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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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2018 Honda Odyssey VTi-L Review

Honda has taken the tried and tested approach of quality over quantity and applied it to their flagship people mover, the Honda Odyssey. Where the lower spec VTi can swallow up 8 people in total, the top spec Odyssey VTi-L will max out at 7. For those that want the …

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2018 Jeep Compass Trailhawk Review

The SUV invasion is still well and truly in full swing where manufacturers continue to flood dealerships with hoards of the lumbering mechanised bland-mobiles. Most the brands are playing it safe and conservative, differences that separate one from the next continue to converge making it tough to pick a clear …

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2018 Subaru BRZ tS Review – Tuned by STI

When Subaru announced they would be releasing a BRZ clad in STI badges many car nuts let their imaginations run wild. Unfortunately for them their dreams of a potent and agile turbocharged rear-wheel drive coupe were quickly put to rest after a thorough inspection of the spec sheet for Subaru’s …

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2018 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium Review

Prior to the age of the SUV it was the humble wagon that was the urban king proudly occupying that coveted second carpark in many family driveways. Whether it was the morning school run, family holiday road trip or simply grabbing the weekly shopping, the wagon handled it all without …

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2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Review

Technology can be a double edged sword that rusts over with the passage of time. What used to be a must have feature becomes one to avoid the moment a better alternative comes along. Now half way into its model life, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV we are reviewing has a …

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Event: Winton Raceway 86 Festival

Even 35 years after its initial release, the Toyota AE86 still commands a cult like following to this day. Whether you’re a fan of time attack, drifting, rally or circuit racing, the AE86 has been there and done it all. And on the 15th of April at the Winton 86 …

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2018 Honda Jazz VTi-L Review

The challenge of designing and building a small hatchback certainly is no easy task. To start with, you’ve only a shoebox sized interior to stuff some measure of practicality into, then you have to sculpt what little panel work you have to work with into an appealing design and finally, …

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2018 Abarth 595 Competizione Manual Review

Cars like the Abarth 595 Competizione are a rare breed due to the rarity of potential buyers. There’s not a whole lot of people out there looking for a minuscule city car that throws what little practicality it had out the window in the name of blistering performance. Those that …

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2018 Renault Captur Intens Review

Brisk acceleration, precise handling and that direct crisp feel through the wheel, when it comes to the modern family car, none of this matters in the slightest. That’s because the family car has the far more important objective of providing practicality, comfort and above all else affordability. This puts the …

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2018 Ford Focus RS Limited Edition Review

Cars labelled Limited Edition usually struggle to get the pulse going, they’re often an outgoing model with some stickers slapped on and a different set of alloy wheels included in order to clear out old stock and make way for the inevitable replacement. Not the 2018 Ford Focus RS Limited …

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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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