Tuesday, November 6, 2012

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Porsche Cayenne Diesel S

Posted: 06 Nov 2012 10:51 AM PST

The Cayenne S Diesel has the unique honour of being the first diesel-powered Porsche to wear an S badge. And as you'd expect for a car with such an accolade, the brand's taken the engineering of its performance newcomer very seriously.

For a start, instead of the 3.0-litre V6 used in regular diesel Cayennes, this gets a 376bhp 4.2 V8. And while it has 134bhp more power than the V6, what really gets things moving is the 850Nm of torque – that's 150Nm more than the flagship petrol Cayenne Turbo.

Under gentle acceleration, the new engine is calm and docile. However, at 2,000rpm the full 850Nm is unleashed and fires the Cayenne forward with very impressive acceleration, while good brakes and smooth, direct steering help deliver a decent allround driving experience. The 5.7-second 0-62mph time is quick, but that doesn't tell the full story, either; all that in-gear power means spirited overtaking is just a flex of the foot away.

The engine is sourced from Audi, but Porsche has fitted new valves and pistons to add power, while a sports exhaust makes it sound more like a performance petrol car than a diesel.

Porsche Cayenne Diesel S

Porsche Cayenne Diesel S

Efficiency is also impressive for such a large and fast 4×4. The engine features stop-start – a world-first for a V8-powered diesel SUV. And while you're unlikely to get the claimed 34mpg in real-world driving, a motorway stint will see decent economy figures – particularly if you use the new adaptive cruise control. The 100-litre fuel tank gives a decent range, too.

Porsche Cayenne Diesel S

Porsche Cayenne Diesel S

The only downside to the extra cruising potential is that the ride is very susceptible to small ridges in the road – and fitting optional larger wheels gives a slightly jittery feel.

GOOD

Blending speed, luxury and efficiency, the diesel could well be the pick of the Cayenne range.

NOT SO GOOD

The ride feels slightly jittery at times – an issue that's made worse by larger alloy wheels.

Porsche Cayenne Diesel S

Porsche Cayenne Diesel S

Verdict

The Cayenne Diesel S gives the 911 Carrera 4S a run for its money. While it doesn't deliver the same sports car thrills, a lower price, better fuel efficiency, more space and fabulous soundtrack mean this hot SUV is well worth a look.

Porsche Cayenne Diesel S interior

Porsche Cayenne Diesel S interior

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10 winter driving tips

Posted: 06 Nov 2012 10:45 AM PST

1.De-ice your car

Don't pour boiling water on to your windscreen – the extreme temperature change can cause cracks and shatter your glass. Use a spray-on formula, like Prestone's new windscreen de-icer (£2.99 for 500ml, prestone.uk.com), combined with a scraper like the Iceplane (£3.99, iceplane.co.uk).

2.Brush off snow

It's vital that you don't just de-ice your windscreen – snow on the roof can come down and block your view of the road ahead, so you should also clear this. The quickest way to shift snow from your car is to use a brush, like CarPoint's long-handled version (£10.20, motorwayshop.co.uk).

3. Clean up the garage

If you've got a garage, winter is the best time to use it – this will save you time in the mornings, as you won't need to brush off snow or de-ice the windscreen. If your garage is full of clutter, consider investing in a set of shelves – BIGDUG (bigdug.co.uk) offers a wide range of storage solutions, with prices starting from £30.

4. Get a grip

It's not just your tyres which need traction in the snow. If you salt your driveway, you're less likely to end up on your backside. Ice & Snow Melt (£11.99, fdev.co.uk) will melt snow, while shoe spikes are also an option; Saxon sells Traction Shoes (£9.99, saxon-brands.com) which you wear over your footwear to get more grip. Alternatively, RUD's shoe chains (£15.99, racshop.co.uk) fix to the soles of your shoes.

5. Carry an ICE kit

Should you get stranded away from home, an In Case of Emergency (ICE) kit will come into its own. It includes key items like a shovel, hi-visibility vest, tow pole and torch. You can pack your own – or sling the AA's Emergency Car Kit (£39.99, shop.theaa.com) in your boot, and you'll be prepared for the worst.

Winter Driving Tips

Winter Driving Tips

6. Glass act

Just because it's winter doesn't mean that you have to put your sunglasses away. A good pair will reduce glare from the low winter sun, so keep them in your glovebox or centre console for easy access when driving early in the morning or late in the afternoon. We like the look of Serengeti's Larino glasses (£149, Serengeti-eyewear.com), which have polarised lenses to improve contrast.

7. Check your tyres

Choosing the right kind of tyre is crucial, but just as important is ensuring your tyres have enough tread to clear water and slush. For this you'll need a tread depth gauge – our Best Buy is the RAC Tyre Service Kit RACHP310 (£5.99, racshop.co.uk). The package also includes a digital air pressure gauge, so check the readings and top up if necessary to ensure your tyres perform as they should.

8. Windscreen chips

Stone chips can easily damage your windscreen the temperature change when you've got the blowers on can turn a tiny chip into a huge crack. Check your screen regularly and get any chips fixed before this happens. Drivers with comprehensive insurance shouldn't have to pay to call out a service like Autoglass (0800 011 3972, autoglass.co.uk), with their provider covering the cost.

9. Fit floor mats

Your car's interior isn't immune to winter perils, either. Melting snow brought in on muddy boots can ruin your car's carpet, so consider getting mats for the footwells. We recommend Cannon Profile mats (£19.99, cannoncarmats.co.uk). An Autoform boot protector (£34.99, roofbox.co.uk) will keep your load area's carpet pristine, too.

10. See and be seen

Now that the clocks have gone back, it's darker when more motorists are on the road. A new set of headlight bulbs will make a world of difference, because the latest designs put up to 120 per cent more light on the road. We recommend Osram's Nightbreaker Plus (£23.32, 01744 812221, www.osram.com), and the Philips X-tremeVision – but a set of Philips daytime running lights (led-drl.co.uk/cars) will also help.

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