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

2014 BMW 5 Series Review – 535d Modern Line

I still remember vividly the first time I travelled business class. From the moment I set foot in the airport, I knew it was going to be something special. The superstar treatment begins at the check-in counter. Instead of joining the ever-growing queue of weary eyed, t-shirt wearing crowd snaking …

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2014 Lexus ES 300h Review

The Lexus ES started out as the company’s mid-size luxury sedan complimenting the LS flagship when Lexus said hello to the world in 1989.  Six generations later, the ES has become Lexus’ best selling model in the brand’s largest and second largest market, the USA and China respectively. The ES …

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2014 Alfa Romeo MiTo Review

The Alfa Romeo MiTo is the Italian marque’s first city car since the much lauded Alfasud from the late 70’s. Created to take on class favourites like the MINI and Fiat 500, the MiTo aims to be a fun and inexpensive offering targeted at young urbanites. Refreshed and reloaded for …

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2014 Abarth 500 EsseEsse Review

The last time I took a second look at a city car was when a P-plater zoomed past in a white Audi A1 with the registration plate “THX-DAD”. I thought to myself: “Lucky Girl”. Most city cars are about as interesting as a phone directory. But not this one. Based on …

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2014 BMW X5 Review – X5 M50d

The BMW X5 is, arguably, the pioneer of the current crop of luxury urban SUV. When the first generation was released in 1999, the X5 shaped a whole new movement amongst premium vehicle manufacturers. BMW even created a new acronym for the vehicle – SAV, or Sports Activity Vehicle. Back …

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2014 Hyundai ix35 Series II Review

The Hyundai ix35 replaces the Tucson as the Korean carmaker’s second attempt at the highly competitive compact SUV segment. Going against the likes of Nissan Qashqai, Holden Captiva 5, Ford Kuga and Mazda CX-5, the ix35 promises to offer style, practicality and versatility in an affordable package. 2014 sees the …

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2014 BMW 5 Series review – 520d M Sport

When it comes to online shopping, there’s Amazon. When it comes to executive sedan, there’s the BMW 5 Series. For decades, the propeller badged saloon has been the benchmark in the executive class, eclipsing the Audi A6, Mercedes E-Class and Lexus GS. Things have started to change in recent years, however, …

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2014 Skoda Octavia Review

Like me, most of you are likely to see Skoda through a pair tainted lens, a legacy of the brand’s humble Eastern Bloc origin. Think Skoda 105, 120 and 125 – a trio of painfully basic models that were produced from 1976 to 1990. Loved by Hollywood for car-chasing scenes …

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2014 Jeep Wrangler Review – Dragon and Special Ops editions

For the past 60 years, the Jeep Wrangler has been the symbol of freedom on four wheels. While the world has progressed from analogue to digital, the Wrangler has seemingly refused to move an inch away from its roots. But who cares? People want a no nonsense offroader that is …

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2014 Nissan Juke Review – Juke ST-S Turbo

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2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit Diesel Review

The Jeep Grand Cherokee is one of Australia’s most popular SUVs, and it’s not hard to see why. When we drove the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland, we loved its driveability, off-road abilities and the long list of standard equipment. With the range starting at just $43,000, this soundly engineered SUV hits …

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2014 Lexus ES Review – ES 350 Sports Luxury

After taking a seven-year sabbatical, the Lexus ES is back in Australia. Now in its sixth generation, the company hopes the new model will rekindle the flame with loyal Lexus customers who bought 7,000 ES between 1992 and 2006 – 2500 of which still returns to Lexus dealers for regular …

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2014 Lexus IS 300h Review

The Lexus IS 300h completes the last piece of the jigsaw in the Japanese premium marque’s hybrid offerings. Every model in the Lexus’ line up now has a petrol-electric variant, as the brand hopes for hybrid models to make up half of its total sales. The IS 300h is the …

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