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

2019 Hyundai i30 Fastback N Review

When I was growing up I was a big fan of the 1994 Mazda 323 Astina. It was the car that pioneered the combination of a sleek coupe body with four doors and it looked fantastic. Those frameless windows and slim headlights, the low nose and liftback rear, and the …

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2019 Kia Picanto GT Review

Remember the Volkswagen Up? The pint-size Kia Picanto reminds me a lot about Volkswagen’s delightful little micro car from six years ago. Unlike the Up which was a sales disaster, the Picanto commands nearly 81 per cent of its market segment so far this year and is by far the …

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2019 Lexus RC F Review

The Lexus RC F is the Japanese luxury marque’s baddest and most potent offering since the ballistic LFA supercar. It’s rivals are all Germans, namely the BMW M4, Mercedes-AMG C 63 Coupe and Audi RS 5 Coupe. And instead of trying to be one of them, Lexus chose to forge …

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2019 Nissan Qashqai Ti Review

It was almost 6 years ago that we saw the Qashqai hit our shores and roll onto the roads of Australia, the oddly named compact SUV from Nissan went on to sell well thanks to its well thought out overall package and handsome appearance. Now in 2019 we need to …

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2019 Mazda3 Review – great leap for the 3

 The Mazda3 is a special car. I owned a first-generation model for 8 years and its entertaining dynamics and sharp handling always brought joy to my journeys, big or small. It was one of the most stylish small cars on the road with an equally smart interior, and it …

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2019 Ford Endura Review – ST Line All-Wheel Drive

The Endura is Ford’s latest SUV brought in from the brand’s Canadian factory to replace the Australian built and developed Territory which was last sold in 2016. Sharing the same platform as the Ford Mondeo mid-size sedan, the Endura is about the same size as the Territory, which places it …

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Lexus UX vs Volvo XC40 vs Jaguar E-Pace Review

The modern small SUV has replaced the humble hatch back as a jack-of-all-trades, offering space, style, and the all-important elevated driving position we can’t seem to get enough of. And if you want something a little bit fancier, there are rich pickings, too from the premium brands where it’s possible …

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2019 Mitsubishi Triton GLS Automatic Review

Upper spec dual cab utes these days need to strike the right balance between being the capable and reliable workhorse throughout the week while still providing the comfort and safety expected of a family car for the weekend. Often the end result feels thrown together as an afterthought. Well Mitsubishi …

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First Drive: 2019 Volvo S60 T5 & T8 Review

Volvo has enjoyed tremendous growth in the past few years thanks to a rejuvenated line up that started with the XC90. Its cars are now far sexier, more high-tech and crucially, much better to drive than ever before. Last year, the brand grew 40 per cent in Australia and is …

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2019 BMW 3 Series Review – 320d Luxury Line

Think luxury sports sedan and the BMW 3 Series immediately springs to mind. Since its inception in 1975, the 3 Series has been often regarded as the de facto rear-wheel drive, driver-focused compact executive saloon. It is the German marque’s best-selling model, accounting for nearly one-third of the brand’s annual …

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2019 Nissan Pathfinder ST+ 4WD Review

Aging it may be, the Nissan Pathfinder is not out of touch, yet. Big seven seater SUVs bring a lot to the party for today’s active family, mix in 4WD and you end up with a jack of all trades machine that’s as comfortable on the school run as it …

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2019 Toyota Corolla ZR Petrol Review

It feels like the Toyota Corolla has been around forever. It must feel that way because it’s now in its 12th-generation and it’s still immensely popular. Not because it’s anything special but because it’s a name synonymous with words like sensible, reliable and dependable. In other words – it’s just …

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2019 Mini Cooper Clubman Review

Cars brimming with character are far and few in between making them somewhat of a rarity. This makes the ones that unabashedly flaunt their style stand out all that much more. The latest 2019 Mini Cooper Clubman starts off at an accessible $37,900 plus on-road costs which becomes all that …

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