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2017 Nissan Pathfinder ST AWD | Huge Space, Comfort, And Refinement For Aussie Families

in australia the large car (that's sedans and wagons) is almost dead and buried, and in its place there’s the large suv delivering the same big car space with added practicality - and in the...

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2017 HSV Clubsport R8 LSA 30 Years | A Birthday Present And A Farewell Gift Rolled Into One

what a difference 29 years makes. when hsv launched its first commodore based performance car, the ss group a in 1988, it produced a rather paltry (by today's standards) 180kw from a 5.0-litr...

POSTED WED, 14 JUN, 2017

2017 Honda Odyssey VTi | The Family Hauler That Lost Its Way

evolution is said to refine a species, but the 2017 honda odyssey vti marks four years since the nameplate made a radical departure from the four generations of people mover that preceded it. since...

POSTED THU, 8 JUN, 2017

2017 Nissan Navara ST-X Series 2 | Nissan’s Dual Cab Gets A Hard-Work Upgrade

the nissan navara treads a somewhat unique path in the dual-cab ute sector as the only ute of its kind to feature a coil-sprung rear end. single and extra cab utes feature traditional leaf springs, so...

POSTED WED, 7 JUN, 2017

2017 Ford Escape Trend 1.5l EcoBoost 2WD | Loaded With Features, But Short On Driver Appeal

ford has been strangely quiet about its newest suv, the escape - although ‘new’ might be overstating things a little. the 2017 ford escape is really an updated version of the previous kuga...

POSTED MON, 5 JUN, 2017

2017 Skoda Kodiaq 132TSI 4x4 First Drive | An Ideal Family Companion With Smart But Sensible Touches

skoda’s transformation from oddball outsider to mainstream value brand takes a massive leap forward with the arrival of the seven-seat kodiaq suv, the first vehicle of its kind from the czech br...

POSTED THU, 1 JUN, 2017

2017 Mini Cooper S Countryman | An Icon On The Outside With A Thoughtfully Modern Twist

with shiny red duco and a bold white contrasting roof, the mini you see before you lives up to the stereotype - except for one thing, the size of it. this is the biggest car ever to wear a mini b...

POSTED THU, 25 MAY, 2017

2017 Mercedes-Benz E 220 d All-Terrain First Drive | A Benz Wagon With The Soul Of An SUV

mercedes-benz has an interesting history with premium suvs - the brand started the prestige off-roader movement with its ml in the 1990s, yet for all that model’s success mercedes has been reluc...

POSTED FRI, 19 MAY, 2017

2017 Honda Civic Hatch First Drive | Maximum Attitude On The Outside, Sensible Engineering Underneath

australian new car buyers love a small hatch. and while sedans sell well in the segment they just can’t match five-door sales which is why honda australia must be over the moon that it now has a...

POSTED THU, 11 MAY, 2017

2017 Hyundai i30 First Drive | More Safety, More Features, And More to Like

when the first generation hyundai i30 arrived, it signalled a change within the brand. no longer content to be known as a maker of cheap and cheerful cars, hyundai had a more balance approach in mind.

POSTED FRI, 5 MAY, 2017

2017 Nissan X-Trail Series 2 First Drive | Improved Safety And A Bolder Nose Are All Nissan Has For Now

after over 15 years on sale the nissan x-trail is one of the longer-running nameplates in the burgeoning medium suv segment, but time has brought a long list of competitors offering all kinds of...

POSTED FRI, 5 MAY, 2017

2017 Haval H6 Premium | Strong Value In The Medium SUV Class, But Questions Remain

australia’s medium suv category is bursting at the seams with competitors, and with continued sales growth in the class it makes sense that any new competitor would aim here first - which is exa...

POSTED THU, 4 MAY, 2017

2017 Isuzu MU-X LS-T 4x4 First Drive | Rugged, Adventure Ready, And Fresh-Faced

since arriving in australia less than a decade ago, isuzu ute has picked up a loyal following, growing the brand year-on-year with a reputation forged on long-running reliability born out of engine te...

POSTED MON, 1 MAY, 2017

2017 Mini Countryman Cooper SD | Upsize Fits All

mini has grown up. it had to. despite a longing for the return of london’s swinging 60s vibe, a 21st century global market has different demands and miniscule four-seat mini cars aren’t th...

POSTED THU, 27 APR, 2017

2017 Mitsubishi ASX LS 4x2 | Fresh Looks, Lots Of Space

mitsubishi's top-selling suv – the asx – has joined its larger siblisngs outlander and pajero sport by adopting the latest front-end style featuring the corporate 'dynami...

POSTED THU, 13 APR, 2017

2017 Toyota Corolla Ascent Manual Sedan | A Small Sedan With Big Dimensions

space is a wonderful thing to have. australia’s biggest cities are fast running out of it as mcmansions dominate shrinking land packages in suburban fringes, while city centres feature ever-tall...

POSTED FRI, 7 APR, 2017

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV | A Sharper Look For Mitsubishi’s Green Hero

the mitsubishi outlander phev was first launched in 2014, at a time when the concept of a plug-in hybrid was still relatively unheard of for production vehicles, putting mitsubishi at the head of a wa...

POSTED THU, 6 APR, 2017

2017 Mazda CX-5 | First Drive - Refinement Gets A Big Boost In Mazda’s Best-Selling SUV

a new suit of clothes on the outside and a fresh take on interior design make the new mazda cx-5 different enough from its predecessor to buoy buyer interest, yet mazda has been slightly conservative...

POSTED MON, 3 APR, 2017

2017 MG GS First Drive REVIEW - A Great First Impression, But One That Fades

the mg gs suv has touched down in australia, and with it comes a list of questions. let's get those questions out of the way: no, this isn't anything like a classic mg roadster. y...

POSTED THU, 30 MAR, 2017

2017 Volkswagen Passat 206TSI R-Line - Performance Sedan Is A Quality All-Rounder

in more ways than one the volkswagen passat 206 tsi r-line represents the future of large performance sedans once australian manufacturing winds up later this year. with a claimed 0-100km/h of 5.5...

POSTED MON, 20 MAR, 2017