Perfect Ride

Perfect Ride

For many people, cars are not just objects of utility, but an object of love and hate. Everyone has their own idea of what makes the “Perfect Ride”. Some enjoy exploring their city with a small car, others prefer racing on tracks with sports cars. Perfect Ride searches for the ideal cars and ultimate gadgets for every occasion. Find out what’s hot and what’s not in the automotive world.

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  • Bella Italia

    Verena Wriedt auf Mission in Verona: Mit einer traditionellen Ape, dem legendären dreirädrigen italienischen Kleinlaster, muss sie sich quer durch die Innenstadt Veronas buchstäblich bis zu ¿Julias Busen¿ vorkämpfen. Die Berührung der Brust der Statue im Innenhof der 'Casa di Giulietta' soll Glück bringen. Aber auf dem Weg zur Glückseligkeit muss Verena einige Hindernisse überwinden und erhält am Ende eine Eskorte der besonderen Art.

  • Typically German

    There is hardly any car that’s more German than the Volkswagen Passat. It is convenient, solidly constructed and offers enough space for the average German family. But even its eighth generation is quite conservative. It’s neither edgy nor does it evoke any emotions. Instead, it’s neutrally designed and functional. Perfect Ride reviews the Volkswagen Golf and hunts for more typical German cars.

  • Fresh Air Experience

    With these three convertibles, the open air season can start! Smart sends the newest version of its city car without a top to the dealers. It's available with a three-cylinder gasoline engine of 71 hp or 90 hp. The Mini Convertible is bigger - not just under the hood. It provides room for four people, the output ranges from 105 hp to 190 hp. When it comes to pure roadster feeling, there is only one option: the Mazda MX-5. Find out more about the fourth generation of this topless classic on Perfect Ride.

  • Rear-Wheel Drive for Everyone

    A city car and a super sports car with the same drive concept? Exactly. The Porsche GT3 and Smart both have rear-wheel drive, which means that their engine is in the rear and feature driven rear wheels. Usually such cars are considered to be sporty, emotional, but also a bit unpredictable. Does this apply to these two models as well? Plus: Perfect Ride takes a look at the sportiest midsize sedan with rear-wheel drive on the market: the BMW 3 Series. Rear-Wheel Drive for Everyone - on Perfect Ride.

  • Parking War

    Every day people in the city fight for the last parking spaces. More and more cars are being bought and they are getting bigger and wider. And the biggest problem is that more and more people tend to buy SUVs. Meanwhile there's a small war going on between compact cars and SUVs. Perfect Ride takes the BMW X6, the Citroen Cactus and the Smart forfour downtown, to fight for the last few parking spaces.

  • Want Some More?

    If you purchase a compact car, you neither have to forfeit convenience nor engine power. Perfect Ride proofs it to you, when the Volkswagen Polo GTI and Citroen DS4 are put to the test. Both are the flagships of their model range. While the Polo stuns with its 192 HP, the DS4 does the same with its equipment, which can usually only be found in higher equipment lines.

  • City Cars

    Constructing a giant luxury car with a lot of space isn’t really difficult. But fitting just about everything you need for life into a small car is anything but an easy task. Perfect Ride reviews sexy city racers which try to achieve just that. The reviewed cars include the second generation of the Audi A1 from Ingolstadt and the Renault Twingo, which comes with rear engine and rear-wheel drive.

  • Fun Factor

    Say goodbye to boring mass-produced cars and hello to the more exciting top models, which were created so that people can have fun. A sporty look, significantly tighter suspension and at least a 300-hp engine under its bonnet – that’s what make them different from regular models. Perfect Ride is on the hunt for the ultimate fun factor and reviews the Volkswagen Golf R, Audi TTS and BMW M 235i.

  • Sporty Elegance

    Ever since 4-door coupes debuted, there is no longer a need to ask if you would rather buy a sedan or a coupe. Because 4-door cars with a hatchback combine the best of both worlds: the dynamics of a coupe and the elegance of a sedan. On this episode, Perfect Ride introduces you to the latest 4-door coupes including the fancy BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe from Munich.

