the States, the Sedan gets a 2.5-liter four-banger that was pulled straight from the Mazda CX-9. It rocks a single turbo and pumps out 250 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. The 2.0-liter from the last year’s model did carry over but was upgraded to include cylinder deactivation. The 2.0-liter is available with a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic, but opt for the larger mill, and you’re stuck with the auto.

Of course, the Mazda6 Wagon is destined for Europe, so it’ll be offered with a range of diesel engines alongside the gasoline engine. As in previous years, the SE-L and SE and Sport Nav will probably be the only ones with the option for a gasoline engine. Lower trim levels will be stuck with diesel engines that range around 150ps. The upper trim levels could see power as high as 180ps in diesel form or a little less in gasoline form. Again, this is all speculation at this point, so you’re probably better off to wait for official details before getting too excited. The new Mazda6 Wagon will probably go on sale by the end of 2018 if not sooner.

Final Thoughts


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I know I’ve billed the new Mazda6 Wagon as a C-Class killer, but should Mazda provide the right powertrain options, at the right price, it easily could be. It’s pretty damn luxurious on the inside, and it’s got the sporty looks outside. And the price… the price is significantly lower than that of the C-Class Estate, or it has been historically, anyway. As such, Mazda could have a real winner on its hands if it delivers the right power and handling for the money. On looks alone, it wins hands down, unless, of course, you’re one of those guys who cares more about what badge your car wears.

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PostHeaderIcon The Subaru Viziv Tourer is Here, and it May Preview the Next-Gen Outback

Subaru has finally introduced the Viziv Tourer, the latest addition to the Viziv Concept series and what we believe may be a preview of the next-gen Subaru Outback. As is the usual case with the Viziv Concepts, Subaru hasn’t exactly released a plethora of information, but its whole purpose is to showcase Subaru’s future design language, and it does exactly that. It’s got the sharp design cues, the look of performance, and all of the muscular features we expect from a car that’s designed to feel at home on and off the road.

Subaru Viziv Tourer Exterior


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“The hood and grille are easily bound for production and are quite similar to what we see on the road today”

The Subaru Viziv Tourer Concept may look aggressive, but everything about it says Subaru. The hood and grille are easily bound for production and are quite similar to what we see on the road today. And, while the front fascia is showing its teeth, it’s not that outlandish to think of something like this hitting the road in even the next five years. The small air dam in the front and the corner vents are integrated nicely, while the overall design of the news has STI written all over it.

The side profile is just as sexy, and while the wheel arches would likely be more curved in production and the body lines toned down a bit, Subaru’s design team is really going somewhere. The muscular rear haunches are exactly what this brand needs while the side skirts could be toned down a bit. The only thing not feasible about the side profile is the lack of door handles and those side view cameras. Maybe someday but not in time for the brand’s next generational shift.

The slight slant of the roofline is right on point while the rear end has just the right proportions. The rear hatch does have a weird shape to it, but that’s easily forgivable once you set your sights on those wide rear quarters. The taillights blend in nicely with the car, and the black trim on the inside really makes them stand out. The rear fascia has a whole lot of craziness going on, but it’s somehow appealing.

Expect a production model to be toned down quite a bit with more rounded lines, reflectors in the rear fascia and a more neutral rear end. The front end will also be toned down a bit, but I wouldn’t expect Subaru to stray too much from the current design.


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Subaru Viziv Tourer Exterior Dimensions

Length 187.99 in
Width 75.98 in
Height 56.49 in
Wheelbase 107.48 in

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Subaru has kept the interior of the Viziv Tourer Concept under wraps, but that’s not surprising as the brand is really in Geneva to show off its future design language. What we do know is that it has a seating capacity of four, so you can expect a 2+2 layout. It’s also loaded to the gills with Subaru’s next-generation of EyeSight technology that is designed specifically to reduce driver fatigue and increase enjoyment. Of course, it surely has GPS and navigation as well as the typical head and cooled seats – you know, all the bells and whistles.

