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2016 Holden VFII Commodore SV6 Sportwagon review - Quietly Impressive

the holden commodore sv6 sportwagon is a slowly fading reminder of the classic australian family-car - six cylinders up front, lots of space out back and a rugged, durable charm. priced from...

POSTED SAT, 26 DEC, 2015

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Exceed DiD - Seven Seats And Filled With Features

updated with a fresh new face, more equipment and a number of mechanical refinements, mitsubishi's outlander remains one of the few seven-seat options in the mid-size suv segment. tha...

POSTED WED, 23 DEC, 2015

Jaguar XE S REVIEW | 2016 XE S - Smart, And Racy, But Not Quite The 'Gran Turismo'

there will come a version of jaguar’s new xe mid-sizer with something bigger and badder under the bonnet, but right now the 2016 xe s holds the ‘performance’ crown. it runs to a f...

POSTED TUE, 22 DEC, 2015

2016 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 4Matic Shooting Brake REVIEW | As Sexy As It Is Smart

mercedes-benz 2016 cla 250 4matic shooting brake succeeds brilliantly in packing performance, versatilty, and finesse into a curvaceous wagon body.   with amg styling plus 18-inch alloys, lowe...

POSTED TUE, 22 DEC, 2015

2016 Holden Cruze Equipe 1.8 Automatic REVIEW | No Flash Harry, But Honest Value

the equipe is the base model of the holden cruze range, available in sedan or hatchback from $19,890 for the manual (plus on-road costs), or $22,090 plus for the six-speed auto tested here. we star...

POSTED SUN, 13 DEC, 2015

2016 Lexus LX570 REVIEW - True Offroad Luxe, Shame About The Drinking Problem

bargain range rover or overpriced landcruiser - that has long been the lexus lx 570 dilemma. the 5.0-metre-long proper offroader boasts everything but the kitchen sink; heck, even a fridge is inclu...

POSTED SUN, 13 DEC, 2015

2016 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport REVIEW | GLS And Exceed – Rugged, But Refined, Mitsubishi Gets It Right

the new 2016 pajero sport is one we can comfortably recommend. it is roomy, comfortable and quiet on-road, has an enormous boot, and a very meagre thirst. it also has a stout 2.4-litre turbo-diesel...

POSTED TUE, 8 DEC, 2015

Mercedes-Benz GLC | 2016 GLC 220d, GLC 250, GLC 250d - Fashionably Late To The Medium SUV Party

based on the c-class platform, the 2016 mercedes-benz glc is merc's answer to the bmw x3 and audi q5. it may be late to the mid-size party, but the knockout interior and efficient yet punchy en...

POSTED FRI, 4 DEC, 2015

Ford Ranger | 2016 Ranger XLT 4x4 Dual Cab Auto - Ford’s Family Car Disguised As A 4x4 Ute

when it comes to 4x4 utes, like the 2016 ford ranger, they don’t make ‘em like they used to. and for that, buyers can be eternally grateful. formerly all about hard graft and minimal co...

POSTED SUN, 29 NOV, 2015

2016 Mazda CX-9 REVIEW - Diesel? Who Needs It?

mazda’s cx-9 is built for america, and americans are seemingly allergic to diesel. ergo, the only motor you can get for the all-new 2016 mazda cx-9 is a turbo petrol. sound familiar? the...

POSTED TUE, 24 NOV, 2015

Lexus RX REVIEW | 2016 RX 200t, RX 350 - A Sharp New Suit For A Sharp New SUV

the new 2016 lexus rx is huge - it may not look larger in pictures, but lexus has finally shifted the rx suv from an in-betweener to a proper large suv. conveniently, that puts the rx toe-to-toe wi...

POSTED MON, 23 NOV, 2015

Hyundai i40 Active Tourer REVIEW | 2016 2.0-Litre Petrol Automatic Series II - No Firecracker, But A Lesson In Style

hyundai’s 2016 i40 tourer can rival the premium european brands for sexy styling and on-road presence. originally penned by former bmw designer thomas burkle, it made its australian debut late i...

POSTED SAT, 21 NOV, 2015

Ford Mondeo REVIEW | 2016 Titanium 2.0DT Wagon – Big, Fast, And Smooth As Silk

the 2016 range-topping mondeo titanium is an attractive cocktail of luxury, sportiness, driving pizazz, new technologies, roominess and refinement. the 2.0td features a muscular and economical...

POSTED THU, 19 NOV, 2015

MINI Clubman REVIEW | 2016 Cooper And Cooper S – MINI To The Max

the 2016 mini cooper clubman, all six doors of it, is more ‘maxi' than ‘mini’ – hell, it’s as long and as wide as an eh holden sedan, true, and this is a mini? ...

POSTED WED, 18 NOV, 2015

2016 Kia Optima Launch REVIEW - Optimised Optima Takes Kia Upmarket

 the 2016 kia optima arrives with a fresh new look, spruced-up interior and a powerful turbo engine. it's also more expensive than before, with a $3000 price-hike for both the base...

POSTED THU, 12 NOV, 2015

2016 Kia Carnival Si Diesel - The Comfiest Of Crowd Carriers

if it’s space for people that you’re after, you won’t do better than the kia carnival. in dollars per cubic-metre, it’s possibly the best-value vehicle currently on sale. th...

POSTED THU, 12 NOV, 2015

2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Series 2 - Subtle Tweaks Add A Little More Polish

the updates to the 2016 hyundai santa fe range are fairly mild, but it was already good buying to begin with. the changes to safety and infotainment equipment just sweeten the deal, and the mild me...

POSTED TUE, 10 NOV, 2015

Large 4WD Showdown: Toyota Prado Kakadu vs Ford Everest Titanium Comparison Test

tested toyota prado kakadu diesel ($84,490) 130kw/450nm 2.8 turbo diesel 4cyl | 6sp auto fuel use claimed: 8.0 l/100km | tested: 11.8 l/100km ford everest titanium ($76,990) 14...

POSTED MON, 9 NOV, 2015

2015 Holden VFII Calais V Sportwagon – The Power And The Glory

call it the strangest of bedfellows – the holden calais v sportwagon mixes a 6.2-litre v8 and bi-modal exhaust with wagon practicality, comfort suspension and luxurious specification. priced...

POSTED FRI, 6 NOV, 2015

2015 Hyundai Sonata Premium – A Turbo Chorus, A Better Sonata

it wasn’t always this way. the hyundai sonata of ten or more years back was more porridge than chilli (that’s for sure). but this new sonata, re-released here to replace the i45, is a much...

POSTED THU, 5 NOV, 2015