Clever technology such as active cylinder control is fitted to this more aggressive-looking Golf; it turns this four-pot into a two-cylinder motor when on part throttle between 1000-4000rpm, or up to speeds of 80mph. Throw in an infotainment system fitted with sat-nav and a three-year subscription to VW’s Car-Net service - which allows you to keep track of weather, traffic and parking updates - and it all seems like a neat little package.
But one question remains: is it really worth the £25,000 price that Volkswagen is charging?
Third on the list is the new Audi R8 V10 Plus, which has the difficult task of following in the large footsteps left by its older siblings. For starters, Audi has done away with the V8 and manual gearbox found in older iterations, citing limited demand for them. Instead it has matched the 602bhp V10 unit with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. Find out if this R8 can leave the same lasting impression as the previous generation, as we test it on rain-soaked French roads.
Land Rover has decided that it wants to raise the standards set by its Range Rover, by launching a new flagship model called the SVAutobiography. The new top-of-the-range SUV is available in short- or long-wheelbase forms, with three engines (a V6 hybrid diesel, a V8 diesel or a supercharged V8 petrol), and is handcrafted at Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle facility in Coventry.
The luxury-appointed Range Rover comes with 10in screens and headsets for rear-seat passengers, a large panoramic roof, a slide-out boot floor, a 1700W Meridian sound system and a refrigerated locker suitable for a couple of glasses and a bottle of something fizzy. Find out how we got on with the new Range Rover SDV8 SVAutobiography here.
Taking the final spot this week is the 2016 Porsche 911 Carerra S, which signals the beginning of a new era for the famous sports car, as Porsche abandons its famous naturally aspirated engines for a new turbocharged unit that gives the popular Carrera and Carrera S models more power and better fuel economy.
The 414bhp six-cylinder 911 receives some mild styling updates to differentiate it from the pre-facelift editions and comes with Porsche’s new Communication Management system, which includes Google Earth and Google streetview.
What about that new engine, though? It's finally time to see if this new turbocharged unit can win over the 911 purists.
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