The new 2014 Kia Optima SLi review
25 Apr 2014

2014 Kia Optima Review

2014 Kia Optima adds styling tweaks and added safety features to the top-spec Optima Platinum. Pricing is up slightly across the range.

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This is the new WRX STi
17 Apr 2014

2015 Subaru WRX STi Review

Subaru has created an exciting all-wheel drive giant killer that doubles as a sedate family car and a track-ready terror. But does it deliver true sportscar fun?

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The new Subaru Outback
11 Apr 2014

2014 Subaru Outback Review

Subaru has added some plastic cladding and underbody protection to the Outback to make a practical car a little tougher looking and a little more practical for those living in the bush.

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The new Hyundai Elantra Premium
08 Apr 2014

2014 Hyundai Elantra Review

The i30 hatchback and the Elantra sedan might be from the same family just with different names, but a slight styling tweak and improvements to ride and handling give it a character all of its own.

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The Honda Accord
27 Mar 2014

Honda Accord VTi Review

The Accord is a well-built, stylish car, affordable at the entry level but becoming pricey at the top end. It is more luxurious, more comfortable and more refined than the car it replaces, but we still prefer the better-resolved Accord Euro.

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The Mazda6 looks good and is good to drive
13 Mar 2014

Mazda6 Review

When Mazda gets things right, it really hits the nail on the head. The Mazda3 dominates its category; the Mazda2 is right up there with the leaders in the tiddler class and the Mazda6 keeps the flag waving in the highly competitive mid-size category.

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Toyota is hoping the new Corolla will help it maintain the spot of best-selling car in Australia
11 Mar 2014

2014 Toyota Corolla Sedan Review

The Corolla became Australia’s best selling car in 2013, the first Toyota to achieve such a record, and the company is hoping the new one will retain the crown.

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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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