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  • 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

     
  • Renault Megane RS 275 : 2015 Trophy Limited Edition

    What's Hot: Prodigious ability to get power to the road, exceptional handling. What's Not: Speedo difficult to read, occasional torque steer, fuel economy claims nowhere near real-world. X-F...

     

    POSTED SAT, 14 MAR, 2015

     
  • BMW X6 M Sport : 2015 xDrive50i - Brawn, With More Brawn

    What’s Hot: Exceptional performance, V8 engine is a pearler, not all that that impractical. What’s Not: Price gap between X5 and X6, choppy ride. X-FACTOR: As brawny as a heavyweight box...

     

    POSTED THU, 12 MAR, 2015

     
  • 2015 Lexus RC 350 F Sport

    What’s Hot: Potent V6, agile handling, eye-searing looks. What’s Not: Interior surprisingly lacking, cramped rear seat. X-FACTOR: The price makes it a bargain among premium coupes,...

     

    POSTED MON, 9 MAR, 2015

     
  • BMW 2 Series Convertible : 2015 220i and 228i

    What’s Hot: Buttoned-down chassis, RWD dynamics, snug fabric roof, reasonable boot capacity What’s Not: Suspension fussy on bigger wheels, no heated seats in 220i. X-FACTO...

     

    POSTED THU, 5 MAR, 2015

     
  • Honda HR-V : 2015 VTi-L, A Magic Little Honda

    What's Hot: Super-flexible ‘magic seats' system; attention-grabbing styling. What's Not: No air-vents for rear-passengers; no electric seat-adjustment. X FACTOR: Car-like driving d...

     

    POSTED FRI, 27 FEB, 2015

     
  • BMW 2 Series Coupe : 2015 228i Sport Line

    Vehicle Style: 2-door luxury coupe Price: $64,400 (plus on-roads)   Engine/trans: 180kW/350Nm 2.0 turbo petrol 4cyl | 8sp auto Fuel Economy claimed: 6.3 l/100km | tested: 9.9 l/100km O...

     

    POSTED MON, 23 FEB, 2015

     
  • Audi TT Coupe 2015: Lighter, Faster, Better

    What's Hot: Brisk performance, stunning design. What's Not: Tiny rear seats, passenger is far removed from infotainment display. X-FACTOR: Beautiful to behold, a delight to drive. The n...

     

    POSTED FRI, 20 FEB, 2015

     
  • Alfa Romeo 4C : Fast, Raucous, Raw... Simply Brilliant

    What's hot: Everything about the drive, brilliant handling, riotous speed. What's not: It's noisy, you can't hear your phone (is that bad?), big tyres can 'tram-track'. X-FAC...

     

    POSTED THU, 19 FEB, 2015

     
 

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