It is astounding what can be changed within a decade. A decade ago, few cars possessed navigation, USB ports or Bluetooth hands-free systems. Nowadays, those things are part of the standard equipment. We bring you a short overview of most technically advanced cars available today and those that progressed a lot during the last few years.
The BMW i8 possesses the concept-car guise which helps it to be distinguished in the crowd and a body made of carbon fiber that keeps weight down. It has a plug-in hybrid drivetrain (allows 22 miles of electric range) and it produces a total of 357 horsepower.
It has skinny tires that lack strong cornering grip, and the hybrid drivetrain programming needs refinement. The 2015 i8 is very expensive, but it is the most exotic car with BMW badge.
Infiniti Q50S Hybrid
It possesses hybrid drivetrain, corner braking that assists handling and drive-by-wire steering. The tech interface enables you to add various applications which can be very useful.
At moderate speeds, the power delivery seems uneven. The boot-up period for the infotainment system lasts too long.
Infiniti Q50S Hybrid offers good handling, driver-assistance features, good fuel economy and cabin infotainment.
It possesses huge cabin space, enables a smooth ride and possesses quality interior. The tech is being kept ahead of the pack with LED lights and LCD dashboard panels. Steering Assist characteristic eases driving in traffic jams. Application integration loads too slow for common use. The virtual instrument cluster looks somewhat flat, and it would be nice to see the addition of a graphic fuel measuring device.
Mercedes-Benz improved just about every aspect of this model, but application integration suffers from a sluggish connection.
Audi RS 7 Quattro
If you are looking for a performance-oriented vehicle, this is the one on this list due to the powerful V-8 engine, all-wheel drive system and adaptive suspension. Eight speeds and cylinder deactivation technology assist are bumping up the fuel economy. It comes with the internet connection, and Nvidia-powered technology is top of the class.
It seems that Night Vision is there just to attract attention rather than being useful. Infotainment needs a few moments to “boot” at the start of every drive. This car is comfortable, fairly efficient and high-tech with a healthy dose of horsepower.
2018 Mazda 6
This one might come as a surprise but have in mind that we are talking about vehicles that brought big tech improvements. With the introduction of SkyActiv technology, the Japanese company managed to significantly push the limits. The 2018 Mazda 6 is another proof of that as SkyActiv tech influences engine, transmission, suspension and other parts of the vehicle. As a result, we are getting a 2.5-liter I4 unit that is capable of returning 184 hp and class leading 26/38 mpg city/highway.
One of the biggest advantages of the Mazda 6 is the way it looks as this one takes the crown in the pretty crowded sedan segment. For the 2018 version, we are getting slight changes that will further improve the appearance by refreshing few bits and pieces.