Saturday, 15 October 2016

If you could drive any car for a day; what would it be?

All of us have at some point dreamt of driving an incredible car. As anybody who has done it will tell you, it can be an exhilarating experience. That gets you thinking. If you could drive any car for the day, what would it be? There’s just so much choice out there that the mind boggles. Let’s take a look at some of your options...

Mercedes-Benz E-Class

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Mercedes lease rates have brought the cost of ownership of Mercedes down considerably. That means that top Mercedes models, like the E and the CLA, are within reach of far more people.

With that said, there hasn’t been any decline in quality. In fact, the E-class is probably better than ever. The highlights include a smooth ride, great interior, and bags of equipment.

The E-class is Mercedes’ answer to the Jaguar XF and the Audi A6. Mercedes needed a luxury, do-it-all car of their own.

The car itself is both comfortable and discreet. It comes with oversized alloys for a little extra street cred. The biggest engine is the 3.0 V6 diesel, so for raw performance, you’d want to choose that one.

Jaguar XF

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Back in the 1990s, Jaguar was a car company on its knees. It had spent millions developing an answer to the Mclaren F1 in the XJ220. But that whole project fell flat on its face after the recession of 1991. Nobody wanted to buy Jaguar’s most profitable cars. And so the company went into a tailspin.

Fast forward to 2016, and that’s all changed. Much of that change is owed to the new owners of the company, Land Rover. Since the merger, Jaguar has reentered the market, and finally, it’s got some cars that compete with the German manufacturers.

Take the XF for instance. This is a car with excellent handling and a ride that’s just as good as its competitors. It’s also surprisingly well-equipped for a Jag, thanks to some productive supplier relationships.

If you were to choose a car to drive just for a day, this might be it. It’s got bags of room in the back for all your friends. And it comes with some of the best handling in its class around the test track.

BMW 5 Series

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When it comes to executive cars, BMW has always been somewhere near the top of the pile. Today’s 5 Series is a car that should probably make your wish list.

For starters, BMW has included their Variable Damper Control Technology. This makes the drive feel epic, as well as supremely comfortable. There’s also a new infotainment system, previously one of BMW’s major weaknesses. The car integrates phones and apps into a single display.

Performance might be an issue if you opt for some of the lower spec engines, like the 520i petrol and the 528i. If you’re looking for raw speed, get a model that features the 530d. It’s just as fast as the more “powerful” petrol engines.

The 5 Series is best suited for a long day out on winding country roads. This is where you really get to benefit from that extra stability in the corners and power in the straights.


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