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5 Used car models that are worth buying

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By Mike Leins

When buying a used car, we pay more attention to failure rates and maintenance costs. Therefore, in this case, it is particularly worth analyzing the rankings and get to know the opinions of experts. What models are the best?

Among the models recommended by Americans are Asian cars themselves.

Consumer Reports is an independent Nigerian organization that conducts in-depth testing of many products – including cars. Experts not only check new cars, but also evaluate and recommend which models are the best when buying second-hand.

It is not a surprise that one of the main aspects taken into account when creating a list of the best used models was failure-free . Below we present the most recommended small models that in Nigeria include B and C segments. The absence of many European models overseas means that the ranking dominates Asian models, but most of them are also brilliant in reliability rankings on the old continent.

Honda Jazz (2009-2013)

The urban hatchback is offered on the US market as Honda Fit. Thanks to the thoughtful, multifunctional design of the folding seats, it provides versatility, comparable to a small SUV. According to tests, in versions equipped with continuously variable transmission we can count on average fuel consumption of 7 l / 100 km. Jazz’s advantage is a rigidly tuned suspension and quick response to driver’s commands. The downside is the noise in the cabin, which can be tiring on longer routes. The steering position and the transparency of the on-board audio system were not rated highly.

In the highest equipment versions, you will find amenities such as sunroof or heated leather armchairs.

Kia Soul (2010-2016)

It’s more than a characteristic style. Offering a spacious interior and excellent visibility in all directions, this crossover is an alternative even for larger SUVs . The suspension is rigid and the handling is satisfying. An extensive list of options includes heated seats and navigation with a touch screen. Among the safety systems, there is an automatic emergency braking system, a collision warning system and an uncontrolled belt change.

The second-generation Kia Soul can be characterized by a wide range of equipment, such as a keyless entry system, a heated steering wheel or a reversing camera. However, the most reliable models were those from 2010-2013 , characterized by small external dimensions and a large amount of space in the interior, especially for rear seat passengers. On the down side, Consumer Reports lists weak interior damping and a bit too hard suspension and wide C-pillars that limit visibility to the rear.

Mazda 3 (2009-2017)

Consumer Reports particularly highlights the driving pleasure of this car thanks to its well-calibrated steering and suspension as well as lively engines. With an average fuel consumption of around 7 l / 100 km, Mazda 3 is one of the most economical, compact cars on the market. It also offers extensive equipment such as a multimedia system with a large screen and numerous active security systems, eg blind spot monitoring. Unfortunately, when driving on a motorway, the car is quite noisy.

Cars from 2009-2017 were considered the most reliable.

On the side of the advantages are exchanged excellent driveability, economical engines and smooth running gearboxes. A modern accent was a multimedia system controlled by a multifunctional knob. Models from 2010-2013 were in Nigeria one of the best-selling cars in this class.

Toyota Corolla (2008-2017)

This compact sedan with a well-dampened interior ensures a comfortable journey. The operation of on-board devices is simple and the suspension is elastic. Mounted in some versions, the keyless transmission operates smoothly, but the side effect is loud engine operation at higher revs. The model has a low fuel consumption of about 7 l / 100 km. Inside, we find a lot of soft finishing elements. The back seat is one of the most spacious ones in the class.

Models of up to two generations – from 2008-2017 were considered extremely reliable.

The cars produced in 2014-2017 were characterized by low fuel consumption and class-leading space in the cabin. The biggest advantages are high driving comfort and intuitive operation. Models from 2009-2013 were larger and much quieter than previous generations. Corolla from these years, Consumer Reports praises for good engines, precisely operating transmissions, intuitive operation, spacious interior and extensive equipment. It must be remembered that the version for the European market was very different from the American one and was more adapted to the requirements of customers from the Old Continent.

Toyota Prius (2008-2015)

Toyota hybrid in the Consumer Reports economy tests obtained average fuel consumption of only 4.5 l / 100 km – even lower than in the previous generations. A characteristic element in the interior are centrally placed, wide and colorful digital clocks. The infotainment system is simple to operate, and the biggest advantage of Prius from the very beginning has been record fuel economy and low operating costs. The car can only be driven by an electric motor, without emitting any exhaust or noise.

The models from 2008-2015, the third generation of Prius, have gained the most recognition in terms of reliability. In relation to the previous version, the level of security was increased and, among others, improved. position behind the wheel, and a more powerful engine came under the bonnet. Driving only on an electric motor is possible at speeds up to 50 km / h. The most important advantages are easy driving, practicality, reliability and low operating costs.

