We drove the BMW i3 Rex: all the cleverness of “zen” e-power…

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Living your everyday (urban) life on electric power now seems the way to go. Our governments want it, and will effectively promote it when they have the money to do so. Urban citizens in Europe and all over the world are convinced that ecological e-power will be the mobile lifeblood of our future cities. Indeed, not only the kind of energy, also the mobility concepts themselves are dramatically changing, and will be ever more individual and tailor-made through car renting and sharing. Clever, well made state-of-the-art compact electric vehicles, also with a distinct premium character, are needed for the modern (urban) public, and BMW is building it with this 3i. We drove it extensively for a week, and here are our findings…

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We drove the Opel Astra 1.0 T 105 HP: stellar driving pleasure…

as6s20Our test car came in fiery “Power Red” color, and fittingly so. Because it drives like a “pur-sang”, clings to the road and steers with such precision, that it awakens in you all the pleasures of car driving, which you thought were forever lost in our everyday cars. Well, this Astra proves you wrong. It brings a smile on your face, whenever you slide behind the wheel, and start up its smooth and throbby three cylinder thoroughbred engine. Because driving adventure will be yours to taste for every inch you move with this Astra.

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We drove the Nissan X-Trail DIG Turbo 1,6 Liter 163 HP : a world class SUV with oriental refinement…

tra1smNissan has acquired a vast experience in building SUV’s which win car loving hearts all over our globe. Their new X-Trail amply proves the point, as well as the Qasqai for that matter. This latest model strikes an ideal balance between looks, roominess, frugality and, last but not least, build quality and refinement. We drove the smooth and silent petrol engined version of this X Trail, with a 1.6 liter four cylinder under its hood, mated to the six speed manual gearbox. A wonderfully refined and frugal combination…well suited to this SUV which is so effortless to drive.

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We drove the VW Passat Alltrack 2.0 TDI SCR 4MOTION bluemotion technology 150 HP: your companion for any road…

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Volkswagen does not only build cars with immense workmanship and quality, they also offer cars which are totally practical, sturdy, yet timelessly elegant and donned with a touch of luxury. Such a car is this Passat Alltrack. It offers the practicality of a station wagon, has a frugal and smooth diesel, has state of the art electronics, driving aids and infotainment, and last but not least permanent four  wheel drive. Ready for everyday duty on forest roads, but also fit for shopping on the Berliner Kurfürstendamm or any (posh) boulevard in this whole wide world…just read on.

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We drove the Renault Talisman dCi130: the magic of French style and refinement…

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Renault has chosen a very fitting name for its top of the range limousine, which has very impressive panache and style, thanks to the masterful hand of exterior designer Alexis Martot. The proportions and volumes of this sleek limousine are timelessly pleasing, and have a certain magic about them which the big Renault sedans have missed for a long time. But it is all back now, and like the mythical pre-war Reinastella’s, our Talisman test car came in a gleaming black livery… “Etoilé Black”, it is now called here.

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Editorial – we are expanding with this new “autoprova” site

 

Autoprova expands…

 

Over the last weeks, we have been expanding our scope, to cover for you all the interesting news and developments of this automotive world.

The first step is that we have opened here this new, second website, www.autoprova.be, where you will find from now on all the latest news and car tests, next to our former site, autoprova.net

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Throughout the years, we have indeed build up a vast amount of information, which remains at your disposal, and continues to be available for viewing on our site www.autoprova.net. In the reports on our new site autoprova.be we will therefore frequently link you to our earlier site, autoprova.net.

The new site autoprova.be is under further development, so you can expect soon many more categories and items here!

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In the meantime we would suggest, keep from now on two sites on your browser shortlist, autoprova.net and this new site, autoprova.be.

The new site will be also more interactive and therefore we look forward to your reactions and comments!

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We drove the Lexus RX 450h: reaching perfection in hybrid Four Wheel Drive…

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This new Lexus RX 450h reaches new heights in subtle smoothness, power and driving dynamics, and also pleases with very bold, contemporary angular looks. Its daring proportions really turn heads, but otherwise it remains a true Lexus: offering its happy passengers a very smooth, civilized ride, soothing and relaxing, vibrationless and (almost) silent. Easy to drive, handle, full of useful accessories and loaded with well thought out driving helps. Life is truly grand in a Lexus. This is what the RX450 h shows here again…

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We drove the VW Touran Highline 1.2 TSI BlueMotion Technology 81 kW (110 HP): your whispering spaceship…

Volkswagen TouranVolkswagen has introduced the latest generation of its best selling Touran at the Frankfurt show last year, and needless to say that we were eagerly awaiting a test drive of this (very)important car. We drive here for you the very smooth 1,2 liter TSI version, coupled to the manual 6 speed transmission. It adds indeed much mechanical refinement to this spacious people carrier, which displays amply the “savoir faire” of the VW group in making truly outstanding (passenger) cars. Just read on…

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