These SUVs guzzle Least

SUV drive and save at the gas station – do you reconcile with each other? In theory, states: The brochures Tiguan , Kadjar and Co promise consumption values which are also attached to tight budgets.  What about when the consumption is not determined under laboratory conditions to the test, but on the road. Where AUTO BILD all test vehicles on a precisely defined circular course feels exactly on the tooth.

We have seen in our test database and that collected by all current terrain goers, the AUTO BILD has tested 45 fuel-efficient. They are based on the SUV Atlas of AUTO BILD 30/2013 in Compact (models under 4.42 meters in length), mid-size SUVs (from 4.42 and 4.78 meters) and “Giant” (about 4.78 meters in length) divided. Per category we have listed independent of the fuel as the first fifteen to test consumption. As might be expected, are most notably SUVs with diesel engines.

In the compact SUV less than five liters are possible

Leader in the compact SUV is the Citroën Cactus, with significantly less than five liters of consumption. The best it saves a compact SUV. The manageable weight and not too big face allow restrained consumption.With models like the Mazda CX-3 , Mini Cooper Countryman and Suzuki Vitara drivers need not even forgo wheel drive case.

All three take consumptions under six liters in our leaderboard. The most economical model of the compact model is the Citroën Cactus with consumption of well below five liters diesel – exemplary! In the middle class, the average test consumption is 7.3 liters of fuel (45 tested vehicles).

A value that has the new and 204 hp Mercedes GLC undercuts with 6.5 liters of diesel. And it is even more economical: So the 120 hp authorized Honda CR-V in the test only 5.9 liters of diesel per 100 kilometers – first place in the middle class.

Even large SUVs are not necessarily drinkers

With the large SUVs of about five meters long Audi Q7 is one of the most efficient of its kind. And after all, is 272 horsepower.

Even the big SUVs now generate genuine flagship consumption. The average value of the 31 models tested was 10.1 liters of fuel.Noteworthy: The economical 15 large SUVs stingy with fuel, but not with power.

They are an average of almost 230 horsepower and use in most cases, a large six-cylinder diesel. Up front are a BMW, an Audi and a Volvo. Both X5 and Q7 are despite more than two tons of weight and over 200 hp with less than eight liters consumption anything but unbridled drunk.

Porsche Panamera II

The new edition of the Porsche Panamera shakes off the massive tail and rolls off the end of 2016 with an attractive rear vehicle on our roads. But first things first, because still bears the Panamera II on the first exit in South Africa its prototype Fluff. AUTO BILD has been the first tour ever and has the 422 hp V8 diesel four-wheel drive, the 4S with 440 hp uprated V6 and the new Turbo (549 hp) seated in the passenger seat.

No more bosses: The silhouette of the new Panamera is much more fluid than its predecessor.

First goes diesel in the curve dance. More specifically, the diesel 4S; the S stands as theCayenne for the eight-cylinder. The weighty diesel has to distribute at least 850 Nm. This task is an amplified eight-speed dual-clutch transmission, which will cope with up to 1000 Nm.

Although we register the extra punch, but even more interest arouses the entirely new cockpit with the large touch screen and the redesigned instruments, of which only the central mechanical tachometer was acquired.Immediately visit three displays with five different layouts and a variety of additional functions. First impression: Less buttons do the Porsche well!

The 4.0-liter diesel accelerates with sore throat and a deep voice in 4.5 seconds from 0 to 100 km / h is more than 300 km / h. Even better is the 550-hp turbo, the sprints in just 3.7 seconds.

As a track Turbo rowdy

Slim and agile

Class leader: The Panamera has an electric roll stabilization via switchable stabilizers.

Is made possible by the optimized aerodynamics and the new material mix, which saves 100 kilos of weight, while increasing the dynamic torsional stiffness by up to 50 percent. Series are all-wheel drive and the revised three-chamber air suspension that can maintain their comfort promise in connection with the fat 20-inch wheels, but only conditionally. The first available rear-cost extra.

The top petrol engine is louder, harder, deeper, from many viewing angles even a trace rowdy. The LED lamps Quartet peeping out black caves, the centrally divided rear spoiler unfolds at 100 km / h full size, the attachments to make thick pants that put four tailpipes the full roar.

Winner of passenger Rating: the Panamera 4S

A novelty in this class is the electric roll stabilization via switchable stabilizers for Porsche. In combination with electronically controlled air suspension and rear axle of this high-tech Extra reduces body movements to a minimum, improves the manageability of the five-meter car and ensures a decent basic comfort.

“In conjunction with the new electric power steering system, these elements bring more feedback,” says series director Gernot Döllner.V8 diesel or V8 Turbo? Neither. Most passenger points collects the Panamera 4S with the developed by Audi and adapted by Porsche V6. The high-revving, rapidly responsive 3.0-liter has 440 hp and 570 Nm. This particularly agile variant is considered the precursor of the next GTS..

Mazda CX-9

The formal language seems despite the size of the CX-9 still relatively sporty. The Mazda CX-9 was designed in priority for the US market – and it shows its comfortable overall vote also.80 percent of the planned annual 50,000 vehicles will be sold in the United States. Springs and dampers are designed to be much softer than it is known from European Mazda models. This applies in particular for steering and brakes.

