Audi 2017 S4

Audi has added the performance-oriented S4 sedan to the local A4 range, adding more power but a lower price compared to the previous generation.

Styling enhancements are subtle – and inside the cabin the luxury feel is obtained through leather, matt-brushed aluminium and chrome. Standard equipment includes in-car wifi connectivity via a dedicated sim card, 8.3-inch centre display including satellite navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Audi Virtual Cockpit and three-zone air-conditioning.

Power comes from a 3.0 TFSI turbocharged petrol V6 making 260kW between 5400rpm and 6400rpm (up 15kW compared to its predecessor), while peak torque of 500Nm (up 60Nm) is available from 1370rpm to 4500rpm. Power is transmitted via quattro all wheel drive through an eight-speed Tiptronic automatic in place of the previous version’s S-tronic dual-clutch seven speed automatic, with torque converter and paddle shifters for the manual override.

The 90-degree engine sports the twin-scroll turbocharger between its cylinder banks, and integrated exhaust manifolds speed up the spooling process, thereby reducing lag.

The Quattro mechanical AWD system sends 60 percent of torque to the rear axle, but can apportion up to 85 percent if the car’s sensors detect a loss of traction. It can also direct 70 percent to the front axle.

The S4 Avant adds practical standard features including a powered tailgate with kick to open and close functionality, a retractable cargo cover, and 505 litres of boot space to the top of the rear seats or 1510 litres with the rear seats folded. All S4 variants feature adaptive suspension dampers as standard, a mechanical centre diff, with a static 40:60 front rear split that can vary torque up to 85 percent to either axle. An optional rear sport differential can apportion even more torque to the rear wheel with the most grip.

Audi claims 0-100km/h times of 4.7 seconds for the sedan and 4.9 seconds for the Avant – a reduction of 0.3 seconds compared to the old S4. Fuel consumption is rated at 7.7 l/100km for the sedan and 7.8 l/100km for the Avant. Safety systems include eight airbags, stability control, active lane assist, adaptive cruise control with stop and go and traffic jam assist, 360-degree surround camera system, Audi pre-sense front, turn assist, collision avoidance assist and high beam assist.

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2017 Peugeot 3008 small SUV

The Peugeot 3008 small SUV was originally planned to launch in Australia around mid 2017 but will now arrive well into the third quarter, due to the popularity of this model in Europe with orders in excess of 60000 in the first three months after its launch. The 3008 debuted more than a year ago in Europe and won the 2017 European Car of the Year industry award, taking took the prize from much-fancied competitors such as the Alfa Romeo Giulia, Mercedes-Benz E-Class and Volvo S90/V90. The award is judged by 58 automotive journalists from 22 countries across Europe, and the competitive set comprised of any vehicle introduced from the start of 2016 to the end of that year. Based on its success in Europe – this model may well become a best-seller in Australia.

Built on the same platform as the 308 hatchback, the Australian 3008 range will likely consist of four models: an entry-level Active, mid-spec Allure, higher-end GT Line and a flagship 3008 GT.

Lower-end 3008s will likely use a version of the 1.2-litre turbo three-cylinder petrol which has received local praise, especially for its application in the compact 2008 SUV. In the 2008 it makes 81kW but the 3008 will receive the uprated 100kW version.

From there, a mid-level 3008 will likely specify with a 1.6-litre turbo four-cylinder petrol producing about 125kW. A 1.6-litre diesel is available, but the automatic version produces just 91kW and thus is unlikely for Australia.

The flagship 3008 GT will be diesel-powered, though, making 133kW from its 2.0-litre BlueHDi mill – placing the GT in square competition with the Tiguan’s 140kW TDI engine and the Mazda’s 129kW diesel CX-5.

The 3008 is front-wheel-drive only with no all-wheel-drive offering.

The interior features a high-set instrument panel This model will be and a low-slung small diameter steering wheel, with customisable digital dials. The 3008 makes substantial technological gains, introducing a new generation of Peugeot’s i-Cockpit concept, which now includes a fully digital driver’s display which can display navigation maps – which should be standard across the range. A floating infotainment screen sits on a dash which wraps around the driver. Materials around the cabin appear to be high-quality – a mix of soft-touch plastics, suede, and even felt-like material feature on the dashboard.

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VW Golf hatch 2017

The VW Golf hatch is getting a facelift- an updated model is scheduled for release in July 2017 and will include a number of added features which will include the availability of new technologies normally found in high-end luxury vehicles. Updates also include the 110kw/250Nm 1.4 litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine as the 92kw version has now been discontinued. The 110kw/340Nm turbo-diesel remains available in the top-spec Highline trim.

If you have had your eye on the Golf hatch, here are some more reasons why you should move it to the top of your list!

The entry-level Golf comes with a standard six speed manual transmission, with a seven speed DSG available as an option.

The 110TSI comes fitted as standard with air-conditioning, cruise-control with speed limiter, leather multi-function steering wheel, and 8.0-inch ‘Composition’ touch-screen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, rear-view camera and multi-function driver’s display.

Volkswagen’s Extended Electonic Differential Lock (XDL), city autonomous emergency braking (AEB), LED daytime running light, LED tail-lights, seven airbags, driver fatigue monitor as well as multi-collision brake assist all come as standard equipment.

The entry-level Golf has a standard six-speed manual transmission, with a seven-speed DSG optionally available.
The 110TSI Trendline comes additionally with automatic headlights and wipers, automatically-dimming rear-view mirror, front and rear parking sensors, 16-inch ‘Toronto’ alloy wheels, manual front seat lumbar adjustment and a rear seat armrest with cup holder.

The 110TSI Comfortline adds dual-zone climate control with Air-Care filtration, ‘Discover Media’ 8.0-inch infotainment system with satellite navigation, 17-inch ‘Dijon’ alloy wheels, ‘Comfort’ front seats, chrome interior and exterior highlights, storage drawer under the front passenger seat and a 12V outlet.

At the top of the range is the 110TSI Highline and the 110 TDI Highline. The Highline features fog lights, ‘Comfort Sport’ front seats, Vienna leather upholstery with heated front seats, electrically adjustable driver’s seat with memory function and electric lumbar support, power folding mirrors with memory function, keyless entry and start, and 17-inch ‘KarlsKoga’ allow wheels.

A Drivers Assistance Package is available for the Trendline, Comfortline and Highline models – adding adaptive cruise control, lane assist, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, park assistant, proactive occupant protection system and selectable driving models with a personalisation function.

Comfortline and Highline models can opt for the Infotainment Package, which includes a 12.3 inch Active Info digital instrument display, Discover Pro 9.2 inch satellite navigation system with gesture control and voice control along with a 400W Dynaudio Excite audio systems with a 10-channel digital amplifier and subwoofer.

The Highline model can have the R-Line package added, which will include a sportier R-Line exterior and interior treatment, 8-inch “Sebring” alloy wheels, progressive steering, sports suspension and privacy glass.

Keen to get the best price on the 2017 VW Golf hatch, contact our team today!

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