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

2018 Subaru Outback 3.6R Review

  There’s a lot to like about the Subaru Outback. Yes, it’s not overly exciting to look at even with the recent facelift, but like a pair of favourite Levi’s 501, it’s relaxingly comfortable and usefully fit for almost every occasion. Being the original crossover wagon, the Outback’s fan base …

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2018 Haval H9 Ultra Review

If you have no idea what you’re looking at right now, let me break it all down for you – this is the Haval H9, the flagship model from the world’s most powerful SUV manufacturer which shifted nearly 938,000 units globally last financial year alone. The Chinese marque, which is …

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2018 Kia Carnival Review – the Stylish People Mover

There are times when even a mammoth sized SUV sporting 7 seats won’t cut the mustard. Yes, you do get a total of 7 seats but that’s in a car originally designed to have 5 leaving the rear cramped for passengers and stripping away any storage space for cargo. Against …

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2018 Jaguar E-Pace P300 R-Dynamic HSE Review

  Unless you have been living on Mars, SUVs are big business these days. Not a month goes by without a new or shinier model hitting the market to cater for the global shift in demand for the high-riding wagon. With the mid- and large-SUV segments firmly established, carmakers are …

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2018 Holden Equinox LTZ Review – should you go the 2.0 turbo?

Earlier this year, we tested the new Holden Equinox and found plenty to like about the successor to the Captiva. Uninspiring looks aside, Holden’s latest mid-size family SUV impresses with a capacious interior, competent drivetrain and a well judged ride and handling balance. The LS+ variant that we drove had …

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2018 Toyota HiLux Rugged X Review

Same but different – that’s the best way of describing the Toyota HiLux Rugged X, one of the three new variants of the country’s best-selling vehicle. Rather than giving the HiLux a traditional facelift or an unimaginative ‘special edition’ sticker pack, especially as lower grades go unchanged for 2018, the three …

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2018 Hyundai Kona Active 2.0 Petrol Review

The Hyundai Kona is the smallest SUV available from the Korean car maker, arriving at the party fashionably late its got some stiff competition in the form of Mazda’s CX-3, Honda’s HR-V, Toyota’s C-HR and Subaru’s XV. Hyundai have opted to take their time with the Kona giving them ample …

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2018 Volvo XC40 T5 AWD Launch Edition Review

Like Porsche, Volvo has more or less become an SUV company. Once famous for its staid but safe-as-a-brick family wagons, the Swedish brand now sells more XC60 and XC90 SUVs than its sedans and wagons, with SUVs accounting for more than half of all the cars that leaves its showrooms. …

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2018 Holden Commodore VXR Review

It’s a Commodore but it’s not a Commodore. Yup, forget what you know about the big four-door sedan that once graced the driveway of your parents’ or grandparents’ home. Forget about the meaty throb of eight firing cylinders that was once your alarm bell every morning as your dad started …

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2018 Jaguar XF Sportbrake S 30d Review

Despite station wagons being on the losing end of the battle with SUVs and the fact that us Aussies aren’t nearly as fond of diesel-powered passenger cars as the Europeans are, Jaguar has decided to launch a wagon variant of the XF, known in Jaguar speak as the Sportbrake, with …

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2018 Jeep Compass Trailhawk Off-Road Review

While we’ve already taken a detailed look at the new Jeep Compass Trailhawk, there was only one question I had that needed answering when it was my turn to get behind the wheel – can this thing handle itself off-road? With most compact SUVs like the Compass having been designed …

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