On that note, with a 2+2 layout, it should have ample passenger room and ample cargo room. Based on the exterior dimensions it would make an excellent candidate for the next Outback.

Subaru Viziv Tourer Performance


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“The Viziv Tourer is power by the traditional Boxer engine”

Mums the word as far as performance specs, but the Viziv Tourer is power by the traditional Boxer engine. Given the nature of the exterior design, we can speculate that it’s powered by the same 2.5-liter mill that’s found in the Subaru WRX STI. That would give it 305 horsepower and 290 pound-feet of torque on tap – just enough for the Outback STI of the future, don’t you think? Furthermore, a base-model Outback based on this design would likely make use of the 2.0-liter boxer engine that’s good for 268 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission would be standard across the line in most markets, while the U.S. would undoubtedly have an automatic as standard equipment. Should Subaru decide to shift this design into production for the next-gen outback, and STI version would undoubtedly get a revised version of the close-ratio, six-speed manual.

As usual, Subaru has installed its amazing Symmetrical all-wheel-drive system because, well Subaru, so of all the things we’ve discussed here, the inclusion of a boxer engine and that AWD system is the only real confirmed data we have.

Final Thoughts


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“At this point, Subaru is running out the whole Viziv Concept series as long as it can, but each changes so much that it’s not getting old quite yet”

At this point, Subaru is running out the whole Viziv Concept series as long as it can, but each changes so much that it’s not getting old quite yet. In fact, a lot of automakers could take some advice from the brand. As for what the future holds, it’s hard to say, but this is certainly a model that Subaru needs in the lineup, and the Outback will be due for a redesign in the early 2020s. It only seems fitting, then, that Subaru taps into this design and gives the people what it deserves, don’t you think?

After all, this is the design language of the future for Subaru and, outside of a few little things like the door handles and side view mirrors, this body design could shift into production quite easily. Even as it sits, the design would hold water if Subaru slapped an STI badge on it, and there’s no doubt that the masses would eat it up like a fat kid in a candy store. Keep doing you, Subaru, you’re most certainly heading in the right direction.

References


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PostHeaderIcon Visual Comparison: 2019 Volvo V60 Wagon vs 2019 Kia Optima Sportswagon

There once was a time not too long ago when station wagons were becoming irrelevant. They still had a following, but fans of wagon we’re dwindling. Fast forward to the present, and the script has flipped entirely. Wagons are popular again, and a big part of that is the design reinvention they’ve enjoyed in recent years. Need two examples? Look no further than the Kia Optima Sportwagon and the Volvo V60.

Front

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“Both the Kia Optima Sportwagon and the Volvo V60 represent the new age of wagon design”

I know this is a comparison, but how can you really go wrong with these two models? Both the Kia Optima Sportwagon and the Volvo V60 represent the new age of wagon design. The Optima is more of a pleasant surprise, particularly with its front section. It’s presented with aggressive-looking headlights that integrate well with Kia’s unmistakable Tigernose front grille. Actually, the grille on the Optima Sportwagon is a slightly different take on the Tigernose with the outer edges extending outward into the lights. For some reason, it works on the wagon. You’ll also notice how far the lights extend to the wheel arches, creating nice depth to the front-end design, especially when you’re looking at it from a 3/4 angle.

Kia did well in designing the front section of the Optima Sportwagon. Unfortunately, Volvo just did it better with the V60. I’ve said in the past. Volvo’s Thor headlamps are the best-designed headlamps in the business today. It’s better than anything. It’s simple, sexy, and provocative; all rolled into one. Volvo’s grille design also plays a prominent role in the front end design of the V60. Even the bumpers are carefully straddling the line between classy and sporty. There’s a nice balance to the overall look of the V60 that’s hammered home — no pun intended — by those headlamps.

Side

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“Both vehicles offer up similar looking side profiles with differences being negligible at best.”

