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Curt Dupriez

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2018 Skoda Octavia RS245 review
  • More power and purpose for a small price; hasn't lost the much-loved RS duality of performance and practicality; loaded with bells and whistles
  • Dynamic limitations arrive thick and fast around a track; DSG ratios could be more closely stacked; Starts to look pricey compared with excellent base Octavia RS versions

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8 / 10

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2018 Skoda Octavia RS245 review

Skoda has launched its most potent mid-sizers to date, the Octavia RS245 sedan and wagon. Does this pricier offering improve the cult car breed?

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2017 Mercedes-AMG C63 S v Mercedes-AMG E43 comparison
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2017 Mercedes-AMG C63 S v Mercedes-AMG E43 comparison

So you've got $160k in your hip pocket and fancy a four-door wearing an AMG badge. Fortunately for you, Affalterbach offers two distinctly different choices, if separated in price by only a couple of grand. In one corner sits the perennial favourite nameplate, the 2017 Mercedes-AMG C63 S. Mid-sized and with a Herculean 375kW and 700Nm from its 4...


2018 Porsche 718 Boxster GTS and 718 Cayman GTS review
Rating: 8.210 /10
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2018 Porsche 718 Boxster GTS and 718 Cayman GTS review

Porsche has upped the power, performance and purpose of its 718 sports car range to create the 2018 Boxster GTS convertible and Cayman GTS coupe twins. Are these the new fat-free driving kings from Stuttgart?

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$173,100 - $175,900

2018 Renault Koleos review: Intens diesel
Rating: 7.510 /10
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2018 Renault Koleos review: Intens diesel

Does new-found oiler power justify the $3500 premium ask the new Intens Diesel commands at the top of the Renault Koleos tree?

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$46,990

World's greatest driving roads: Lake Garda, Italy

World's greatest driving roads: Lake Garda, Italy

The heart-stopping curves, pulse-racing gradients and breathtaking elevation: the rewards that make Europe’s finest Alpine passes so compelling are, by their very nature, what also make the world’s best roads so inaccessible...

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$43,990

2017 Toyota 86 Limited Edition review
Rating: 810 /10
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2017 Toyota 86 Limited Edition review

With its bold paintwork, toughened hardware and low-volume production, can the Toyota 86 Limited Edition justify its forty-something-grand price point?

Priced At
$41,490

2018 Hyundai Kona Highlander AWD v Toyota C-HR Koba AWD comparison
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2018 Hyundai Kona Highlander AWD v Toyota C-HR Koba AWD comparison

Despite making a fashionably late arrival to the small crossover market, the 2018 Hyundai Kona has certainly made a grand entrance on appearances alone. Funky? You bet. Even against the hot sellers and mover’n’shakers – CX-3, ASX, XV, HR-V – largely responsible for skyrocketing the popularity of form and fashion over pure family-friendly functionality, the Kona appears, literally, to lob into trendy leading edge of style...


2018 Subaru Levorg 2.0 STI Sport review
Rating: 7.510 /10
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2018 Subaru Levorg 2.0 STI Sport review

The Subaru Levorg finally lobs into Oz wearing STI badging and WR Blue warpaint. Is it the real Subaru Tecnica International deal, or a pretender in disguise?

Priced At
$51,990

2018 Porsche Cayenne review
Rating: 910 /10
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2018 Porsche Cayenne review

The third-generation Porsche Cayenne is an evolution for the German marque. But while Stuttgart's family-hauler has retained its familiar large SUV bearing, there's plenty new going on under the skin.


2018 Honda Civic Type R review
Rating: 8.510 /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.

Priced At
$50,990

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?

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$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.