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2016 Citroen Grand C4 Picasso LONG TERM REVIEW – Pssst...Best In Class (But It's A Secret)

along with a mortgage and school fees, family life requires a new direction in cars and citroen has an answer for you – it’s the stylish and great value grand c4 picasso. although categ...

POSTED FRI, 27 MAY, 2016

2016 BMW X5 M REVIEW | ing M Division's Jekyll And Hyde SUV

it’s crazy to think that a 'hulk-sized' family suv can deliver almost supercar levels of performance, but the 2016 bmw x5 m does just that. externally, there are some subtle...

POSTED THU, 26 MAY, 2016

2016 Kia Cerato REVIEW | Low Key Changes To A Good Value Buy

when it came to updating the 2016 kia cerato, the idea was to simply tweak the car to keep it fresh, not re-invent it and start again. and why would kia need to re-invent it? before the current cer...

POSTED TUE, 24 MAY, 2016

2016 Honda Civic Sedan REVIEW | How Honda Got Its Groove Back

the 2016 honda civic arrives in australia as a clean-sheet design, ready to surprise and delight buyers where its predecessor merely underwhelmed. the new civic features a bolder new design, with s...

POSTED WED, 18 MAY, 2016

2016 Hyundai Elantra Elite REVIEW | All-Round Value In A Smart Small Sedan

anyone snubbing the 2016 hyundai elantra as "just another small appliance" is doing themselves a disservice. assertive styling, impressive interior, loads of features, decent dynamics, al...

POSTED MON, 16 MAY, 2016

2016 Peugeot 208 Access Automatic REVIEW - Champagne Tastes, Beer Budget?

hey children of the 1990s, remember pogs? how fun were they?! and tamagotchis, they were pretty ace too. sea monkeys, the spice girls, backstreet boys, the relative straightforwardness of the...

POSTED FRI, 13 MAY, 2016

2016 Renault Megane REVIEW | Snappy Handling And Improved Everywhere

the 2016 renault megane hatch range is still a few months away from australian showrooms. but four pre-production meganes - all left-hand-drive, and all european specification - have ar...

POSTED FRI, 13 MAY, 2016

2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Highlander REVIEW | Neither Brilliant, Nor Lacking, But 'Just Right'

hyundai's santa fe highlander - the flagship model in the range - hogs almost half of the large suv model's sales.  priced from $55,990 (plus on-road costs), the diesel-engined au...

POSTED WED, 11 MAY, 2016

2016 Toyota Fortuner Crusade vs. Mitsubishi Pajero Sport Exceed Comparison REVIEW

anyone interested in getting off-road with the brood, but not by climbing the mountainous pricing peak of the ford everest, fear not. there are other solutions for getting off the bitumen wit...

POSTED SUN, 8 MAY, 2016

2016 Audi A4 Avant REVIEW, Price, Features - Premium Practicality

how do you make an audi a4 more appealing? simple: supersize its rump. it’s been a long time since wagons were the go-to family car in australia, and even then it was large wagons t...

POSTED FRI, 6 MAY, 2016

Mazda CX-3 REVIEW, Price, Features - 2016 Akari AWD | Nipping At The Heels Of Prestige Compacts

mazda's spunky cx-3 range offers no shortage of options. as well as four model grades, there’s also a choice of petrol, diesel, all-wheel-drive, front-wheel-drive, manual, and automatic vari...

POSTED TUE, 3 MAY, 2016

2016 Suzuki Vitara S Turbo 2WD - Straight To The Top Of The Shopping List

the last time we reviewed suzuki's new vitara, the summary of our assessment was this: good car, but slow. after all, 86kw and 156nm really isn’t a whole lot of power and torque in...

POSTED THU, 28 APR, 2016

2016 Toyota Kluger GXL AWD | A Quiet, Capable, Family Shuttle

toyota has a sales success among family buyers with its big, imposing kluger. now into its third-generation, the 2016 toyota kluger is still among the best of the big family wagons.&nbs...

POSTED THU, 28 APR, 2016

Mazda CX-5 REVIEW | 2016 Maxx 2.5-litre AWD - Great Value, Great To Drive

mazda's cx-5 has almost all medium suv-bases covered - there's a broad model range to pick from, two-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive, and petrol or diesel skyactiv engine power. that ra...

POSTED THU, 21 APR, 2016

Small Sedan Showdown | 2016 Hyundai Elantra v Mazda3 v Toyota Corolla

the three top-selling small cars in australia are the mazda3, toyota corolla and hyundai i30. however, while the mazda3 and corolla can add sedan sales to their monthly tally, the i30 is hatch-only.

POSTED SUN, 17 APR, 2016

2016 Lexus RX350 F Sport REVIEW | Loaded With Features, But Soft On Road

‘x’ marks the spot as a new era of lexus suvs is upon us – starting with the nx and now joined by the rx. stylistically, both nx and rx are on the same page, but the rx is la...

POSTED SUN, 17 APR, 2016

2016 Nissan Patrol Ti V8 REVIEW | Massive SUV, Massive Price Reductions (Plus Extra Technology)

nissan says the current generation 2016 patrol was specified for the middle east market. the awesome v8 petrol engine, massive proportions, obvious interior space and luxury were thus non-negotiable i...

POSTED FRI, 15 APR, 2016

2016 Land Rover Discovery Sport SE Si4 REVIEW – Got ‘The Chops’ In The Rough, But…

it’s the cheapest seven-seater with a land rover badge – the discovery sport. and, unlike the odd-man-out freelander it replaces, it’s styled to comfortably fit with the brand&r...

POSTED WED, 13 APR, 2016

2016 Ford Focus Sport REVIEW | Far Better Than You Think

a mid-life makeover of the euro-bred focus last year saw ford reduce the model and engine line-up. upgrades then extended to new technologies, featuring ford’s latest-generation sync2 in...

POSTED SUN, 10 APR, 2016

2016 BMW X5 xDrive40e | The PHEV SUV Comes Of Age

while hybrid vehicles, especially plug-in hybrids like the 2016 bmw x5 xdrive40e, are not yet mainstream, there’s no doubt they’re on the rise. in australia, which lacks green-vehicle i...

POSTED WED, 6 APR, 2016