TMR Lifestyle Cars

Lifestyle Car Reviews

  • 2015 Mercedes-Benz SL400

    What’s Hot: Big performance boost over SL 350, comfy ride. What’s Not: Cornering less than stellar, price is rather huge. X-FACTOR: The last SL model to go turbo, the SL 400 has the stra...

     

    POSTED WED, 17 DEC, 2014

     
  • 2014 Audi A3 Cabriolet 1.4 TFSI COD

    Vehicle Style: Small luxury convertible Price: $47,300 (plus on-roads) | $51,400 (as tested) Engine/trans: 103kW/250Nm 1.4 4cyl turbo petrol | 7spd automatic Fuel Economy claimed: 4.9 l/100km | t...

     

    POSTED TUE, 16 DEC, 2014

     
  • 2015 Mazda CX-3 : Sales Storm Bound For Australia

    What’s Hot: Handles well, looks great, classy interior. What’s Not: Small boot and compact rear seat dimensions. X-FACTOR: If our first taste is anything to go by, the CX-3 should sell u...

     

    POSTED WED, 10 DEC, 2014

     
  • 2015 BMW i3 : Best City Car Ever Created

    What’s Hot: Lively acceleration, liberty from petrol stations, cool interior. What’s Not: Firm ride, overly-sensitive steering, lacking luggage space. X-FACTOR: The i3 shows the wor...

     

    POSTED TUE, 9 DEC, 2014

     
  • 2014 Volkswagen Polo 66TSI Trendline DSG

    Vehicle Style: 5-door light hatch Price: $18,790 (plus on-roads) Engine/trans: 66kW/160Nm 1.2 4cyl petrol | 7spd dual-clutch auto Fuel Economy claimed: 4.8 l/100km | tested: 6.6 l/100km OVERVI...

     

    POSTED FRI, 5 DEC, 2014

     
  • 2015 Honda Jazz VTi Manual : Base Model, Best Model

    Vehicle Style:5-door light hatch Price: $14,990 Engine/trans: 88kW/145Nm 1.5 litre petrol 4cyl | 5sp manual Fuel Economy claimed: 6.2 l/100km | tested: 6.4 l/100km OVERVIEW When we attended...

     

    POSTED THU, 4 DEC, 2014

     
  • New Porsche 911 GTS

    What’s hot: The best 911 ever (until the next one), more power, and an even more outrageously lovely noise What’s not: The price - $268,700 in Australia, blipping downchanges on manual (w...

     

    POSTED MON, 1 DEC, 2014

     
  • 2014 Hyundai i20 Active : 5-door Automatic

    Vehicle Style: 5-door light hatch Price: $18,590 (plus on-roads) Engine/trans: 73kW/136Nm 1.4 4cyl petrol | 4spd automatic Fuel Economy claimed: 5.9 l/100km | tested: 8.4 l/100km OVERVIEW H...

     

    POSTED SAT, 29 NOV, 2014

     
  • Renault Megane RS 275 Trophy Limited-Edition

    What’s Hot:  Incredible, high-precision cornering and handling; a 5-year unlimited kilometre warranty. What’s Not: Occasional torque steer under acceleration. X-FACTOR: This is...

     

    POSTED FRI, 28 NOV, 2014

     
  • 2015 Lexus RC 350 : Sporty Meets Sensible

    What’s Hot: Head-turning styling, willing V6 engine, exceptional value What’s Not: Gearbox calibration and ratios, steering feel X-FACTOR: Decent performance and very well-equipped&...

     

    POSTED WED, 26 NOV, 2014

     
  • 2015 BMW i3 : EV Motoring Gets Premium Touch

    What’s Hot: Nimble around town, ability to bypass fuel stations, cabin design, driveability What’s Not: Small boot, range won't silence EV critics, bouncy suspension at high spee...

     

    POSTED THU, 13 NOV, 2014

     
  • 2015 Nissan 370Z NISMO

    What’s Hot: Aggressive looks, Recaro seats, finely-honed performance. What’s Not: Noisy cabin, not on sale yet. X-FACTOR: The Nismo 370Z is the best Z-car yet, we can't wait for its...

     

    POSTED TUE, 11 NOV, 2014

     
  • 2015 Mazda2 Genki Automatic

    What’s Hot: Super-frugal engine, nimble handling, lots of added value. What’s Not: Limited rear legroom and storage; expensive optional rear-view camera and centre-armrest. X-FACTOR: The...

     

    POSTED MON, 10 NOV, 2014

     
  • MINI Cooper 5-Door : 2015 Cooper Petrol, Diesel, S Hatch

    What’s Hot:  Astonishing go-kart handling, dynamic performance, improved ergonomics. What’s Not: No standard Bluetooth audio streaming, sat-nav or rear camera on the b...

     

    POSTED FRI, 31 OCT, 2014

     
  • 2015 Mazda2 : Neo, Maxx, Genki

    What’s Hot: Snappy styling, peppy engine, attractive pricing. What’s Not: Cramped rear seat, no cruise control for base model Neo. X-FACTOR: One of Australia’s most loved light car...

     

    POSTED THU, 30 OCT, 2014

     
  • Volkswagen Polo : 2015 81TSI Comfortline DSG Auto

    Vehicle Style: 5-door light hatch Price: $20,790 (plus on-roads) Engine/trans: 81kW/175Nm 1.2 4cyl petrol | 7spd dual-clutch auto Fuel Economy claimed: 4.8 l/100km | tested: 7.3 l/100km OVERVI...

     

    POSTED THU, 30 OCT, 2014

     
  • 2014 Rolls-Royce Wraith

    Photography: Jan Glovac, Karl Peskett. Vehicle Style: Two-door, super-luxury coupe. Price: $645,000 (drive-away) Engine/Trans: 465kW/800Nm 6.6 12cyl petrol | 8spd auto Fuel Economy c...

     

    POSTED MON, 27 OCT, 2014

     
  • Renault Clio : 2014 GT Premium EDC

    Vehicle Style: 5-door light hatch Price: $28,790 (plus on-roads) Engine/trans: 88kw/190Nm 4cyl petrol | 6spd dual-clutch auto Fuel Economy claimed: 5.2 l/100km | tested: 8.5 l/100km OVERV...

     

    POSTED SUN, 26 OCT, 2014

     
  • 2015 Volkswagen Scirocco R

    What’s Hot: Cracking engine and chassis, racy interior What’s Not: Mk VI Golf origins X-FACTOR: Enormous fun on the road and with enough 'rarity factor' to turn he...

     

    POSTED THU, 23 OCT, 2014

     
  • Audi S3 Cabriolet : 2014 Launch Drive

    What’s Hot: Grip, torque, and handling to match. Luxurious interior. What’s Not: Contrast stitching on the seats looks like a Gucci handbag. X-FACTOR: Eye-catching drop-top style with ho...

     

    POSTED TUE, 21 OCT, 2014

     
 

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