The Week That Was: Kia Sorento, Hyundai i40, BMW 1 Series Photo:
Trevor Collett | Jun, 07 2015 | 0 Comments

Kia’s all-new third-generation seven-seat Sorento SUV, revealed in August last year, is now on sale in Australia.

Bigger, better and safer than ever before, the 2015 Sorento brings new tech, more space, and higher prices across the board.

Getting into a brand-new Sorento will cost you $40,990 plus on-roads, marking a $2000 increase to bring Kia’s SUV face-to-face with the new Toyota Kluger.

Hyundai’s updated i40 range is now on sale in Australia, kicking off from $33,090 for the sedan and $32,490 in Tourer wagon form.

Joining the brand-new Sonata, the refreshed i40 range has been streamlined for 2015: the number of available models has been slashed, and the sedan can no longer be had with a petrol engine.

And while the i40 remains a more expensive proposition than the Sonata, the German-designed midsizer’s pricing has been cut by up to $3600 across the range.

BMW’s updated 1 Series hatch, revealed in January, will land in Australia this month with new looks, new features and a revised model spread.

With refreshed styling penned by Sydney-born Calvin Luk, the 1 Series update's standout visual tweaks include new headlights, new tail lamps and new bumpers at both ends.

For the 2016 model year, the 1 Series again kicks off from $36,900, but there’s a twist: the 116i and 118i names of the previous range have been replaced by new 118i and 120i badges.

In other news, and staying with BMW, the German carmaker revealed its updated 6 Series range will go on sale in Australia from this month.

Toyota’s updated-for-2015 Aurion has made its Australian debut, following the launch of its updated Camry companion.

Melbourne-based Premcar unveiled its Falcon XR6 Turbo-based Premcar Turbo recently, as a ‘turn-key’ package packing a 320kW/700Nm punch for between $35,000-40,000.

Holden’s brand-new, next-generation, not-the-one-that-just-launched Astra hatch was revealed this week, on the heels of a broken embargo in the European press.

Nissan's all-new NP300 ‘D23’ Navara will land in Australia this month, launching with an initial line-up of 27 variants priced from $26,490 to $54,490 plus on-roads.

VFACTS new car sales figures for May were released this week, showing SUVs and commercial vehicles continue to close the gap to passenger cars in Australia.

Renault’s 16 has celebrated its 50th anniversary, after clocking up more than 1.8 million sales worldwide since 1966.

Audi’s A1 Sportback and Q3 SUV have both come in for a 2015 update, and both arrived in Australia this week.

Mitsubishi’s strong-selling ASX compact SUV has been given a light update for 2015, including subtle styling tweaks inside and out, new entertainment tech and lightly shuffled pricing.

Local Peugeot distributor Sime Darby introduced sharper pricing across much of its Australian range this week, along with drive-away deals on a number of models.



Filling one of the spaces in the TMR Garages this week was the 2015 Peugeot 308 GT Petrol. We liked its stand-out interior design and quality feel throughout, but a little more oomph would have been nice.

We drove the 2015 Citroen C4 Picasso, impressed by its glasshouse views, niche appeal and acres of space.

The 2015 Mazda6 Touring Diesel Sedan is still a great drive but thanks to the 2015 update, it’s even nicer inside. Check out our review.

We found the 2015 Audi A6 1.8 TFSI offered sublime cabin comfort and impressive fuel economy from a surprisingly potent petrol engine.

Another from the German carmaker in the 2015 Audi A1 Sportback, which impressed us with its brilliant new 1.0 litre engine, beautiful finish and fresh new price.

In case you missed it earlier, the 2015 Nissan Navara is on sale in Australia this month and we drove the RX, ST and ST-X variants this week.

Another you may have missed is Kia’s all-new 2015 Sorento SUV; improved on the last model - itself a strong choice - we think the new Sorento is a leading contender for buyers in the large SUV market.

As the Ford Falcon enters its final 18 months of existence in Australia, we drove the 2015 Ford Mondeo Titanium to see how the new ‘biggest’ Ford sedan stacks up. Check it out.

Finally, ace correspondent Connor Stephenson declared the 2015 Lamborghini Aventador Superveloce LP750-4 a car that attracts attention "like setting fire to yourself; stunning in pictures and absurd in the flesh".

And that’s… the week that was.

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