This past week on AutoGuide.com, the latest version of Volkswagen’s famous hot hatch attracted the most readers.
Power comes from a 2.0-liter TSI four-cylinder that makes 210 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque under the hood of the VW Golf GTI, but 220 hp is available with the optional sport package. The engine is hooked up to a six-speed manual or dual clutch, and we feel like it is the best GTI yet.
Next up comes Cadillac’s first effort in the plug-in hybrid market, the ELR. Based on the Chevy Volt, the ELR makes 217 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque, and is rated at 82 MPGe total or 33 MPG with just the gasoline engine operating.
The latest toys from Toyota, the TRD Pro Series, make the third spot this week. Available on the Tundra, 4Runner and Tacoma, the TRD Pro package adds a suspension upgrade, fresh looks and a skid plate to help make sure these vehicles are ready to tackle the desert.
German automaker Audi hits the fourth position this week with its A4 2.0T. Power from the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine is rated at 220 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, sent through either a CVT on front-drive cars or a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic on all-wheel drive cars.
Finishing up the list this week is another Audi, the A8L TDI. A 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 makes 240 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque under the hood. This is the slowest version of the A8 you can buy, but it is also the most efficient. Is it worth it? Read the review to find out.
So whether you’re shopping for a new car and looking for advice, you want to keep up to date on the auto industry or you’re just looking for a good read, check out the hotlinks to each of the stories below and see more new car reviews here.