After all, no matter where you are in the VW range or in your mind: Arteon is a pretty big baby with a length of 4.86 meters, a width of 1.87 meters and a height of 1.45 meters. However, in the street, the Arteon does not seem so great: its dynamic lines preserve a nice homogeneity and to believe a micro-sidewalk, many of you consider this model as one of the most beautiful VW ...

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Serious interior

Once on board, we regret a lack of originality and fantasy on the part of the German manufacturer. Admittedly, everything is perfectly finished, the presentation is quite flattering, even technological with digital instrumentation and ergonomics does not support criticism, but the driver of a Passat will certainly not be out of place. Too bad, for a model that wants to dominate the range, we would have liked some additional efforts ...

Funny welcome

With such dimensions, habitability is obviously consistent. The rear passengers are therefore comfortably accommodated, even if it is advisable to lower their spine: the rear roof guard suffers in effect from a sloping roofline that cuts the last hair of large shorn. The luggage, they are comfortable: from 563 to 1,557 liters, depending on the position of the back seat.

Extended equipment!

In a good flagship, this model is equipped with all the latest advances in the brand in terms of safety and multimedia: Park Assist to the driving assistant in traffic jams, through the intelligent cruise control taking into account the system of reading signs, everything is planned! Arteon, like all big cars in the premium segment, can even turn into a harassing shrew by ordering you to lift your feet when approaching a bend or a crossroads ...

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On the multimedia side, this is also the big demonstration with a beautiful touch screen of superb resolution, with approach sensors, compatibility Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Internet connection, navigation map with traffic info, and various applications ranging from "sometimes useful" to "completely superfluous".

On the way ?

Our model embarked on the basic 2.0 TDI engine. He was mated to the 7-speed DSG gearbox. A 6-speed unit is also available and can plane the price of some 2,750 €, just that ... Developing 150 hp and a torque of 340 Nm between 1,750 and 3,000 rpm, this engine signs pretty performance: 220 km / h and a 0 to 100 km / h in 9.1 seconds.

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Once in motion, one really wonders why the devil spend more? The saturated traffic and the very strict speed limits make this motorization amply sufficient. Powerful from the lowest speeds, this engine allows very convincing occasions. And with the DSG box, the combination is almost perfect. Almost ? Yes, because the engine remains a bit high at high speeds and the box lacks finesse and softness at startup.

Clear behind the ears

Question behavior road, we should not expect any surprises. Arteon exhibits healthy and effective behavior in all circumstances. Tried in dry weather (yes, in Belgium!) And with big "gommards", the beautiful Teutonic never lacked motor skills. Comfort issue, the Arteon is doing well too, especially with the standard adaptive suspension on the two highest finishes. Do not try the devil by opting for the 20-inch rims, strikingly disturbing in the big ruts of our charming road network.

For which budget?

VW offers Arteon from € 34,990 in gasoline (1.5 TSI) or from € 37,720 in diesel (2.0 TDI BM). The Elegance version is displayed from 40.070 € with this 2.0 TDI 150, while the R-Line claims 40,820 €. These fares are significantly lower than those of a BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé or Audi A5 Sportback, the two main rivals, albeit more compact jigs.

At the pump, our engine only required 6.5 l / 100 km. A very good result, but we will admit that given the use (mainly highway legal), we expected a little better. Lack of break-in? Tires too wide? CO2 emissions are announced from 110 g / km for this 2.0 TDI 150.

Conclusion

With this model, VW will inevitably seek the premium market, even cannibalize a little in-house customer of the A5 Sportback. This clientele will find in Arteon a car also well designed, but more spacious, better equipped and especially cheaper. The Arteon is a success, partly for its design part that seems to please the greatest number, but also for its technical part which takes what VW knows how to do better.

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Let's recap: Hyundai is full of ambition. This year, in addition to the i30 Wagon, Fastback and their new SUV, the Kona, the brand also presents for the first time in its history, a "hot hatch". A real bomb because no one but BMW M's former boss, Albert Biermann, has developed this i30 N.

Nürburgring

It is therefore not a preparation to hurry, where the car is decked with explicit stickers, a kit of lowered suspensions and more sporty rims. No, this model is the first in the N department that designs cars in Namyang, Korea, and then settle on the German circuit Nürburgring. Either, twice N.

Two versions

Treatment N begins under the hood. We find the 2.0 T-GDI 4-cylinder, which is here offered in two power variants: 250 or 275 horsepower, a power each time reached 6,000 rpm. Both versions develop exactly the same torque: 353 Nm, or even 378 Nm with overboost. This value is available between 1,450 and 4,000 rpm for the 250 horsepower version and up to 4,700 rpm for the 275 horsepower model. Numbers ? From 0 to 100 km / h in respectively 6.4 and 6.1 seconds and a top speed limited to 250 km / h.

