Audi

2.0L DI turbo I-4 292 hp (S3 quattro)

+ Rip-roaring fun

- Awfully fussy 6-speed S-tronic trans

= 21 mpg uninspiring

 

3.0L DI supercharged V-6 333 hp (S5 quattro)

+ Hard to improve on perfection

- But give it a try, Audi

= It hurts to say goodbye

 

BMW

22-kWh battery-electric 170 hp (i3/EREV)

+ So much fun to drive

- Tow companies won’t like EREV

= The future is here

 

1.5L DI turbo I-3 134 hp (Mini Cooper)

+ Punchy exhaust note from only 3 pistons

- Specific output only 89 hp/L

= Gutsy, thrilling, fuel-efficient

 

2.0L DI turbo I-4 189 hp (Mini Cooper S)

+ Engaging, enjoyable 6-speed manual gearbox

- Paltry output relative to other 2.0L turbos

= Another big step for Mini brand

 

3.0L turbodiesel I-6 255 hp (X5 xDrive35d)

+ 24 mpg in big 3-row CUV

- Diesel-fuel price uncertainty

= Far and away best engine for X5

 

Fiat Chrysler

24-kWh battery-electric 111 hp (Fiat 500e EV)

+ Attractive base price of $31,800

- Other EVs actually have a backseat

= Cool last year, less practical now

 

1.7L DI turbo I-4 (Alfa Romeo 4C)

+ Loving 135 hp per liter

- Less fond of ringing ears a day later

= Feels like a Best Engine for 10 minutes

 

3.0L turbodiesel V-6 240 hp (Ram 1500 Crew Cab)

+ Lux-ute NVH and oodles of torque

- Steep premium over gasoline V-6

= Thank you, VM Motori

 

6.2L supercharged OHV V-8 707 hp (Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat)

+ Red key/black key, does it matter?

- Purchase price excludes clean undergarments

= Satan wants a test-drive