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Opel Grandland X: not surprising, but offering enough

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Opel Grandland X

The Opel Grandland X is the second child of the PSA and Opel group, after the Crossland X coolly received by me. It is he who shows why it made sense to buy a German brand by the French. However, the question remains – has Opel simply become a Peugeot with a changed stamp, or does he have a pinch of individualism?

Opel Grandland X 1.6 CDTi – test, opinion

The French PSA Group has doubled up to reach the top and win the title of the largest car maker in the world. To do this, you must be present in all possible markets. Hence the decision to buy Opel . He is better at “sticking” to the north and east of Europe , where French cars are in a worse position. Oh, let’s take a look at Polish sales among individual clients at the beginning of 2018. The third place is occupied by Astra, the seventh in its turn the ancient Corsa. In the top fifteen French cars are missing.

German from outside

Opel opted for the static appearance of the Grandland X, which appears in the compact SUV segment only 10 years after its launch by the oddly named Nissan . Using the lightweight chassis of the Peugeot 3008 , Opel takes its length and wheelbase, but approaches the style in a pragmatic way. The characteristic front lamps, the grill, even the sideline with the cut C-pillar refer to the smaller and popular Astra.

Grandland X, however, has the last hit of the season, i.e. the color-cut roof. An exaggeration, however, is the plastic bumper at the back, which is still emphasized by the imitation of the exhaust tips. Well. Opel is going to hit stable customers who are not convinced by the fanciful expression of French stylists working on 3008. The final effect is not thrilling, but as sales results show, the distinctive design is not always a hit.

Part and inside too

Especially if we’re talking about a cabin. The German equivalent of 3008 has an exceptionally calm and traditional interior line. The broad possibilities of adjusting the seat and the steering wheel deserve praise. As usual in the case of Opel, it is worth paying extra for AGR armchairs , which are extremely comfortable during long journeys. Although lines, components (eg steering wheel) and safety systems (OnStar connectivity) were taken from other Rüsselsheim am Main models, the multimedia system (and the engine start button or the shape of the gear stick) was moved from French cars.

In this case, the saving of air conditioning and its traditional buttons remains a plus. Multimedia also remains – in PSA I am perfectly aware that developing two systems is unprofitable and meaningless, but the solution from Insignia or Astra was much more logically planned and easier to use. Here we have a better and better system, which requires a moment of getting used to it (and a strong one that gives rise to the feeling of irritation, tapping the screen). At least it’s nice.

Opel definitely deserves a high rating on the driver’s comfort, but the back of the width is less. The highly glazed and limiting view of the rear window is also controversial. The car will work well as a transport for the 2 + 2 family. An interesting fact is the fixing of isofix in the front passenger seat. A two-tier luggage rack with 514 l , a flat floor and a definitely (high) loading threshold, which requires you to wrestle with shopping, also looks good.

The Grandland X is based on a Peugeot chassis, which means there is no four-wheel drive – even the one that is attached. It scores a low weight, even lower than in the case of the smaller Mokka, so the 120 HP diesel engine can be considered as sufficient. Do not be fooled by the CDTI sign, it is a unit from the French BlueHDi family, originating even from Peugeot 308 . Recently there was a 177-horse version in the range, but it’s hard to imagine when I really would need so much power in Grandland X.

More power … but why?

Of course, a sprint to the hundreds takes over 11 seconds, but it is enough for everyday driving. The more that the engine offers up to 300 Nm from 1750 rpm. In the case of a manual gearbox you have to get used to the characteristic work of the drive system. Below 1750 revolutions per minute, you can feel power gaps, which in combination with the long clutch stroke (the gear stick will be skipped), moving off requires some practice . Grandland X is rewarded for this with low fuel consumption – it will consume about 6 liters of diesel per 100 km on the national road.

Although the floor plate is taken over from Peugeot, the Opel Grandland X is definitely more confident than its French brother. You can notice a much greater stability of the car when driving on the road (after all, it will come to the German autobahn), when cornering, you can also feel the compactness of the structure. On the one hand, the resignation from the adaptive suspension (FlexRide is a German idea) does not look great against the competition, on the other hand the preparation of one, well-tried setting came out for Grandland X for good. The 4 × 4 drive shortage is to reduce the optional Intelligrip system, which adapts the electronics settings to the ground. Perhaps it will be useful in the winter in getting to the plot, but there is nothing to expect in this matter of miracles worth even the cheapest, 4×4 included .

If you do not want Peugeot

So we have before us a French prescription and technology adapted to markets, where Opel is still strong not only on the roads, but also in the minds of customers. For sure, extra points are gained thanks to the price – a high-pressure variety costs a minimum of PLN 105,900 (and we still receive a discount of PLN 3 thousand straight away). Peugeot 3008 with a 1.5 130 hp engine (which will also be available in Opel soon) will cost PLN 114 400. In no case is Grandland X revolutionary, but as history shows, customers do not always expect rapid changes. The largest car from the X family was long awaited by Opel and may save him the skin in the near future.