  • Driving Pleasure in Winter

    Slippery roads, bad view, mud and salt: With winter comes a lot of hassle for car drivers. But if you know what winter has in store for you, you can make the right preparations and have lots on fun while driving. Perfect Ride takes two Porsche 911 to the glassy roads und points out the opportunities as well as the differences between four-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive in winter.

  • King of the Ring

    The Nuerburgring Nordschleife is unique, world famous and known as the toughest speedway in the world. Despite countless hazards, it's has an exceptional appeal with racing fans. Together with legendary racing driver Hans-Joachim Stuck, Perfect Ride explores the myth Nordschleife and tries to find out, what it takes to be 'King of the Ring'.

  • Appearance and Reality

    The coupe form makes cars sexy. But it is a question of faith - and in part a question of value - if you opt for a more traditional two-door coupe like the Mercedes E400 or its bigger brother, the CLS with four doors. The trendsetter among coupe limousines has found a few imitators. The Volkswagen Arteon competes with the CLS in a different price category.

  • Lifestyle Cars

    Individuality and a wide array of equipment options are the keys to reaching lots of buyers. At least that's what car manufacturers think when it comes to small cars. Perfect Ride answers the question, if they offer too much lifestyle and reviews three trendy small cars: the Mini 5 door, the Opel Adam Rocks (also known as the Vauxhall Adam Rocks) and the Kia Soul EV.

  • Turbo Diesel Power

    In 1989 Audi introduced the first turbocharged diesel engine. Since then turbochargers became standard and result into smooth running of engines and increased driving pleasure. Perfect Ride reviews the latest TDI engines and previews the Audi RS5 TDI Concept, which shows how sporty diesel engines could be used in future production cars.

  • Cars To Raise Your Pulse Raite

    Cars evoke emotions. Cars make your heart beat faster. And some cars even get your adrenaline pumping while driving. But what kind of effect do fast cars really have on drivers? The new Chevrolet Corvette C7 with its powerful 466-hp V8 engine and the fifth generation of the rally icon Subaru WRX STI act as pacemakers and turn any ride into a Perfect Ride.

  • Hybrids

    Some say they are neither one thing nor another: hybrid cars. With an electric and combustion engine, the hybrid cars such as the Audi A3 e-tron want to combine the best of both worlds. Perfect Ride demonstrates the pros and cons of these models. The BMW i3 is different. It's a purely electric car, which is also available with a so called Range Extender. Perfect Ride reveals, how useful it is.

  • Big City - Small Car

    Not only compact cars are on the top of registration statistics, small cars are increasingly popular, too. They score especially high points with drivers in big cities. On this episode Perfect Ride takes a look at the latest generations of three small cars for the European market: the refreshed Opel Corsa (also marketed as Vauxhall Corsa), the new Toyota Aygo and the revamped Smart.

  • The Big Journey

    The new Mercedes E-Class Wagon with a load capacity of 1950 liters ist he perfect car for travelling with the whole family. There is also a version of the family station wagon from AMG, which offers an engine output of 585 HP and thus more output than some super sports cars. On Perfect Ride the Mercedes E63 AMG S comes up against the Nissan GTR, one of the world’s cheapest super sports cars.

  • Open Air Concert

    Driving topless through the summer air and having a sound in the back of the car that gives you goose-bumps: Perfect Ride checks out the most beautiful convertibles and puts a focus on driving pleasure and sound. Amongst the reviewed cars is the new 300 hp Audi S3 convertible. It's hard to believe that its sound comes from a 4-cylinder engine.

  • Athletes on Stilts - Power SUVs

    Compact SUVs promise more and more power while giving up some of the typical SUV characteristics in their design. Car manufacturer give in to this trend and keep pushing the performance. Audi RS Q3, Mercedes GLA 45 and Porsche Macan Turbo are setting new benchmarks in this segment. But can SUVs with a high center of gravity really and high performance really offer the Perfect Ride?

  • Drive of the Future

    The Paris Motor Show is the world's oldest auto show and provides insight into the automotive world of tomorrow. For instance, car makers try to replace combustion engines with alternative drives. Mercedes-Benz specifically introduces the sub-brand 'Generation EQ' for that, while Volkswagen wants to present 20 new electrified models by 2020 and get past the emission scandal.