Performance Pack

Power is delivered to the front wheels via a 6-speed manual transmission. On the 275 horsepower version, an electronic differential helps traction. This model is also offered with the "Performance Pack" which includes large wheels (19 inches against 18 inches) with wider tires for more grip and sharpness, and a sport exhaust for more sensations.

Benefit-oriented

The suspensions of the 250 hp version lower the body of 4 mm, against 8 mm for the 275 hp version. The N department engineers have done their utmost to keep this body under control: it has been stiffened in many ways and the "Performance Pack" still receives additional reinforcement in the trunk. Electronically controlled damping and larger brakes and optimized cooling complete the chassis part.

In search of the limits

For this first grip, Hyundai had booked for us the circuit of Zolder, so that we can approach the limits of the car safely. The first thing that surprises: the various controls are finally calibrated as they should be. The engineers from the N department managed to eliminate the somewhat vague feeling of the direction of the standard i30 and exchanged it for more precision and consistency. The box has also been reinforced and sees its long deflections exchanged for short and dry movements, which, with the heavier clutch pedal, creates a sportier atmosphere.

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All of this results in a very precise i30 N, with the sharp front end and the rear end always following cleanly. The self-locking differential pulls the nose towards the rope of the turn, which allows to put very quickly the gases. If you brake very hard, the Hyundai remains stable. The rear end never becomes light or nervous: the whole is always controlled. Adhesion losses are also controlled, even if to get there, you have to cause this i30 N. The laps on the Nürburgring have paid off ...

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On the public road

For the road, Hyundai offers five different driving modes, from "Eco" to "Normal", through "Sport" and "N", as well as a customizable mode "N Custom". All affect throttle response, damping, steering consistency and ESP. On the versions with the "Performance Pack", this also influences the differential lock and sports exhaust. Good to know: a button "rev" on the steering wheel gives a little gas between reports, downshift. But of course you do not have to always roll the knife between your teeth: on the "Eco" and "Normal" modes, the i30 N can be driven like any other classic i30, even if the damping could have been more tolerant.

Recognizable

In the cockpit, those who are familiar with the i30 will be here in known terrain. The differences are limited to a sports steering wheel with two big buttons for driving modes, a big shift knob and excellent seats. If you prefer a discreet dress, know that this i30 N does not do too much on the outside: red inserts on the lip of the front spoiler and the rear diffuser, a roof spoiler with a triangular brake light, a double Exhaust and some logos N. Oh yes, there are also specific rims and brake calipers painted red.

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It is without a doubt the most advanced car of the moment. Indeed, the Mercedes E-Class advances an unprecedented technological arsenal, including some equipment still unknown to date, like the automatic overtaking device. Today, much more than yesterday, the E-Class has a position to defend: the new BMW 5 Series will soon, while Audi is already looking at the future A6. But there is also competition from elsewhere: Lexus GS, Infiniti Q70, Maserati Ghibli and especially, Jaguar XF and Volvo S90 which put serious sticks in the wheels of the Germanic trio.

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On the main lines

From a stylistic point of view, the E-Class evolves radically vis-à-vis the previous model, evoking a sportiness more flush with bodywork. But nevertheless, we will have a hard time considering this design as "original", as it seems modeled on that of the other models of the brand, Class C and S in mind. Class E comes between these two models and is distinguished first by its dimensions: 4.92 meters long. That makes it a very long liner! Lower and narrower than the previous version, the E-Class is also 100 kg lighter on the scale!

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security

The E-Class, of course, includes all the latest advances in the field of active safety, including assistance in traffic jams. But the gap that separates us from the fully autonomous driving is reduced thanks to the appearance of a new device to assist you in your lane changes. For those who nibble the game, know that like a certain BMW 7 Series, the E-Class is able to park alone via smartphone, without anyone on board ... Of course, in case accident, the E-Class is almost as safe as a bunker.

Technology

And just sit aboard to notice that technology has taken over from the start. Two huge screens welcome you. The first displays the "classical" instrumentation and replaces the traditional needles. The second shows information about the multimedia system. Size of the thing: 12.3 inches! Welcome to the cinema! Of course, anything is possible, except perhaps sending missiles on your neighbor's house too noisy. Joking aside, connectivity is absolute, your smartphone is received with all the honors (Apple Car Play or Google Android Auto) and the internet connection is present.