OPEL GRANDLAND X 1.6 CDTI – SPECIFICATIONS
Engine and drive:
System and top-up: R4, turbo
Fuel Type: diesel
setting: transverse
Incremental volume: 1560 cm³
Maximum power: 120 hp at 3500 rpm
Maximum moment: 300 Nm at 1750 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed, manual
Drive type: front
Front brakes: disc
Rear brakes: disk, ventilated
Front suspension: MacPherson column
Rear suspension: multilink
Wheels, front tires: 225/55 R18
Wheels, rear tires: 225/55 R18
Masses and dimensions:
Body type: SUV
Number of doors: 5
Own weight: 1373 kg
Capacity: 627 kg
Length: 4477 mm
Width: 1856 mm
Height: 1609 mm
Wheelbase: 2675 mm
Fuel tank capacity: 53 kg
Luggage capacity: 514/1652 l
performance:
in catalog: Own measurement:
Acceleration 0-100 km / h: 11.8 seconds
Maximum speed: 189 km / h
Fuel consumption (city): 4.7 l / 100 km 6.8 l / 100 km
Fuel consumption (route): 3.9 l / 00 km 5.9 l / 100 km
Fuel consumption (mixed): 4.3 l / 100 km 5.4 l / 100 km
Fuel consumption (motorway): bd 7.2 l / 100 km
Co2 emissions: 111 g / km
Euro NCAP crash test: 5 stars

I write about almost everything as long as it’s newspaper worthy. Graduate of Journalism from University of Lagos, Nigeria. Newest team member of theliteraryfair.com.

 

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BMW announces an electric SUV.

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It is hard to believe, but 5 years will soon pass from the start of the i3 hatchback production. BMW is not idle and are constantly developing their solutions for electric cars. The first new model that will benefit from them will be SUV iX3.

There is still some time left to the premiere of the car – it is supposed to go to the roads in 2020 – but BMW is already showing what we can expect. The Concept iX3 presented during the Beijing Fair is the official announcement of the car, which will compete with Jaguar I-Pac , Tesla Model X, as well as the upcoming Audi e-Tron and the prophecy of an electric Mercedes SUV.

In contrast to the i3 or i8 models , which from the beginning were designed as electric cars, iX3 is based on the currently sold generation X3. This is not a sign of laziness – BMW wants each of their cars to be available in the electrical version in the future . From the outside it does not reveal that the car is not fueled with gasoline or diesel. A trained eye will see a slightly modified, connected “kidneys”, charging port in front of the driver’s door and a modified rear bumper with blue accents.

The concept is powered by the latest electric BMW engine with over 270 hp. The manufacturer does not give the exact battery capacity, but the cell, developed in cooperation with Samsung, is to offer over 70 kWh. This translates into quite a large range. Examining the car in accordance with the WLTP procedure managed to achieve a result exceeding 400 km . It’s more than twice as many as the latest i3s offers. What’s more, the battery can be recharged up to 80 percent. in about 30 min.

According to the latest BMW premieres, the production version of the iX3 should not differ significantly from the car shown in Beijing. The car will be leaving the Chinese factory in Shenyang.

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BMW reveals the technical specifications of the new 8 series. The top version with the 537-horsepower V8

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BMW 8 Series

By Nicole Hen

BMW, which still behaves as if we did not know the look of the 8 series , shared another handful of information about the upcoming model. In addition to the new sets of pictures, they revealed the specification of the top M850i ​​xDrive.

We have got used to the fact that pre-production tests of sports cars are held on racetracks. Meanwhile, one of the last stages of trying a new coupé from Bavaria took place on the winding roads of Wales. Nothing unusual. The car will compete with GT cars, so beyond performance will have to provide unprecedented comfort.

Everything indicates that customers will not be disappointed. BMW decided to adapt the suspension with electronically controlled shock absorbers and the Integral Active Steering system. The 4.4-liter V8 variant prepared for this model will also provide a pleasant ride. According to the manufacturer, working in conjunction with the new, 8-speed ZF automatic transmission, it will work to ensure a smooth and comfortable ride, without giving up the pleasant turbidity of the engine.

BMW 8 series

However, it is enough to press the button to let the car switch to Sport or Sport Plus mode. It will take on a more racing character. Comfortable suspension will harden and the engine will show what it can do. And he can do a lot, because in this model he offers 537 hp and 750 Nm drivers. As the name suggests, the top version of the 8 series will have four-wheel drive , but the power will be transmitted mainly to the rear wheels. In sport mode, the stabilization system will intervene much later.

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