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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

2016 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport Preview Drive - Off Road In Japan

even a short drive in the new mitsubishi pajero sport shows that this is a very different car to the ‘not greatly loved’ challenger it replaces. turn the key and the new 2.4 litre diesel s...

POSTED SAT, 31 OCT, 2015

Small Hatch Showdown - Toyota Corolla ZR vs Mazda 3 SP25 Comparison Test

tested mazda 3 sp25 hatch automatic safety pack ($28,690) 138kw/250nm 2.5-litre 4-cyl l 6-speed auto fuel use claimed: 6.1 l/100km l tested 7.5l/100km toyota corolla zr hatch autom...

POSTED SAT, 31 OCT, 2015

2015 BMW 535i Exclusive M Sport - The Velvet Hammer

as far as large luxury sedans go, few have the enduring cachet of bmw's 5 series in australia. it might lag a little in sales behind the mercedes benz e class, but its blend of handsome...

POSTED WED, 28 OCT, 2015

2016 Peugeot 208 : Fewer Cylinders, More Gears, Better Car

peugeot has rejigged its 208 line-up by dumping the naturally-aspirated 1.6 litre, adding a likeable 1.2 turbo, introducing a six-speed auto and bringing in a cost-conscious entry model plus...

POSTED WED, 28 OCT, 2015

2015 Hyundai i40 Tourer Premium Series II -

as its name suggests, the i40 series ii is a mid-life update of the three-year-old sedan and wagon range. it mainly adds a stronger diesel, a new seven-speed dual-clutch automatic, and more activ...

POSTED TUE, 27 OCT, 2015

2015 Toyota Prius V review - Low On Thirst, Low On Appeal

facelifted for 2015, the toyota prius v puts a seemingly winning pitch to buyers. the ability to shift seven bodies in a vehicle with official fuel consumption of 4.4 litres per 100 kilometres makes f...

POSTED MON, 26 OCT, 2015

2015 Holden Captiva 7 LS - Long In The Tooth, But The Value Leader

if you need to haul seven bodies on a budget, few suvs do cheap-as-chips multi-seater motoring as capably as the holden captiva 7. it isn’t flash, yet, particularly with this entry-...

POSTED SAT, 24 OCT, 2015

2016 Toyota Fortuner REVIEW - GX, GXL And Crusade – Toyota’s Tough New Benchmark

toyota has hit the nail on the head with its new 2016 fortuner. this car, with toyota's australian technical centre having taken a lead role in its engineering and development, is right in the ...

POSTED FRI, 23 OCT, 2015

2015 Subaru Outback 2.0D Premium CVT – Still The 'Truest' Crossover

bigger than the forester, but more capable than a liberty, the outback straddles the divide between two of subaru’s most popular models. unlike the petrol versions of both of those cars howev...

POSTED THU, 22 OCT, 2015

2015 Hyundai Tucson Elite - Smart, Comfortable... The 'Happy Medium' SUV

the hyundai tucson, replacing the ageing ix35, has now grown up enough to be considered a medium suv to rival the mazda cx-5, toyota rav4, nissan x-trail and subaru forester (in order of sales po...

POSTED SUN, 18 OCT, 2015