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Curt Dupriez

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2018 Honda Civic Type R review
  • Its polarising looks...for some tastes; Incredible dynamic competency for a front driver; Wickedly fast once you let it off its leash; A highly resolved package that delivers on its performance promises
  • Its polarising looks...for other tastes; Incessant tyre roar; Manual shift quality not quite as positive as go-fast Hondas of old; Not as playful as some rivals at a similar price

OUR RATING
8.5 / 10

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2018 Honda Civic Type R review

The Honda Civic Type R has arrived in Oz to try and nab the crown as King Of The Reasonably Priced Fun Cars. But first, we see if the front-drive Nurburgring lap record holder's hotness translates to local roads and track.

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2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross review: Prototype quick drive
Rating: 7.510 /10
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2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross review: Prototype quick drive

We take a quick spin of the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross prototype in the Northern Territory ahead of the production version's arrival later this year.


2017 BMW 530i vs Mercedes-Benz E300 sedan comparison
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2017 BMW 530i vs Mercedes-Benz E300 sedan comparison

While Bill Murray began every Groundhog Day at 6AM back in the early ’90s, the perpetual time warp I’m currently finding myself in starts with ‘5’ and ends with ‘Series sedan from BMW’. Since the all-new seventh-generation 2017 BMW 5 Series range lobbed locally in March, I've sampled both petrol 530i fours and 540i sixes, spent a week with diesel six-cylinder 530d in May, and attended the 530e iPerformance PHEV’s local launch in June...


Audi S5 v BMW 440i v Infiniti Q60 Red Sport comparison
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Audi S5 v BMW 440i v Infiniti Q60 Red Sport comparison

"Middleweight" mightn't be the description a buyer might use for a prospective six-figure motoring purchase, but when shopping premium German brands that's the hard reality, be it size or stature. You've skipped past 'small' straight to 'medium', hurdled the $50k-something base car tip-in point, bound up the model range ladder past bare essentials into indulgence territory and – why not? – splurged extra on a two-door coupe rather than the more affordable and more practical sedan alternative...


2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI Performance Edition 1 review
Rating: 8.510 /10
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2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI Performance Edition 1 review

After hiatus for a generation, Volkswagen's Golf is back as a three-door in flagship front-driven hot hatch form. But do the bundled in goodies of the new limited-run '7.5' Golf GTI Performance Edition 1 stack up in practice as much as they do on paper?

Priced At
$47,990

2017 Holden Astra LT sedan v 2017 Toyota Corolla Ascent sedan comparison
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2017 Holden Astra LT sedan v 2017 Toyota Corolla Ascent sedan comparison

From styling to equipment and value, Holden has take the offensive to the small-car market with its Euro-influenced Astra sedan range. An offer too good to be true? We pitch it against the evergreen, big-selling Corolla to test the measure of the Astra's goodness.


2017 Ford Escape 2.0L Titanium review
Rating: 810 /10
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2017 Ford Escape 2.0L Titanium review

The Blue Oval's flagship Ford Escape 2.0 Titanium is a medium SUV that thinks it's a plus-sized hot hatch. But does its potent turbo-petrol heartbeat improve or diminish its family-hauling capabilities?

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$44,990

2017 Kia Cerato Sport sedan review
Rating: 810 /10
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2017 Kia Cerato Sport sedan review

The new Sport variant brings together a suite of appealing features and sharp pricing worthy of the new sweet spot in the 2017 Kia Cerato range.

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$24,790

$30k Family car comparison
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$30k Family car comparison

While the car industry seems intent on reinventing and cross-pollinating shapes, sizes and themes to create a different family vehicle, equally families who buy and use such vehicles can be incredibly diverse in terms of needs and wants...


Mazda Old v New: 2017 Mazda 3 SP25 Astina v 1980 323 De-Luxe
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Mazda Old v New: 2017 Mazda 3 SP25 Astina v 1980 323 De-Luxe

This year marks the 40th anniversary of Mazda's small car in Australia, so we've pitched the current flagship Mazda 3 SP25 Astina against the 1980 323 hatch to see just how times have changed


2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet review
Rating: 810 /10
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2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet review

A bigger and bolder Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet has arrived to bolster the brand's ranks. But does it deliver on its maker's promise of lifting the convertible game in beauty, comfort, dynamic and assistance?

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$120,000

2017 BMW 530e iPerformance review
Rating: 8.510 /10
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2017 BMW 530e iPerformance review

The 2017 BMW 530e iPerformance PHEV promises landmark parity in pricing and spec to the petrol 530i alternative. But does it comes with any shortcomings or compromise in the user experience?

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$108,900

2017 Suzuki Ignis GLX auto review: Long-term report three – country driving

2017 Suzuki Ignis GLX auto review: Long-term report three – country driving

I’ve warmed like a late Spring afternoon to the 2017 Suzuki Ignis GLX, our long-termer tester that seems to have spent most of CarAdvice’s custodianship in co-conspirator Trent Nikolic’s pocket – perhaps literally – outside of the rare opportunity to occasionally “take her around the block”. Brief impressions, then, but good ones...

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$18,990

2017 Audi A5 2.0 TDI Coupe review
Rating: 710 /10
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2017 Audi A5 2.0 TDI Coupe review

The sharper-dressed second-generation 2017 Audi A5 Coupe certainly has 'the look', but can a 2.0-litre diesel heartbeat deliver the feel-good vibe and energy to match?

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$73,900

World's greatest driving roads: Highway 89 A, Arizona, USA

World's greatest driving roads: Highway 89 A, Arizona, USA

I've just discovered that I love desert. No, not double-cream-topped, Belgian-choc-filled, Heston Blumenthal-frozen Masterchef-style dessert, but the sun-scorched, dusty, cactus-smattered, don't-go-wandering-off-or-you'll-die environment of America's Wild West. On my first-ever visit, I've become smitten by Arizona, and all of the (ahem) good, the bad and the ugliness it crams inside 300,000 square kilometres...