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2014-bmw-x5

2014 BMW X5 Review- Is It Still The Same Script?

When BMW thought to update the X5 for 2014, their heart was not set on redesigning what is essentially a great luxury crossover. After all, why fix something that is not broken? This explains why the styling of the SUV has mostly remained the same. With the exception of the different grille and lights design, it is still the familiar X5. It is bigger though, its trivial weight loss notwithstanding.

2014 BMW X5Overall, it is a big fancy car, and while its exterior design might underwhelm those whose expectations were set high, it is consistent with the design language the company has stuck to.

Engines

The new X5 will come in a variety of powertrains. The monster among them is the 4.4L V8; with a satisfying pull of 450hp. All the others are 3.0l inline sixes, with a turbocharged diesel and petrol all being options.

Interior

The cabin of the 2014 X5 is considerably bigger and there is more cargo space as well. Second row passengers get just enough legroom space, and you get a new seat configuration. These seats can be folded to increase cargo room, if the need arises. There’s a third row seat option, but it’s nothing to marvel about since it is impractical for adults.

The interior is well designed, with the use of darker tones and quality materials being enough to distract from its familiarity. A large vibrant display sits at the very center making it easy to control the iDrive system.

There are plenty of driving modes to keep the driver entertained. Eco Pro complements the electronic steering by adjusting the shift and the throttle as necessary. Steering is not as smooth as would have been desired, but it’s not bad either.

Ride Quality

The X5 handles competently on the road, with virtues such as sharp steering easily becoming evident. Its off-road skills are unquestionable. When the sport mode is activated, the ride becomes somewhat stiff as the suspension firms up.

Each of the powertrains provides enough pulling power to get the X5 going. The standard 3.0l inline six feels inadequate at times. The tri-turbo 3.0l inline six diesel is the best. The eight speed automatic works well, and the throttle response is immediate.

The driving experience pales when compared to say, the Range Rover Sport. The rigid steering and the complicated suspension set up make the 2014 X5 feel rather anxious on the road. It is not as relaxed or as confident as the aforementioned example.

The 2014 version of the X5 is not perfect. It is an improvement from the previous model, but there are still boxes left unchecked. The best features are only available in the higher trim levels and the standard 3.0l inline-six is only just adequate. But even with these shortfalls, the X5 feels like it is coming of age. It is a contender in the luxury crossover segment and is successful sales history demonstrates how many people it has fascinated. If your close family insists that we want any car, the 2014 X5 will be a great fit.

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Best 3 cars of 2014

The new car market is improving all the time, whatever your budget. From increasingly tiny city cars to sumptuous 4x4s, the options really are dizzying.

But how do you know which cars are the ones to look out for on the forecourt in 2014? Well, we’ve read all the reviews, collated the data and come up with the best 3 cars of 2014 that we’ve seen so far.

So whatever your requirements and budget, one of these cars may well be the one for you. Let the countdown begin…

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The Ford Focus

The ever-popular Ford Focus has had a makeover for 2014. The oversized grille on that front bumper is gone; replaced by a pleasingly sleek new nose design. The rear lights on the new Focus are slimmer and the new bumpers make the car appear wider than it used to. There are also new colours available and upmarket alloy wheels.

Inside the car, everything has been stripped back, making the dashboard a lot less complicated than on previous versions. New technology like Ford’s SYNC 2 infotainment system and a general better use of materials now come as standard. With a choice between a 1.5 litre EcoBoost turbocharged and an efficient 1.5 litre turbodiesel engines, the Focus really is the benchmark for ride quality. Later this year, a new Focus ST hot hatch will roll off the forecourts, offering a quicker and more efficient version of the Focus.

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The BMW I8 Supercar

The BMW i8 really is an incredible achievement. This is a hybrid supercar that can deliver a hefty 357bhp punch, but can also glide along, making almost no noise, guided by pure electric power. It’s been quoted as having a fuel economy of 135mpg. This really is the future of sports cars as far as we’re concerned.

Even if you put aside the astounding technology, it’s still a great car. Brilliantly finished, fearsomely fast when you need it to be, but also incredibly refined – this is an expensive car (six figures) that is truly worth every penny. And with it being a BMW, you get BMW service inclusive in your package when you buy and a great warranty. You can find out more about BMW service inclusive packages on their website.

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The Nissan Qashqai

The brand new Nissan Qashqai builds on the Qashqai’s original strengths by giving a 4×4 style with the running costs and space of a Volkswagen Golf. This version is packed with hi-tech safety mechanisms and you also have the option of four-wheel drive and a CVT automatic gearbox. As well as the safety technology, the new Qashqai features some great in-car gadgets, economical petrol and diesel engines and a classy interior.

The car is larger, with more space inside than ever before and overall, this is comfortable and secure drive that’s a real pleasure to get behind the wheel of.

So there are our three best cars of 2014, reviewed and rated. You could certainly do a lot worse than having one of these in your garage or on your drive by the end of the year.

Honda CR-V diesel

Honda launches new range in 2014

Honda CR-V diesel (January)
The first car to be launched by Honda in Australia in 2014 is the CR-V diesel. The petrol version of this car has been available to buy for a while, but the Australian market has been crying out for a diesel during this time. So, Honda is going to cater to demand and offer the CR-V with a 2.2-litre diesel engine that will develop a tasty 110kW/350Nm.

Honda CR-V diesel

Honda Odyssey (February)
The all-new Honda Odyssey will be available to buy in February 2014 in the US and Australia. For the first time ever it will be available as an eight-seater, and there will be a variety of engines to choose from, most notable of which is a 2.4-litre four-cylinder petrol engine. A six-speed manual will come as standard in this car. You can expect to see plenty on the roads near you.

Honda City (Q2)
The Honda City is a very intriguing car. This is a small saloon that has been designed for town and city use. It has a short turning circle and Honda have refined the steering to be as sharp as possible so that darting in and out of traffic is easy. There will be Honda offers from Vertu Honda on the Honda City, and prices are expected to start from around $16,000 and go up to the low $20,000s.

Honda Jazz (mid 2014)
The latest generation Honda Jazz has collected plenty of awards, and in mid 2014 it will find its way into the showrooms of Australian dealerships. Powering regular Jazz models will be a 73kW/119Nm 1.3-litre four-cylinder and a 97kW/155Nm 1.5-litre. There will be a six-speed manual available as standard across the range or a 5-speed automatic.

Honda Vezel (late 2014)

Honda Vezel

The Honda Vezel will be Honda’s subcompact SUV in 2014. It will make its way over to the Australian market in late 2014, and it’s expected to sell quite well. There will be a few different engines available, the most notable being the company’s familiar 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol – it will be interesting to see how this engine pulls a car the size of the Vezel. Pricing is yet to be confirmed.

Honda Civic Type R
The Honda Civic Type R is one of the most hotly anticipated hot hatches of 2014. With the likes of the Ford Focus ST and latest Volkswagen Golf GTI taking in the sales, it’s going to have to be pretty sweet to sell. Thankfully, it looks as though it will be. It’ll be powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine that develops in excess of 280 bhp and 250 lb /ft of torque. That’s very different to the previous generation Type R, but it’ll be good – Honda have had enough time to refine it.
Vertu Honda Retford believe that this will be the hot hatch to beat in 2014.