Both vehicles offer up similar looking side profiles with differences being negligible at best. The V60, for example, features a sharp body line at the bottom of the doors where the Optima makes due with a concave effect – almost as if the two could lock together like a jigsaw puzzle. The Optima, for the most part, looks sharper in the corners thanks to the pointed design of both its headlights and taillights while the V60 has boxier looking units. The V60, on the other hand, takes the cake when it comes to the rear stationary glass while the Optima has a smaller window thanks to its upswept beltline. Both feature the same general slant to the roof but what makes the V60 stand out is the relatively thin rear pillars. Of course, one could argue that the triangular shape of the Optima’s rear quarters, or the shark-fin-like appearance of the rear pillar, actually give it the sportier appearance overall. All told, both cars are absolutely beautiful when viewed from the side, and that’s a very good thing given the statement both models need to make in such an under-appreciated segment.

Rear

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“I’ll give Kia credit for one thing: its design game has improved leaps and bounds in the last few years”

I’ll give Kia credit for one thing: its design game has improved leaps and bounds in the last few years. You can see it in how it managed to tie together the aesthetics of the Optima Sportwagon without trying too hard to make a statement. The rear section of the Kia wagon is a lot more restrained than the front, but that’s fine. I particularly like how Kia managed to design that section without prominently showcasing the rear bumper. The body lines blend it together, creating a nice contrast with the aggressive diffuser below it.

The rear section of the V60, on the other hand, is busier. A lot busier. If you squint at the photo and try to eliminate the vertical section of the taillights, you might even confuse it with a BMW. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it does have a little too many layers for my liking. From the spoiler, the trunk, the rear bumper, and the diffuser, there’s a lot going on in this section of the Volvo. Some people might find appeal in that, but compared to the Optima Sportwagon, I like the cleaner look of the Kia.

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“The V60’s interior is just gorgeous.”

You can tell by how the interior of these two wagons look which of the two brands is naturally inclined to design a luxury cabin and which is the one that’s trying to establish its own luxury identity. The V60’s interior is just gorgeous. There’s no going around it. The materials are top-quality, the surfaces are smooth and clean, and there’s enough comfortable space.

Kia accomplishes some of the same things, to a certain extent. The fact that customers can choose between cloth and leather upholstery is a good start, but it would’ve been better if Kia just offered the latter as standard equipment to establish itself more in the premium space. The Optima’s cabin looks fine — it might even be preferred by some customers — but the V60 gives you more for the money you’re going to spend.

References


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Read our full review on the 2019 Kia Optima Sportswagon.


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Read our full review on the 2019 Volvo V60.

PostHeaderIcon Visual Comparison: 2019 Volvo V60 Wagon vs 2019 Kia Optima Sportswagon

There once was a time not too long ago when station wagons were becoming irrelevant. They still had a following, but fans of wagon we’re dwindling. Fast forward to the present, and the script has flipped entirely. Wagons are popular again, and a big part of that is the design reinvention they’ve enjoyed in recent years. Need two examples? Look no further than the Kia Optima Sportwagon and the Volvo V60.

Front

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“Both the Kia Optima Sportwagon and the Volvo V60 represent the new age of wagon design”

I know this is a comparison, but how can you really go wrong with these two models? Both the Kia Optima Sportwagon and the Volvo V60 represent the new age of wagon design. The Optima is more of a pleasant surprise, particularly with its front section. It’s presented with aggressive-looking headlights that integrate well with Kia’s unmistakable Tigernose front grille. Actually, the grille on the Optima Sportwagon is a slightly different take on the Tigernose with the outer edges extending outward into the lights. For some reason, it works on the wagon. You’ll also notice how far the lights extend to the wheel arches, creating nice depth to the front-end design, especially when you’re looking at it from a 3/4 angle.

Kia did well in designing the front section of the Optima Sportwagon. Unfortunately, Volvo just did it better with the V60. I’ve said in the past. Volvo’s Thor headlamps are the best-designed headlamps in the business today. It’s better than anything. It’s simple, sexy, and provocative; all rolled into one. Volvo’s grille design also plays a prominent role in the front end design of the V60. Even the bumpers are carefully straddling the line between classy and sporty. There’s a nice balance to the overall look of the V60 that’s hammered home — no pun intended — by those headlamps.