  • Convertibles

    An Italian, an Englishman and a German come together: What sounds like the beginning of a joke, is in fact the recipe for an exciting summer day. Agile, 140 HP and a guarantor for success: the Fiat 124 Spider. Small and iconic: The third generation of the Mini is available with an open roof once again. And for everyone that can dig deep into their pocket: The GTS Models of the Porsche 718 series.

  • Front Scratchers

    Perfect Ride checks out front-wheel drive cars such as the Peugeot RCZ-R, Seat Leon Cupra SC 280 and Renault Megan TCe 265 and tests how well they transmit their power of almost 300 hp to the road. The problem is: High performance and front-wheel drive make for a very challenging mix. For example, the traction control system has a lot of work to do at times of rapid acceleration.

  • VW Grand California

    Camping vans become increasingly popular - even more popular than SUVs. And Volkswagen also wants to get its share of the market with the Grand California. After turning their Transporter into the well-established California, the German car maker now converts its Crafter into a motorhome. We test the Grand California during a wildlife trip on Gran Canaria.

  • Minivans

    Buses offer an ideal blend of functionality, versatility and comfort that has been appreciated by all age groups for generations. The Mercedes V-Class proves how versatile a bus can be. It has to prove itself in six different disci-plines. The VW Bulli is a true cult classic with charm. Now, the fully electric ID. Buzz aims to continue this legacy. Can it meet the high expectations?

  • Practical Cars

    They are the Swiss army knifes on wheels. Perfect for families, free time activities or as workhorses. We put the practical modesl to the test. Like the VW Caddy, the Opel Combo-e Life, the VW T7 and the Nissan Townstar.

  • Cashcows

    They are the cashcows of the car manufacturers. These models keep the cash registers ringing and are very important for the brands. We testen the new Mercedes C-Class, the station wagon Skoda Octavia Combi, the Nissan Qashqai and the Opel Astra L.

  • Small and Practical

    What's hot and what's not. There are quests to be undertaken, the search for the ideal auto, for the perfect race track for the ultimate accessory gadget. What are the preferred rides of the race legends?

  • Daily Heroes

    What's hot and what's not. There are quests to be undertaken, the search for the ideal auto, for the perfect race track for the ultimate accessory gadget. What are the preferred rides of the race legends?

  • Premium Now and Than

    What's hot and what's not. There are quests to be undertaken, the search for the ideal auto, for the perfect race track for the ultimate accessory gadget. What are the preferred rides of the race legends?

  • Audi Q3 Sportback

    What's hot and what's not. There are quests to be undertaken, the search for the ideal auto, for the perfect race track for the ultimate accessory gadget. What are the preferred rides of the race legends?

  • The Saviour of the French Nobless?

    After the debut of the Citroën DS, there has been no other premium car from France, even though the country is known for savoir vivre and luxury. The DS7 Crossback wants to change that and presents itself as a premium SUV. We test the car in three different categories and reveal if it can really be France’s next premium car.

  • Bestsellers

    The Tucson is Hyundai's best-selling car. Does the new equipment line "N-Line" turn the Korean car into an athlete? The world’s best-selling car is the Toyota Corolla. 2018 sees the launch of the 12th generation of the Japanese model. Almost any Volkswagen model becomes a bestseller, but does this also apply to the T-Cross?

  • Vive la France

    France has a long tradition in the automobile industry and the current models of domestic manufacturers do not have to hide from their international competition. The best example is the Peugeot 508, the brand's new flagship. Plus: Perfect Ride is at the ePrix in Paris and takes a look behind the scenes of the Formula E, the world's most promising racing series.

  • Car Subscriptions

    Changing your car like your underwear? That’s possible now. With Book by Cadillac, the customer no longer chooses a car, but a brand. Unlimited vehicle changes, no additional costs apart from refueling. And the price is fair. Plus: Volvo launches its new electric offensive and presents the Polestar 1 as its first electric car. Additional plug-in hybrids will follow until 2020.

  • Small, but fast

    In addition to SUVs, small cars are also a segment that is recording growth on the German market. A Picanto for less than 10,000 Euros is enough to satisfy the needs of mobility. The Audi A1 offers much more: advantages of the luxury class, but also a high price. Plus: Perfect Ride takes a look at a sporty Korean: the Kia Ceed GT.

