The October issue of CAR embraces the future of electrification with a drive of the first-even Mercedes-Benz EQS 450+. The entry-level offering of the range sports a rear-wheel drive motor that produces 245 kW and 568 N.m of torque. Energy is supplied by a 107,8 kWh battery pack. When we get behind the wheel, we set out to answer whether Mercedes-Benz’s electric start-up a virtuoso performer is worthy of toppling the illustrious S-Class.
We also conduct a thrilling comparative Road Test between the Audi RS4 and BMW M3 Competition to see which German performance icon has the most appeal. The RS4 boasts a lower power output and is a bit softer around the edges but the price-tag is quite a bit more preferable. However, it’s very difficult to acknowledge the brilliance of the all-new M3. This one is a tooth-and-nail battle.
Another comparative battle that we’ve put together is of the Audi RS Q3 Sportback and Mini JCW Countryman. A bit of an odd match-up at first glance but with performance crossover prices going the way that they are, we question whether the thrills of the Mini is enough to satisfy the heart over the accomplished but more premium RS Q3.
New to our market as well is the Japanese-built Honda Fit. We test the Executive trim model to see if this new compact hatch has what it takes to take the fight to the current established products. While still naturally aspirated, the new example boasts some impressive packaging and commendable standard features.
With all these different types of drivetrains available for cars today, we also set out to find which variation is the most efficient. It’s a new type of battle that sees us taking a petrol, diesel, hybrid and pure electric car on a round trip to investigate which is the true cost-effective source of fuel.
All this and more in the October 2021 issue of CAR…