Side

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“Both vehicles offer up similar looking side profiles with differences being negligible at best.”

Both vehicles offer up similar looking side profiles with differences being negligible at best. The V60, for example, features a sharp body line at the bottom of the doors where the Optima makes due with a concave effect – almost as if the two could lock together like a jigsaw puzzle. The Optima, for the most part, looks sharper in the corners thanks to the pointed design of both its headlights and taillights while the V60 has boxier looking units. The V60, on the other hand, takes the cake when it comes to the rear stationary glass while the Optima has a smaller window thanks to its upswept beltline. Both feature the same general slant to the roof but what makes the V60 stand out is the relatively thin rear pillars. Of course, one could argue that the triangular shape of the Optima’s rear quarters, or the shark-fin-like appearance of the rear pillar, actually give it the sportier appearance overall. All told, both cars are absolutely beautiful when viewed from the side, and that’s a very good thing given the statement both models need to make in such an under-appreciated segment.

Rear

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“I’ll give Kia credit for one thing: its design game has improved leaps and bounds in the last few years”

I’ll give Kia credit for one thing: its design game has improved leaps and bounds in the last few years. You can see it in how it managed to tie together the aesthetics of the Optima Sportwagon without trying too hard to make a statement. The rear section of the Kia wagon is a lot more restrained than the front, but that’s fine. I particularly like how Kia managed to design that section without prominently showcasing the rear bumper. The body lines blend it together, creating a nice contrast with the aggressive diffuser below it.

The rear section of the V60, on the other hand, is busier. A lot busier. If you squint at the photo and try to eliminate the vertical section of the taillights, you might even confuse it with a BMW. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it does have a little too many layers for my liking. From the spoiler, the trunk, the rear bumper, and the diffuser, there’s a lot going on in this section of the Volvo. Some people might find appeal in that, but compared to the Optima Sportwagon, I like the cleaner look of the Kia.

Interior

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“The V60’s interior is just gorgeous.”

You can tell by how the interior of these two wagons look which of the two brands is naturally inclined to design a luxury cabin and which is the one that’s trying to establish its own luxury identity. The V60’s interior is just gorgeous. There’s no going around it. The materials are top-quality, the surfaces are smooth and clean, and there’s enough comfortable space.

Kia accomplishes some of the same things, to a certain extent. The fact that customers can choose between cloth and leather upholstery is a good start, but it would’ve been better if Kia just offered the latter as standard equipment to establish itself more in the premium space. The Optima’s cabin looks fine — it might even be preferred by some customers — but the V60 gives you more for the money you’re going to spend.

References


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Read our full review on the 2019 Kia Optima Sportswagon.


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Read our full review on the 2019 Volvo V60.

PostHeaderIcon Porsche Panamera by Techart

TechArt’s work on the Porsche Panamera extends all the way from the saloon’s introduction in 2009. We’ve seen the German tuner introduce different versions of its GrandGT tuning kit in the past eight years. At the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, TechArt is keeping the tradition alive with its latest and punchiest Panamera program to date. The kit is called the GrandGT Supreme, and as its name suggests, the program is a more sophisticated version of the standard GrandGT, one that features a more aggressive body kit, a more opulent interior, and enough power to justify its cutting-edge looks.

Exterior


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“Though there are some similarities between the two programs, the latter offers a more pronounced hood with a noticeable power bulge”

TechArt’s exterior upgrades for the Porsche Panamera are far from subtle. That much is clear with the tuner’s standard GrandGT kit, and it’s even more prominent with the GrandGT Supreme program. Though there are some similarities between the two programs, the latter offers a more pronounced hood with a noticeable power bulge. The fenders, arches, and lower side sills are all wider to the point that they look abnormal. Together, they help enhance what is already an imposing-looking Panamera.

At the back, the tuner installed a more prominent diffuser with larger strakes than the ones found on the “standard” aftermarket version. If these upgrades aren’t enough, TechArt also installed a new set of 22-inch Formula IV wheels. And to top it all off, the tuner chose an interesting color to put the saloon’s aesthetics altogether.

