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Curt Dupriez

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2017 BMW 530e iPerformance review
  • Same spec, performance and price as the petrol 530i alternative; Stunning efficiency if used as a daily urban driver; Maintains all of the highly regarded traits and techno flash of the rest of the current 5 Series range
  • Weight penalty and smaller fuel tank might present compromise in range and long-haul efficiency; Not all options available for other 5 Series can be selected for the 530e (Innovations packs, all-wheel steering, et al); Vagaries surround outright range and full-recharge times

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8.5 / 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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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...


2017 Subaru Impreza 2.0i-S sedan review
Rating: 7.510 /10
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2017 Subaru Impreza 2.0i-S sedan review

The biggest-hitter in Subaru's revamped small-car range, the Impreza, piles on a tonne of equipment for its sub-$30k ask. But is that enough to make the 2.0i-S Sedan shine?

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$28,990

2017 BMW 530d review
Rating: 8.510 /10
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2017 BMW 530d review

BMW's new 5 Series is starting to shake off its sports sedan heritage in favour of a luxury limousine experience. Does the mid-spec 530d diesel make a compelling enough case for this realignment of sorts of the 5er formula?

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$119,900

2017 Kia Picanto S review
Rating: 7.510 /10
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2017 Kia Picanto S review

The "all-new" third-generation Kia Picanto has landed in Australia... with the old generation powertrain. Do new styling, promises of improved refinement and added equipment conspire towards a big step forward? Or is this new Picanto S merely more of the same?

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$14,190 - $15,690

2017 Kia Picanto S pricing and specs
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2017 Kia Picanto S pricing and specs

Australian pricing and specifications have been released for the all-new 2017 Kia Picanto in conjunction with the micro hatch's local launch. As predicted in our report on the revamped Picanto's international debut at the time of the Geneva motor show, only one variant is initially being offered Down Under. It's not the sweet one, either...


2017 Jaguar XF Portfolio 25t review
Rating: 710 /10
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2017 Jaguar XF Portfolio 25t review

The Jaguar XF Portfolio 25t aims high on luxury and low on engine outputs. But is this a compelling enough combination to make for an attractive premium limo experience?

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$97,515

Audi S4 v Mercedes-AMG C43 sedan comparison
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Audi S4 v Mercedes-AMG C43 sedan comparison

The S4 and C43 represent the entry point into Audi's and Mercedes-AMG's performance mid-sedan ranges. Are they merely facsimiles of their go-faster stablemates, or properly desirable luxo-sports Euros in their own right? And which one is the CarAdvice pick?


2017 Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster review
Rating: 910 /10
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2017 Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster review

This is the 2017 Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster. The big question: Has lopping the roof off AMG's GT halo car robbed it of its monster performance credentials and visceral pleasures? Curt heads to Arizona to find out.

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$284,000 - $339,000

Audi R8 V10 Plus v Audi A3 1.0 TFSI comparison
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Audi R8 V10 Plus v Audi A3 1.0 TFSI comparison

The latest R8 V10 Plus, with an incredible 449kW and 560Nm from its naturally aspirated 5.2-litre V10, is the most-powerful road car Audi has ever devised. On paper, it's also the quickest. But power and pace comes at a price: almost $390k – $389,616 to be exact – before on-roads or before you even think about ticking any options boxes...


2017 BMW 5 Series review
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2017 BMW 5 Series review

The all-new BMW 5 Series blends classic styling, smart engineering and lashings of new-school technology. How does it fare in local conditions now it's landed in Australia?


World's greatest driving roads: Western Cape, South Africa

World's greatest driving roads: Western Cape, South Africa

For many of us, when targeting great driving road hot spots to explore across the globe, South Africa doesn't come immediately to mind. Nor is it much of a holiday list topper, at least for those who aren't in 'the know' and haven't sampled the colour and diversity the rainbow nation has to offer...


2017 Lexus GS F review
Rating: 810 /10
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2017 Lexus GS F review

Lexus has updated its rear-driven V8 muscle car, the GS F, for 2017. But does the new adaptive suspension trickery improve the breed?

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$153,540 - $156,500