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Because power is nothing without control, this formidable gas plant is controlled from the traditional touchpad (which seemed to us less reactive than usual), via a voice command or via the central wheel. To impress your passengers, there is a small novelty on the wheel: touch sliders that jump from one menu to another. This obviously requires a little time to adapt ...

engines

The E-Class is not only new in its platform, its design or its technology: it also innovates with a new diesel engine! It is obviously towards him that our attention is carried: this 4 cylinders of 2 liters delivers 150 (200 d), 163 or 194 hp (220 d). This is new: all engines are automatically associated with a 9-speed automatic transmission. Mercedes announces flattering figures concerning the 220 d we are working on: 240 km / h, 7.3 seconds at 0 to 100 km / h, 3.9 l / 100 km and CO2 emissions of 102 g / km.

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Space and luxury

On board, it's big Mercedes. Understand that the finish is more sublime than ever! Here we are in an ocean of leather and precious materials. The livability will not disappoint you, even if a certain Volvo S90 does even better on this subject. The trunk of this variant notchback displays a volume of 540 liters. Largely enough, even if some grumpy spirits regret the floor not perfectly flat, before actually accommodate the propulsive rear axle.

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Athletic ?

The look more dynamic than ever could suggest that the E-Class now favors driving dynamics. However, it is not so: the E-Class is still a wonderful machine to swallow miles, in a comfort of very high level. A comfort especially noted that today, the new engine that the team is much quieter than the previous and rocky 2.1 l diesel. We enjoy the comfort of suspension, the excellent seats and the symphonic Burmeister stereo ...

In more dynamic driving, the engine reveals its potential. Powerful, flexible and nervous, it gives wings to the E-Class, which, moreover, benefits from a nice lightening cure. The box gets in pace, adjusting its relationship changes to your mood. It has finally arrived at a level of maturity, both in terms of management and softness and speed. The behavior delays however, with a nice balance, healthy and reassuring, but a certain noticeable inertia. Even lightened, the E-Class is not a ballerina, which soft damping (standard) highlights all the more.

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Budget

Admittedly, the basic price in diesel of 45.980 €, or even 49.610 € for this version 220 d appears strong. But the standard staffing is more generous today than yesterday and helps to pass the pill. Be aware, however, that an E-Class really savored only when it is richly equipped and therefore reveals the extent of its potential. But the bill flies away quickly. The total options quickly reach tens of thousands of euros!

At the pump, this new block is indeed a beautiful frugality. Our average consumption of 5.6 l / 100 km is the proof. Mainly highway routes can bring this value down by a few tenths, while a more sporting and / or urban use will not increase the budget exponentially.

Conclusion

Despite a more sporty style, the recipe of the model does not change: technological content at the top and a priority given to driving comfort. The E-Class even advances the unknown technologies of the all-powerful S-Class. This gives it the keys to power in this segment ... Queen of the family, the E-Class can now also be fully enjoyed with 4 cylinders, thanks to a new engine more silky and silent. Unmissable, this new Teutonne? We would not go that far, the competition preparing a sacred riposte (Audi and BMW) or having already unveiled its strengths (Jaguar XF and Volvo S90). But a solid reference, that, certainly.

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That the Touareg shares its structures with the Porsche Cayenne and the Audi Q7 is not new. That's what the 2002 model was already doing. Now, it's getting even more attention to make the premium customer die. With its active anti-roll bars (controlled by a separate 48-volt circuit!) And four-wheel steering, its MLB Evo platform magnifies its chassis and makes the Touareg technically even closer to Bentley Bentayga and Lamborghini Urus.

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His family ties

His MLB platform still has other assets such as a gain of 100 kg and almost 8 cm over its length. With its 4.88 m, the Touareg is 4 cm shorter than the Cayenne (4.92 m) and even, 17 cm smaller than the Q7 (5.05 m). Visually, he looks much more robust than his predecessor. The family ties with his two brothers are found in its lines, but it is especially by its wide and high grille overflowing on the optical blocks in the manner of Arteon, that the Touareg assumes its Volkswagen identity.

For the volume of the trunk, the Touareg offers 810 liters (113 liters more than its predecessor), while the Cayenne offers only 770 liters. However, with its 890 liters, the Q7 everyone agrees. Note that its back seat slides on 16 centimeters and that its backrest is adjustable.

Innovision

However, the best place in the new Touareg is at the front: not only the finish is of high quality and the most beautiful effect (even to concede some exclusives to Audi) but you can especially experience it with the impressive Innovision cockpit. In fact, the two large digital screens merge to form one. Inspired by the quality that VW had spotted at Mercedes, the Touareg's screen almost reaches the size of a tablet that can be found at Tesla. This 15-inch touchscreen is dedicated to comfort elements such as air conditioning, massage seats (a first on the Touareg), driving assistance and infotainment system. The screen on the left serves as a dashboard and is 12 inches.