We all thought that “Racing Green” only looked good on Aston Martins. Turns out, it doesn’t look too shabby on a Porsche Panamera either.

Interior


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“The wooden sideboard on the dashboard and the wood trims help elevate the elegance of the cabin”

It can be argued that most of the work TechArt did with this Porsche Panamera can be found in the car’s interior.
We’re not just talking about run-off-the-mill improvements, either. The tuner’s master craftsmen — yes, it has those — developed an un-embossed Nappa leather fabric that is apparently free of chromium and finished without the need for solvents. I didn’t even know that chromium and solvents were involved in the leather-making process, but that’s fine. All I know is that the good stuff is all over the interior of the Panamera, right down to the door panels and footwells.

The wooden sideboard on the dashboard and the wood trims help elevate the elegance of the cabin, while the multi-colored stitching brings out a bit of the interior’s personality.

It’s not hard to imagine what a well-appointed Porsche Panamera looks like. Porsche does a good job of doing that all by itself. But if you really want a Panamera that really looks the part of a luxury sedan on wheels, TechArt’s GrandGT Supreme kit does a good job bringing that vision to life.

Drivetrain


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“The software program doesn’t add any turbochargers in the mix, but it is responsible for giving the saloon an extra 90 horsepower and 100 pound-feet of torque.”

As exciting as the aesthetic and aerodynamic upgrades are, TechArt’s GrandGT Supreme program wouldn’t be complete without the accompanying engine upgrade. In this instance, the base Panamera Sport Turismo Turbo gets a shot of adrenaline in the form of the tuner’s gnarly TECHTRONIC tuning kit. The software program doesn’t add any turbochargers in the mix, but it is responsible for giving the saloon an extra 90 horsepower and 100 pound-feet of torque.

The result is a car that now boasts 640 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque, enough power to properly it from a standstill position to going 62 mph in just 3.4 seconds.
TechArt didn’t say what kind of top speed the Panamera GrandGT Supreme is capable of, but if the saloon’s speed limiter was removed, we can’t imagine it doing anything less than 200 mph.

Regardless of the numbers, the GrandGT Supreme kit isn’t a novelty tuning program. It’s meant for Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo Turbo models that have no issues standing out, both on the streets, and on the race tracks.

Conclusion


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When it comes to tuning programs for the Porsche Panamera, there aren’t a lot of tuners that are capable of maximizing the luxury sedan’s aftermarket potential. It’s a good thing that TechArt happens to be one of the few aftermarket companies that can do that kind of work. It has an eight-year history of building programs for the Panamera, and it looks like that form hasn’t waned since. There’s a lot about the GrandGT Supreme that appeals to us. At the end of the day, that’s what these programs are all about, right?

References

Porsche Panamera

Read our full review on the 2018 Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo.


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Read our full review on the 2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo


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PostHeaderIcon John Olsson’s New Ride is A Two-Faced RS6 With Sinister Intentions

Jon Olsson is known for his love of cars and owning some of the most desirable custom-built exotics in the world. The Swedish alpine ski racer is particularly fond of the Audi RS6 Avant. He once owned a heavily tuned RS6 Avant that met an untimely end when it was stolen and burned to a crisp. Not one to be unnerved by the circumstances that befell his ride, Olsson bought a new RS6 Avant before turning it over to ABT Sportsline for a little tuning job. The result is the Audi RS6 Phoenix.


“A more potent engine tune is also included in the program, one that elevates the output of the car’s 4.0-liter, Biturbo, V-8 engine to 725 horsepower and 679 pound-feet of torque.”

If there’s one thing you need to know about Jon Olsson, it’s that his taste for exotics is as varied as the seasons of the year. In addition to owning Audis, Olsson has also owned Lamborghinis, Nissan GTRs, Audi RS6s, and even an Ultimate GTR Rebellion R2K. The car in question now, though, is a new RS6 that was booked an appointment with ABT Sportsline, the same company that gave birth to the Audi RS6 Avant Performance Nogaro Edition.