When it with any diesel engine, where appropriate, should be a market launch in European countries like Germany, Austria and Switzerland in 2017, should be readjusted accordingly here. “The Mazda CX-9 is a very interesting car to enhance the Mazda deal in Germany, both to open up new target groups and to strengthen the brand,” said Mazda CEO Bernhard Kaplan. “At the moment, the chances of a short introduction on the German market are low, but we are continuing to work and discuss possible solutions internally.”

Modern, unfussy and noble acting cockpit. This looks almost to the upper class. The turbocharged four-cylinder direct-injection engine is next to the remarkable design is not the only significant difference of the newcomer to its predecessor. Just as the exterior styling has just made a leap into a new era of Mazda interior.

Non-slip leather, quality control modules and real woods spread a noble atmosphere and let the premium competition for the first time look to Hiroshima seriously. The CX-9 is the first Mazda, who is a real head-up display features and the rather pitiful variant with out wheeled plastic disc Forgot makes.

Here information such as speed, are speed limit or route guidance directly to the attention of the driver to the windscreen projected. For security provide technical features such as adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and Blind Spot Assist. Pleasant: good noise insulation – also thanks to the standard Dämmglases. Acoustically, however, offers the 2.5-liter four-cylinder already little audible.

Seven seats, more than 2000 liters of load capacity

The two rear rows of seats fold into the floor, so that a level is created. The space available in the Mazda CX-9 convinces. As is common in the US five-meter-plus league, the great comes SUV with three seat rows. Front and rear it sits comfortably on longer journeys, although the seats may have more thigh support and a larger adjustment. The front passenger seat can not adjust in height.

From the flat load floor are two further jump seats can show where at least children find an adequately dimensioned seating. If all five rear seats folded, the load volume is increased from 407 to 2016 liters. Standard equipment includes not only a complete security package, emergency brake assist and keyless access, among other LED headlights and an eight-inch touch screen with navigation system and music services on board.

Optional there depending on the version (Sport, Touring, Grand Touring, Signature) heated nappa leather seats, 20-inch alloy wheels, Bose sound, a power tailgate and the color head-up display.

Market launch is in July 2016

In July 2016, the Mazda CX-9 comes as a new figurehead of the Japanese once on the North American market. The standard-equipped base version Sport with front-wheel drive starts (about 28,000 euros) at least $ 31,520. In Europe, most likely only the fully equipped Mazda CX-9 AWD Signature have a chance, it will cost at least $ 44,015 (39,200 euros).

The chances of an import to Europe are particularly not bad if the Japanese have strengthened their 2.2-liter common-rail diesel. The four-cylinder 175 hp currently in Mazda. 6 From predecessor of the CX-9 is a small series of 100 vehicles in Germany and Switzerland were offered – which were sold out in no time. If that does not bode well.

Hyundai’s First Luxury Car


Every year automotive journalists and car enthusiasts head over to the local car conventions and premiers where all of the famous automakers release their new babies to the masses to stare at and ooh and ah over. It’s like taking a child into a candy store. However, this 2009 model is unique.

Our favorite lineup of 2009 for first-class luxury sedans of course includes all-time favorites such as the Chrysler 300, the Infiniti M and the Lexus GS. However, right along side those there is a unique luxury Sedan grabbing everybody’s attention recently.

I won’t keep you in suspense for any longer, but you are sure to be in for a real shock, since our mystery automaker is actually Hyundai, the Korean automaker.

That’s right, Hyundai has joined the Luxury Sedan business with a vengeance with its Genesis release. It is the company’s first rear-drive, 8-cylinder luxury sedan.

So proud Hyundai dealerships are eagerly anticipating being able to offer the Genesis this summer.

It is very interesting that the word Genesis means “beginning.” In this case it is definitely appropriate and also suggests that this is just the beginning of luxury sedans being introduced by Hyundai. The entire world is anxious to find out what is being offered by the Korean engineers, so let’s take a closer look at what is being promised by Genesis.

Performance Specs:

Transmission and Engine:

Understandably, many luxury vehicle enthusiasts are unsure whether Hyundai is really up to the challenge or not. Japanese automakers such as Infiniti and Lexus have been able to gain incredible reputations, and a Korean company like Hynudai wants to follow in their footsteps.

The Genesis has a 6-cylinder engine which features the Aisin 6-speed Shiftronic automatic transmission along with a lock-up torque converter and overdrive to help enhance the fuel economy of the car for highway driving.


The Genesis supports ASD suspension, which is what all of the leading vehicles in the luxury market also support from Mercedes, BMS and Lexus.

The front suspension of the Genesis is composed of a 25 mm anti-roll bar, coil springs, gas shock absorbers, and independent 5-link design including SACHS ASD.


Infiniti and Lexus owners will discover that the steering of the Genesis feels very familiar. It is incredibly compliant thanks to its rack-and-pinion power steering with engine-RPM-sensing and electro-hydraulic assist.

Fuel Economy:

You might be discouraged from considering an 8-cylinder vehicle due to the rising gas prices. However, the Genesis provides comparable fuel economy to other sporty coupes such as the Nissan Altima. The EPA fuel economy of the Genesis V6 are estimated at 27 mpg highway, 18 mpg city, and 21 mpg combined, and for the V8 25 mpg highway and 17 mpg city.