The progressive premium characteristics of the new BMW 2 Series Active Tourer are also underscored by its extensive standard equipment. It not only includes the BMW Maps navigation system, four USB-C connections and a 12-volt connection each on the center console and in the luggage compartment, intelligent 2-zone automatic air conditioning, a sports leather steering wheel and a rain sensor with automatic headlight control, but also also a significantly increased number of driver assistance systems compared to the previous model and a parking assistant with reversing camera. Newly structured equipment packages enable a particularly targeted individualization of the vehicle. High-quality interior trim strips are available, as are surfaces for the instrument panel and the front door panels in the Sensatec variant with distinctive contrasting stitching. A mirror package, ambient light, the panoramic glass roof and the Harman Kardon Sound System also contribute to increasing the premium characteristics.
Kia Sorento - Large SUV - CAR OF THE YEAR 2021
Kia’s flagship SUV, the all-new Sorento, has made a strong start to the year, being named ‘Large SUV of the Year’ at the 2021 What Car? Car of the Year Awards. Up against worthy competition in the Large SUV category, the What Car? judging panel chose the Sorento for its impressive fuel economy, driving dynamics, high levels of standard specification, and exceptional build quality. The variant chosen by the judges at What Car? was the 1.6 T-GDi Hybrid in the UK’s ‘2’ specification, packed full of standard features such as a Reversing Camera System, Intelligent Speed Limit Assist, and Forward Collision Avoidance with pedestrian, cyclist and junction detection.
A number of new technologies optimize the precision and control of the chassis in a wide variety of weather and road conditions. The standard electronic damper control (Electronic Control Suspension, ECS) in the GT-line version increases comfort and safety thanks to the continuous damping control. The system reacts to body movements and steering inputs and changes the damping behavior at lightning speed in order to counteract the vehicle's diving, pitching and rolling movements when cornering. It also adjusts the damping force in the case of obstacles in order to cope with them as comfortably as possible and to reduce the influence of post-vibrations on the wheels. A premiere for the Sportage is the “All-Terrain-Mode”, which will be available for the plug-in hybrid version with all-wheel drive. The system offers intelligent support when driving off-road or on snow by automatically optimizing the vehicle settings depending on the selected mode and thus helping the SUV to achieve maximum traction on muddy, sandy or snowy surfaces.
The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand is accelerating its electrification push with the ACCELERATE strategy with the aim to make more sustainable mobility accessible to even more people. In 2025, two years earlier than originally planned, a new model in Volkswagen’s electrified portfolio is expected to enter the small car segment with a starting price of around 20,000 euros. Called ID. LIFE, Volkswagen presented a concept version of the compact crossover at the International Motor Show IAA MOBILITY 2021 in Munich. The vision of a fully electric small car for urban areas focuses on people and shared experiences. It combines more sustainable elements and digitalization with an exceptionally flexible usage approach. For example, the ID. LIFE concept could be used as a cinema, gaming center or simply to relax in the open air.