Olsson’s RS6 Phoenix follows a similar tuning blueprint as the Nogaro Edition. It’s based on the German tuner’s RS6+ program, complete with an aggressive body kit that includes a laundry list of aerodynamic components. A more potent engine tune is also included in the program, one that elevates the output of the car’s 4.0-liter, Biturbo, V-8 engine to 725 horsepower and 679 pound-feet of torque. By comparison, the aforementioned Nogaro Edition’s peak output sits at 695 horsepower and 649 pound-feet of torque. Do the math and Olsson’s RS6 Phoenix has the edge by 30 ponies and 30 pound-feet of twist.


“Since this is Olsson we’re talking about, the RS6 Phoenix gets a three-color exterior.”

Since this is Olsson we’re talking about, the RS6 Phoenix gets a three-color exterior. One side is dressed in black while the other is finished in white. A red streak can be found in the middle, running along the length of the car and acting as a separator between the white and the black treatment.

Even the car’s wheels have their own personality. The wheels are dressed up, although the Continental tires that were used in the wagon have white Michelin stickers over them. We’re not going to pretend to understand what that means, only because Jon Olsson is far from having predictable tastes when it comes to his custom-built exotics. The good news is that he seems to like how the RS6 turned out. Look at that big grin on the skier’s face. I’m sure if the RS6 Phoenix was yours, you’d be smiling from ear to ear as well.

References

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PostHeaderIcon 2019 Volvo V60 Vs. 2018 Audi A4 Allroad – A Visual Comparison

It doesn’t get much more “Volvo” than that old standby body style we all know and love. I’m of course talking about the station wagon, a favorite for both families and modern automotive journalists. The Swedish brand is certainly well-versed in this space, as is evident by the release of its latest wagon, the new mid-size V60. Officially breaking cover at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, stateside buyers will be happy to know that this gorgeous piece of extended roof goodness is indeed arriving on these shores to meet all your grocery-getting needs. But how does it compare against the competition? To find out,we lined it up against another luxury wagon, namely the Audi A4 Allroad, and gave ’em both a thorough visual shakedown, diving into the aesthetics, the equipment, and what’s going on under the hood.

Continue reading for the full comparison.

2019 Volvo V60 Vs. 2018 Audi A4 Allroad Performance


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“Thanks to its tall suspension and standard AWD, the Audi is the preferred choice when tackling less-than-ideal conditions. On the other hand, the Volvo offers more power and fun, as well as potentially greater efficiency thanks to that hybrid set-up.”

Let’s kick things off with the performance side of the equation for both these wagons, starting with the new Volvo V60. Taking cues from its larger sibling, the V90, the V60 adopts the same engine lineup. These include three gas-powered units, three diesels (which are only offered in Europe, byt the way), and even a couple of hybrids. Each utilizes a 2.0-liter four-cylinder for the go-juice burning, with the base model T4 producing 190 horsepower. Above that is the 254-horse T5, followed by the range-topping twin-charged (supercharged and turbocharged) T6, which makes 360 horsepower. The diesels can be had in 150-horsepower, 190-horsepower, and 235-horsepower configurations, while the hybrids make upwards of 390 horsepower, plus the option for a mid-grade 340-horse configuration. An eight-speed automatic handles the cog swaps, sending power either to the front or all four corners, depending on the model picked.


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“The engine lineup is limited to a single turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder making 252 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque”

Moving on to the Audi, things get a different focus. For starters, quattro AWD is standard, which means this thing has more grip right off the bat. The engine lineup is limited to a single turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder making 252 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. Routed through a seven-speed automatic transmission, it’s enough to propel the Audi to 60 mph in 5.9 seconds. If you live overseas, you can also get yours with a variety of diesel options, which range between 218 horsepower and 272 horsepower.

