First test drive of the 2017 Mazda CX-5 Diesel: we want to like it

Mazda has been bothering us with diesel engines for far too long. It is now available in the Mazda CX-5, but is it too little, too late? In fact, too expensive and too late may be the best way to formulate it. The 2019 Mazda CX-5 Diesel unveiled at the latest New York International Auto Show is available exclusively in the Signature Edition at a high price of $ 45,950. It is rare that we start a first test drive talking about price, but in this case, we must.

First test drive of the 2017 Mazda CX-5 Diesel: we want to like it

You see, while I was driving to Toronto to drive the Mazda CX-5 Diesel for the first time, the only thing that really made me curious was how Mazda intended to position his diesel. I expected very good performance from the diesel version of the Mazda CX-5. I expected it to be more enjoyable than a GMC Terrain Diesel or a Chevrolet Equinox diesel (more on those two later) and a quick comparison test in the first test drive confirmed it. I had no worries about the vehicle itself, just the market it was about to enter car cover.

Mazda says there are still diesel enthusiasts and they have nowhere to go. They are right about it. If you really wanted a compact diesel SUV, your only options were the aforementioned GM products, which probably did not resonate with diesel fans. Mazda is known for its driving dynamics and the sportiness inherent in its products is more likely to appeal to diesel enthusiasts who also tend to be driving enthusiasts.

The 2017 Mazda CX-5 Diesel makes sense, but it would have made more sense if the price was more reasonable. As a Signature model, the CX-5 Diesel is fully equipped and includes several additions, including 19-inch wheels, abaci wood, cocoa Napa leather seats, heated and cooled seats, dual-mode air conditioning, the Bose Premium audio system, i-Activsense active safety technology, power-operated seats and, basically, everything you could need in your CX-5.

But that’s $ 45,000, which is over $ 4,000 more than the CX-5 GT. That’s a lot of money for a compact SUV and will probably dissuade many buyers who were waiting to learn more about diesel before making a final decision. Those who will stay are fans of diesel with a budget above average and are willing to spend to enjoy their favorite engine. Just how many of these people there are, I’ll let you guess. Even Mazda does not know. You can say that Mazda will play a waiting game with the CX-5 diesel. They bring it to the market and adjust the supply according to the demand. Now let’s talk about the vehicle itself.

On the road in the Mazda CX-5 Diesel 2019

The 2019 Mazda CX-5 Diesel is powered by a 2.2-liter SkyActiv-D engine producing 168 horsepower and a 290-pound-foot torque. Mazda’s philosophy has always been to try to get the most out of each engine by tweaking each component. The SkyActiv diesel power train is …

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Audi Q4 e-torn concept: Audi shows the fifth model of its e-torn family in Geneva

A week from Geneva, Audi is unveiling four new plug-in hybrid models, the Q5, A6, A7 and A8 TFSI e. Audi is ready for the Geneva Motor Show with the announcement of four new plug-in hybrid variants of the Q5, A6, A7 and A8. Ready to make their debut next week, the new TFSI e will have a 100% electric range of 40 km. With this announcement, the German manufacturer mentions that from now on, the e-torn nomenclature will now be used for 100% electric models only. For this reason, the announced plug-in hybrid variants will carry the seal “TFSI e”.

Audi Q4 e-torn concept: Audi shows the fifth model of its e-torn family in Geneva

The lithium-ion battery in the Audi Q5, A6, A7 and A8 TFSI will have a capacity of 14.1 kWh. Each model will be available in two distinct versions, a comfort version and a performance version with a sportier design. According to the British magazine Auto Express, these variants will endorse the names 50 TFSI e or 55 TFSI e for Audi Q5, A6 and A7. As for her, the Audi A8 will come under 55 TFSI e and 60 TFSI e. The 50 TFSI e versions will be powered by a 2.0L 4-cyl turbo engine while the 55 TFSI e will be powered by a 3.0L V6.

Three different modes will be offered to the drivers of these rechargeable hybrids: “EV”, “Auto” and “Hold”. The “Auto” mode allows the system to choose, on its own, when to use the gasoline engine or electric motor, for maximum efficiency. Hold mode controls the power train so that the current state of charge of the battery is maintained. Obviously, the “EV” mode prioritizes driving in electric mode car covers.

In addition to the three modes mentioned above, the driver will be able to select different driving modes, namely “comfort”, “efficiency”, “auto”, and “dynamic”, which will thus influence the configuration of the pipe, suspension and from the direction. My Audi app will also be available to buyers. The latter will remotely control battery status and battery life, start the charging process, program the charge timer and view the car’s charging and consumption statistics. Programming pre-board temperature control settings is also available with my Audi app. A quick start of climate components is also possible when unlocking the vehicle with the key.

The sketch of the Audi Q4 e-torn shows a new electric SUV

After weeks of rumors and speculation, we have a preview of the upcoming Audi e-torn model for the Geneva Motor Show. Called Audi Q4 e-torn, this is a smaller version of the current and new Audi e-torn that rivals the I-Pace Jaguar and the future Mercedes-Benz EQC. The Q4 e-torn, on the other hand, has no direct competition at the moment. It could change everything if Tesla introduces Model Y later this year, but it will have to be patient.

Expected in 2020, the new Audi Q4 e-torn seems to fit between Q3 and Q5 in terms of dimensions. The sketch shows a compact coupe SUV in the same …

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My Kernels of Wisdom When Buying a Used Car

First of all, my main piece of advise when it comes to buying a used car is that you need to be willing to walk away. It is important to take your time when buying a car because its a big investment and you’ll be using it daily for a long time.

If you need a car immediately for commuting then consider renting one while you shop around – a few extra weeks of car rental are better than a buying a car that you need to bring to the shop every few months because you didn’t take the time to figure out if it was a good deal.

Before you start looking for a used car decide how much money you realistically want to spend and what are the most important features you want in a car (features may include fuel economy, audio system, 4 wheel drive capability, etc.). After you do this, then start looking for used cars through local newspaper listings, online listings, and used car dealerships. Once you have located several cars that are within your budget and meet all your most important requirements in a car then its time to do some research.

You need to find out what the Kelley blue book value is for each car that you’re interested in. This will give you an indication of whether you have a good deal or not. If the car you’re interested in below blue book value then congratulations!

And if its way below blue book value – be wary! It could be the seller is selling because he needs cash fast or because he had it on the market for a while and needs to move it, but it could also be that the car has some problems that he is not being completely honest about.

As part of the research stage, make sure you ask as many questions as possible – what’s the mileage, has the car been in any accidents, ask for a copies of all maintenance done on the car, etc. Make sure you’re blue in the face from asking questions before you stop. If you’re satisfied with the results of your research stage (i.e. you’ve found a car you like within your budget and you’ve gotten answers to all of your critical questions) then there is one last thing to do.

You need to take the car to a mechanic that you, yourself trust (definitely do not take it to the mechanic the seller recommends), so that he can give you a professional opinion of the state of the car. Once you get the blessing of your trusted mechanic, then you can go ahead an purchase your car!…

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