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2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI 230 hk/ps DSG – CarTestr Review

The VW Golf GTI is an excellent driver´s car with loads of power for all kinds of traffic. Equipped with DCC the Golf is a dream to drive with force on twisty roads, where both the chassi and the gearbox will make you smile!

First impression is that this is just another VW Golf and that is not a bad thing. It’s when you start the engine that you can sense that this is not your everyday commuter´s Golf. And when you put the car in drive and floor it, hang on to the steering wheel!

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This a class leader and the VW quality is unarguable, unless we talk diesel engine emissions. This car is not a diesel, it has a petrol/gas engine that pumps out 230 hk/ps using a DSG automatic transmission, with paddles next to the steering wheel for extra fun.

When I drove this car it was in Sport mode (DCC) and there is a notable difference between the sport and normal modes. We drove on a small, twisty road and the car was glued to the ground at all times. The closest experience is a John Cooper Works tuned MINI Cooper S, you really have to be mean if you want the car to loose its grip.

The sport mode also makes the gearbox more aggressive. When you slow down it kicks into a lower gear and make all kinds of noises from the exhaust, the car is always ready to be pushed way beyond the current speed limit and way beyond what you thought a small hatchback like a Golf was capable of.

Best of all: When you are not driving like a Cartestr you can use the car in everyday driving and remain anonymous, at least until you floor it (again and again and again).

2015 MINI Cooper S – JCW Pro Tuning Kit – CarTestr Review

MINI Cooper S with more-than-stock-power in the John Cooper Works pro tuning edition is an evil car. The car is fairly light and when you combine than with a strong turbo-charged engine, superb handling, a really fast gearbox, and the twin exhaust – you are in for loads of fun.

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First impression – Wow!
This is such an awesome looking car. This is a car that demand to be driven and when you do, you are in for a tons of fun. If you are looking for a city car, this is the car for you. If you are looking for a city car that you can race with, this is the car for you. If you want to haul lots of cargo and all your friends, you must live in a suitcase and be a loner.

This MINI Cooper S was fitted with the John Cooper Works Pro Tuning Kit (hence it has five doors, not three). What that means is that the original engine is tweaked and given an extra 19 horses. Added on top of that is a sport exhaust system that sounds amazing. You can hear this car coming a mile away (if driven hard).

This MINI was part of the 2015 Sweden Car Blogger´s Awards where it was force-driven by most participants. You just can’t stop yourself from playing with the paddles and listen to the rally car sound from the twin pipe exhaust.

2016 KIA cee’d GT-line SW – 136 hk/ps, 300 Nm, DCT – CarTestr Review

Family-oriented, good looking and value for money summarizes the latest Kia cee’d. The car tested was the new (in Sweden) GT line equipped cee’d Sportswagon with a 1.6 litre four cylinder diesel engine.

First impression – A pretty normal car for the small family. Nothing to get overly excited about until you check out the front. The cool looking DRL arrangement from the previous GT series looks really cool. But that is about it.

The GT-line is a failed attempt to make a sportier cee’d SW. When you are done staring at the cool front LEDs this is an ordinary KIA: Inside, same as before/other models. Rear exterior, same as before/other models. The GT-line badge on the trunk lid and the twin chrome pipes (one side only) is something you can pick up at any aftermarket store. But if you look beyond the new “GT” styling this is unarguably a really good family hauler (for European roads).

The ride on both the highway and twisty country roads is comfortable and the 7-speed automatic gearbox does what you expect it to do. What the car lack in terms of performance it gains on its ability to perform as an everyday car with a decent amount of space for passengers and cargo.

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