10) Volvo V90
The V90 is Volvo’s luxurious estate car which finds itself at home among serene vistas. Volvo offers the car with a choice of engines including four-cylinder turbocharged diesels, and four-cylinder supercharged petrol variants. There is even a gas-electric hybrid option.
The standard 2.0 liter, 150 hp diesel engine pairs with the 8-speed Geartronic automatic transmission and propels the V90 from 0 to 60 mph in 10.5 seconds. Top speed is 127 mph. The car’s in-built speed limiter functionality is accessible from steering wheel-mounted buttons.
Part of the car’s unique safety and comfort suite is a feature which supplements adaptive cruise control by adding gentle steering support to help keep the car in its lane. It also assists in maintaining a set speed or distance from the car in front. Another Volvo feature known as ‘City Safety’ detects large obstacles on the road and supports the driver with audible and visible warnings, and braking assistance when needed.
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9) Volvo V60
Volvo’s new V60 is a station wagon with the soul of a sports car. It’s available with a range of engines, gearboxes and drivetrains, including the 120 hp, 2.0 litre four-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine with six-speed automatic transmission and front wheel drive.
For a sportier feel opt for the 367 hp, 2.0 litre four-cylinder supercharged and turbocharged gasoline engine with eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. This combination gives the V60 a 0 to 60 mph acceleration time of 4.8 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph.
Proud of their advances in auto efficiency, connectivity and safety, Volvo have given the V60 a suite of useful features. The car’s active high beams automatically respond to oncoming cars. Adaptive cruise control dispenses with the need to constantly adapt speed to slower vehicles, even when overtaking. The V60’s Harman Kardon is one of the best in class premium audio systems.
8) Subaru Outback
The 2017 Outback comes with a 175 hp 4-cylinder engine as standard, and a 256 hp 6-cylinder engine as optional. Subaru’s symmetrical all-wheel drive system is designed to perfectly balance and evenly distribute power for maximum traction, better stability, efficiency, and faster response to road conditions.
The Outback’s standard feature roof rails with integrated crossbars add to the roomy vehicle’s cargo carrying capacity. In-built vehicle dynamics control (VDC) with active torque vectoring is standard on all models of the car, and improves handling.
Subaru also equipped the Outback with their EyeSight driver assist technology, which monitors traffic movement on the road to optimize cruise control functionality. It also warns the driver when swaying outside the lane. The pre-collision braking feature can autonomously use the car’s full braking power in emergency situations. Subaru claims a city fuel economy of 25 mpg on the Outback. US retail prices start at $25,645.
7) Mini Cooper Clubman JCW
The John Cooper Works (JCW) is the top end of the Clubman variants. It is powered by a 2.0 litre, 4-cylinder twin turbo engine producing a peak output of 228 hp and peak torque of 258 ft-lb. That is more than enough power to propel this light and nimble automobile from 0-60 mph in just 6.0 seconds, and give it a top speed of 147 mph.
The JCW’s high-performance tuning makes it a track-ready weapon. An optional 8-speed sport automatic transmission and three distinct driving modes give the driver the flexibility and choice not offered by many wagons. This car is designed for a responsive feel. ‘Sport’ mode tightens the steering and adjusts the car’s throttle profile for an aggressive drive.
The JCW’s sport-tuned suspension provides precise motoring and gives the car a tight, go-kart feel. F-1 style, steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters let drivers manually flick through the automatic transmission for maximum performance. US retail prices start from $35,100.
6) Mini Cooper Clubman
Designed in response to the soaring fuel prices post-World War II, the Mini was meant to be a smart change from the gas guzzlers of the time. The Morris Company engineers took-up the task of building a small, fuel-efficient and cost-effective car that anyone could afford.
Incidentally the car’s layout innovations also made it a great performance car. Over its 50 years of history the Mini has been constantly improved and innovated. The Mini Clubman is the largest Mini ever built.
The Clubman packs a 1.5 Liter, 3-cylinder, Mini twin power turbo engine featuring direct injection and valvetronic, dual vanos technology. It produces 134 hp and 162 ft-lb of torque. Standard transmission is the 6-speed manual and optional is a 6-speed automatic. The car’s low curb weight of 3,105 lbs adds to its agility and handling. Retail prices in the US start at $24,100.
5) Fiat 500L
The new 500L features Italian craftsmanship on the inside and out. The car’s spacious and flexible interior space maximizes seating comfort. It offers more storage configurations than any other vehicle in its class.
