Road test

Wed 11 Jul 2018

Updated 2019 model Kia Sportage elevated on best SUV list

Updated 2019 model Kia Sportage elevated on best SUV list

Another week, another new SUV — but here’s why the just updated Kia Sportage should make your shortlist.

Mon 9 Jul 2018

ROAD TEST: Check out the Volvo that’s out of the box

ROAD TEST: Check out the Volvo that’s out of the box

The capable XC40 replaces stodgy with sleek — and safety is a given.

ONE CAR TWO OPINIONS: Play Polo, it’s like mini Golf

ONE CAR TWO OPINIONS: Play Polo, it’s like mini Golf

VW’s Polo compact city car adds features and packs Euro style and quality from $18K — that’s value.

Fri 6 Jul 2018

ROAD TEST: Citroen C3 bumps off boredom

ROAD TEST: Citroen C3 bumps off boredom

Style and rarity count in favour of Citroen’s funky C3 compact hatch, which dips a toe in the SUV pool too. The price and tight space count against it.

Thu 5 Jul 2018

Switched-on Santa Fe SUV is the peacekeeper on road trips

Switched-on Santa Fe SUV is the peacekeeper on road trips

To maintain peace on family road trips, Hyundai’s Santa Fe seven-seater adds comfort and entertainment kit plus an arsenal of standard driver assistance tech.

Wed 4 Jul 2018

Commodores clash: Do you really need a six-cylinder version?

Commodores clash: Do you really need a six-cylinder version?

Family feud time as the all-paw Commodore V6 takes on the four-cylinder turbo sibling. For most buyers, the latter makes more sense as a daily driver.

Mon 2 Jul 2018

Lexus LC500 is a chest-thumping automotive aphrodisiac

Lexus LC500 is a chest-thumping automotive aphrodisiac

Flex the V8 muscle within Lexus' LC500 and you will be rewarded with old-school rear-wheel drive power.

Fri 29 Jun 2018

Seven-seat Mazda CX-8 is sizing up families

Seven-seat Mazda CX-8 is sizing up families

Mazda maintains march toward 'mainstream premium' with new seven-seat diesel addition.

Wed 27 Jun 2018

Haval H2 attractively priced but still a Chinese gamble

Haval H2 attractively priced but still a Chinese gamble

The Chinese make more cars than anyone else on the planet, but no-one is buying them in Australia. We look at the reasons in the Haval H2.

Tue 26 Jun 2018

Five things about the bargain-priced Mitsubishi Triton GLX+

Five things about the bargain-priced Mitsubishi Triton GLX+

Rarely is one of the cheapest utes on the market one of the best buys, but that could be the case with this double-cab.

HEAD-TO-HEAD: Toyota RAV4 versus Honda CR-V

HEAD-TO-HEAD: Toyota RAV4 versus Honda CR-V

Honda’s versatile CR-V is a better buy than the Toyota RAV4 but only in the top-spec where active safety is on a par.

Mon 25 Jun 2018

Wealthy get hands dirty in Rolls-Royce Dawn Black Badge

Wealthy get hands dirty in Rolls-Royce Dawn Black Badge

What's it like to drive a car worth $850,000? We take the Rolls-Royce Dawn Black Badge for a spin.

Carnival eight-seater beats SUVs for value and versatility

Carnival eight-seater beats SUVs for value and versatility

The eight-seater Kia Carnival is a big box on wheels that does precisely what’s it’s supposed to do: move people in safety and comfort.

Thu 21 Jun 2018

ROAD TEST: Lexus LS is the epitome of luxury

ROAD TEST: Lexus LS is the epitome of luxury

From "spot” heaters warmed separate parts of the body to the Shiatsu massage function, the Lexus LS offers pure opulence on wheels.

Wed 20 Jun 2018

ROAD TEST: Subaru Outback goes where SUVs fear to tread

ROAD TEST: Subaru Outback goes where SUVs fear to tread

High-riding SUVs aren’t always better off the beaten track — Subaru Outback wagon rides and handles well in the rough stuff.

Tue 19 Jun 2018

Skoda Kodiaq Sportline has seven-seat SUV smarts

Skoda Kodiaq Sportline has seven-seat SUV smarts

Don't get grizzly, just bear with me ... dad jokes aside the Skoda Kodiaq Sportline proves a sporty addition to the family.

Mon 18 Jun 2018

Subaru BRZ gets gritty makeover with tS model

Subaru BRZ gets gritty makeover with tS model

The Subaru BRZ tS has a heap of go-fast bits to improve its ability when the going gets twisty.

New and improved Porsche Cayenne delivers power dressing

New and improved Porsche Cayenne delivers power dressing

Porsche was ahead of the curve with its Cayenne luxury SUV. Its third generation looks just like its predecessor but is new from the ground up.

Fri 15 Jun 2018

Why the Mazda CX-5 is Australia's favourite SUV

Why the Mazda CX-5 is Australia's favourite SUV

The people have spoken and they’re right. You can’t really go wrong with a Mazda CX-5, which has the blockbuster mix of size, style, price and features.

Thu 14 Jun 2018

ROAD TEST: Qashqai SUV is a mid-roader

ROAD TEST: Qashqai SUV is a mid-roader

Big inside and compact outside, Nissan’s sharply styled Qashqai SUV adds Japanese brand quality and reliability. The dynamics don’t match the look

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