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The set can be customized under seven usage profiles. According to Volkswagen, it only takes twenty minutes to understand how it works. If you are lost in one of the sub-menus, a large "home" button will allow you to return to the original screen. We find that the dashboard system is consistent even though we preferred to see the functions of the airco directly accessible; nevertheless, we recognize the intuitiveness of the commands.

Different engines

For its launch, the Touareg is limited to the 3.0 V6 TDI developing 286 hp and 600 Nm of torque, which will soon be strengthened by a version of 231 hp and 500 Nm. Is also expected, a V6 TSI 340 hp with 450 Nm of torque and a V8 TDI of 421 hp developing not less than 900 Nm. In China, the Touareg will begin its career with a rechargeable 367 hp hybrid that will arrive on the Old Continent in a future still undetermined.

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For the moment, Volkswagen remains modest. Although a colossus of 2 tons that goes from 0 to 100 km / h in 6.1 seconds and 238 km / h, does not necessarily go unnoticed ... But this V6 really seduces to use. Its velvety and roundness have always been appreciated. VW's 4Motion four-wheel drive and a classic eight-speed automatic transmission transmit power to the ground without any problem.

On the road

Despite the active anti-roll bars (optional) and four-wheel steering of our test model, the Touareg is less ruler in cornering than the Cayenne and its two tons feel faster. Rather comfort-oriented, the Touareg therefore has no sporting ambitions: the presence of an air suspension in the list of options will sublimate comfort.

If you go through the list of options, you will be interested in driving aids ranging from night vision to help with maneuvers with trailers (the Touareg can tow up to 3.5 tons), which makes driving comfortable and relaxed.

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On highways and in traffic jams, the Touareg can drive in partially autonomous driving. Lane maintenance assistance also detects markings of temporary road works. Even outside highways, the Touareg proactively responds to traffic signs and navigation instructions. However, on secondary roads, this lane maintenance assistance is no longer as reliable. It also adjusts, automatically speed when you have to enter a side street, without having to brake or accelerate. The Mercedes S-Class is doing the same thing, but we would like Volkswagen to extend this technology to more "affordable" models like the new Golf.

Its prices

For the basic version of its Touareg, Volkswagen asks 66.000,01 euros (!): It already has LED headlights and a navigation system. But Volkswagen will see you instead choosing the Elegance, the Atmosphere or the R-Line, respectively offering a relaxed atmosphere, technological or sports. The Elegance and the Atmosphere cost 81,735.02 euros while the R-Line amounts to 83,885.01 euros. The Belgian importer also offers a Business Pack, comprising electrically adjustable leather seats, the Innovision cockpit, a panoramic roof, a parking aid and an electric opening tailgate. It will therefore be difficult to prioritize ... On paper, the V6 TDI consumes 6.9 l / 100 km and its CO2 emissions are 182 g / km.

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De par leur nature, les voitures économiques comme l’Accent 2018 se portent bien en ville. Leur petite taille les rend faciles à manœuvrer et capables de se faufiler dans les emplacements de stationnement où les grosses voitures peuvent avoir des problèmes. Dans de tels environnements urbains, vous ne vous soucierez pas autant des faiblesses d’exposition d’une sous-compacte, à savoir une croisière plus longue et plus rapide et une conduite plus sportive et dynamique qui peut se dérouler sur des routes à l’extérieur des limites de la ville. Ces voitures, souvent les moins chères de la gamme des constructeurs, ont généralement les moteurs les moins puissants. Ces groupes motopropulseurs conviennent parfaitement aux trajets plus courts, mais ne possèdent pas le type de frappe dont vous avez besoin pour passer d'un état à un autre.

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Deux systèmes sont disponibles dans la Hyundai Accent 2018. Les modèles Base SE se débrouillent avec un écran tactile de 5 pouces avec quatre haut-parleurs, un port USB et une connectivité Bluetooth de base. Votre meilleure option est d’utiliser le modèle SEL ou Limited, car ils apportent un système 7 pouces compatible CarPlay / Android Auto, 6 haut-parleurs, un port d’alimentation USB supplémentaire et un système Bluetooth avec reconnaissance vocale.

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Nous louons l'inclusion de CarPlay et Android Auto. Là où d'autres constructeurs s'efforcent encore d'intégrer ces systèmes de connectivité mains libres, même dans les voitures d'une classe ou deux au-dessus d'un Accent, il est gratifiant de les voir inclus dans cette nouvelle Hyundai moins chère.

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