The Volkswagen Golf Wagon is more practical than the Golf hatchback if not quite as attractive
07 Mar 2014

2014 Volkswagen Golf Wagon Review

The Volkswagen Golf Wagon range starts with the 90TSI, steps up to the 103TSI and tops out with a diesel variant. For our money, we’d go for the 90TSI because it’s almost impossible to feel the extra 13kW from the larger engine.

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Practical Motoring's first drive car review of the Kia Soul
16 Feb 2014

2014 Kia Soul Review

The new Kia Soul shows how fast Kia is developing as a brand. The quality, fit and finish are top notch, it rides very well indeed and the boxy shape makes it ideal for young families, empty nesters, small business owners, almost everyone.

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The BMW 116i is a quality package but it's priced a little high
09 Feb 2014

BMW 116i Review

The BMW 116i may be an entry-level model as far as BMW is concerned but it doesn’t have an entry-level price. Tony Bosworth asks if the five-door hatchback represents good value for money, and does it really deliver the goods?

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The Commodore SS-V adheres to the European school of performance sedans with conservative styling
04 Feb 2014

Holden Commodore SS-V Review

Tony Bosworth reckons we’re looking at a future classic in the shape of this latest and greatest Holden Commodore SS-V sedan.

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The BMW 520d rides and handles beautifully
03 Feb 2014

BMW 520d Review

It’s one of the best-looking BMWs and when a twin-turbo diesel beats under the bonnet, Tony Bosworth reckons the 520d is also one of the most efficient luxury cars you can buy.

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The Maserati Quattroporte S V6 is better value than the V8
30 Jan 2014

Maserati Quattroporte Review

Paul Murrell reckons there’s no practical reason why you’d spend the extra dollars to buy the V8 when the Maserati Quattroporte S V6 is such a capable and enticing engine. But what’s $80,000 between friends?

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The CLA 200 is a great step up into the Mercedes sedan range
29 Jan 2014

Mercedes-Benz CLA 200 Review

Despite being the cheapest Mercedes-Benz sedan (it comes in a full $10,000 under the already-good-value C-Class), the CLA 200 will sell on its appearance, as much as the three-pointed star in the grille.

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The new Peugeot 2008 stands out from the compact-SUV crowd
28 Jan 2014

Peugeot 2008 review

The compact-SUV segment is becoming very crowded, and it just got even squashier with the arrival of the new Peugeot 2008. Paul Murrell takes it for a drive to work out if beauty is only skin deep.

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The BMW Z4 is a good looker, fun to drive and is priced to undercut its key rivals
26 Jan 2014

BMW Z4 Review

The BMW Z4 is a two-seater sports car so it can’t be judged by the standards of ‘sensible’ cars, but you’ll need to decide just how many compromises you are willing to live with.

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The Audi S3 will appeal to a broad range of hot hatch buyers
24 Jan 2014

Audi S3 Sportback review

The Audi S3 Sportback will find its way onto shopping lists of European buyers, but the real surprise is that it is also competitive with the Subaru WRX STi and Mitsubishi Evo X.

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17 Jan 2014

2014 Fiat Panda review

The Fiat Panda isn’t a bad little thing, but it’s not as practical as Fiat would like to think it is. Indeed, if you’ve got kids and they’re still in child seats then forget about it.

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The new Alfa Romeo MiTo Series 2 is the cheapest new Alfa you can buy.
14 Jan 2014

Alfa Romeo MiTo Series 2 First Drive Car Review

Some people will never accept an Alfa Romeo with front wheel drive, but for many, the MiTo will be their first introduction to the brand. Paul Murrell assesses how successful the refreshed MiTo will be.

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The BMW 320i M Sport is an absolute ripper of a car
08 Jan 2014

BMW 320i First Drive Car Review

BMW say it builds the ultimate driving machine. Tony Bosworth reckons it might well have hit the nail on the head with the 320i (M Sport Package).

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The Abarth 695 Edizione Maserati is a little pricey at $60k but it's a whole lot of fun to drive
02 Jan 2014

Abarth 695 Edizione Maserati First Drive Car Review

There’s only 40 of these Abarth 695 Edizione Maseratis available for Australia and that’s a shame because this is one of the stand-out hotties of the last few years.

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If you squint you might see hints of the Hyundai Veloster in the look of the ix35
24 Dec 2013

Hyundai ix35 First Drive Car Review

The Hyundai ix35 has always been great value, and most buyers were willing to overlook its shortcomings. With the Series II Hyundai has addressed these and made it an even better buy for families.

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