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

2013 Hyundai i30 SR Review

Last year we drove the Hyundai i30 diesel automatic and loved its built quality, refinement and comfort. However, it isn’t quite there yet in terms of driving dynamics. So, here comes the Hyundai i30 SR, the first i30 in the world to be fitted with the company’s 2.0-litre direct-injected four-cylinder petrol engine. The 129 …

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2013 Citroen DS5 Review

Like French champagne and Louise Vuitton bags, the DS brand is Citroen’s answer to luxury and style. Created in 2009 as a premium brand for the mass market double Chevron marque, the DS’ objective is not only to redirect customers with fat wallets from Mercedes and BMW, it also marks …

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2013 BMW Z4 Review

The last BMW Z4 wasn’t quite sporty enough to challenge the Porsche Boxter, nor comfortable enough to cruise ahead of the Mercedes SLK. It was confused with what it wanted to be. And the controversial ‘flame surfacing’ design philosophy courtesy of Mr.Bangle didn’t help either. Meet the new Z4. The …

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2013 Fiat Freemont Review

We usually associate Fiat with its most iconic model, the Fiat 500. It’s a charming little car that is full of fun and character (read our review here). However, with only two doors and four seats, things start to get a little tricky if you have a family and a …

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2013 Lexus IS Sedan Review

Fun. Agile. Exciting. We could hardly imagine using these words to describe a Lexus just a few years ago, but here they are, adequately defining the new 2013 Lexus IS. It’s the dawn of a new era for the cardigan clad and pleat trousered Japanese brand. Since taking over the …

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2013 Honda Accord Review

I have always been interested in Honda’s progress for its Accord mid size sedan, as I was once the owner of a 95′ model – my first car. Since then, every time I get behind the wheel of a new generation Accord, I not only compare it with the previous …

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2013 Chrysler 300 STR8 Core Review

Imagine a duffle bag stuffed full of fire crackers. Now, imagine throwing the bag into a cave and lighting it up. That’s what you get when you jab the Start button on the Chyrsler 300 SRT8 Core. The 6.4-litre HEMI V8 awakens with a thunderous roar that’s enough to set …

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2013 Holden Commodore SSV Redline Review

Back in September, we drove the 2013 Holden VF Commodore SSV and were impressed by its sharp handling, quality and unbeatable value for money. It didn’t take too long before we find ourselves getting behind the wheel of its high performance cousin, the SSV Redline, to find out just how …

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2013 Honda CR-Z Review

The Honda CR-Z is one of those cars with a ‘world first’ claim by its maker under its belt – the world’s first hybrid sports car. When we tested the 2012 model, we were impressed with the car’s handling and fuel economy. Since then, Honda has given the car a …

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2013 Holden Trax Review

The compact SUV segment is one of the fastest growing segments in Australia and Holden has decided it’s about time to have a slice of the cake. Meet the new 2013 Holden Trax, a compact crossover designed to take on segment favourites – the Nissan Dualis and Mitsubishi ASX. Offering the compact size …

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2013 Honda Jazz Hybrid Review

Fast, fun, exhilarating & engaging. None of these attributes can be used to describe the Honda Jazz. Yet, it is one of the brand’s best-selling models. Perhaps it’s the car’s commitment to practicality, versatility and reliability that bring thousands of buyers into Honda’s showrooms every year. And now, Honda has …

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2013 Kia Cerato Hatch Review

The handsome Kia Cerato Sedan was recently joined by its remarkably stylish hatchback sibling in Australia. It’s Kia’s most successful model, with more than 2.5 million sold worldwide since its debut in 2004. Locally, the hatch accounts for as much as 70 per cent of all Cerato sales. A lot …

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2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4×2 Review

Earlier this year in March we drove the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland and we loved its driveability, off-road abilities and the long list of standard equipment. At $65,000, this soundly engineered SUV hits the mark with price, too. 2013 sees the Grand Cherokee getting a major facelift with a host …

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2013 Fiat 500 Review

Like polka-dots skirts and giant, thick-rimmed sunglasses in retina-shearing colours, it seems retro is back in vogue. There are not many cars that invoke this nostalgic feeling better than the Fiat 500. What’s more, I successfully came into this world thanks to the original Fiat 500. No! I wasn’t conceived …

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