On the surface, then, the Audi is slower, but that’s only half the story. Thanks to its impressive quattro AWD system, taller suspension, and rugged set-up, the Audi is also the preferred choice when tackling less-than-ideal conditions. The Volvo might be quicker, but it’s lower suspension and optional AWD put it at a disadvantage if you’re heading off the beaten path looking for that trail head. On the other hand, the Volvo offers more power and fun, as well as potentially greater efficiency thanks to that hybrid set-up. It really just depends on what you want.

2019 Volvo V60 Vs. 2018 Audi A4 Allroad Front

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Now let’s check out how these two rides look. The Volvo is a truly striking piece of design, adopting the Swedish brand’s latest language. Right off the bat, it looks like the V60 adopts a lot of what we originally saw in the latest V90, and we’re liking what we see. The stance is low and wide, with vertical slats used for the central grille intake. The headlights also utilize something Volvo is calling “Thor’s Hammer,” with T-shaped LED daytime running lights that stretch across the center section of the housings. Lower aero fins house the fog lights in the corners and the bottom intake.

Side-by-side, the Audi A4 Allroad actually looks somewhat similar to the Volvo, at least from the front. The Germans use a simple, rounded design, rocking loads of polished metal. The Audi also comes with headlights that get L-shaped LED daytime running lights and vertical slats in the grille. The Audi, however, gets a larger opening compared to the Volvo, encompassing both the upper and lower portions into a single feature. Small fog lights are in the corners, framed by flat-black surrounds. There’s also a skid plate along the lower section of the bumper to enhance the wagon’s off-road worthiness.

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Moving around to the sides, we find the Volvo’s roof line is long and straight, falling back into the hatch at an abrupt angle. The window line lends the vehicle a forward-leaning rake, narrowing towards the rear end, while pumped up fenders and character lines enhance the look. Indents in the doors give it a bit more visual beef around the fenders, while the ride height is low, crouched over the large alloy wheels and relatively thin tires. More polished trim is used for the window surrounds.

By contrast, the Audi is much taller, rising above the terrain with an extra 1.3 inches of ground clearance when compared to the standard Audi A4 Avant. Standard spec throws in 18-inch wheels, which come wrapped in grippy Pirelli tires. The fenders and side runners are covered in a matte-black plastic that’s design to ward away bits of the landscape that get flung up while on the move, while tall roof rails enhance the wagon’s practicality. Polished “quattro” badges declare the wagon’s extra grip.

2019 Volvo V60 Vs. 2018 Audi A4 Allroad Rear

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Finally, let’s take a look at the rear of these wagons. The Volvo gets a traditionally Volvo-esque design for the taillights, with L-shaped housings that stretch upwards towards the roof, adding to the car’s sense of tallness. However, this modernized vehicle does away with the frumpiness of older Volvos, and it brings the look into the modern era and makes it look good in the process. The hatch is wide and practical, with the taillight housings divided to make loading and unloading that much easier. Offsetting the tall taillights are horizontal layouts for the lower bumper trim and dual trapezoidal exhaust tips. A trailing edge roof spoiler completes it.

The Audi once again brings a skid plate feature along the bumper’s lowest edge, with aero slats added for good measure. The exhaust consists of a twin polished pipes pushed to one side, while the taillights are horizontal. The hatch looks equally as accommodating as that of the Volvo, but the roof spoiler is much more subtle. The rear angle also reveals Audi’s pumped-up ride height with a whole lot of clarity.

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When you break it down, these two vehicles are designed to tackle rather different lifestyles. The Volvo, is sleek and refined, the perfect pavement cruiser with lots of power (if desired) and a road presence that is undeniable. It feels elegant and stylish, and it’s got all the right features to make you the envy of the other soccer moms in the drop-off line.

Then there’s the Audi, which is far more rugged and versatile. The tall ride height and tough underbody cladding frame it as a solid alternative to the traditional crossover, and the standard AWD underlines that facet. It’s not quite as elegant and stylish as the Volvo, but it certainly has its own charm as well.

To sum up, then – the Volvo is great for the pavement, the Audi is great for everything else.

Which would you prefer?

