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  • 2015 Hyundai Veloster SR Turbo : The 'Stand Apart' Three-Door Coupe

    What's hot: 'Smart as' three-door packaging, zesty turbo, nicely trimmed, good on-road comfort. What's not: Front suspension a bit soft, indecisive twin-clutch automatic, needs a bett...

     

    POSTED FRI, 22 MAY, 2015

     
  • Suzuki Jimny 2015: They Still Build 'Em Like They Used To

    What’s Hot: Off-road nous, low price, rugged build. What’s Not: Minimal equipment list, no side airbags. X-FACTOR: Poorly equipped and awful to drive on tarmac, but strangely endearing.

     

    POSTED SAT, 16 MAY, 2015

     
  • 2015 Audi RS6 Avant and RS7 : Comfort, Grunt, And Timeless Style

    What’s Hot: Glorious exhaust noise, torque-laden rush, immense road presence. What’s Not: These are heavy beasts - but hide their heft behind mountains of torque. X-FACTOR: If...

     

    POSTED THU, 14 MAY, 2015

     
  • 2015 Mercedes-AMG S 63 Coupe : Monstrous Power, Monstrous Performance... Monstrous Price

    What’s Hot: Utterly seamless performance, stunningly handsome good looks, superb interior presentation. What’s Not: Interior doesn't feel all that spacious. X-FACTOR: Oh yes, yo...

     

    POSTED TUE, 12 MAY, 2015

     
  • Ford Focus ST 2015: The Well-Mannered Rat-Pack Brat

    What's hot: Fabulous grip, hot-hatch performance, comfortable on-road, superb seats. What's not: Could it be a tad too refined? Needs more ‘noise' at the pipes, and manual only. X-...

     

    POSTED THU, 7 MAY, 2015

     
  • Compact SUV Showdown: Mazda CX-3 vs Honda HR-V vs Renault Captur

    TESTED Honda HR-V VTi-L ADAS ($33,990)  107kW/172Nm 1.8 petrol 4cyl | CVT auto Fuel use claimed: 6.9 l/100km | tested: 8.9 l/100km Mazda CX-3 sTouring Safety Pa...

     

    POSTED MON, 4 MAY, 2015

     
  • Honda HR-V : 2015 VTi Petrol CVT Auto

    What’s Hot: Sophisticated, comfortable on-road, and spacious (with versatile 'Magic seat system') What’s Not: Clunky infotainment, awkward rear door handles X-FACTOR: A step ahea...

     

    POSTED SAT, 2 MAY, 2015

     
  • Holden Cascada : Holden's Sun-Soaker Arrives

    What’s Hot: Strong value for money, decent rear seat space, quiet on-road, well-equipped . What’s Not: Sluggish automatic, fiddly infotainment interface. X-FACTOR: A capable cruiser with...

     

    POSTED THU, 30 APR, 2015

     
  • 2015 Nissan Juke : New Donk, And Still Funky

    What’s Hot: New 1.2 turbo engine is a sweet one, long feature list, still 'young fun'. What’s Not: 1.2 litre not available with an automatic, interior a tad cheap. X-FACTOR: Head...

     

    POSTED FRI, 24 APR, 2015

     
  • 2015 Nissan Micra : Still Cheap, Still Cheerful

    What’s Hot: Improved value-for-money, more equipment, still drives quite well. What’s Not: No improvements to driving experience, antiquated 4-speed auto. X-FACTOR: It may be getting on...

     

    POSTED FRI, 24 APR, 2015

     
  • 2015 Audi TT Quattro S tronic Sport : The TT 'Mans Up'

    What's Hot: Beautiful interior presentation, rorty engine, AWD grip, leading-edge cabin technology. What's Not: Cramped rear, road noise on coarse surfaces, no reversing camera X-FACTOR...

     

    POSTED THU, 23 APR, 2015

     
  • 2015 Mazda CX-3 Akari : AWD Petrol Or Diesel, Which Is For You?

    What's Hot: Classy leather-trimmed interior, smooth 1.5 litre diesel, ‘zingy' 2.0 litre petrol. What's Not: No rear air-vents, no centre armrest, limited rear-seat legroom. X-FACTO...

     

    POSTED WED, 22 APR, 2015

     
  • 2015 Toyota Yaris ZR Automatic : Now With An Extra Dollop Of Appeal

    What’s Hot: Fresh and fun styling, easy to use touchscreen, standard reversing camera. What’s Not: Auto isn’t up to scratch, too thirsty for its size. X-FACTOR: Small, spunky and p...

     

    POSTED FRI, 17 APR, 2015

     
  • 2015 Volkswagen Polo GTI : Transmissions On The Right Frequency

    What’s Hot: A manual option at last, big power increase, infotainment upgrade. What’s Not: Neutered torque output for the auto, uninvolving steering, road noise. X-FACTOR: The Polo GTI,...

     

    POSTED THU, 16 APR, 2015

     
  • Mazda CX-3 : 2015 Maxx 2WD Manual Petrol

    What’s Hot: Punchy engine, great gearshift and killer looks. What’s Not: Compact boot, no centre armrest, tiny tacho. X-FACTOR: If the looks don’t do it for you, the build quality...

     

    POSTED SUN, 12 APR, 2015

     
  • Suzuki Celerio : Tiny, But Big On Appeal

    What’s Hot: Slick manual (and nice CVT option), revvy engine, lots of equipment:at the price What’s Not: Some build quality issues, engine lacks torque. X-FACTOR: Pint-sized but ser...

     

    POSTED SAT, 4 APR, 2015

     
  • BMW M4 : 2015 Convertible - M4 Hammer With Screen Idol Style

    What’s Hot: Sharp handling, beautiful style, engine never runs out of pull. What’s Not: Weight blunts performance, brittle ride, pricey. X-FACTOR: Not as finely-honed as its fi...

     

    POSTED FRI, 27 MAR, 2015

     
  • Audi A6, Audi A7: 2015 - A Sharper, Slicker, Set Of Suits

    What’s Hot: Clean styling, more technology and features, 3.0 TDI is a pearler. What’s Not: Not terribly much, if we’re honest. X-FACTOR: Audi’s classy big four-doors have bec...

     

    POSTED SUN, 22 MAR, 2015

     
  • 2015 Ferrari 458 Speciale

    What's Hot: Spine-tingling sound, visceral steering, sublime drivetrain, immersive drive experience, just about everything.  What's Not: Can struggle to get power down cleanly. X-FACTOR...

     

    POSTED FRI, 20 MAR, 2015

     
  • Mazda CX-3 : Maxx, sTouring and Akari - A Wildfire Cometh

    What's hot: Sharply priced, super on-road comfort, willing engines, well featured and appealing style. What's not: The faux leather is a bit naff, clunky seat adjustment, everyone is going to...

     

    POSTED TUE, 17 MAR, 2015

     
 

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