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

2018 Volvo XC60 Review

The Volvo XC60 is an important model in the Swede carmaker’s line up. Globally and in Australia, the XC60 is easily the brand’s top selling model and this 2017 model is likely to continue that trend. Available in three variants in Australia comprising the Momentum, Inscription and sports flavoured R-Design …

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2018 Mazda CX-9 Review – Why It Is Still The Class Benchmark

It’s already been a year since the new generation Mazda CX-9 has hit the roads and it continues to be a strong seller. Not willing to rest their laurels Mazda has taken note of criticism (not that it has many) and further honed their seven seater SUV to meet buyers’ …

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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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2017 Top 5 midsize SUVs under $45,000

With medium sized SUVs getting more popular by the day, we’ve put together 5 that ranked highly in our previous individual reviews and, in our opinion, the best of their class. All comes with 5 seats except for the Honda CR-V, which can be had with a 7-seat layout. Honda …

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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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2018 MINI John Cooper Works Countryman Review

The MINI John Cooper Works Countryman is the biggest, heaviest, priciest and most potent MINI money can buy today. It’s quite literally the opposite of mini. But there’s a reason for its existence. After capturing the boom of the SUV market with the Countryman, JCW, MINI’s performance division, is now …

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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 Renault Megane Wagon Review

There is a common misconception that if you need space, you buy an SUV. The truth is, quite often you will find more space in the back of a wagon than an SUV. If you don’t need the ground clearance and all-wheel drive (though wagon like the Subaru Levorg is …

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2017 Mazda CX-5 GT Petrol AWD Review: Affordable Prestige

The car business is an ultra competitive one. Prestige manufacturers want a slice of the mainstream market, while mainstream carmakers aspire to play in the prestige arena. A decade ago, the entry price to a prestige marque was north of fifty big ones but today a Mercedes-Benz A-Class can be …

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2017 Subaru XV Review

When Subaru launched the first generation XV compact crossover in 2012, it had only the Mitsubishi ASX and Nissan Juke to call rivals. Fast forward to 2017, and now in its second generation, the new XV is faced with an explosion of new entrants that have come into one of …

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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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2017 Jaguar F-Type 400 Sport Review

Already carving out a name for itself as the more edgy and vigorous rival to the Porsche 911, the two-seater Jaguar F-Type continues to evolve for 2017, gaining sharper looks and more performance. The ever expanding line-up now spans from four to eight cylinders, available in rear- or all-wheel drive, …

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