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2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack SE

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AUTO REVIEW – Overall the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack is a great choice for families with young kids or folks with active lifestyles that need to haul cargo on occasion. With a sporty exterior, clean and feature-loaded interior, and enough power and handling capabilities to belie its utilitarian set-up, the Golf Alltrack SE is a welcome addition to the mix of wagons that are increasingly cutting into the U.S. crossover and SUV markets – especially for those who want some handling to go alongside their cargo capacity.

FOUR-RING FLAGSHIP
2017 Audi A8 L 3.0T Quattro Tiptronic

AUTO REVIEW—For the 2017 model year, Audi has chosen to export only the L (long wheelbase) version of the A8 to its U.S. showrooms. This full-size luxury sport sedan has it all: Excellent comfort, the highest quality workmanship, a strong, light aluminum design, and a broad range of high-end technologies that make the A8 the flagship of the Audi model range. We tested a fully loaded A8 L with the 3.0 TFSI V6 supercharged, all-alloy, DOHC, Direct Injected engine that generates 333hp and 325 pounds of torque—good enough to launch the car to 60 mph from a standstill in 5.7 seconds. Harvey Schwartz reports.

RETURN OF THE SCORPION KING
2017 Fiat 124 Spider Abarth

AUTO REVIEW—Abarth & C’s association with Fiat goes back to the early 1950s. Abarth is to Fiat what AMG is to Mercedes—the high performance arm of the car company. Up until now, the Abarth scorpion badge (Carlo Abarth’s astrological sign was Scorpio) only appeared on a singular model in Fiat’s current line: The 500. That’s now changed. If you’ve longed for the return of Abarth on a bonafide sports car, you’re wish is here: The sign of the scorpion now graces Fiat’s top performing variant of the sporty new 124 Spider. Harvey Schwartz rides the back of the newest scorpion.

THE JAZZ CAT
2017 Jaguar F-Type SVR

AUTO REVIEW—Jaguar shook up the world of high-performance sports cars with the new F-TYPE Supercharged R model in 2016. This year, Jaguar continues its advance of the German sports car competition with the latest and fastest F-TYPE ever developed by its Special Vehicle Operations; the all-aluminum SVR model. More powerful, all-around lighter, with a new Quickshift 8-speed AWD automatic transmission, a reworked suspension, an enhanced chassis, and bigger brakes. The engine pumps out 575 horses and 516 pound-feet of torque. This cat can play! Harvey Schwartz reports in this last segment of a Jaguar trilogy.

CAT DIESEL
2017 Jaguar XE 20d AWD Prestige

AUTO REVIEW—No, not the Catepillar tractor. This cat belongs to Jaguar, and it’s turning up the heat with the introduction of the Ingenium modular designed 2.0 liter diesel, an all-aluminum, direct-injected, turbo-charged four-cylinder engine, making 180 horses and 318 pound-feet of torque. Mated to an 8-speed paddle-shift ZF transmission turning all four wheels, the EPA says the XE diesel gets 26mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway. Harvey Schwartz reports.

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