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2019 Kia Sportage Si Premium Diesel AWD Review

The Kia Sportage has proven to be one of the more popular options for Australian families looking for a 5-seater SUV and for 2019 Kia is doubling down on the well received formula only making minor changes to the refreshed model throughout. Petrol and Diesel powerplants are available as well …

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2019 BMW X2 sDrive2.0i Review

The popularity of the SUV has seen all manufacturers expand their line ups to cater to the growing demand of buyers and BMW is aiming to grab the attention of those after a smaller sized premium SUV with the X2. Following BMW’s SUV nomenclature, the X2 is the sportier, coupe-like …

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2019 Honda HR-V VTi-LX Review

For small sized SUVs to stand out from their peers they need to strike the right balance of design flair and well thought out features while keeping the accountants happy. Sure you could throw every single piece of available tech into a car like the Honda HR-V but you’d also …

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2019 Mazda MX-5 1.5L Roadster Review

This will be the third time I’ve jumped into Mazda’s MX-5 for a week of thrashing to decipher its secrets, only now I’ve finally managed to nab the one I was most excited for. It’s the base spec 1.5L Roadster with none of the bells and whistles and more importantly, …

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2019 Nissan X-Trail N-Sport Review

It was way back in 2001 when Nissan first launched the X-Trail, the car that single handedly added petrol to the growing flame of SUV domination. They got the recipe right from the get go, a practical family SUV with enough spice mixed in to handle some light off-roading. Roll …

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2019 Audi Q7 3.0 TDI Quattro Review

When it comes to Audi’s they don’t come any larger than the Q7, it’s the battleship of their luxuriant and technologically packed fleet. All the available room in the Q7 has given Audi the opportunity to roll out a mighty feature list that’s sure to impress the commander at the …

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2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Active Diesel Review

If the situation calls for more than 5 seats there’s the classic dilemma of the humble people mover or the more exciting 7 seater SUV. Hyundai’s Santa Fe has been filling the 7 seater space for well over a decade now while with rivals beginning to crowd the market after …

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Kia’s electric roll out to hit Australian shores starting with the e-Niro SUV

Leap frogging past their hybrid powertrain rivals, Kia are gearing up to offer their all electric e-Nero SUV to prospective Australian buyers towards the end of 2019. Revealed at the 2018 Paris Motor Show, the Kia e-Niro will cover 485km of freeway driving on a single charge and an impressive …

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2018 Toyota Hilux Rogue Review

Making sense of the Toyota Hilux range used to be as simple as getting wet at the beach. You had the affordable and frugal Workmate, the mid range SR and the top of the line SR5. However now there’s twice as many to choose from with three additional grades fleshing …

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Infiniti Prototype 10 Electric Speedster hints at future design direction

The future of auto is electric and the shift to new power platforms opens up entirely new design opportunities for design engineers to flex their creativity. INFINITI’s global design teams in Asia, Europe and North America have worked their magic to produce the INFINITI Prototype 10 Electric Speedster which was …

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2018 Kia Carnival Review – the Stylish People Mover

There are times when even a mammoth sized SUV sporting 7 seats won’t cut the mustard. Yes, you do get a total of 7 seats but that’s in a car originally designed to have 5 leaving the rear cramped for passengers and stripping away any storage space for cargo. Against …

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2018 Hyundai Kona Active 2.0 Petrol Review

The Hyundai Kona is the smallest SUV available from the Korean car maker, arriving at the party fashionably late its got some stiff competition in the form of Mazda’s CX-3, Honda’s HR-V, Toyota’s C-HR and Subaru’s XV. Hyundai have opted to take their time with the Kona giving them ample …

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