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Test drives and in-depth reviews of some of the most popular new cars currently on the market today.

2017 Toyota Yaris ZR Review

We’ve had the Starlet, the Echo and now we’re more than familiar with the Yaris, Toyota’s pint sized entry into the compact car market which has just been refreshed to remain a valid choice for P platers and Grandma’s alike. I was never a big fan of the original Yaris, …

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2017 Toyota C-HR Koba AWD Review

There’s no question that Toyota knows how to build a solid, reliable and sensible selection of cars. You don’t become top dog in the automotive manufacturing business by taking giant risks on every new design; it’s the conservative well thought out approach that’s proven to sell. The reason behind their …

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2017 Kia Rio Review – SLi automatic

The Kia Rio is one of the more popular small cars in Australia and is the Korean manufacturer’s global hit, with annual sales approaching 500,000, accounting for 16% of Kia’s annual sales. However, its profile in Europe is still a little lacking compared to segment leaders such as the Volkswagen …

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2017 Mazda MX-5 RF Review

The last time I drove Mazda’s latest incarnation of the MX-5 I was treated to the top-spec GT model in the classic roadster manual configuration. Now it’s time to get behind the wheel of the base spec RF model in both manual and automatic configurations. The very thought of placing …

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2017 BMW M2 Review

The BMW M2 is the entry point into the high performance M-badged BMW ownership. As the M3 coupe, now called the M4, has grown so much in size over the years, BMW saw the opportunity to slot in a smaller M coupe under the M4. To put it into perspective, the supposedly …

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2017 Toyota Kluger Grande AWD Review

The popular 7 seater Kluger SUV from Toyota has had a refresh for 2017 that boasts improved safety, refinement and performance. These improvements come at an increased cost throughout the three-tier range and the top spec Grande model we’re testing rolls in with a $1,831 increase on the previous year …

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2017 Audi S4 Sedan Review

Audi’s S sub-brand has always impressed on delivering strong and accessible performance. Unlike full-blown RS models which can often be overwhelming on anywhere but a track, S-badged Audis can be fully enjoyed on the road without compromises on refinement and road manners. The new S4 is the latest member of the family …

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2017 Lexus IS 300h Review

As if the outgoing model wasn’t bold enough, Lexus has gone even more courageous with the updated 2017 IS sports sedan. Launching on the backdrop of one million global sales and a teasy advertising campaign celebrating those who dare to step forward, the 3 Series and C-Class rival boasts the strongest …

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2017 Holden Astra Review

The small car segment has never been so tightly contested. It’s the most crowded passenger car market with over 20 models to choose from. Even at the top of the chart there’s at least five “you can’t go wrong with anyone of these” options, namely the ever popular Mazda 3, long dominant …

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