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

2018 BMW 1 Series 125i Review

The BMW 1 Series is a strange proposition in the market place. At the premium space it competes against the Audi A3, Mercedes-Benz A-Class and Lexus CT. Closer to the mainstream end its pricing of circa $40-50k puts it right among hot hatches like the Volkswagen Golf GTI, Peugeot 308 …

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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 Toyota Camry Ascent Review – Boring No More

The eighth-generation Camry represents a new era for Toyota in Australia in more ways than one. For a start, it doesn’t look like your grandmother’s favourite cardigan anymore and is the first fully imported (from Japan) Camry in Australia for nearly 30 years. With the thorough reinvention, the Camry has …

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2018 Kia Stinger GT Review

Rear-wheel drive, twin turbocharged V6 engine, spacious seating for five adults and an interior that rivals top premium brands, all for under sixty grand? Yes, it exists. And it’s the long-awaited Kia Stinger. It’s the Korean brand’s first ever sports sedan and what a commendable effort. If you’re like me, …

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2018 Holden Equinox LS+ Review – talents behind the insipid looks

  Holden is leaving its manufacturing past behind and forging into an import-only future like the rest of its competitors. It’s uncharted waters for the home grown brand that used to rely heavily on its locally made Commodore. The first of a swag of new models to arrive post local …

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2018 Renault Megane Wagon GT-Line Review

  You can count with one hand the number of wagons that are on offer from the more than sixty brands in Australia. And if you eliminated the less affordable premium marques, you are left with just the Renault Megane Wagon, Holden Astra Wagon, Volkswagen Golf Wagon and its twin-under-the-skin, …

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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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2018 Audi SQ5 Review

What’s the best performance SUV under a hundred grand? The answer to this used to be pretty simple. Audi SQ5, of course. For more than half a decade, Audi’s mid-size performance family hauler has been the perennial choice for those looking to quell their domesticated status often linked to driving an …

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2018 Lexus NX 300h Sports Luxury Review

  The popular Lexus NX has received its first major update since its introduction in 2014. Introduced as Lexus’ answer to the Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Mercedes-Benz GLC, the NX has been a showroom success for the brand, accounting for nearly 1 out of every 3 Lexus sold in …

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2018 Renault Clio Review – French for fun

Not too long ago all that was required for a successful city car was an efficient zippy engine, the bare minimum of features and a turning circle tighter than your budget. Now with the rise of digital technology and its subsequent integration into all things automotive, the bar for a …

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2018 Peugeot 3008 Review

Think of the senses melting Crème brûlée. Now add a chilled tangy whiff of The Mimosa. That’s the ‘feel good’ feeling you get when driving the new Peugeot 3008. It’s France’s boldest mark yet on the mid-size SUV segment. One that is as significant as those classic French dessert and …

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