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James Ward

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2016 Fiat 500X Lounge Review
  • Good amount of space; handles well around town; fun to drive; how can you get mad at a face like this?
  • Gearbox seems confused with nine-ratios; value proposition is questionable; plenty of stuff included - but plenty still missing.

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7 / 10

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2016 Fiat 500X Lounge Review

Cheap and cheery? Well.. cheery at least. The Fiat 500X Lounge SUV asks a premium price, but is it a premium option?

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BMW M3 30 Jahre celebrates three decades since the legendary E30 M3
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BMW M3 30 Jahre celebrates three decades since the legendary E30 M3

This year, the BMW M3 ticks over three decades old. To celebrate, BMW has announced the limited-edition M3 30 Jahre ('30 years') model. The M3 30 Jahre is based on the $144,900 M3 Competition pack sedan, which, with 331kW and 550Nm is already up 14kW on the standard M3 - the 30th Anniversary M3 features some exclusive highlights...


2016 Volvo XC90 T6 R-Design: Long-term report one
Rating: 8.510 /10
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2016 Volvo XC90 T6 R-Design: Long-term report one

Why go to IKEA when all the best bits can come to you? The 2016 Volvo XC90 T6 R-Design joins the CarAdvice family.

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$122,950

40 years of M: a quick look at the history of BMW Motorsport

40 years of M: a quick look at the history of BMW Motorsport

For the past 40 years, the letter M has signified something special beneath the blue and white BMW badge. And now, with the addition of the M2, BMW’s M-car range is at its most diverse ever. But, what makes these tri-colour road warriors so special? Established in 1972 to support BMW’s motorsport activities, the M division initially turned its attention to the iconic E9 3...


2016 HSV Maloo LSA Review
Rating: 8.510 /10
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2016 HSV Maloo LSA Review

James cuts loose with the ultimate Australian sports coupe: the HSV Maloo.

Priced At
$79,490

2016 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 416 LWB Review
Rating: 710 /10
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2016 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 416 LWB Review

We go extra-large and take the LWB Mercedes-Benz Sprinter out and about.

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$66,760

2016 Holden Colorado LS-X Review
Rating: 710 /10
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2016 Holden Colorado LS-X Review

Does shifting the value equation make the Holden Colorado a better proposition? The $37,990 drive-away LS-X says yes...

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$37,990

Exploring Mulholland Drive: Top down in LA in a Mazda MX-5

Exploring Mulholland Drive: Top down in LA in a Mazda MX-5

It’s a name almost as well known as the city itself – Mulholland Drive in Los Angeles, California. A 15-odd mile (24km) stretch of historic tarmac that winds its way from a defunct Nike nuclear missile silo in Encino to the 101 Freeway in Hollywood...


2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI Review: Long-term ownership report one
Rating: 8.510 /10
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2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI Review: Long-term ownership report one

We put our money where our mouth is and BUY a Volkswagen Golf GTI

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$43,490

2016 Lexus GS F Review
Rating: 7.510 /10
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2016 Lexus GS F Review

Lexus turns up the wick on the conservative GS sedan, by shoving a great big V8 under the bonnet. So how does the 2016 GS F pull it all together?

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$148,800

Hyundai Elantra recalled for airbag software issue
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Hyundai Elantra recalled for airbag software issue

The fourth-generation Hyundai Elantra has been recalled for an airbag control unit software update. Sold in Australia between 2006 and 2010, the recall affects 5296 HD model Hyundai Elantra models built between January 2, 2008 and August 22, 2009. Hyundai notes the airbags (both driver and passenger) could deploy when not required, which could cause injury - not to mention a hell of a fright - for occupants...


2016 Subaru Outback 2.0D Premium Review
Rating: 910 /10
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2016 Subaru Outback 2.0D Premium Review

Now updated to include the Eyesight driver assist system, is the 2016 Subaru Outback diesel the pick of the bunch?


2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe Review
Rating: 810 /10
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2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe Review

Much more than a two-door C-Class sedan, the new C-Class coupe is a genuine junior GT

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$65,900

2016 Jaguar XF S Review
Rating: 7.510 /10
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2016 Jaguar XF S Review

Big, beautiful and unmistakably a Jag, does the 2016 XF 35t have it where it counts to be a truly great sports sedan?

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$128,200

2016 Federal Budget: What does it mean for Australian car buyers?
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2016 Federal Budget: What does it mean for Australian car buyers?

The Turnbull Liberal Government handed down its inaugural budget last night. Amidst the taxes for smoking and additional ABC funding, is there any news for car buyers? Bottom line: not really. The small business $20,000 (GST inclusive) capital equipment purchase rebate has been extended to bigger small businesses, with turnover caps raised from $2 million to $10 million...


2016 Toyota Hilux SR 4x4 Cab Chassis Review
Rating: 7.510 /10
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2016 Toyota Hilux SR 4x4 Cab Chassis Review

One size fits all? Not with the 2016 Toyota HiLux. We put a customised SR 4x4 cab-chassis to the test!