References


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Read our full review on the 2019 Volvo V60.


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Read our full review on the 2018 Audi A4 Allroad.

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Ford Mustang GT Texas Direct Auto 2015 GT Used 5L V8 32V Manual RWD Coupe Premium
$28,780.00
End Date: Saturday Aug-18-2018 10:22:47 PDT
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Ford Mustang GT Texas Direct Auto 2018 GT Used 5L V8 32V Manual RWD Coupe Premium
$15,100.00 (31 Bids)
End Date: Thursday Aug-16-2018 10:12:22 PDT
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1965 Ford Mustang 1965 Ford Mustang Shelby GT 350 Clone Built 289 Tremec 5 Speed Power RackPinon
$25,100.00 (2 Bids)
End Date: Monday Aug-20-2018 9:41:37 PDT
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1969 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 1969 Corvette Convertible
$12,000.00 (16 Bids)
End Date: Monday Aug-20-2018 18:33:35 PDT
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1941 Chevrolet Other Pickups 1941 chevy truck
$4,000.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Monday Aug-20-2018 7:31:24 PDT
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1953 Chevrolet Other Pickups 1953 chevy pickup short bed 5 window
$4,300.00 (25 Bids)
End Date: Thursday Aug-16-2018 19:20:47 PDT
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Chevrolet Camaro 2LT Texas Direct Auto 2012 2LT Used 3.6L V6 24V Automatic RWD Coupe Premium OnStar
$16,830.00
End Date: Tuesday Aug-21-2018 10:17:27 PDT
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1999 Ford Mustang GT 1999 FORD MUSTANG GT 1 OWNER CARFAX PERFECT NO RUST MANY MODS FL CAR PERFECT
$305.00 (13 Bids)
End Date: Thursday Aug-23-2018 21:02:12 PDT
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2019 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Convertible 3ZR
$161,420.00
End Date: Thursday Aug-16-2018 15:45:00 PDT
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1955 Chevrolet Other Pickups 1955 chevrolet truck 3100 NR patina hot rod rat rod solid truck with parts truck
$3,999.00 (1 Bid)
End Date: Sunday Aug-19-2018 21:07:39 PDT
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1967 Chevrolet Other Pickups 1967 El Camino LS 6.0 swap
$18,500.00
End Date: Monday Aug-20-2018 7:09:27 PDT
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1969 Ford Mustang 1969 mustang mach 1
$19,950.00
End Date: Monday Aug-20-2018 12:58:46 PDT
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1970 Ford Mustang 1970 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Marti Report 351W Four Speed Trans PS Rotis Resto
$13,900.00 (8 Bids)
End Date: Thursday Aug-16-2018 14:54:16 PDT
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1982 Chevrolet Other Pickups 1982 Chevrolet Hodges Bed Truck 6.2L Diesel automatic winch
$4,500.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Aug-19-2018 20:41:42 PDT
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Ford Mustang GT Texas Direct Auto 2017 GT Used 5L V8 32V Automatic RWD Coupe Premium
$33,980.00
End Date: Saturday Aug-18-2018 10:02:12 PDT
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1963 Chevrolet C-10 1963 GMC C-10 Fleet Side Truck Short Bed chevy Air Ride Bagged Rat Rod Hot Rod
$3,400.00
End Date: Monday Aug-20-2018 20:01:57 PDT
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1946 Chevrolet Other Pickups 1946 Chevy Truck
$15,500.00
End Date: Sunday Aug-26-2018 12:15:45 PDT
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1972 Chevrolet Other Pickups 72 Cal-Custom Chevy Van Conversion
$2,700.00
End Date: Monday Aug-20-2018 10:52:52 PDT
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1963 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe 1963 Corvette Coupe Detroit Auto Show Custom
$35,000.00 (1 Bid)
End Date: Tuesday Aug-21-2018 4:10:02 PDT
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1999 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 1999 C5 Corvette Convertible
$5,100.00 (16 Bids)
End Date: Monday Aug-20-2018 6:10:57 PDT
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