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2014 Audi S4 Review

Sep 02, 2014 - 5:18 AM - by AutoGuide.com

The perfect all-around car?

Are you in the market for a luxurious four-door family car with a usable trunk and decent fuel mileage but are unwilling to sacrifice sporty driving dynamics at the altar of practicality? Audi may have the ideal vehicle for you with its entertaining yet functional S4.

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As you might imagine this sedan is a performance-enhanced version of the brandís A4 model, an impressive car on its own that I was surprisingly effusive about in a review that posted not long ago. It wowed me with its refined interior, beautiful body work and precision construction. The carís downsides were few and centered on steering feel and tepid acceleration. With a list of virtues like this itís easy to understand why the A4 is the best-selling nameplate in Audiís lineup.

But the S4 builds on this solid foundation and offers drivers more of everything, more power, more grip and lots more smiles. Accordingly itís designed to compete with other fun-focused sedans like the BMW 335i, Infiniti Q50 and Cadillac ATS.

The S4ís list of standard features is long and appealing. It includes things
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2015 Volkswagen e-Golf Review

Aug 29, 2014 - 12:02 PM - by AutoGuide.com

Volkswagen is climbing aboard the EV (electric vehicle) train with the introduction of the 2015 e-Golf. On sale for several months now in Europe, America will get its first taste of the production version of the all-electric Golf this November when it hits dealers in a few select EV friendly markets.

As the name implies, the e-Golf ditches the regular Golfís assortment of gasoline and diesel engines for an electric motor. Developing 115 HP and 199 lb-ft of torque, the e-Golf is the least powerful version of the Volkswagen hatchback, but does make the second most amount of torque. Power is still fed to the front wheels, but now through a single-speed, direct-drive automatic transmission.

Volkswagen claims the electric Golf can achieve a 0-60 MPH sprint in just over 10 seconds, with a top speed of 87 mph. That is slower than the 1.8T or 2.0 TDI Golf, but still plenty quick for an EV or dedicated Hybrid. Like a lot of EVs, the Golf feels much quicker than it is thanks to all that instant torque. Step on the throttle hard and there is a noticeable kick as all 199 lb-ft of torque suddenly thrust the car forward. Power does taper off as the motorís rpms build, but
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AutoGuide Under $30k Performance Car Shootout Ė Part Two: Track Test Elimination

Aug 26, 2014 - 9:03 AM - by AutoGuide.com

Yesterday we took eight fun-to-drive performance vehicles under $30,000 and put them through their paces on the street.

After much deliberation, we chose the 2014 Ford Fiesta ST as the king of the street. Despite a somewhat harsh ride, nothing else matches the raw, hilariously fun driving experience behind the wheel.

But now itís time to get serious. We have come to the AutoGuide.com test track to complete the second half of our under $30,000 shootout. Every car will be taken around the track and scored on two criteria only; how fast it completes a lap and how fun it is when driven at the limit. That score, combined with yesterdayís street score is used to determine the final finishing order.

To keep things interesting, this is an elimination round, as we compile the data the track and the street to determine which cars are headed home, and which will move on to the top three.

Tomorrow weíll unveil the overall winner of the AutoGuide.com Under $30,000 Performance Car
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