You can have my fog lights when you pry my cold dead fingers off the button
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You can have my fog lights when you pry my cold dead fingers off the button

Confession time. I occasionally drive along with my fog lights on, rain hail or shine… and I love it. There’s no accidental knock of the switch or a ‘what does this button do’ moment (looking at your rear foggy, Hyundai Excel owners…). It is always a measured, intentional action. I know it's frowned upon. I know it is (for the most part) illegal...


2016 Ford Mondeo Trend Review
Rating: 810 /10
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2016 Ford Mondeo Trend Review

The 2016 Ford Mondeo Trend is as middle-of-the-road as it comes, but does that make it good or bad? James Ward spends the week finding out.

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$37,290

Lego releases Porsche 911 GT3 RS Technic set
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Lego releases Porsche 911 GT3 RS Technic set

It's a glorious time to be alive. The skies are blue, the birds are singing, and Lego has finally released its Lava Orange 2016 Porsche 911 GT3 RS Technic set. Officially licensed from Porsche, set number 42056 features over 2700 pieces including a set of replica Porsche wheels and a branded luggage set under the front bonnet...


2016 Mercedes Benz GLS Review
Rating: 7.510 /10
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2016 Mercedes Benz GLS Review

It has a new look and a new name, but is the Mercedes-Benz GLS really the S-Class of SUVs?

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$116,900 - $217,900

2016 BMW M5 Pure Review
Rating: 8.510 /10
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2016 BMW M5 Pure Review

The 2016 BMW M5 Pure drops some kit, some kW and some dollars, to become a more purposeful version of the infamous sports sedan.

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$185,000

2016 Holden Cruze SRi Z-Series Hatch Review
Rating: 7.510 /10
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2016 Holden Cruze SRi Z-Series Hatch Review

The last Australian-made Holden Cruze has some pretty solid value under the skin, but is there enough reward for buyers to look past the polarising styling?

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$29,340

Driving treads: What makes a good pair of driving shoes?

Driving treads: What makes a good pair of driving shoes?

Dressing to drive is a trait of a bygone era, and we are all the poorer for it. Slipping on a set of leather driving gloves, some Wayfarers and a sweet pair of loafers makes even a casual sojourn to the next suburb feel like a travelogue scene from a Steve McQueen film. But times change...


2017 Honda Civic spotted in Melbourne ahead of Australian launch
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2017 Honda Civic spotted in Melbourne ahead of Australian launch

The 2017 Honda Civic sedan has been spotted in Melbourne ahead of the Australian launch next month. An all-new fastback-style shape gives the Civic sedan a very modern look, even when parked next to a 2016 Honda Jazz - arguably a modern looking car itself. Despite having all its badges covered in tape, we know this is the RS specification as we saw the exact car at the media unveiling last month...


Tesla offered old French nuclear power station as future factory site
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Tesla offered old French nuclear power station as future factory site

If we ever needed more of an indication that Tesla Founder and CEO, Elon Musk, is a Bond Villain in-the-making, here it is. The French government has suggested the company take up the site of a nuclear power station that will be shut down at the end of the year...


2017 Mercedes-Benz E400 4Matic Review: Track test

2017 Mercedes-Benz E400 4Matic Review: Track test

“Just follow me yah, and we have some fun”, crackled the Mercedes-Benz driving instructor over the radio. I couldn’t take him all too seriously though, as he looked (and sounded) like the German nuclear consortium representative on The Simpsons, and I was easing out on to the circuit in a somewhat regular-looking sedan and not some AMG-branded explosive device...


BMW iPerformance range spearheads new hybrid line for Australia
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BMW iPerformance range spearheads new hybrid line for Australia

This week, BMW began the second part of its electric 'i' vehicle campaign in Australia with the release of the X5 xDrive40e plug-in hybrid and the new iPerformance vehicle range. In the same way that the M Performance line denotes 'sportier' versions of BMW's wider range - those that aren't quite full M-spec - the iPerformance moniker applies to hybrid versions of the standard line-up, leaving the 'real' i-range cars to stand alone...


Alfa Romeo MiTo dropped from Australian line-up
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Alfa Romeo MiTo dropped from Australian line-up

The Alfa Romeo MiTo light hatchback has been removed from the Australian line-up without so much as a quiet ciao. With just four sales so far this year, and only 156 for all of 2015, the little hatchback essentially faded into obscurity. To put this into context, Alfa Romeo has sold 177 units of the 4C sports car and just 160 examples of the MiTo hatch in the 15-month period from January 2015...


2016 BMW X5 xDrive40e Plug-in Hybrid Review
Rating: 810 /10
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2016 BMW X5 xDrive40e Plug-in Hybrid Review

BMW takes the subtle approach with the X5 xDrive40e plug-in hybrid. It looks the same and costs the same - but does it hold up as well as a 'regular' X5?

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$118,900

Jeep Wrangler ute confirmed for Australia
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Jeep Wrangler ute confirmed for Australia

The iconic Jeep Wrangler is getting in on the ute sales boom and, with the next generation, will be available as a dual-cab pick-up in Australia. Speaking with CarAdvice this week, FCA Australia marketing and product manager, Zac Loo said that the anticipated Wrangler ute would be a logical extension of the model line-up, particularly for the Australian market...