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2018 Honda Civic Hatch VTi-L Orange Edition Review

The humble hatchback has become the jack of all trades in the car world. Once upon a time there used to be just three variations to choose from. The cheap one that only driving instructors bought, the sporty one that was no faster than the cheap one and finally the …

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2018 Renault Koleos Intens Diesel Review

There’s massive competition for the 5-seater SUV family car space and Renault has jumped right into the pit to stake their claim with the Koleos. It ticks all the right boxes: high driving position, good ground clearance, 2WD and 4WD models, petrol or diesel and more safety features than a …

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2018 Renault Clio Review – French for fun

Not too long ago all that was required for a successful city car was an efficient zippy engine, the bare minimum of features and a turning circle tighter than your budget. Now with the rise of digital technology and its subsequent integration into all things automotive, the bar for a …

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2018 Renault Megane Sedan Review

The Megane is the most versatile model in Renault’s current line up, available in hatch, wagon and sedan form there’s a model for everyone. What we’ve got our hands on is the Megane Sedan in range-topping Intens guise. Tackling the small sedan market where there’s already healthy competition from rivals, …

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2018 Suzuki Swift Review

The Suzuki Swift is one of those cars that pops up all over the place, in the city, in the suburbs and out in country towns, the Swift calls all of these locations home and it’s little wonder why with a total of over 5 million Swifts roaming worldwide. That …

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2018 Suzuki Ignis Review

Suzuki knows what they’re good at and they stick to it, the Japanese company is comfortably at home in the small car market and their line up reflects this. In Australia we only get our hands on a small selection of what’s available and today we’re going to be putting …

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2018 Subaru Levorg GT-S Review

Within the Subaru line-up there’s no shortage of overlap between the models and no where is this more evident than with the Levorg. Silly name aside, the Levorg takes the performance DNA from the WRX and splices it with the practicality of the Liberty into a package that will have …

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Redbull and Mad Mike Whiddett team up to produce Nihon Nights

With the backing of media power and racing outfit Redbull, New Zealand’s drifting racer Michael Whiddett, also known as “Mad Mike”, has taken a deeper look at the car culture eminating from Japan that has culminated in the documentary Nihon Nights. “What I love about the Japanese is they are …

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Tesla owner mines cryptocurrency with Model S and Supercharger power

The world of cryptocurrency has been blowing up recently with Bitcoin setting all time highs in excess of $10,000 USD. Most cryptocurrency is mined into existence using computing power that essentially turns electricity into digital money through specialised mining equipment known as ASIC’s or GPU’s. It’s a highly competitive industry …

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2018 Subaru WRX Premium Manual Review

The soundscape emanating from Australian roads just wouldn’t be the same without the familiar grunty burble left behind by Subaru’s infamous boxer engines. The most recognisable and prominent being the heart of multiple generations of WRX, initially starting off as a hotted up Impreza and ultimately parting ways. The WRX …

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2017 Honda CR-V VTi-L Review

The introduction and subsequent domination of SUVs into the family car market arose from families who desired more than their 5 seater wagon or sedan could provide. The natural upgrade available came in the form of four-wheel-drive where its extra row of seats and higher driving position proved to be …

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2017 Hyundai i30 Review – SR Premium vs Premium, Petrol vs Diesel

To the untrained eye both these top spec Hyundai i30’s come across as nigh on identical. Priced identically at $33,950 excluding on-road costs, both the diesel-powered Premium and petrol-motivated SR Premium have 1.6-litre four cylinder turbocharged engines, the exact same body and even the names are practically similar. So why is it worth …

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Meet the Top 5 Best Sounding Engines [video]

Throughout the development process of any engine, engineers focus their talents on extracting all the power possible from the liquefied dinosaur remains we now call petrol and use as fuel. They’ve tried all manner of engine configurations over the years and in some cases the end result is a technological …

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2017 Mazda CX-3 Neo Automatic Review

The CX-3 is Mazda’s baby SUV from their CX designated SUV lineup sitting alongside the CX-5 and CX-9. It’s an easy mistake to assume each model is the same albeit in a larger or smaller size but that’s not the case at all. They all come with their own charming …

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