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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

2016 Jeep Renegade : Junior Jeep Takes On The Small SUV Establishment

looking something like a shrunken wrangler but built on a fiat platform, the renegade ventures into new territory for the jeep brand.  compact crossovers are rapidly becoming the car of choice...

POSTED FRI, 16 OCT, 2015

2015 Hyundai Santa Fe SR – A Sauced-up Santa Fe

 hyundai’s launch of its ‘n’ sub-brand (as seen on its world rally championship i20s) heralds the big, capable korean’s rising interest in the sports-performance end of th...

POSTED THU, 15 OCT, 2015

2015 Volvo XC90 T6 Inscription : The Sensational Swede

volvo’s xc90 is a big bus for big families, and in t6 inscription guise it’s big on luxury as well. it’s got size and space to spare, a willing turbo motor and enough technology t...

POSTED THU, 15 OCT, 2015

2016 Volkswagen Passat - Swift And Roomy With A Premium Twist

now in its eighth generation, the new volkswagen passat arrives with more standard features, stronger and more fuel-efficient engines, and a base price that's $4000 lower. there’s...

POSTED WED, 14 OCT, 2015

2015 BMW 3 Series - Still The Drivers Choice

the bmw 3 series isn’t just a standout-seller for the brand, it’s also the vehicle that pioneered the ‘sports sedan’ segment that many mid-size luxury sedans attempt to la...

POSTED FRI, 9 OCT, 2015

2015 Mitsubishi ASX LS Petrol CVT 2WD - Getting On, But Good Buying

 mitsubishi's asx has been around in its current generation since 2010. its age is showing, but that hasn't slowed it in the showroom. with a reasonable 110kw and 197nm of torque...

POSTED THU, 1 OCT, 2015

2015 Mazda6 Wagon GT Diesel - Japanese Style Leader… Who Needs Europe?

 mazda’s 6 wagon is not only one of the best-looking of the medium wagon brigade, but also one of the best-buying. for class and refinement, it sits ahead of its competitors, and the 2.2...

POSTED SUN, 27 SEP, 2015

2015 Mazda BT-50 XT Dual-Cab 4x2 Automatic – Better Looking, And With More Stuff

 we approve of the bolder, less-polarising styling of the updated mazda bt-50; the handsome new alloy wheels also help.  while available in 4x4 and 4x2 configurations, the bt-50 4x2...

POSTED SUN, 27 SEP, 2015