12 Sep 2013

Toyota 86 First Drive

Toyota is to be commended for the 86 GT. It offers fun, affordable motoring with looks that’ll have you going weak at the knees. Our pick would definitely be the entry-level 86 GT (manual); ignore the auto – it’s like buying a dog and then doing the barking for it, if you know what we mean.

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12 Sep 2013

Mazda MX-5 First Drive

When the original Mazda MX-5 was launched back in 1989 it arrived like a bolt out of the blue delivering fun, open-top motoring thrills to the likes of you and me. It was affordable and attractive and gave us something we hadn’t had since the demise of the gorgeous Lotus Elan. This new variant is more purposeful than ever before.

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Mazda CX-5 is an impressive family offering
12 Sep 2013

Mazda CX-5 First Drive

The 2013 Mazda CX-5 line-up adds a new 139kW/250Nm 2.-5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine borrowed from the Mazda6. Until now, the diesel variants were the pick of the range. So can the 2.5 petrol take over the mantle?

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12 Sep 2013

2014 Subaru Forester 2.0D-S Review

Isaac Bober’s 2014 Subaru Forester 2.0D-S review with pricing, specs, ride and handling, safety and verdict. Here in Australia, Subaru’s success story has been inextricably linked to the Forester. It’s the brand’s best-selling model in its 40-year history with more than 170,000 units sold here since its launch back in

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Kia Sorento offers refinement and standard-fit seven seats.
10 Sep 2013

Kia Sorento First Drive

Overall, the Sorento 3.5 Si 2WD is a nice competent seven-seater that rides and handles well, has a grunty and refined drivetrain, and a decent amount of standard features. It’s the perfect alternative to some of the pricier seven-seaters on the market, but for families that like to get their feet dirty, you’ll need to pay more for the 4WD variant.

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The Subaru Outback diesel finally has a CVT.
10 Sep 2013

Subaru Outback 2.0D First Drive

The Outback 2.0D CVT is likely to woo those looking to update their current Outback for something a little flashier and more fuel-efficient. That it’s a roomy, comfortable and safe vehicle to drive, that’s as comfortable on dirt as it is on the black stuff, makes this new Outback 2.0D CVT well worth a look.

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New Subaru Forester looks great
10 Sep 2013

Subaru Forester 2.5i-S First Drive

Overall this new Forester sees Subaru deliver a more premium looking, feeling and driving product that puts it right back at the sharp-end of the pack. It’s likely to appeal strongly to faithful Subaru Forester owners wanting something a bit more comfortable, but it’s classy and competent enough to win new buyers too.

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Holden VF Commodore
10 Sep 2013

Holden VF Commodore First Drive

The big question remains: can this very competent, good value car bring buyers back to a category they have been deserting in droves? On a purely rational level, the VF Commodore should be hugely successful. But car buyers are rarely rational, and that bodes ill for the best car this country has ever produced.

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Hyundai Veloster SR Turbo opening image
10 Sep 2013

Hyundai Veloster SR Turbo First Drive

The Veloster SR Turbo represents an impressive step for Hyundai. It’s loaded with kit and while it might not rival some established hot hatches it’s still a lot of fun drive, and the matte paint helps give it a bit of street cred.

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Hyundai Veloster driving opening image
10 Sep 2013

Hyundai Veloster First Drive

If you’re looking for an engaging little hatch that rides and handles well, looks great, and is loaded with plenty of standard kit which you usually have to pay a lot more for, then the Hyundai Veloster is the car for you. And the car’s five-year warranty is icing on the cake.

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Infiniti FX 37 S opening image
10 Sep 2013

Infiniti FX37 S Premium First Drive

if you’re after something that matches the Germans (read: BMW X3/X5 and Audi Q5/Q7) for drivability and offers a fair dollop of exclusivity without costing the earth (relatively speaking), then the Infiniti FX37 S might just be the car for you.

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New Honda CR-V is more practical but a little more grunt wouldn't go astray.
10 Sep 2013

Honda CR-V First Drive

The new Honda CR-V may not exactly get the blood pumping, but by every measure it offers more of what you want and need, and less of what you don’t. It’s a conjuring trick that Honda’s designers and engineers can be proud of.

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Good looks and a long list of standard features make the Hyundai i30 a standout in the small car class
08 Sep 2013

Hyundai i30 First Drive

The Hyundai i30 offers good looks (inside and out), an impressive list of standard equipment for the money, good ride and handling with a level of refinement neither the Toyota Corolla or Mazda3 can match, and enough room for a family of four.

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08 Sep 2013

Volkswagen Golf 7 First Drive

The new Golf is a case of more of the same, only different. It should be more than enough to continue its record-breaking run, says Paul Murrell. When the new Golf replaced the seemingly eternal Beetle in 1974, it changed the market forever. Of course, VW had the Beetle soldier on

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Peugeot 208 opening image
08 Sep 2013

Peugeot 208 1.2-litre First Drive

The Peugeot 208 starts at $18,490, and that is, quite frankly, overpriced compared to what else is available. If your heart is set on this French cutie, at the bare minimum we’d suggest you consider the 1.6-litre four-cylinder, even though it is an additional $3000.

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