Audi and Skoda not included in VW DSG recall
17 Nov 2013

Skoda and Audi owners in DSG recall

VW Group has told Practical Motoring this morning (November 18) that only a small number of Skodas and Audis fitted with the companies’ seven-speed DSG gearbox (DQ200), will be getting recall notices for replacement of synthetic oil.

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Volkswagen's DSG woes continue with recall of seven-speed DSG models
15 Nov 2013

VW recalls – DSG gearbox woes continue

VW’s seven-speed DSG problems do not appear to be over as the company also announces separate recalls of Amarok and Tiguan models.

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Kia Rondo offers seven-seats yet isn't much bigger than a Toyota Corolla
12 Nov 2013

Kia Rondo First Drive

People movers are miracles of clever packaging, says Paul Murrell and the Kia Rondo is a seven-up wagon no bigger than a Corolla.

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Good looks, great price and efficient motoring make the Prius c a standout.
11 Nov 2013

Toyota Prius c First Drive

It’s the cheapest Toyota hybrid and the best to drive, and that makes the Toyota Prius c the first Toyota hybrid you’d actually want to buy. Green really is good, says Isaac Bober.

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Audi A3 Sportback
10 Nov 2013

Audi A3 Sportback First Drive (2013)

Audi claims it created the premium compact segment. But does the Audi badge have sufficient clout to defeat the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class and BMW 1 Series?

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Frankfurt Motor Show
10 Nov 2013

The A-Z of the Frankfurt Motor Show

It’s reckoned to be the world’s biggest and glitziest car show, and Frankfurt certainly didn’t disappoint this time round as the wraps were taken off a host of new and exciting cars, many of which are headed this way, reports Tony Bosworth.

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19 Oct 2013

Nissan Pulsar First Drive

Hands up if you remember the Nissan Pulsar? Born in 1978 and sold all around the world (various generations were even built in Australia) until it disappeared in 2007, replaced by the Nissan Tiida, the Nissan Pulsar became an icon. And now it’s back. And at exactly the same price it listed for back in 1996 – $19,990 (+ORC). Clever.

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18 Oct 2013

MINI Cooper S Paceman First Drive

Despite the high ride height, the Mini Paceman lacks AWD. And while the extra length pays dividends in rear seat space, there’s still only room for two back there and intending occupants have to find their way in and out using the front doors. That said, the Paceman looks hot. And perhaps that’s the only justification it needs.

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08 Oct 2013

2014 Subaru XV review

The Subaru XV combines impressive rough-road ability with decent on-road manners, says Isaac Bober.

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08 Oct 2013

Alfa Romeo MiTo Road Test

It’s Alfa Romeo’s renaissance car, the one the company hopes will occupy the same passionate place in motorists’ hearts as the hugely popular Alfasud  and Sprint Veloce did three decades ago. The big question is, does it? asks Tony Bosworth. With a whole string of successful models in its wake,

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03 Oct 2013

2014 VW up review

Volkswagen’s oddly-named up! lists for just $13,990 (+ORC) is well built, safe, and offers enough room and oomph for a family of four, says Tony Bosworth.

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29 Sep 2013

Range Rover Evoque eD4 Road Test

The Evoque eD4 2WD might be the first Range Rover not to drive all four wheels but it hasn’t hurt the brand, says Isaac Bober. In an event reminiscent of when Porsche announced the release of its Cayenne SUV – which saved the company we hasten to add – Land Rover’s

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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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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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