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2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan first drive: Elegantly tech-savvy

2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan first drive: Elegantly tech-savvy

The new 2019 A-Class sedan is a gateway car, and Mercedes-Benz aren’t being coy about it. They’ve designed it to draw in a new, younger generation of buyers and get them hooked on the brand, filling the sedan with enticing new tech you’d normally have to pay through the nose for.

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2019 Acura ILX first drive: Distinctively safer

2019 Acura ILX first drive: Distinctively safer

The 2019 Acura ILX means more than just the automaker's latest attempt to instill "Precision Crafted Performance" into the small luxury category. For Acura, it's the culmination of a design reinvention intended to make its cars more distinctive, more memorable, and more appealing.

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2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan first drive: Excess comes with a surprise

2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan first drive: Excess comes with a surprise

Not even Rolls-Royce is immune to the SUV craze. The tastes of the ultra-rich have hardly soured on ridiculously luxurious sedans to be chauffeured around in, but neither are they known for being anything less than voracious when it comes to something new. The 2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan, then, breaks new ground for the storied British automaker, but also has ambitions that are by now familiar. How it goes about achieving them, well, that’s the special part.

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The USSV Rhino GX might just be the perfect family car

The USSV Rhino GX might just be the perfect family car

While it certainly doesn’t look like a minivan the Rhino GX, from US Specialty Vehicles, is actually well-suited to carting your kids to soccer practice, family road trips, driving the school carpool, or picking up the weekly groceries. No, it doesn't exactly blend in like ever other SUV on the school run, or indeed like any sort of minivan you've ever seen before. All the same there's a good reason why this military-inspired truck might be the perfect family ride.

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2019 Volvo V60 first drive: The wagon’s time has come

2019 Volvo V60 first drive: The wagon’s time has come

America may love SUVs and crossovers but, if Volvo has its way, at least a small portion of those sales will be carved out by the 2019 Volvo V60. Latest in the automaker's all-new 60 series, it follows in the tread-marks of the handsome V90 and V90 Cross Country. Question is, has Volvo done enough to make this wagon a must-have?

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2019 Volvo S60 first drive: A Swedish revelation

2019 Volvo S60 first drive: A Swedish revelation

The 2019 Volvo S60 has a lot to live up to. Following a series of award-winning new models like the XC90, S90, and XC40, it's the third-generation of an enduringly-popular sedan known for being safe, even if not sporty. That omission is something Volvo really wants to change with its 2019 S60 T8 Polestar Engineered, too. It's also the first vehicle off the line at Volvo's new $1.1bn Ridgeville, SC facility, the automaker's first US production line.

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2019 Audi e-tron first drive review: Drifting an EV SUV

2019 Audi e-tron first drive review: Drifting an EV SUV

Technically speaking, my first drive of the all-new, fully electric 2019 Audi e-tron never saw its cutting-edge electronically controlled all-wheel drive system touch a public road in Namibia, South Africa. The all-electric SUV isn't due to reach US roads until next year, but when Audi asked us if we wanted to put its new EV quattro system through its paces well in advance, we didn't turn the automaker down. Turns out, while the new e-tron may not quite be ready for release, that doesn't mean it's not up for some seriously silly drifting.

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Driving the $3m Bugatti Chiron was nothing like I expected

Driving the $3m Bugatti Chiron was nothing like I expected

The Bugatti Chiron is the holy grail of hyper-fast production cars. At the vanguard of engineering and design, it's a big car with big numbers. It also comes with an astronomical price tag: $2.98M before you start piling on any options. Now, $3 million is a lot of money - even for folks with the financial means to even consider a Bugatti in the first place - but the price is an indication of the performance, top speed, and general refinement of the Chiron. It is a ridiculous car that transcends boundaries.

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2019 Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe first drive: Barely tamed

2019 Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe first drive: Barely tamed

Coupe life can be fun but rarely practical: if you love the Mercedes-AMG GT Coupe, but need more space to transport friends, family, or sports equipment, the 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe may well fit the bill. While you may or may not be down with the recent trend of calling cars with four doors "coupes," there's one thing I found you can't argue with. Somehow - with the help of the base model GT 53 4-Door Coupe - Mercedes-AMG has managed to make some of the most practical, yet outrageous, sports sedans that money can buy.

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2019 Audi Q3 first drive: Style and luxury with tech to match

2019 Audi Q3 first drive: Style and luxury with tech to match

With over 1.1 million sold since its introduction in 2012, the Audi Q3 has been an essential vehicle for introducing consumers to the Audi brand. Even with its much later introduction to the US, in 2015, delayed access would only turn out to whet the appetite of American drivers. No, it wasn't as technologically advanced as other Audis on the dealers' lots, and yes, it was using the older generation of engines and transmissions, not to mention the old infotainment system. Turns out, such things didn't cross consumers' minds while shopping. Audi was thinking about it, though, and so we get the all-new 2019 Q3.

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The 2019 Bentley Bentayga V8 does the unthinkable

The 2019 Bentley Bentayga V8 does the unthinkable

Eyebrows were raised when Bentley announced it was making an SUV, but the Bentayga proved the skeptics wrong. Weaving together performance, luxury, and unmistakable curb presence, the only thing it lacked was subtlety. Now, with the arrival of the 2019 Bentayga V8, it's getting a little brother - one who may just overshadow the original altogether.

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2019 Cadillac XT4 First Drive: Fresh and Fun

2019 Cadillac XT4 First Drive: Fresh and Fun

Cadillac isn’t known for making particularly small cars, with their flagship being the Escalade — seating 7 adults, and equipped with a 6.2L V8 — but you’ll be pleasantly surprised with their latest offering, and forgive them for being a little late to the compact SUV party. Starting at $34,795, Cadillac’s new XT4 has a 2.0L turbo 4-cylinder engine and all the luxury features you’d expect to find in a Cadillac. SlashGear took it for a spin last week, and here are our first impressions.

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