6 Urban Cars We Love

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September 5, 2013
Originally published in City Living
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  A3 Sportback e-tronby Audi In the e-tron, Audi seeks to translate the look and feel of a luxury vehicle into a hybrid, plug-in electric model. It closely resembles the brand’s popular A3 and is ideal for buyers who know and love the conventional version but want something environmentally friendly for quick trips around town. A single charge will take you 90 miles, and the car reaches a top speed of 90 mph. The e-tron will be available for purchase in 2014. audiusa.com

    A3 Sportback e-tronby Audi

    In the e-tron, Audi seeks to translate the look and feel of a luxury vehicle into a hybrid, plug-in electric model. It closely resembles the brand’s popular A3 and is ideal for buyers who know and love the conventional version but want something environmentally friendly for quick trips around town. A single charge will take you 90 miles, and the car reaches a top speed of 90 mph. The e-tron will be available for purchase in 2014. audiusa.com

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  500eby Fiat Like Smart cars, Fiats are practically Lilliputian—ideal for wedging into tight parking spaces. An electric version of the popular retro-inspired car is available in California as of this summer. After a four-hour-long full charge, the zero-emission vehicle travels about 87 miles. The car’s accompanying mobile app locates the nearest charging station—useful for those trips into unfamiliar territory. fiatusa.com

    500eby Fiat

    Like Smart cars, Fiats are practically Lilliputian—ideal for wedging into tight parking spaces. An electric version of the popular retro-inspired car is available in California as of this summer. After a four-hour-long full charge, the zero-emission vehicle travels about 87 miles. The car’s accompanying mobile app locates the nearest charging station—useful for those trips into unfamiliar territory. fiatusa.com

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  V60by Volvo In showrooms early 2014, the new V60 sports wagon features fold-down seats for versatility. Like all of Volvo’s fleet, the V60 includes the company’s low-speed collision-avoidance technology, called City Safety. It works at speeds up to 31 mph, automatically braking the car to prevent collisions. Responding to increasing traffic congestion and the fact that most accidents occur at low speeds, the systems in 2014 models will now include cyclist detection. volvocars.com

    V60by Volvo

    In showrooms early 2014, the new V60 sports wagon features fold-down seats for versatility. Like all of Volvo’s fleet, the V60 includes the company’s low-speed collision-avoidance technology, called City Safety. It works at speeds up to 31 mph, automatically braking the car to prevent collisions. Responding to increasing traffic congestion and the fact that most accidents occur at low speeds, the systems in 2014 models will now include cyclist detection. volvocars.com

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  i3by BMW BMW designed and developed the i3 as an electric vehicle from the ground up. It has a carbon-fiber body shell—the same material used in high-performance bicycles—that’s 1,000 pounds lighter than a steel version. The car can go up to 100 miles between charges, more than enough for the typical city driver, according to pilot-program research. Added bonus: The i3 can parallel park itself. Look for it in showrooms in early 2014. (Concept car shown.) bmwusa.com

    i3by BMW

    BMW designed and developed the i3 as an electric vehicle from the ground up. It has a carbon-fiber body shell—the same material used in high-performance bicycles—that’s 1,000 pounds lighter than a steel version. The car can go up to 100 miles between charges, more than enough for the typical city driver, according to pilot-program research. Added bonus: The i3 can parallel park itself. Look for it in showrooms in early 2014. (Concept car shown.) bmwusa.com

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  Smart ForTwo BoConcept Editionby Smart To appeal to design-savvy consumers, Smart collaborated with the Danish furniture company BoConcept to develop the ForTwo’s leather-trimmed interior. On the market in the USA in late 2013, it offers a top speed of more than 78 mph. When fully charged, its range is 76 to 90 miles. Smart’s handy mobile app alerts drivers to real-time battery status and the closest charging stations. At 8.8 feet long, it’s among the smallest cars on the market today. smartusa.com

    Smart ForTwo BoConcept Editionby Smart

    To appeal to design-savvy consumers, Smart collaborated with the Danish furniture company BoConcept to develop the ForTwo’s leather-trimmed interior. On the market in the USA in late 2013, it offers a top speed of more than 78 mph. When fully charged, its range is 76 to 90 miles. Smart’s handy mobile app alerts drivers to real-time battery status and the closest charging stations. At 8.8 feet long, it’s among the smallest cars on the market today. smartusa.com

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  Fiestaby Ford Catering to young urban denizens, the Fiesta incorporates technologies drivers now expect elsewhere in their lives, like smartphone connectivity and voice-recognition software. The gasoline-powered, entry-level model—branded to be “built for the digital generation”—achieves a fuel economy rating of over 40 miles per gallon. The 2014 models are on sale as of June this year. ford.com

    Fiestaby Ford

    Catering to young urban denizens, the Fiesta incorporates technologies drivers now expect elsewhere in their lives, like smartphone connectivity and voice-recognition software. The gasoline-powered, entry-level model—branded to be “built for the digital generation”—achieves a fuel economy rating of over 40 miles per gallon. The 2014 models are on sale as of June this year. ford.com

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