  • Club of Station Wagons

    Station wagons on a Formula 1 racetrack: Porsche has packed a ton of power into their Panamera with the turbocharged four liter V8 engine. We're taking the Sport Turismo out onto the F1 track in Bahrain. BMW has redesigned its 530i Touring. Can you get a hallelujah moment driving the new four-cylinder? And: We're heading on an expedition to Cologne with the Volvo V60.

  • Value-for-Money Kings

    Looking to find the balance between price and performance, Kia delivers good cars at fair prices. We'll be testing the Kia Stinger's for its everyday use in Munich's city center. Seat's sports sub-brand 'Cupra' has brought the Ateca to the market, the cheapest performance SUV currently available. And a crossover-look for the city: the Fiat 500X is available for less than 18,000 Euros.

  • Luxury and other Guilty Pleasures

    The cars of the Swedish brand Volvo are now also available with flat rate: V60 and XC40 have been launched... and other models will follow in their footsteps. But which luxury SUV should it be? Which XC model is the right one for whom? AND: Opel is launching the new Combo: The high-roof Combo model has been successful since 1983, offering enough space for families and building contractors.

  • Asia Snacks

    The Stinger is Kia's most visually dynamic model yet and it also comes with a 147 kW diesel engine... But can the South Korean sports coupé convince in the test? Subaru is more consistent than Porsche as they work exclusively with Boxer engines, like the one you'll find in the XV. But is this the right path forward? AND: the i30 N is Hyundai's answer to the somewhat stuffy German Golf GTI.

  • Mighty Four-Cylinders

    The Ford Mustang: US legend, aggressive looks and wonderful V8 sound? Not quite, because in this episode two bestsellers with cheat packs under the hood compete against each other: BMW 430i against Ford Mustang 2.3 EcoBoost. Instead of large engines, both rely on downsizing: they are driven by 4-cylinder turbo engines, which transmit their power to the rear axle. Can these "cheaters" be convincing?

  • Sneak Previews

    After the diesel affair, Volkswagen must regain the trust of its customers. The manufacturer launches many new models on the market. Before the official world premieres, Volkswagen gives journalists the opportunity to gain their first impressions. MOTORVISION TV is present at a so-called Covered Drive of the new VW T-Cross. The new Mini SUV is based on the smallest Polo car. Does it have the potential to polish up the Group's image?

  • Close to the Ground

    Every sporty vehicle needs a low center of gravity. To underline the sporty character of the new BMW 4 Series, the model got the lowest center of gravity of all BMW models. This results in a reduction of unwanted rolling movements and makes substantially higher curve speeds possible. Plus: Perfect Ride reviews the Alfa Romeo 4C and Porsche Cayman S.

  • Hot, Hotter, Hot Hatches

    They are small, noisy and make a lot of fun: Small cars with a high engine output are very popular with drivers. That’s why Audi launches an offensive and offers its A1 as a sporty S1 version. Its name gives hope for something big, because in the 1980s a S1 achieved immortality at Pikes Peak. Perfect Ride reveals if the new 231-HP Audi S1 can live up to this legacy.

  • Fathers and Sons

    They're still not on the shelf but their followers are already in hot pursuit of them. Race-dads and their sons and daughters. Hans-Joachim Stuck, Walter Röhrl, Niki Lauda and Jacky Ickx!

  • Wild Beasts

    The wildest Beasts are on the loose. Today's episode is all about beastly hot cars. The latest crawler from Volkswagen is in its starting block. The VW Beetle revealingly dressed in a convertible outfit.

  • European Tuning Show

    Europe's best show cars fight it out for the 'Tuning Crown' at the Tuning World Bodensee. And: Clean and quiet, with zero emissions! Traveling with the Nissan Leaf electric car in the Norwegian capital Oslo.

  • Class Reunion

    How good are the star pupils of the Mercedes E-Class? Can the Audi S3 with 300 HorsePower and a powerful four-cylinder score points? And we visit the Shanghai Auto Show, one of the most important car shows in China.

  • Off the road

    At the Primm 300 in Nevada Monster Bugs and Trophy Trucks deliver relentlessly hot desert races. Off-road adventure in the Arabian State of Oman! Mercedes SUV's fight through the desert.