Car Reviews

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

2016 Volvo XC90 T6 R-Design Polestar Review

We are all familiar with M and AMG, but there’s a new kid in town – Polestar. Like its esteemed German counterparts, Polestar started off as an independent tuner and motorsport partner of Volvo, until the Swedish brand acquired the outfit, including the Polestar brand, in 2015. The aim was …

Read More »

2016 Volkswagen Passat Alltrack Review

The Volkswagen Passat Wagon is already a practical family hauler, but the new Passat Alltrack model takes it up a notch with added ride height and mild off-road ability. Like the previous-generation Alltrack, the recipe is similar. Start with the Passat wagon, then infuse with a set of jacked up suspension …

Read More »

2016 Audi A4 Review – A4 1.4 TFSI

BMW for sportiness, Mercedes for comfort, Jaguar for style and Lexus for quality. Take those attributes from each marque, trim them down a tiny bit, give it the best interior of the segment, and you get an Audi. It’s the same story for the new Audi A4. The all-rounded appeal …

Read More »

2016 Fiat 500X Review

The Fiat 500X is the latest member of the fast-growing Fiat 500 family and is one of the more style-focused compact crossover in the segment. Infused with the cutesy looks of its smaller hatch sibling that almost single-handed revived the Fiat brand in Australia, the high-riding 500X aims to bring …

Read More »

2016 Land Rover Discovery Sport Review

The Land Rover Discovery Sport was launched in mid-2015 and essentially replaced the unloved Land Rover Freelander 2. It is the first member of the expanded Discovery family and takes the family-friendly SUV a little further upmarket, sitting above the fashionable but smaller Range Rover Evoque. Counting the BMW X3, …

Read More »

2016 Hyundai Elantra Review

Australians’ taste in cars has changed dramatically since the new millennia. Fifteen years ago, our favourite mode of transport was large four-door sedans with no fewer than six cylinders. Then came the invasion of the Sports Utility Vehicle or SUVs, which single handedly ended the dominants of our local heroes …

Read More »

2016 Kia Sportage Review

The superseded Kia Sportage was one of the first Kia models penned under automotive design superstar, Peter Schreyer after being lured across to the Korean brand from Audi. The stylish SUV went on to become Kia’s top selling model. Since then, every new model that came after it has raised …

Read More »

2016 Mitsubishi Mirage Review

Three years on from its local introduction, Mitsubishi has given its baby 2016 Mitsubishi Mirage a makeover. The sixth generation Mirage now comes in two variants, with the mid-spec ES Sport dropped from the new lineup. Priced from $11,990 plus on-roads, the new ES is $1,000 cheaper than the superseded model and ships …

Read More »

2016 Suzuki Vitara S-Turbo Review

One of last year’s more interesting revivals was the Suzuki Vitara. We took the stylish little SUV from Suzuki on a trip to Kangaroo Island and were impressed by its entertaining and accomplished chassis, all wrapped in a comfortable and relatively stylish package. While its naturally aspirated 1.6-litre was smooth …

Read More »

2016 Mazda CX-3 Review

Who says a small entry-level SUV can’t be exciting? This is the all-new Mazda CX-3, the company’s first ever offering in the highly competitive and increasingly popular segment. And it auspiciously shows the rest in the class how a B-segment-based crossover body can still be the perfect canvas for a …

Read More »