Mercedes A45 AMG VS SKODA OCTAVIA SCOUT
Mercedes A45 AMG 2018 VS SKODA OCTAVIA SCOUT 2018
2018 Mercedes A45 AMG VS 2018 SKODA OCTAVIA SCOUT
2018 Mercedes A45 AMG:
If you thought the already monstrously fast Mercedes-AMG A45 was a little too tame for your tastes, the replacement model might better scratch your speed itch. Tobias Moers, Mercedes-AMG’s boss has suggested the new model could have in excess of 400hp – enough to make supercars of just a few years ago run for cover. Spy shots courtesy of MotorAuthority and our exclusive render lower down hint at what the new car could look like. Currently, the outgoing A45 features a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing a potent 376hp which, via its seven-speed twin-clutch automatic gearbox and four-wheel drive, help it hit 62mph from rest in just 4.3 seconds. Moers explains that this engine has reached its limits for power so the next A45 will feature a newly designed engine. When pressed to give a power figure, Moers instead responded by saying the team was aiming for an output in excess of 400hp and, if past AMG models are anything to go by, we’re confident the brand can achieve it. For the sake of packaging, the new car will probably stick to a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine featuring a twin-clutch auto and four-wheel drive but the crucial 0-62mph sprint could drop below four seconds – usually the preserve of preposterously powerful supercars. Elsewhere, the new A45 will benefit from the same improvements that’ll grace the new A-Class when it’s launched. It’s expected to offer a larger interior than the slightly cramped one of the current car, while the jarring ride quality across the range is thought to have been improved. The cabin should also see some enhancements including a less confusing design, better quality materials and – we hope – a replacement for the rubbish infotainment system in the outgoing car...
2018 SKODA OCTAVIA:
I can't figure out if the 2018 Skoda Octavia looks more like an ant, an alien or a spider. Whatever your eyes tell you about it, there’s one thing for sure: the Czech brand’s mid-size model remains an intriguing car in the market, and with the updated 2018 version (yes, 2018 already), there’s better equipment and plenty of new trinkets to choose from. Bear with me – this is going to get pretty speccy, pretty quick. Our car had plenty of jewellery; the Octavia 110TSI wagon with the brand’s DSG dual-clutch automatic has a list price of $27,990 plus on-road costs. It’s the most affordable auto wagon you can get. There’s an auto liftback sedan for $24,990, and if you can deal with a manual, you can lop $2000 off the price of either body-style. Seems like pretty good value, especially when you consider the standard equipment you get in the 110TSI. There’s adaptive cruise control, forward collision alert and autonomous emergency braking, driver fatigue monitoring, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, a new rear-view mirror with multi-view modes, and nine airbags (dual front, front side, rear side, curtain and driver’s knee coverage). That’s just the safety stuff. You also get convenience items like a leather-wrapped steering wheel, dual-zone climate control with rear seat vents, a new 8.0-inch touchscreen media unit with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and voice control, and an umbrella under the front passenger-side seat. Buuuuuut there are some items on our tester that make it feel more like a luxury-spec model rather than a base variant. And it has a price to reflect that...
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