Peter Braun

Peter Braun

Peter is a freelance contributor to Digital Trends and almost a lawyer. He has loved thinking, writing and talking about cars since his first adventures with the ill tempered Volvos he learned to drive on. In his free-time Peter diagnoses the problems with his Volvo 850 Turbo, goes target shooting and reads about history.

The 2015 VW Golf R’s 4Motion AWD system fights physics, creating a middle-class supercar

: The R is different in many ways from other Golfs. What truly sets it apart, though, is its physics-bending 4Motion all-wheel drive system.


GMC’s 2015 Canyon is a huge step forward for mid-size trucks … but so is its price tag

The GMC Canyon is a revelation for midsize truck buyers, offering unheard of refinement and comfort. However, it is a revelation with a price.

  • Pros: Refined interior , Good fuel economy on four-cylinder , Good…
  • Cons: High price , Wheezy four-cylinder performance

Volvo’s all-new Sensus system takes a nuanced but cutting-edge approach to infotainment

Volvo's new XC90 is replete with innovations, but perhaps the most impressive is its new Sensus Connect infotainment system.

  • Pros: Incredibly quick responses , Can be operated with gloves…
  • Cons: Unknown stability and reliability

Must be good karma: Kia reincarnates its Soul as an EV, and it's better this way

Kia’s Soul EV seems like a cute toy, but it is actually one of the most practical and compelling EVs on the market today.

  • Pros: Well finished and appointed interior , Good range…
  • Cons: Annoying range warnings , Limited availability , Relatively…

Do hydrogen haters have a molecule to stand on? We asked an expert

Hydrogen cars have been under some serious criticism recently. But is it warranted? We take a look at what fuel cells are all about.


VW's uber-practical Golf SportWagen makes a compelling case for a dying breed

The Golf SportWagen may not do much to cure the image of wagons, but it would be extremely hard to legally get a more useful car for less money.

  • Pros: Amazing mileage on TDI version , Extremely competitive…
  • Cons: Uneven torque on TDI , Subpar infotainment

Fiat Chrysler’s lineup shows off everything four-wheel tech has to offer

Four-wheel and all-wheel drive technologies have come a long way in the last few years, and Fiat Chrysler's lineup shows off everything the technology has to offer.


Why 0 to 60 times don’t mean as much as you might think

Car discussions are peppered with discussions of 0 to 60 times. As fun as they are to throw around as a metric for a car’s worth, it turns out they’re far less relevant than you might think.


Bentley’s Mulsanne Speed isn’t just a luxury sedan; it’s a steampunk supercar

What has 530 horsepower, 811 torques, and weighs 6,000 pounds? It isn't a heavy-duty pickup; it's the finest luxury car in the world, the Bentley Mulsanne Speed.

  • Pros: More torque than a Ferrari F12 , Extremely fun driving…
  • Cons: Outdated infotainment

The 2015 Cadillac Escalade: finally a car for the discerning baller

The Cadillac Escalade has never lacked for status or presence, but now in 2015 it doesn't lack in refinement or luxury either.

  • Pros: Powerful, smooth 6.2-liter V8 , Tremendous visual presence…
  • Cons: Ungodly fuel economy , Some cheap carryover parts

Morgan Motors teases possible replacement for Aero ahead of Geneva debut

Morgan Motors, the small British sportscar maker just teased its next model, set for release in Geneva next week.


The 2015 Honda Fit may be small, but it is all the car anyone will ever need

The 2015 Honda Fit combines practicality, comfort, and refinement, proving subcompact cars don't have to be a punishment.

  • Pros: Physics-bending interior room , Low cost , Comfortable…
  • Cons: Loud, coarse sounding engine , Some interior materials feel…

Why does in-car tech lag behind phone tech? It’s trickier than you think

With the arrival of Apple CarPlay, it is more tempting than ever to compare infotainment to smartphones, but should we? No, and we want to explain why not.

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Volvo knew how to build a safe car. Now it knows how to build an incredible one

There are important cars and then there is the 2016 Volvo XC90, which is threatening to redefine what a luxury SUV should be -- and what it should cost.

  • Pros: Beautiful and comfortable interior , Competitive pricing…
  • Cons: Slow, and light steering feel , Refinement on T8 powertrain