Officially a B-segment MPV, the 500L has five door and five seats. The front-mounted engine on the 2017 FIAT 500L POP is a 1.4 litre MultiAir turbo motor producing a max output of 160 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. Fiat claims a city fuel economy of 22 mpg for the 500L. With a 13.2-gallon fuel tank the car’s maximum range without refueling is 396 miles.
The car’s nimble handling and the responsive driving experience are enhanced by its advanced shock absorbers featuring frequency selective damping (FSD) technology. On the inside, the car’s optional dual-pane power sunroof with tilt, slide and express-open is the largest in class. Other desirable extras include an advanced sound system and a multifunction vivid color touchscreen display with navigation. US retail prices start from $20,995.
4) Volkswagen Golf SportWagen
The new Golf SportWagen packs a 170 hp, 1.8 litre TSI engine with a claimed city fuel economy of 25 mpg and more than enough power to boot. Retail prices start at $21,580 in the US.
Available 4Motion all-wheel-drive system distributes torque between the front and rear wheels. Normally an FWD car, the SportWagen can become an AWD when needed, while equipped with 4Motion. Another nice optional is the Tiptronic transmission with sport mode. This functionality lets the driver change gears with quick taps of the wheel-mounted shifter for a spirited drive.
Interior comforts include an optional 12-way power adjustable driver’s seat. Available safety features consist of VW front assist which incorporates front-mounted sensors that monitor traffic and alert the driver to critical events ahead. Autonomous emergency braking can also kick-in when needed. The car’s intelligent crash response system (ICRS) and a rigid safety cage featuring front and rear crumple zones improve safety.
3) Volkswagen Golf Alltrack
The Golf Alltrack has been designed to effortlessly transition from city driving to off-road mode. With a specialized engine and ABS configuration the vehicle can handle a variety of surfaces, comfortably drive down steep gradients, making the most of traction control.
This versatile AWD wagon is also well-connected. VW’s Car-Net app can link maps, messaging, music, and other features with the car’s touchscreen. Apple and Android compatibility further enables using select apps directly from the smartphone. Another optional extra is the Fender premium audio system with 400 watts of power.
The car’s available off-road monitor is a customizable display that can show altitude, steering wheel angle, compass and other useful info. The car’s rugged design and exterior cladding, as well as its high road clearance add to its off-road character.
A large, power-tilting and sliding panoramic sunroof adds to the outdoor feel. Roof rails also enhance the look and utility of the Alltrack. US retail prices start at $26,950.
2) Mercedes-Benz E-class Wagon
The new E-class wagon seeks to combine the best of innovation, luxury, safety and style. MB’s PRE-SAFE is a suite of intuitive safety features. It can detect an impending side impact and reduce the impact forces by rapidly inflating the front-seat bolster. When the system senses an impending collision it emits a safe ‘pink noise’ from the car’s audio system to protect the ears from crash noises.
A panoramic 12.3-inch screen integrates navigation, entertainment and other frequently used systems with the option to customize displays. An optional second 12.3-inch screen incorporates a widescreen instrument cluster. Two intuitive touch pads on the steering wheel let the driver control multiple features with simple swipes and convenient buttons.
The car is also spacious. A 40/20/40 second row seat and a rear-facing third-row seat can be used to accommodate as many as seven people. Alternatively the flexible cargo space with a parcel net, elastic side strap, vertical net and self-rising cover becomes a highly versatile storage area.
1) Audi A4 Allroad Quattro
The 2017 Allroad Quattro is packed with all the features and extras one would expect of an Audi. Xenon plus headlights are the standard equipment, while full LED headlights and LED taillights are available with some variants. A multifunction steering wheel with wheel-mounted shift paddles makes for a highly personalized driving experience. An eight-way power adjustable driver’s seat maximizes comfort.
A panoramic sunroof with power sunshade floods the cabin with natural light by day, while customizable LED ambient interior lighting sets the mood by night. The car’s three-zone automatic climate control lets the driver, front passenger, and rear passengers find their ideal temperature settings. The 40/20/40 split folding rear seatback can create a cavernous 58.5 cubic feet of cargo space. Raised aluminum roof rails for additional storage are a standard feature.
A turbocharged 252 hp TFSI engine and Quattro all-wheel drive combined with the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission make the A4 Allroad a natural off-road beast. US prices start at $44,000.